Journalistic excellence

Now look, I do think that the Mail & Guardian newspaper is one of the better examples of journalism in South Africa, albeit that the competition is not all that it could be. But since you’re one of the better ones, then perhaps when you’re tweeting about your “journalistic excellence”, you could at least ensure that all the words of the headline on the edition pictured are spelled correctly.

Interestingly, agains all the odds, this offending tweet has since disappeared.

Morning tweet

Good morning SA the petrol price is ridiculous

Actually, I often find that the relative level of outlay required to purchase refined hydrocarbons in the retail sector is best indicated by depiction of an absolutely huge blue tit and a small bunch of poorly drawn daffodils.

So yes, ridiculous, agreed.

PFTP

Busy day, busy evening ahead, so just a quick recommendation which I recently found on The Twitter:

PostcardFromThePast

Described as:

Fragments of life in real messages on postcards from the past. Delivered to you every day. Wish you were here?

It does exactly what it says on the tin. The fragments of life come as single line quotes from the postcards in question and range from the rather mundane, through to the altogether intriguing, and include several of the bewildering and bizarre. Of course, many of these snippets can be attributed to the actual holiday experience, but then there are some that provoke further interrogation.

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If you’re in the right mood, you can become quite involved. Who is Martin, how big is his picture framing business now (clue: it’s bigger than before), and what does that have to do with a visit to Robin Hood’s Bay?

When was the last time you sent a postcard?
With WhatsApp, email and Facebook, postcards are surely dying the death, aren’t they?
Discuss [5 marks]

As I said – just a quick recommendation today, but do go along and have a look.

Vive le (temperature) difference

Much mirth and merriment on SA Twitter yesterday as the UK basked in a “heatwave”, getting up to (in some cases) the low to mid 30s Celsius.

I’m sharing this one example, not for any other reason other than because I particularly enjoyed it:

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Amateurs indeed.

But, as your lovable local “Soutie“, can I just make the case for the other side too?

Because when you Saffas are all:

OMG! It’s so cold. I’m FREEZING! #hypothermia

throughout the winter months, while it’s a balmy 15ºC… well… how do you think I’m looking at you?

It’s almost – almost – as if the climatic conditions in the UK and SA are generally quite different, thus giving the local populaces disparate reference ranges for their understanding of “normal” weather and temperatures.

Who knew, hey? 🙂

Descriptive

There has been an element of hyperbole on Twitter this morning…

z on Arsenal TV:

…it’s just a putrid vessel for hate now.

I wouldn’t know. But I can imagine.
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Biénne Huisman on voicemail:

…the pinnacle of barbarity.

One of many in the Barbaritiesberg range.
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Dorothy Black on pseudo-smokers:

Watching vapers make their mix is like watching crack addicts mix up their dose.

You’re spending time in the wrong places, Dot.

 

Drama abounds, and one should remember to save the hyperbole for when one really needs it:

hyp

Note that I’m not disagreeing with any of the above though.