BY IAN MITCHELL Democracy, as the mad moaner Malcom Muggeridge once remarked, can work only in societies that are essentially unified. He was thinking at the time of communist regimes, but the point is still valid. We are beginning to understand that Scotland, which was tolerably unified before Nicola Sturgeon started to foment social division for political advantage, is no longer in that category. Neither … Continue reading South Africa & Tribalism
BY DAN NEEDLES I was in a little arts and crafts shop last week when I heard an earnest young woman with two children in tow grilling the saleswoman about a basket of “densely felted organic dryer balls” sitting in a basket beside the till. “Are they made of natural fibres?” asked the young woman. “Yes,” said the saleswoman. “They are made entirely of wool. … Continue reading Free the Sheep!
BY JOHN NASH The world’s press and social media has recently been awash with a story about Merelize van der Merwe, a South African (SA) lady hunter who shot a giraffe and held up its heart, after a hunt that was a Valentine gift from her hubby. Thank goodness she didn’t hold up the organ on the ground (see picture below). Unsurprisingly, The Sun, our … Continue reading Brass Neck
BY JOHN NASH People, particularly sane, level-headed people, typified by readers of CSM, may often wonder how large numbers of apparently normal, everyday people can be whipped into a mob capable of monstrous and inhuman acts. May I introduce you to a particularly evil monster of such outrageous proportion that you may suffer the vapours simply reading about him. He is called Ron Thompson, mass … Continue reading The Strange Case of Ron Thompson
BY JOHN NASH Hunting regularly comes under fire from supporters of animal rights, vegetarianism and folks who are concerned with ecological extinction. The heaviest fire directed at trophy hunting in Africa, replete with visions of Victorian Rider Haggard types in pith helmets blasting African animals in all directions. Talk about barking up the wrong tree. Modern Africa is very different. Most trophy hunters go to South Africa, … Continue reading A Funny Old Game
BY ANASTASIA CHOO It’s a warm sunny afternoon and I am sitting in an idyllic converted church chapel in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside in the delightful company of singer and song writer Holly Rose. Holly was the lead singer of platinum selling band Semisane in South Africa in 2004 followed by a successful solo career in the UK and two outstanding album releases. … Continue reading The Holly Rose Interview