Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Search for the Soldier Without a Name (Part 3) – Ten photographs

So here they are, ten photographs taken as trophies of war. Some of them are 79 years old, if the dates on the back of those photographs are correct. Black and white pictures that through the World Wide Web and … Continue reading

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Mandela’s notes

Writing those first drafts of history is a cliché lumped on us journalists. But this here is a real first draft of history. Nelson Mandela’s scrawl, notes jotted in an exercise book. A speech imperfect in its scratched out words, … Continue reading

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The Sandmen of Kya Sands

Their battle honours stretch back over a century, but on this night the Rand Light Infantry were on a different mission. Rioting had broken out in the informal settlement of Kya Sands to the north west of Johannesburg. Foreigners had … Continue reading

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The Search for the Soldier Without a Name (Part 2) – An encounter in the desert

This was a foolish act that cost the Italian officer everything he had. Everything dear to him, was taken off him, including those black and white photographs I now have. That act took place somewhere in the Western Desert probably … Continue reading

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Namibia

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A week in Namibia with its miles of gravel roads that take you into the most desolate of landscapes and where you can find the tastiest apple pie in the world. Here are a couple of pictures.    

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