Nation-building, community-building…or pulling down statues?

On Mandela day…each year, I wonder what that strong, determined, visionary and unifying leader would have to say about our country now? South Africa has no strong, easily discernible or well-articulated Nation-building myths left for the disparate communities to gather around for much flag-waving and cheering… And from what I am hearing of late, they…

silence please…

   can we have a minute of silence for the thousands of drowned refugees – yes, all of them – not just the toddler whose body washed up on a beach and captured the attention of many… for a few days… also, a minute of silence for all of those thousands who will continue to make the crossing,…

Sydney ‘siege’, and scattered thoughts on ‘terror’

Some scattered thoughts on ‘terror’ this week in the aftermath of the Sydney ‘siege’ – when people were held hostage for 16 hours in a cafe in the city by a man claiming links to IS (‘Islamic State’) – closely followed by a horrific massacre of 145 school children in Peshawar, Pakistan by the Taliban….

Dulce et decorum est…

It’s 530am. An amplified voice booms across our usually quiet suburb. Its still pitch dark. I wasn’t sleeping properly anyway, but I find the noise irritating. It takes me a few moments to realise- Anzac Day services… Ahh, right. Here we go again. Soon comes the music too- so like the sloooooow, off key hymns…