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Embo!

It was a swelteringly hot day in East London yesterday. The School Communicator popped up on my computer screen at mid-day. An alarming red notice said that after-school sport was cancelled owing to the heat. Thabisa’s mother phoned in the … Continue reading

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That wedding…

… caused some serious confusion. It wasn’t Thabisa and I that were getting married, it was Milisa and Nonelelo. Re-reading my last post I see that it was a bit ambiguous. Sorry! 🙂 Here are the pics from the traditional … Continue reading

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There was no hymn sheet

The congregation decided what to sing, and when to sing it. Here is the clip you have been waiting for from last Saturday’s wedding…   Terribly low res, but you get the idea.  

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We caused a stir

I have never been more photographed in my life! The general consensus, in spite of my reservations about white people in Xhosa traditional dress, was that it worked.  The eyebrow pencil instead of calamine for the face painting was a … Continue reading

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Cellphones and ceremony: a wedding

The Eastern Cape LGBTI Organisation marched down Oxford Street on 10 August. It was a small, but vibrant group of people, carrying placards, singing protests songs.  As usual, I took pictures. But I really struggled this time. There were almost … Continue reading

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Commemorating the Centenary of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act

Upper Gxulu, near Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape 5 June 2013

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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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