My new book is ready for takeoff!

In the not too distant future, after the Wastes of 2066 to 2092, the population of Earth has been decimated by famine, disease and war. Having lost almost the whole of humanity, a new will is in place to avert war and overpopulation. Whilst some of the idealism doesn't work, amazingly, the planet recovers rapidly … Continue reading My new book is ready for takeoff!

HOW TO STAND UP IN A SLEEPING BAG

For some of us, it was our first overnight sleepout in wild country. Not camping. Sleeping on a bedroll with a sleeping bag, under the stars, while lions and elephants roam free, nearby. The way our forefathers did it. To do this, someone stands watch while the others sleep, and you take turns. It was … Continue reading HOW TO STAND UP IN A SLEEPING BAG

The True Music of Mana Pools

  Where the Zambezi river widens into a vast floodplain some distance after it has been held in check by the now crumbling dam at Kariba, it provides a parklike floor that flows between stands of tall acacias and jackal berries. On these miles of open parkland, vast herds of African wildlife provide amongst the best … Continue reading The True Music of Mana Pools

WHY CURIOSITY WON’T KILL THE CAT

The African bush doesn't get much more remote than up on the Chizarira Plateau, northern Zimbabwe, in 1991. On a freewheelin' camping holiday that took us through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, six of us crazed advertising types crammed into a Landy and set off. To date, we had seen enthralling sights, and met interesting … Continue reading WHY CURIOSITY WON’T KILL THE CAT

The Back Cover Blurb- Your Thoughts?

  The back cover blurb for the book is done - as is the first draft of the back cover, spine and front cover together. Would like to know what you think - too much info, too little, explain more, less?  Oh, where the big gap is next to the pic of me, that's space … Continue reading The Back Cover Blurb- Your Thoughts?

An unscheduled visit to Robert Mugabe’s presidential house

(This is a re-post, in light of today's military takeover in Zimbabwe) Today's GPS, which even calculates the space-time difference between the ground and the satellite giving it information, is sadly not so good at knowing what changes have taken place on the roads it guides you through during the day. And so it was … Continue reading An unscheduled visit to Robert Mugabe’s presidential house

THE DAY THE WHOLE BUS BUNKED

I never really liked school, and they weren't the best days of my life. So there, I've said it. I was an occasional bunker, but not so's you'd notice. On our school bus, which went to the school which gave me another chance after I'd been expelled from my previous school, there were a bunch … Continue reading THE DAY THE WHOLE BUS BUNKED

SO WHEN MY FOLKS FOUND OUT

My parents are good country folk, my Mom was an English and Art teacher, and my Dad was a printer, and in his earlier days, a prizefighter and then legit boxer. They had already had their share of their wayward young son's waywardness. Now they had to deal with his expulsion from school. My worst … Continue reading SO WHEN MY FOLKS FOUND OUT

EXPELLED

  Hm. Things finally overflowed between me and my Head Master towards the end of my fourth year in high school. By this time, I had built up a long history of subordination, rebelliousness, tomfoolery, and even actual disobedience, which was reflected in up to six red stripes across my ass daily. These stripes were … Continue reading EXPELLED

BUT THE NEXT DAY…

The prep master that evening, when I had bunked to do the grocery shopping and political science 101, was our PT (Physical Training) and Geography master. We were not on cordial terms, either. So when he called my name at prep that evening, he asked me to stand up. This prevented any of my friends … Continue reading BUT THE NEXT DAY…