Death in the Dande

Posted Posted in Wildlife, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels Alistair Travers was no stranger to dangerous game. As a ranch- child the family favourite pet was a rhino which wandered in and out the house when not destroying the garden. Evening walks with parents and siblings included Cassius the lion, Potter the otter, Bere the hyena, Dudley the warthog, two Labradors […]

Please Take Your Holiday in Kenya This Year

Posted Posted in Travel & Adventure, zz_Archive2015

by Aidan Hartley   Many of my British tribe fled Kenya around independence in 1963 because they believed there was no future. Gerald Hanley, an Irish novelist who knew the country, forecast ‘a huge slum on the edge of the West, Africans in torn trousers leaning against tin shacks, the whites of their eyes gone […]

Kevin Myers

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

  by Kevin Myers Kevin Myers (born 30 March 1947) is an Irish journalist and writer. He writes for the Irish edition of the Sunday Times, having previously been a columnist for the Irish Independent and a former contributor to The Irish Times, where he wrote the “An Irishman’s Diary” opinion column several times weekly. […]

A Boer War Snapshot

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

by Martin Redfern Reasons for the Boer War are often over simplified. A voracious and rapacious colonial administration seeking to wrest control of the gold and diamond deposits in the Transvaal from an honest, simple farming folk defending what was rightfully theirs tells only part of the story. Whilst it is true that the Cape […]

The Hidden Thread.

Posted Posted in Reviews, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels For someone who well remembers the era of the ‘Red Menace’ and the ‘Total Onslaught’, reading ‘The Hidden Thread’ by Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson was revealing in that they explain Soviet policy towards Southern Africa was not quite as simple as many of us thought. While there was much synergy between […]

The Parable of Colonialist and Colony.

Posted Posted in Humour, Politics and History, Stories, zz_Archive2015

by August Pointneuf Colonialist was beguiled by this beauty. A compulsion to join forever and create a mutual life of productivity and security were the drivers. There was mutual attraction, a lust for union. At marriage Colony had nothing: The prospect of riches beyond dreams, the revelations of a different personality, the attractions of a […]

White Men can’t Jump but they can Govern.

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

By Hannes Wessels I write as a concerned father whose daughter, like millions of other children, has recently been taught about colonialism which is subtly lumped together with slavery to create the strong but false impression the two were pretty much synonymous . The tuition followed the familiar line about this period being motivated by […]