Kanthan's blog

The William Nicol interchange looks good, but it sucks

12 February 2020 — When the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project trotted out the new interchange at the intersection of the N1 and William Nicol, there were many oohs and aahs around how beautiful it was. Actually, it's stupid. It is responsible for creating what is possibly the single...

RIP, Mad Mike

11 February 2020 — Here's a short history in bullet points: St Patrick's Day, 1919, Thomas Michael Hoare was born in Calcutta, India to Irish parents. At eight years old, he was sent to school in England, and thereafter began studying to be an accountant. He was 20 when he joined the...

The unraveling of the EU begins today

10 February 2020 — In October 2018, German Chancellor Merkel announced that she would not be standing for reelection as leader of her party, the Christian Democratic Union. In the December election that followed, Merkel's protégé, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, (Germany's current Minister of...

The erotic allure of unfamiliar books

9 February 2020 — There's a pile of books on my bedside table in various stages of being read; ditto the guest bathroom at my home which doubles as my personal reading room every so often.  But you will still find me prowling second hand bookshops looking for things that pique my curiosity....

The virus and the pangolin

8 February 2020 — When you see one strutting along on its hind legs, you might be forgiven for thinking this is a baby tyrannosaurus.  When it rolls up into a ball, it looks like a projectile from a medieval version of pelota designed for the Spanish Inquisition.  And then it puts forward...

To boldly go where no woman has gone before...

7 February 2020 — Barely 24 hours ago at 9h12 GMT, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Christina Koch safely parachuted down in Kazakhstan. She had spent 328 days (including her 41st birthday on 29 January) on board the International Space Station. During that time, she and fellow astronaut...

Compulsory medical aid is a good thing

6 February 2020 — Earlier this week, someone expressed an opinion as to why he/she should be forced to subscribe to company medical aid. "The problem is companies to do not give us a choice. We are forced into joining (Discovery Health). That's what we need our government to look at. Why are...

As my memory fades...

— For some time now, I have had an app on my iPhone called Day One which prompts me every morning at 8h15 to write an entry in my journal. @Anatinus asked me this morning what that was all about, and I told her that this was a way of reminding myself that someday, I needed to start writing...