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Annette’s Columns

Women’s Day celebrates the middle class. And we don’t deserve it.

  (Photo from: http://commongood.org.za/2014/08/07/the-day-that-rock-beat-paper) It doesn’t take a lot to make me feel guilty. I’m symbolic of guilt, all the 20th Century evil is combined in me. I’m a white, German speaking South African. My grandfather served in the SS. … Continue reading

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Just did it…………..

Whoever came up with that unprecedented Nike catch phrase must have referred to writer’s block. I’m no writer, not by any stretch of the imagination. And if you were my keyboard you would know that as I was typing the … Continue reading

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Every day has his dog…………

As a child I wanted to be a vet. For many, many years this was all that made any sense to me. Then, alas I became a teenager and so forth and the common sense and logic of the child … Continue reading

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Charlie Marwick

He’s 16 months old and I haven’t acknowledged his existence in writing. I must be the world’s worst aunt. And I fancy myself an aunt of note. Typically for childless women, we dote on nephews and nieces in ways no … Continue reading

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Kidney Chaos

So you may not know this, but I recently partook of a series of most unfortunate events.

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The bearable maleness of valour

For most of my life I’ve wrestled with a conflict. Sexism is probably my pet hate. Bring me a man who thinks he’s superior to me purely on the strength of his gender and I get so hot under the … Continue reading

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In joyous anticipation of Number Four…..

My younger sister is expecting a baby which is due any day this week. It’s her fourth child, she has two big boys, Frank, 16 and Terry, 14 from her first marriage, and a little monkey boy called Thorsten who … Continue reading

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Home, hearth and baked cheesecake

Home, hearth and baked cheesecake 05 Feb 2011 Annette Harms IN my book, for a story to have a happy ending, it should start with the words “cream butter, sugar and eggs”. My mom is an excellent cook and baking … Continue reading

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Zoo City

In bed with Sloth on a Sunday morning: Reading Zoo City by Lauren Beukes It’s unlike any book I’ve ever read. I had to buy it because I have a patriotic urge to support anything that comes out of South … Continue reading

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Home Alone 2011

Home alone 2011 My husband is away. I feel a strange freedom and sense of ownership about our house. I don’t usually feel this way, especially if the kids are here. At the moment it’s my house, my couch, my … Continue reading

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