Dying Light

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

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Xhosa Society

Last night, I was invited to watch a play put on by the Xhosa Society at Queenstown Girls High School.  They re-imagined George Orwell’s Animal Farm as a story taking place in South African mines.  I knew I would love it because that particular Orwell novella is one of my favourites.

And what an exciting, entertaining show it was.  There was plenty of dancing and singing of traditional Xhosa and struggle songs, which was done with the most energy I’ve seen from a cast in a while.  This is no exaggeration – there was a point where I almost jumped out of my seat and danced along.

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Why I Love August Burns Red

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In keeping my New Year’s resolution of being more positive, I’m going to start focusing more on the things I love and which grow me… which, in this instance, would be the band August Burns Red.

Now, I am a huge August Burns Red fan, and I won’t even pretend otherwise. The day I accidentally came across their song, “Composure”, spawned admiration and a love affair which has grown with each release until the present day.

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Community

“…to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit the Langa and Gugulethu townships in Cape Town. During my rather brief stints there, I had flashbacks of an often-forgotten chapter of my life during which I lived in the Queenstown township of Ezibeleni before relocating. Watching my extended family and the locals, I was reminded of the playfulness and innocence of youth. But more than that, I was reminded of – and began longing for – the sense of community missing from the suburbs in which I now reside. It is this camaraderie that I tried to capture (and failed, but I tried regardless):

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