22
Jun
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My first name isn’t Richard, it’s Johan. That’s how we (used to) roll in my family. I come from a long line of Johans who were all known by their second names. This lovely tradition was of little consequence until the early 1980s, when the hit series Dallas first appeared on South African television. The… read more »

08
Jun
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The show is almost over, dear readers. This is the last of the series in which I try to ascertain the location of the slides I inherited from my father. Previous editions saw us hopping from Spain to Mexico and Sweden, and from France to Turkey and Greece. Here’s hoping the four pictures below will… read more »

25
May
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What do these three have in common? Any ideas? Here’s a hint: they are NOT the secret ingredients of an international stew served at United Nations banquets. Shikaakwa, al-Qāhira and Guichéng are the original names of cities that start with the letter C in English. Welcome to Part III of my alphabetical series on the… read more »

22
May
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Davinia Lamme (32 jaar) werkt bij Larive International (www.larive.nl), een adviesbureau dat bedrijven begeleidt bij het betreden van markten in Centraal & Oost Europa, Azië en Oost Afrika. Davinia vervult een spilfunctie tussen het lokale partnernetwerk (30 kantoren) in deze gebieden en haar klanten. Als geen ander weet zij waar de uitdagingen liggen bij het… read more »

11
May
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I do not like jogging. But I love sprinting. More accurately, I used to love sprinting. Nowadays it causes me to tear muscles. Mostly when I am playing football. And when I say “football”, I mean “soccer”, not the game played by numbered knights in tights chasing odd-shaped balls. I am a striker, an attacker.… read more »

27
Apr
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My father saw a lot more of the world than I ever will. The photos of his travels – dating mainly from the 1960s and ’70s – clearly show that he had a fascination for trains, cars and boats. There is also a photo of a helicopter, but there are no photos of planes. Although… read more »

30
Mar
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In January, I wrote a blog about crazy tours and contests, asking you to share the more unusual customs and contests of your own countries. On reviewing your comments, I was surprised to discover that both Heloisa T. Ramos Roberto of Brazil and William Setiawan of Indonesia mentioned contests that involve climbing a slippery pole… read more »