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Darrel Bristow-Bovey: I Avoid “Relentless Show-offyness” and Make Honesty My First Priority in Writing

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoBruce Dennill recently interviewed Darrel Bristow-Bovey about his new book One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo.

In the interview, Denhill asks about how Bristow-Bovey found writing a book different from writing a column. Denhill says part of the mysterious appeal of a columnist is that the regular column is just a snapshot of a his fascinating life, but a book provides a deep a detailed portrait of a person.

Bristow-Bovey says it’s sad, but probably true, that the more he reveals the less interesting he is. Nevertheless, although he didn’t quite tell all in the book, the quality of forthright sincerity has become more important to him as a writer.

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“I thought: ‘Why would anyone want to read my personal whining unless I’m entertaining them?’. My previous books were humour books, but I don’t want to write that way anymore. Much of that was relentless show-offyness, squeezing as many laughs as possible into a space; playing ‘Sieze The Punchline’. I try, these days, to make honesty a first priority.

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Podcast: Julian Rademeyer Comments on the Media Fatigue Around Rhino Poaching

Killing for ProfitJulian Rademeyer, author of the award-winning Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade, spoke to Rhishja Cota-Larson for Behind the Schemes about some of the poaching criminals he investigated and wrote about for the book.

Rademeyer speaks about the details of some recent arrests and trials of people involved in poaching syndicates. Cota-Larson comments on the relative silence about poaching in the media recently. Rademeyer says that this is not really because less poaching is happening, but because there is a degree of fatigue about Rhino poaching in the South African media.

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Darrel Bristow-Bovey on the Aftermath of Publishing: Nagging Friends and Sneaking around Bookstores

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoDarrel Bristow-Bovey has written an article about the aftermath of publishing a book, sharing his thoughts and feelings relating to his recently launched memoir, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo.

“I have just published a book, and while this part of the process is preferable to the earlier part of writing the damn thing, it’s no moustache-twirling holiday in the sun, dabbing clam juice from your chin with wadded up 100-franc notes. The modern writer who has written has many responsibilities,” Bristow-Bovey writes.

These responsibilities include getting people to attend your book launches, making sure your book is not hidden in the “loamy corners” of bookstores and nagging people, friends and family included, to buy your book.

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Next comes the long bombardment of social media, where you reward people for following you by subjecting them to waves of naggy, ingratiating urgings to come to your book launch. It’s humiliating: entire generations of writers who in former times would have been misty, distant figures of mystery are reduced to side-show hucksters or timeshare salesmen. “Just come to the launch! Have a free glass of wine! No obligation!”
When the rains are especially scarce, some writers might post copies of favourable reviews, or perform a sad practice called “retweeting compliments”, which is like being a crazed villager roaming the cobbled streets shouting, “John Brown can’t wait to spend the weekend curled up with my book, three exclamation marks!” or “Sipho V. says he likes my style lol!”

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David Klatzow on Shrien Dewani’s Acquittal: “I am Deeply Disappointed With the Way the State Runs its Affairs”

Justice DeniedForensic expert and author of Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of Justice David Klatzow responded to Shrien Dewani’s case being thrown out of court, calling the trial a “national disaster”.

“It’s been a chapter of gross errors starting from the beginning, letting him go back home, crime scene investigation and the lame-duck prosecutor Adrian Mopp. He (Dewani) can never be retried and this is the end of the case. I am deeply disappointed with the way the State runs its affairs,” Klatzow told Fatima Schroeder, Natasha Bezuidenhout and Chelsea Geach in an interview for IOL.

The reporters also spoke to the late Anni Dewani’s family, who said: “We will now go through this case with our lawyers to confirm whether we can file a lawsuit against Shrien Dewani in the UK.”

British businessman Dewani was accused of plotting to murder his wife Anni while on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010 and consequently extradited to be tried in the Cape Town High Court where he was found not guilty by judge Jeanette Traverso.

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Dewani leaves the country a free man after Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso threw his case out of court on Monday.

The case was thrown out of court on Monday without the defence even presenting its side of events, despite the prosecution fighting for four years to bring Dewani to South Africa to face charges of orchestrating the murder.

On Monday forensic pathologist David Klatzow said the trial was a “national disaster”. He described prosecutor Adrian Mopp as “a lame duck”, while criminal attorney William Booth said: “Evidence must be very poor for the court to throw out the case.”

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John Mitchell: “I Strongly Suspect the Sharks are Running Out of Money”

Mitch: The Real StoryJohn Mitchell, co-author and topic of Mitch: The Real Story, was interviewed by Jan de Koning for Rugby365 about his suspicions that the Sharks rugby franchise is running out of money.

In the interview Mitchell says that the Sharks has had a number of changes in coaching staff over the past few years, and that this has caused a significant drain on finances. He lists the high-profile coaches that have come and gone over the past few years, and explains the money that this costs.

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“In the South African context, the Bulls and the Sharks seem the most stable of the franchises, but I strongly suspect the Sharks are running out of money, which could be problematic for the game in this country.”

