A Tailor’s Shoppe

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Butterfly 4

The butterfly greeted the caterpillar, “Come let us fly”, warily the caterpillar replied, “Alas, I cannot fly, for I am a caterpillar”. “Hast a caterpillar wings”? The butterfly mocked. ”Of a truth you are no longer a caterpillar, but rather a butterfly. Come, let us fly…”

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Lovebirds

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Lovebirds

“The energy of the Lovebird is an expression of the beautiful unconditional love that can exist between two soulmates. The attraction of soulmates for one another is extremely powerful and can transcend many apparent cultural or man-made obstacles – such as age, religion, race or sex.

The soul wants to bring the two parts of itself together and the two people involved feel the tremendous yearning to implode into oneness. However, part of the challenge of the soulmate relationship, is to love the beloved so unconditionally that one truly wants only that which serve him or her the most – and sometimes physical union is not appropriate. It is the greatest gift one can give another soul – to love that person so unconditionally, that one can discern when it is appropriate to claim the beloved for oneself, or when it is more appropriate to let go and slip away”.

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Sylvia Rose’s Story – Part Eight

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I know now why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

One evening after a very heated argument with my daughter; anger in her eyes she turned to me and said, “Happiness comes from within, you create your own happiness. Get your shit together. You have to love yourself before you can possibly love anyone. Look at all your failed relationships; they didn’t last because you can’t even love yourself”!Love Yourself First

After many tears in my room, it got me thinking, she was right. How could I possibly move on with my life if there was so much inner hate? I made a decision then; I would make a concerted effort to work on my life and my self-happiness. There were places I knew exactly where I needed to start.

Why not start the series at the beginning.

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Tot Facienda Parum Factum

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Tot Facienda Parum Factum

“So much to do, so little done”

Last words uttered by Cecil John Rhodes, British businessman, mining magnate and founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe and Zambia) on his deathbed.

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Cecil John Rhodes

This was the motto of my high school and whenever I remember these words, I recall my teachers, trying vainly to drum it into my mind that I was to find more time to study.

Good or bad, the words had little or no effect on a young man who found dreaming of far greater excitement and comfort.

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Book review: The Lost Boys of Bird Island

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History shows that all political systems have their cupboards filled with skeletons; most, that were the result of terrible tragedy, often for millions of people. Yet, in every age, there are women and men who rise to the challenge of exposing these horrors; even if the result is the loss of their own lives……..

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Originally published in the Wits Vuvuzela on August 25.

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The death of author Mark Minnie, under suspicious circumstances, has renewed interest in his recently launched exposé The Lost Boys of Bird Island, which shines a light on the dark underbelly of some of South Africa’s twisted apartheid leaders.

Reading like a James Patterson murder mystery, Minnie and his co-author Chris Steyn weave together a horrifying tale of alcoholism, sexual predation and paedophilia.

Spanning 20 years from 1987 to 2007, The Lost Boys identifies National Party (NP) ministers Magnus Malan and John Wiley together with businessman Dave Allen, at the centre of an elaborate paedophile ring which saw the exploitation of young coloured boys who were given drugs, money or alcohol in return for sexual favours.

The tragic events occurred a mere 53km off the shore of the quaint coastal town of Port Elizabeth on isolated Bird Island. Minnie, who was…

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Stars & Stares – Gaborone, Botswana


‘Seeing the world through rose colored glasses’I love this story Dan, really cool.

If there is one absolute truth about me, it is that I like airplanes. I love them. To say I am ‘interested’ in any facet of aviation would be a huge understatement. I become like a child on Christmas morning whenever I fly & I always make a special effort to go to some aviation museum or aircraft watching spot while in a different country.

I saw an advert for the Botswana International Airshow, typed the location into Google Maps to see how long it would take to drive there & then told my brother we would be going. I didn’t give him an option, which is amusing for me because nothing irritates him more than border crossings in Africa.

At 2AM on a cold winter morning, we set off on the roughly 5 hour drive. There were hardly any other vehicles on the roads which meant the drive was…

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Decisions, Decisions.

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Vanilla ice cream or chocolate cake? Close your eyes take a deep breath and just pick one. Go with your heart, rely on your gut. It’s really not that hard. I mean for me of course I would have chosen a slice of chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, but some people might have found that choice quite hard.

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A House Divided against Itself – Part Four

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Life returned to a sense of normality, which after two months was turned completely upside down.

It happened when the husband awoke  at two in the morning to find he was alone in bed. He called out softly to his wife and on getting no response; he got up and made his way through the house and on reaching the lounge he heard soft sounds like crying coming from behind the closed door of the study. He tapped on the door and made his way though. His wife was curled Husband Comfortingup on the big easy chair weeping. He reached down to her small, almost frail body and without a word, his big arms enfolded her and he gently lifted her off the chair and sitting in the chair he moved her onto his lap as he would have done with the smallest of his children.

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The Making of Ironmen

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“Brother: A person who is there when you need him; someone who picks you up when you fall; a brother is always a friend.” – Unknown.

We are Simon and Wayne, brothers who completed this year’s IRONMAN Ironmen 3 African Championship.Ironmen 2

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Student sexually assaulted by mining engineering student


Articles like this must be published far and wide in order that perpetrators of this type of behavior are brought to book for the total disrespect of their fellow humans. They should be hunted down and have their privileged educational benefits taken away from them, as fitting punishment. How would you feel if this happened to your sister?

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Originally published in the Wits Vuvuzela on August 2, 2018.

13_SexualAssault Chamber of Mines Building School of Engineering. Photo: Elizabeth-Jane Ringrose   

A female student was sexually assaulted on the west campus of Wits University on Friday, July 27.

First-year Digital Arts student, Taliah Naidoo says that a male student groped her as she was walking past Flower Hall to her morning lecture.

Naidoo said, “There was a group of boys, most were wearing hard hats but there was one boy wearing a mask. One of the boys wearing a hard hat grabbed my butt and held it for a while.”

Naidoo said she was shocked and angered by the incident. “The boys then walked in front of me and laughed at me, at this stage I was angry so I punched one of the boys and his nose started bleeding. They grabbed my student card off my jacket, took pictures…

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