Is it just a week since President Ramaphosa declared a national disaster? In a sense, it feels like a lifetime ago… A fortnight ago, before the lockdown was even a known entity, I wrote a column on my Prowrite Facebook page titled HOME-BOUND: STAYING SANE IN THE AGE OF COVID-19. It is now Day 8 […]
SUZANNE'S WORLD is the new all-encompassing umbrella for features, blogs and interviews either new or archived on my website. It is also the new home of what was Melville News.
Above: The pin board in my office is a collage of of my world...
For a long time I've been searching for a name that immediately conveys, but doesn't limit, the scope of editorial content I publish on my website. As simple a task as one may think it to be, I have rejected every suggestion for not meeting those criteria. "What's in a name?" asked more than one friend, echoing Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. ("What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smells as sweet," says Juliet in a passage reflecting her wishful thinking.)
As Juliet discovered, there's a lot in a name, and in my case, the perfect solution wasn't presenting itself. Suzanne's World is an honest and broad attempt to to capture the spirit of this page. As the pin board reveals, in my case it is a personal if somewhat random collection of people and places in my professional and private life, which is intended to be symbolic.
It is here too where colleagues and friends will be encouraged to share their original, thought-provoking and entertaining words to engage readers old and new.
And now that I have settled on Suzanne's World, I hope to give up stressing about names and to get on with the writing. I'm working towards forming partnerships with other sites, which will provide yet more options for the short-attention-span age in which we find ourselves.
I'm happy to say that the launch of this new segment coincides with a feature and an extended paragraph (I'm being facetious) from John Miller, an old friend and colleague who lives in Wales... but let him tell his own stories.
Welcome to my world.
I wouldn’t normally write about a brand-new restaurant but when something grabs me, it deserves its place. Some think I’m a fussy eater because I like simple food that is what it is and that isn’t buried under some fancy sauce. Shucked – An Oyster Bar grabbed my attention for its main ingredient – I […]
Tuesday 19 February: It was a sad farewell to Terry Dempsey, the multi-award winning 77-year-old songwriter, music composer, record producer, and music publisher, who died in tragic circumstances on Sunday 10 February. Terry and his wife Carrie were joined by their children and grandchildren at the Vaal Marina, just over an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, to […]
My company offers a service for anyone who needs a professional writer so, in theory, that should cover speeches for school children. So why do I have a moral dilemma? My writers and I have answered calls for subject matter ranging from business to (adult) birthday parties and pretty much everything in-between. The more unusual […]
27 Boxes, the shopping centre constructed out of refurbished shipping containers, has begun life afresh. A novelty in Melville, one of Johannesburg’s quirkiest suburb, it first opened its doors a few years back but didn’t meet its potential. A plan for its reinvention was hatched by an experienced management team brought in to do the job and […]