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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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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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