• City Life,  Life

    1 Billion Rising – more than just a hipster cause

    I once worked with a woman who was so superficial and ill-informed about life around her, that every moment (right or wrong) was an opportunity to jump on the brandwagon in a bid to be trendy. She was my manager – as much as she could manage to get to work on time with her hangovers explained away as tummy aches or lateness explained as having to drop by exclusive books first thing to buy ‘magazines for the offices’. Nobody bought it, we just smiled and nodded. I also just smiled and nodded when, on the day of a protest at parliament, she wasn’t in the least interested in the…

  • Life,  Pop Culture

    The problem with my hair

    is that there is no problem. Let me explain. Hair is SUCH a sensitive thing in coloured culture. Chemical treatments, ‘swirling’, weekly trips to the salon and, lately, Brazilian straightening methods is part and parcel of the whole grooming thing. If you hair is not perfectly straight, sleek and shiny…well, you’re letting yourself go and clearly don’t care about the fact that you’re an embarrassment to your family. A few years ago, I decided that I’ve had enough of that malarky. As a rule I don’t put any chemical straighteners on my hair and stick to the occasional professional blow-dry and use a GHD only when needed. In fact, I…

  • Pop Culture

    Inked: I know why the caged bird sings

    “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.” Maya Angelou It’s been two years since I was inked and it’s time to scratch that itch. My fascination with birds continue and I’m thinking of adding more birdies to join the one on the nape of my neck (to ‘join’ the flock so-to-speak) But there are some very beautiful designs along the theme of being ‘blown away’ But the detail and colour in these might just win the day – perhaps not to scale. Smaller versions Or maybe…