Asked to elaborate on the statement about the Sharks, Mitchell said some of the franchise’s financial issues have been splashed in the media.

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Dawie Roodt: The Rand is Overvalued and Weak, We Need a Sustainable Solution

Tax, Lies and Red TapeDawie Roodt, one of the authors of Tax, Lies and Red Tape, was quoted in an article about the unusual effects of the weakening rand.

When a country’s currency weakens, investments and exports normally improve, but South Africa is currently at variance with this expectation.

Roodt believes that the rand is still too strong to reap the benefits of a weakened currency, and that the currency needs to be stabilised.

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Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt said purchasing power parity calculations showed that the rand was “highly overvalued” and “very weak”. Manufacturing needed an improvement in labour and capital productivity.

“If the currency falls we become poorer,” Mr Roodt said. “The answer is increasing improvements of productivity — that is the only sustainable solution. “(But SA is) not good at that, because we don’t have very skilled workers.”

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Podcast: Darrel Bristow-Bovey says 43 is the Key Age for Making Bad Decisions

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoDarrel Bristow-Bovey, the author of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo, was interviewed by Sue Grant-Marshall on Radio Today‘s Reading Matters about his new book.

Bristow-Bovey had Grant-Marshall laughing from the very beginning of his interview. The Radio Today presenter says she did not just laugh while reading this book, she guffawed.

Bristow-Bovey says he discovered, after a great deal of scientific research, that 43 is the key age for making catastrophic decisions, particularly for men. Grant-Marshall challenges him on this at first, but he has a strong argument.

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David Klatzow Testifies in Defence of a Murder-accused Couple, Using a Piglet to Demonstrate his Theory

Justice DeniedDavid Klatzow is the author of Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of Justice, a book which explores cases where bad science has caused unfair convictions. His recent testimony in defense of Craig and Bridget Smeddle, the accused in a murder trial, is in line with the book’s theme.

The Smeddles are a married couple, both heroin users, who were on trial for the murder of their drug dealer, Edwin Chukwuemka. They claim that they acted in self-defense after Chukwuemka attacked them. Klatzow conducted an experiment on a piglet to demonstrate his theory about the wire the couple used to strangle Chukwuemka.

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“I don’t believe the incised wounds were caused by that garrotte,” Klatzow said.

Klatzow was so determined to prove his theory that he offered to demonstrate on his assistant in court.

“You have a very brave assistant,” remarked Magistrate Victor Gibson, which led to giggles across the public gallery.

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Get Your Copy of Justice Denied Signed by David Klatzow at Exclusive Books Cavendish in Cape Town

Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of JusticeDavid Klatzow, forensic expert and author of Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of Justice, will be signing copies of his book this week in Cape Town.

In Justice Denied, Klatzow exposes the miscarriages of justice resulting from bad science and corrupt motives.

He will be at Exclusive Books Cavendish on Saturday, 13 December, at 11 AM.

Don’t miss it!

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Uittreksel: ’n Geheim word vir sewentig jaar bewaar in Laaste dans, Drienie deur Steve Hofmeyr

Laaste dans, DrienieNamibiana Buchdepot het ’n uittreksel gedeel uit Laaste dans, Drienie deur Steve Hofmeyr.

Laaste dans, Drienie vertel die verhaal van Drienie en haar verhouding met die Bremer-broers, Jurgen en Dawid. Die roman speel af tussen die hede en die verlede. In die hede ondersoek luitenant Muller Joubert ’n moordsaak en sy hoofverdagte is ’n ou tannie (Drienie) wat al vir sewentig jaar lank ’n groot geheim bewaar.

In hierdie uittreksel ontmoet die leser vir Jurgen, die saggeaarde soldaat en Drienie se ware liefde. Hy is op een van sy Stormjaer-missies, maar hierdie een is anders as om brûe op te blaas. Jurgen leer hoe om ’n geweer te skiet, en sy teiken is generaal Jan Smuts.

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Die gramstorige oom se verskoning was dat die fynstellings van korrelvat verongeluk word deur ‘n moeg diafragma. Jurgen was nie seker wat ‘n diafragma was nie, maar het geraai dat dit iets met die berugte Long-Krag-roer te make het, een wat Skandinawiese vrywilligers destyds aan my oupa geskenk het, waarmee hy daai maanhaar geklits het. Dit was oom Joop se storie en hy het daarby gesweer op sy ma se graf. Toe Jurgen met stampe en stote die laaste trappies uitklim, het Joop hom maak platval en oor die warm sink laat opkruip tot langs hom. “Hemelhert, Jurie. Wil jy hê almal moet jou sien?” – “Nee, oom. Jammer, oom.” Dit was ook die eerste keer dat Jurgen Bremer vir Jan Smuts of enige minister van naby sou sien. Hy was die een oomblik nog opgewonde, toe hy skielik begin wonder of hy dit ook sou kon doen. So aanlê, mik en dan net skiet.