So far, his history timeline includes the release on Nelson Mandela and the advent of a democratic South Africa. Internationally ,according to Sophia Yan, arts editor at ‘the Oberlin Review’ (“Understanding Generation Y“), he lived through 9/11 terrorist attacks, Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Columbine High School shooting..
Transparency International is a global civil society organisation, created in 1993 to lead the fight against corruption. Its mission is, quote “to create change towards a world free of corruption.” It is free from political bias, and, while not undertaking anti-corruption investigations itself, it supports organisations who do.
Print media executives’ future talk brings to mind the story about the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski. It is told that Stokowski was 94 when he signed a six-year recording contract with Columbia Records. That was a year before he died. This is one of the best documented cases of terminal over-optimism. One can excuse an old man’s need to express a claim to immortality, but what on earth were the Columbia execs thinking?
When Elizabeth Rossouw buried her husband, Dawid “Mossie” Rossouw, she assumed that the next time they will meet would be in heaven. She was therefore mightily surprised to see her ‘dead husband’ begging at a shopping centre in Pretoria’s East Lynne. In a complex case of mistaken identity, Ms Rossouw gave a ‘decent burial’ to one Jacobus Willem Dreyer.
The life-principle of unintended consequences is an oft-used street wisdom strapline, it is somewhat related to “be careful, you might get what you are wishing for!”, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” and other wisdobots we may use as decision making tools.
When, as a teenager, I earned extra money by delivering newspapers , I was instructed to set aside half of my salary and deposit it into a savings account with a clever 30-day-notice mechanism. Moaning and groaning about my parents’ lack of common sense, I was simply force-fed: no savings, no work, take it or leave it. Of course I took it.
Imagine that you owned the exclusive rights to every cube of ice used in drinks– be it alcoholic or non-alcs, juice or sweetened water. Whenever someone drops an icecube — you get a cut. Your exclusivity clause guaranteed that no other icecube may be used: You Is the Main Ice-Person!