The Importance Of Celebrating Family

My gran, who sadly passed away last year, was Dutch by birth. One of the many great legacies she left was that of the traditional winter celebration of Sinterklaas. It’s a simple concept. The whole family gets together and eats a lot of food (sort of like...

To My Dad On His 60th Birthday

My dad, Daniel Stopforth, was born in 1952. He qualified as a diesel mechanic and has worked his way up to being a well-respected and very successful director at Basil Read. He is also a gifted musician with a great voice and equal talent on the guitar and keyboard...

Social Media Addiction

It’s 06h00. The opening strums of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s cover of “What a Wonderful World” – my alarm ringtone – drag me out of some bizarre dream. I lean over, pull my iPhone from its permanent charging station next to my bed and cancel the alarm. Before I’ve...

The Future Of Springbok Rugby

It’s a gloomy Monday following the loss of the Springboks to the Wobblies in their 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. As is typical of Springbok ‘fans’, abuse is being hurled at the coach, senior players and of course the ref as we attempt to...