Right, I’m in the process of working myself up to a big rant about all the ‘we’d die for Zuma’ and ‘Zuma will rule us from prison’ crap, but in the meantime I popped over to Up and Left for a quick read. Wena writes really well about everyday stuff that is as important, and probably far more important, than my rantings about the dangers of nationalist fervour. She has reviewed a restaurant in ‘new-look Muizenberg’ that appears to epitomize all the hideousness of the branded universe. Don’t take my word for it… read all about it.


Part of my morning routine includes a trawl of the interwebs for news and titbits that interest me and may interest my friends. My interests are pretty varied, so I get around a bit. Last week featured the absolutely delightful Where the hell is Matt 2008, which I think I may need to watch again if I aim to make it through this week without spiralling into depression. What? you may ask. Let’s get into what this morning’s trawl yielded:

A few blog entries on the subject of Snohetta’s winning the competition to design the King AbdulAziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Saudi Arabia. Snohetta are a marvellous architectural firm and I’m crazy for many of their designs (and a shout out to my excellent friend Mr Spurrett for pointing me in their direction). This one is actually very beautiful, and I do hope that it does get built. But a center for knowledge and culture in Saudi Arabia? Really? ‘Cause it looks to me more like the ‘King AbdulAziz Center for how I’m so rich I can spend craploads of money on glorifying myself through architecture’.

Pressing on, I found the intertubes vastly obsessed with some guy named Dmitri who allegedly left a totally psycho voice message on some girl’s phone. Actually, two totally psycho messages. I can’t even bring myself to link to it. JFGI if you must.

As ever, my favourite launchpads featured at least one entry each regarding people in the US or UK being hassled by cops or pseudocops for taking photographs or video. This whole thing is getting really weird. Did you know that people are regularly being hassled just for photographing or filming in a public place? Seriously: this guy has it on video. I mean, does this bother you all? Because I’m finding it increasingly disturbing.

And then there’s privacy issues. I picked this one up on Boing Boing this morning. And this is so not the weirdest one I’ve seen so far. It’s enough to throw me into high paranoia.

Last, but not least, there’s Zimbabwe. Oh Zimbabwe. We wait today to see whether the African Union will do anything at all. We’re not holding our collective breath, are we? Especially since they haven’t done anything about this guy – and I’m going to presume it’s because, for reasons I can guess at but don’t want to think about, he doesn’t get quite as much publicity as Mr Mugabe. Sorry, President-for-life Mugabe. Of course, you can always visit the website of the Zimbabwe government and leave your feedback. I’m sure they’d be pleased to hear from all of us.

So, this Monday morning, it appears to me that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. I’m not feeling cheery. I’m going to watch Matt dance his way around the world and hope it cheers me up a little.