Fiasco

I have just finished reading ‘Fiasco – The American Military Adventure in Iraq’, by Thomas E. Ricks. It is an eye-opening read, and brilliantly written. Having worked in Iraq for several years, I found it fascinating reading and would recommend...

Seeing red

A few years ago, I enjoyed a trip on Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Durban. As one might expect, the journey included several stops / excursions along the way, one of which was to the Nambiti Game Reserve, near Ladysmith. The young game guide should...

Humpty Dumpty is alive and well

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” There are some weird and wonderful characters on Quora, but one of the more entertaining...

The Power of Propaganda

As much as it pains me to say it, the Apartheid regime propagandists, modern-day fanatical Defenders of the Myth, and other assorted ‘useful idiots’, really have done an amazing job of entrenching their utterly false version of the Boer War deep...

Mass Murder at Tweebosch

De la Rey’s victory over Lord Methuen’s column at Tweebosch on the 7th of March 1902 is one of the more trumpeted battles of the Boer War. Modern day True Believers can hardly contain themselves as they squeal how the plucky old Boers vanquished...

Pick a number! Any number!

I was recently loaned this book by a friend, and it didn’t take long before I spotted a hilarious claim on page v: ‘It is not certain how many of the 100,000 Boer farms that were burnt, were located in the Eastern Transvaal’. As anyone who...