Five things

(I'm blaming Jason for this.) 1. Kondo Living There's a Netflix show I haven't yet seen about a certain Marie Kondo, who cleans your house by saying if something doesn't spark joy, you should get rid of it. Folks were happy with her getting rid of shoes, but apparently there was a stink when she … Continue reading Five things

In which Randolph sustains a concussion and whiplash at the same time

Car accidents, I've had a few... In what must have been 1997, because the song Barbie Girl was released that year (it was how I referred to my best friend's girlfriend), I was in a car accident. Barbie's family had a house next to a lake outside of Johannesburg, and we were going to drive … Continue reading In which Randolph sustains a concussion and whiplash at the same time

Reinvention

In 1990 I started at boarding school, aged 13. In what turned out to be eighteen months of living hell* interspersed with a life-long friendship or two, I learned the value of reinventing myself. I remember lying on my hostel bed a few weeks into the first term thinking that I could be anybody I … Continue reading Reinvention

I made it

In June 1994, my father died at the age of 41. In May this year I outlived him, but for psychological reasons I needed to celebrate my 42nd birthday to make it "official". Well, I made it. Saturday 22 December was the big day and now I kind of feel like counting birthdays is no … Continue reading I made it