“Julian the Tyrant” and other Stories

There’s been a lot of talk lately around Julian Assange following the release of 250 000+ “secret cables” by the media site WikiLeaks but that’s all it’s been, talk.

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Vuvuzelas, a true story

I was not going to write about this. As you can tell from this site there are so many more pertinent issues. The Tea Party takeover in the US and what it will mean for all of us. The continued prejudice heaped upon Homosexuals throughout Africa. Our own continuing woes regarding crime. I would be the first to argue that my topic is perhaps not the most pertinent issue to South Africans. But who then would argue the case of our dear Vuvuzela (Herein after at times lovingly referred to as the “Vuvu”)? “Make a difference not just noise” is the theme of WoZela. An initiative I was made aware of by a an American friend nogal. The idea is really simple: Use your Vuvuzela to make something “useful”. An effort supported by artists,“the win win group” and “Leftfield – Beyond Advertising” Whoever those three are… The links for “Leftfield” and “the win win group” on the Wozela site don’t work. If you google “the win win group” info does come up but the absence of a search bar on their site makes it difficult to discover what the link between them and Wozela is exactly. Don’t even try googling “Leftfield”. And there isn’t so much as a picture of anyone on the Wozela site. Well, except for models donning Vuvuzela earings. Also search all you want, but there is no mention or indication of any kind of who the “local craftsmen” are who will get the proceeds from Vuvu mutilation. Now let me just say that this is just the final straw. What I mean is that my contempt of Vuvu naysayers was not sparked by the Wozela site. It is just that of late, being abroad, I have found myself to suddenly be a spokesperson for all things South African. Because “you’re African and from Africa right?”, right? To that end, with the world cup fast approaching, I had done my best to inform and educate about the then still mythical Vuvuzela...

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