The history of one of South Africa's most famous townships, New Brighton, was the subject of an interesting book I reviewed for the Herald newspaper in 2002. I also wrote a tribute to multi-instrumentalist Dave Tarr, wrote in praise of Leon Schuster's zany humour and reviewed another history book.
The first part of my review of Gary Baines's The Shadow of the City. The second and final sections are below. The headline reads: Birth and growth of New Brighton. (Please click on the text to see it at a readable size. Click again and it's larger still.)
The second part of the book on New Brighton.
The final part of the book review. I later lent the book to a colleague and sadly have not got it back.
An old friend, Dave Tarr, died of cancer at a young age. I wrote this tribute for the East Cape Weekend, which was the name given to the Weekend Post for a brief period in the early 2000s. The concluding part is below.
The last part of the Dave Tarr piece.
I rubbed a few people up the wrong way by arguing that Leon Schuster's movie, Mr Bones, was capable of tickling a few funny bones. The article concludes below.
The last of Leon.
A book on lenses made for interesting reading.