Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mythology, Irvine Welsh, Morgan Tsvangirai, Greg Kerr, Freedom Statue

While working as a sub-editor on the Eastern Province Herald (now just called The Herald) in 2001, I also did a lot of work as a book reviewer, art writer and occasional columnist. Here is a cross-section of pieces done at the time. (Please click on the images to see the text at a readable size. Click again and it will be even larger.)

This was an interesting read, which revealed a bit about those mysterious cults one knows so little about.

Irvine Welsh of "Trainspotting" fame explores the underbelly of urban Scottish life in his novels.

Political chicanery continued to get my goat. The headline reads: New black political leaders needed. The last part of this article is below.

The last part of the article on black leadership.

I haven't used many of my manifold art crits, but this one somehow captures something of the character of Port Elizabeth. Interesting, too, is what a Spur burger cost 10 years ago. Today it's about R40.

This one is probably also significant because it marked the arrival in Port Elizabeth of former Stellenbosch art prof Greg Kerr (pronounced "Carr").

The ANC-led council in Nelson Mandela Bay (as Port Elizabeth, Despatch and Uitenhage became known) was hell-bent on erecting a massive state in the harbour, in a bid to eclipse Liberty. The rest of the article is below. The main head reads: "Madiba state is a cheap copy of Liberty"

The final part of the article on the Freedom Statue. Needless to say, nothing ever came of the idea.

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