If there’s one profession that the majority of citizens in any country are sceptical of, it’s politics. I think it’s got to do with our obsession with power and control. Continue reading Life in South Africa: Politics
I once read a statistic that looked at how fast an earthquake travels compared to how quickly news travels on Twitter. Yup, you guessed it. Twitterers within the earthquake radius would know about the oncoming earthquake before it actually reached them. The problem, however, is that they would be delayed a further few seconds from escaping the carnage because they simply had to retweet what they had just read.
In South Africa, though, we don’t have earthquakes. We have taxis with sub woofers. Problem is, Continue reading Life in South Africa: Social Networking
I’m not sure if it’s like this in other countries of the world, but it’s an ongoing mystery to me how people transform into the most self-righteous bigots when they climb into a car. Continue reading Life in South Africa: Traffic
The braai. A transcendent feature of South African culture, which unites black, white, coloured, Indian and politicians. Yes, politicians are a race all on their own.
If the world were to end tomorrow, I would have a braai today and invite everyone I knew. Okay, maybe not everyone. But the point is that a braai is one of those things that everyone could come along to if they wanted to. It’s the one thing that doesn’t exclude anyone. Desmond Tutu was on to a good thing when the national holiday in South Africa – Day of Reconciliation – was branded colloquially as “Braai Day” by the former Archbishop.Continue reading Life in South Africa: The Braai
It all started while waiting in an aisle to pay for the groceries. You know those magazines… the ones with Photoshopped six packs? Well, I bought one. I dug deep into my resolve and my wallet and fished out R35,95 for this month’s Men’s Health edition. This particular edition came with a mini booklet called “Abs for Life” – complete with workouts, diet plan and info on how to get the mid-section you always dreamed of.
Well, the only reason I have any aspirations to bear resemblance to a Greek god is because, well, it Continue reading Life in South Africa: Exercise
A new series begins on ryancalder.co.za, which will take the form of various stages… and we at the RCB are inviting you along for the ride.
We want your input, your ideas, your feedback… rate it, comment on it, share it – whatever you do, we encourage interaction on whether you think it rocks or whether it sucks. Tell us.
As you know, I am a budding animator and am looking to create a series for this website called “Life in South Africa”. Continue reading Life in South Africa: A Background on the Series