The Carpet King

The first we saw of the Carpet King was a cloud of dust coming along the road to the farm. My mother was sitting on the stoep, picking…

Post Natal Depression – Don’t Ignore it

“Some days I had to walk out of the room and leave Sarah to cry, in case I picked her up and threw her across the room.” Candy…

Hong Kong Haircut

There are three ways of having your hair cut in Hong Kong. You can make an appointment with Mr Larry in his glass and chrome hair studio on…

By Barge and Bike in China

It’s just after daybreak on the River Li in Guangxi, Southern China, and we’re pushing our bikes onto a squat river barge that will take Pete and me…

Baboon Minders of Scarborough

Drive an hour south of Cape Town, to the tip of the Peninsula, and you’ll find Scarborough, a random scattering of houses and shacks perched between the wild,…

Top Chef, Negotiable

Mavis Mwete closed her reader with a sigh of relief and heaved her considerable bulk from the desk at the Adult Education centre. All her fellow students found…

Mommy’s Boy

Randal shifted his great bulk from one haunch to the other and took another  suck on his beer can. The little campstool was digging uncomfortably into his thighs,…

Hidden Assets

One night, when I was ten, my father came home from work carrying a tortoise under his arm. With difficulty. It was the biggest tortoise I’d ever seen….