My wife and I spent months researching the perfect car for weekend getaways, emergency trips to the vet and the occasional recycling depot visit. It needed to be safe, stylish, environmentally-friendly and economical to run. We eventually settled on one that many of our friends, review websites and social media channels described as ‘Marmite’. We […]


My shared taxi ‘experiment’

I eagerly caught up on an array of TED podcasts on a recent Friday evening flight. Unsurprisingly,  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s TED 2016 presentation focused on regulation, technology and Uber’s mission to decrease congestion and pollution through its uberPool ride-sharing service. He didn’t disappoint, but my favourite part of his talk was a history lesson about the sharing […]

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Lost and found

Cate and I were about to go on holiday to Cornwall. We were ready for an epic road trip and relaxing break. She dropped off our dogs at a boarding kennel about twenty miles from our home in London. Our holiday plans suddenly changed when we received a call to inform us our oldest dog had escaped. We spent […]

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Today’s annual Thanksgiving celebration prompted me to write down all the things I’m grateful for. Life is precious, but one can easily lose perspective and sweat the small stuff. The following four examples are part of a long list I wrote down this Thanksgiving evening: This internet connection: It’s not the fastest connection, but I’m able to access WordPress […]

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Gandhi’s Jozi (re)treat

One wouldn’t normally associate peace and quiet with Louis Botha Avenue. In Johannesburg’s early days, it was the unpaved main road between the city and Pretoria. In 1908, Mahatma Gandhi spent a year living less then a block away from this unmemorable traffic artery in a bungalow that just over 100 years later has been transformed into a fascinating […]

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On the run

My New Year’s Day run this year was an uneventful affair compared to a year ago, when I fractured my right foot while running down a hill. This holiday season was different. I trained almost every day to rid my body of the excesses consumed over the holiday period. I took Mr. Sebastian, our min-pin crossed […]

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