2013 was one of the most difficult professional years I’ve ever had and perhaps the most rewarding personally but no doubt was a year for growing. After the post that started this year I thought it proper to sum up the year that was 2013. It’s funny, my eldest brother, in talking about our business was … Continue reading The year that was and the year that may be . . .
Every time I go to India (for context – almost always for business and to Mumbai) I come away with the strangest feeling of inspiration. While it may sound slightly contrived or clichéd it’s completely true. You see our business deals with retailers, of all sizes, in all places. From massive hypers and wholesalers to … Continue reading Place of hope, despair, absolute wealth and absolute poverty . . .
I’ve been thinking a lot about what will happen to South Africa, I guess when you move away from home for a while you start wondering if it’s the right place to go back to. For as long as I’ve been alive SA has been on ‘a knife edge’ according to most people. It could … Continue reading What is to become of South Africa . . .
I wrote a piece a while ago about how when you buy something it should be evaluated based on how it makes you feel rather than any other superficial reason. I had the privilege of heading to Bali as the summer slowly slips away in my part of the world! Firstly it is simply one of … Continue reading The soul of a country is what gives me hope for South Africa . . .
I’ve been using the word BIZARRE a lot lately, I suppose when you live in a place like Shanghai you get to use it a lot (there is some seriously amusing shit that happens here). But, In light of recent events I fear I’m not justified in using it here – in fact the stuff … Continue reading bi•zarre / bi?zär/ (Adj) Very strange or unusual.
After having dinner with a couple of very intelligent people at the base of the Stellenbosch Mountains, the inevitable happened after a few bottles of wine, a philosophical discussion was sparked. The subject of which was why certain countries succeed and some don’t? First it was decided that we’re probably all destined to fail because … Continue reading The great African problem!
AS you may know by now, STM is not a big Proteas fan! So when we were invited into their locker-room for a chat and a drink we pleasantly DECLINED and sent someone who is a fan! Here is his story! The Protea’s had a locker room function at Kingsmead where Graeme, Jacque and Boucher were on hand to … Continue reading Is this the Proteas team to rid the chokers Tag……
On Saturday afternoon I found myself watching some or other nonsense and intermittently checking Twitter for whatever random updates were available that seemed interesting. I follow Stephen Grootes from 702 and writer or the brilliant Daily Maverick who religiously updates any press conference or interview on twitter and thankfully he reminded me that the Mogoeng … Continue reading What are the first signs of a nation starting to crumble?
If you want to read the background to my views on cricket to start with maybe go read one or two of the articles here! The truth is, in short, I didn’t always hate cricket but through the shocking, arrogant and unsportsmanlike way our team and management has continued to conduct themselves over the last … Continue reading Its just not Cricket . . .
I’ve been harping on the ‘Is South going downhill’ story for a while now. I think it is the combination of a number of events like the elections that are getting me to question whether we are actually moving forward or backward here. I was driving back from Sun City over the weekend (yes I … Continue reading Just how free and fair are the elections?
. . . It’s funny, I used to be a massive cricket supporter! I used to be one of those kids who would watch every ball of a 5 day test when I was on holiday and whenever they would break for tea or drinks or lunch I’d go outside and PLAY cricket in the … Continue reading Why I hate South African cricket . . .
I spent last week in Mumbai visiting a business we have there. It’s the first time I’ve been to India at all and without question was one of the most humbling and inspiring four days of my life. I left India with a renewed energy that can only be given by a place that shows … Continue reading Life is not fair!
The second I arrived in Mumbai it quite literally blew my mind! I’ve been privileged to travel to many countries in my short life but so far I cannot find one that has been so exceptionally different / interesting in every respect. Now I could go on for paragraphs about this place and what I’ve … Continue reading Wake up South Africa!
This a story of a champion. A story of a cock who couldn’t take it any more. A cock who stood up for itself and proclaimed, “you can take my life, but you won’t force me back in the ring!”. Seriously. It may not have proclaimed it, but you get the gist. A cockfighting rooster … Continue reading Champion cock!
STM has had to hit Mumbai for the week to do some business (all above board we swear) but we thought it would be a good idea to show you! If you are wondering, this is the place the terrorists hit in late 2008 but since then there are blockades for a 100m around the … Continue reading Just to show you where STM is hanging out this week . . .