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Year Six is upon us!
|Updated: Saturday, 10 March, 2001 (GMT)*
EVENT # 257: THE TICKING CLOCK
Kwerekwere in Cape TownBINYAWANGA WAINAINA
Kwerekwere: Derogatory term meaning African from outside South Africa. Used mainly around Johannesburg, but more recently around South Africa by Black people.
Kwerekweres are said to be very dark, over-ambitious. We are supposed to be very good at two things: selling things on street-corners and black magic (muti).
Our main crime is stealing jobs and women.
I had been in South Africa for a year before I first encountered bigotry. I was sitting in a mini-bus taxi, on my way to Kwamakuta, one of the large Townships just far away enough from Port Elizabeth to keep property prices stable, and near enough to provide a pool of cheap labour for the large car-manufacturers.
A large woman with improbably clear skin stared at me for most of the way. After a while, irresistably driven, she asked, "Are you MaGhana?"... More
The Enemy WithinRADIO RAHEEM
OAKTOWN, CALI - We've all heard it before, ya'll:
The cheerin' is begrudged when something good happens for ya', but brothers be coming outtah the woodwork with big old grins and mock-camaraderie when somethin' screws up. It's bad enough that you have to deal with the on-going ration from the White folks, but it's worse to have to live knowing that your own people are envious and hate it when something good happens to you. And all of ya'll know exactly what I'm talkin' about here....More
Begin Year SixROD AMIS
I shouldn't even be having this third cup of coffee, not this late in the day. But I remember reading somewhere some "expert" saying that even more people in America would be depressed if it weren't for coffee. Then, the other night, I heard that Carlo Gambino, of the notorious New York crime organization, drank a dozen cups of coffee a day. I wouldn't recommend your doing that, though; Carlo Gambino died of a heart attack.
Coffee, you see, is one of my only pleasures these days. Everything else is just dark clouds and frayed nerves. Seems like this is becoming a cycle. Every year around this time, I wonder if I'll do the magazine another year or not. (I always keep doing it, of course.) Last year at this time, I wasn't only wondering about the magazine, as you know, I was also wondering about my life. Somehow, I decided to keep going on, with lots of encouragement from close friends and family. My "reason" is this little corner of the Web. I don't have any other, actually... More
One way of doing that is buying our "stuff." Wear it, drink from it, click over it.
THE SEX COLUMN:
A Marriage ManualCHARLIE THE TUNA
One is the biggest differences between women and men is how they approach the subject of marriage. Women tell each other everything there is to know about marriage way in advance of the ceremony. It starts with their mothers and just works its way through the network; girlfriends, co-workers, aunts, cousins, grandma --- they all kick in with the advice. "Look at that raggedy car he's driving. And you expect him to buy new shoes for you? Well, if you're fool enough to marry a man like that, you're gonnah need 'em, 'cause you'll be putting in a lot of foot-miles."
For us men, it's a totally different situation. And you know why, Losers? My grand-daddy told me after my second marriage: "Oh yeah, we all knew she was crazy and was gonnah take you for all you had! But you know what?!? We got damned tired of hearing about all the tail you was snaggin' and the good time you was havin' out on the streets while the rest of us had to suffer through the naggin' and bullshit.
"We got damned tired! Don't you know misery loves company, boy? So we figured we'd such smile and say, 'Yeah, Charlie, she's the one. Go make her an honest woman' just to shut your ass up!"... More
Lady Hervey and CelebsKEVIN CAREY
I can just about understand Coca Cola wishing to retain the services of J.K. Rowling to promote it; after all, she writes well and her books are popular. I can understand, too, Pepsi securing the services of Britney Spears who, I am told, sings quite well and who is, I know, very popular. What I cannot understand is a widespread obsession with 'celebrities' that do nothing at all.
The latest example here is a certain Lady Victoria Hervey who, from what I can tell (I don't read tabloid newspapers or gossip magazines) has simultaneously exhibited a small quantity of breast and buttock and inveighed against the poor for receiving tax payers' money. As I am ill equipped to furnish an adequate description of her flesh and am so contemptuous of her attempt at social analysis, I will confine myself to trying to reach some general conclusions about what the cult of celebrity tells us about ourselves.... More
COMING MONDAYThe first issue of our GALA FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION. We won't spoil it for you. Expect a week of new feature premieres, hot writing from your old favorites, and guest appearances from G21 Alumni. Welcome to The Future! Year Six begins.
| RECOMMENDED DAILY REQUIREMENT: : The beach going population in Australia divides into two categories: those who think jet skis are cool, and those who see them as a pox. Among the adults, these divisions coincide pretty well with that between tabloid readers and broadsheet readers.
Our great Australian public mystic, the saintly Michael Leunig, whose cartoons have graced the fronts of refrigerators in middle class households for the past twenty-five years, produced the devastating "Ode to a Jet Ski Rider", one of his best efforts.It gets reprinted every summer.
"Jet ski rider, selfish fink
As we rattle away from the beach up the corrugated gravel road, I'm thinking it's difficult to find a leisure toy with fewer redeeming features than the jet ski. It pollutes, it's noisy, it's a menace to other beach goers. The purchase of scores of them increases still further our enormous foreign debt. But how does it rate in the overall scheme of things? Is the problem with our life on this planet going to be fixed by a few education programs aimed at dickheads - a few modern sumptuary laws? ... "The Jet Ski & The Devil" LLOYD MORCOM More
This decision was heralded by the USA's number one and two cable operators, AT&T Broadband and AOL Time Warner, as a long overdue victory. Both companies had been fighting these regulations for years in the courts and legislatures of the country.
Meanwhile, new FCC Chairman Michael Powell is known to be sympathetic to claims of the cable and satellite companies, having stated that the regulations were too stringent, and is expected to have the FCC rewrite the rules within months.
Consumer groups are understandably up in arms about the court's ruling, saying that it allows for further concentration of an already non-competitive industry with limited subscriber choices and prices that have risen far faster than inflation These groups are also concerned that increased deregulation of the cable space, just as new digital technologies are being deployed to control the "Home Gateway," will allow the mega-corporations to "fence off" the type and quantity of digital content available to their users --- a practice for which AOL Time Warner has always shown a marked propensity... "Fencing the Digital Frontier" ROD AMIS More
Here I am, on the road again
THE ANNIVERSARY EVENT
THE NOW EVENT
THE PREVIOUS EDITION
(ROD AMIS does an in-depth report on the Hanssen spy case in the United States, G21 NEWS; CARSON BROWN debuts in G21 LATIN AMERICA with a report on the Zapatista march to Mexico City; and more, much more!)
THE GALA ANNIVERSARY EDITION
THE NOW EDITION
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