Zurich – my impressions

I really didn’t want to like it. It would make life so much easier if I didn’t. But thanks to the sterling effort of a few friends, I must confess that I do like Zurich.   What I do like:   Zurich has character – the verges are not always neat and tidy, the buildings…

Happy Freedom Day South Africa!

Happy Freedom Day everyone! Can you believe it really is 20 years (2 decades!) since so many of us went and voted for the first time on that April day in 1994? I thought of something profound to say, but my happiness revolves around my pride at South Africa as a country, and the people…

The Big 70th Surprise

“How much deception was there?” he asked… “A bit”… although I prefer to call it preparation for a successful surprise. And it did lead to one of the best hugs I have ever received – I still get goosebumps when I tell the story and tears in my eyes when I look at the photos.…

The day has come

The day has come. 5 December 2013. The day we knew was very close, but were somehow hoping would not ever happen. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has died.   As i sit here on the couch, watching the news channels, i am shell-shocked. I am numb. I feel alone, and so very very far away from…