Brilliant minds

“… errors are notoriously hard to kill, but an error that ascribes to a man what was actually the work of a woman has more lives than a cat.”

This was the wry comment from Hertha Ayrton, British engineer, mathematician, physicist, inventor and activist, on learning that her friend Marie Curie’s work was credited to Curie’s husband. Why, for all she achieved by dint of hard work and a brilliant mind – and others like her – is Hertha Ayrton’s name not among the ‘Great Britons’ – like that of her compatriot Isambard Kingdom Brunel? Denial of women’s talent?

Finding Flowers

In this time of unprecedented human-induced ecological destruction and with many of the world’s leaders apparently turning a blind eye, it might seem that only a super hero can save us. But that’s to underestimate what one or a few ordinary heroes can do to help restore ecological integrity.

‘Peace in the Valley’ – The Song Lyrics Arose from this Poem

Fake war in Afghanistan to kill just one man,
A weak excuse for war against Iraq, same shit different day,
The value of human life is zero,
slaughtered for an ideology or the price of a barrel of oil.
There are no straight lines or linear parameters in the valley


The Social Dilemma aside, physical distancing with social connection yielded an unanticipated find …

Unexpected rays of sunshine

This past week has been extremely difficult for me. There are events that unfolded and left me feeling like I had been hit by a train. One particularly bad day, I was my way to pick my son Victor, while at a junction along Beyers Naude waiting for the traffic lights to turn green, something […]