Archive | January, 2013

Notes on Greg


GREG is a perfectionist. This is good news for fans. Bad news for me. Let me tell you how the RCB came about. I have long held the belief that it’s better to do something – a sport, a hobby, a profession – with people who are are better at it than you are. So […]

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LET’S talk about a Latin word today. I was introduced to it a week ago and it has helped me in my understanding of how we hang out with the people that we do. (more…)

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The art of fishing as a 2-year-old


THE first time I went fishing I remember one thing – togetherness. I was 7 years old at the time. I remember the mullet I caught, but the overriding memory was splashing around in the shallows of the river mouth at sunset with my uncle and my cousin. Good times. This afternoon, around 5pm, I […]

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A new generation


I’VE often wondered about what makes people hold on to their past. And more to the point, what makes people unwilling to change and move on with the present. I’m thinking specifically about the racial and cultural divides in our country. Before you all groan and click the X tab… I want to say that […]

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Studio progress


LAST night I drove across town for time in the studio with Greg, our new producer in the RCB. Rudi (a.k.a. “Benoni”) has known Greg (a.k.a. “Rooibaardt”) for all of a century, and I discovered last night just how lethal the two of them can be, in more ways than one. I arrived just after […]

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Presence of grandparents


THERE is no substitute for grandparents in a child’s life. The benefit is immense. I realise that many people we come into contact with haven’t known grandparents like I have. So let me give you some context. Growing up in Maritzburg, we would often visit my mother’s parents in Durban North during my childhood and […]

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Music for free


I’VE been thinking about what we’re supposed to be doing as a band. This is not something I take lightly. I’ll be very honest upfront and say that it would be easier to call it a day as the RCB. But we’re not. So let me elaborate on a few things I’ve been thinking about […]

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World’s poorest president


TODAY I became aware of the world’s poorest president. He lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away 90% of his salary. His name is Jose Mujica. He’s the president of Uruguay. The BBC reported the story: Laundry is strung outside the house. The water comes from a well in a yard, overgrown with weeds. […]

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The goal in a home

MARRIED? Thinking of getting married? How well do you fight? I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but particularly because of various people I have met in the last few days. Perhaps it’s just me, but marriages seem to be in trouble. I’m no expert on the subject of marriage. In July, Tam and […]

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The call to be wild


GO wild, he said. Don’t let anything hold you back. Just go wild! I’ve been contemplating those words and their implications for the last two months. On the one hand, there’s nothing more frightening. On the other hand, it’s liberty. I like how C.S. Lewis describes the Aslan in The Lion, The Witch And The […]

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What We Need To Be Free From

HAVE you ever woken up on any particular day and think that life is just too much? There’s just too […]

What’s your instinctive view of God?


UNDER pressure, we reveal our true belief of ourselves and our true belief of God. There’s no hiding it. If […]

What’s going on in your head?

I often go running with playlists of music that keep me moving faster than I would ordinarily, and listening to […]

A story about Graeme Pope-Ellis

So in the midst of the my fitness programme, I try and keep some additional cardio going on. I generally […]