Author Archives: Lotusdrifter

I am in Johannesburg

It is different here. I quite like it. It is a warm, still, Saturday afternoon in Troyeville. My friend Pervaiz is cooking up a storm. He was born in a village in Pakistan – the spicy smells wafting down the … Continue reading

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On marriage

I have been thinking about marriage a lot lately. Not about getting married, but about the institution itself. I was chatting this week to my old high school friend, Heidi. She blames me (tongue-in-cheek, but still) for the fact that … Continue reading

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For the ancestors

I have owed you some pictures for a while now. This relates to a ceremony held in Thabisa’s village, Corana, just the other side of Mthatha. Thabs and her cousin Mazwi had both been dreaming regularly of their great-grandmother who … Continue reading

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Watching The Wire last night.

McNulty and Bunk are eating a huge pile of shellfish. “Are those crayfish?” asks Thabs. “Crabs,” I reply. “I love crayfish,” she murmurs. “Crabs are good too,” I say. “I don’t eat crabs, only crayfish.” “Why?” I ask. “Because crabs … Continue reading

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Thanks facebook. Depressed as all hell now.

I was at school with Nadine. She is good-humoured and kind. If she doesn’t get my point, I seriously despair.

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Two Funerals and a Soccer Match

Saturday 1 September At Tsolo (a four-hour drive from East London – the other side of Mthatha) The funeral of the mother of a former colleague Cause of death – the state of health care in rural South Africa.  She … Continue reading

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No we aren’t

Thabo at the Barefoot Café in Chintsa is probably perfect for his job. He is warm and friendly, and tall and good-looking. He chats to the backpackers from Sweden and Germany, and students from Grahamstown. He shoots the breeze with … Continue reading

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