Brewer's Droop #282
WELCOME to 2021!
(Which is really only 2020 plus 12 months as I doubt very much will change)
Hi and a happy New Year! I haven’t written a blog for a long time for obvious reasons but here I am again!
I’m not going to comment on viruses, political madness, corruption or incompetence – better writers than I cover it well, but what a year 2020 was – probably the worst since WWII (in terms of affected civilians anyway). According to my calculations that makes it about two and a half decades of watching a nation slowly bleeding to death.
It’s provided me with ample opportunity to reflect on the situation, our recent history and portents for the future.
The first guy to get it wrong was Nelson Mandela (assisted by de Klerk). Initially the nation was joyful because here was a man who didn’t want revenge, he wanted progress.
My guess is that the ANC wouldn’t let him do that and they blocked his every turn.
He was then followed by a succession of inept Presidents who became progressively worse.
Despite the fact that I’ve always been an optimist I fear the worst. I doubt very much if any improvement will be seen this year.
Firstly I’d just like to share a few words about my dear friend Nigel Twidale who died last week. He’d had a rough year and become weak. Fortunately he passed relatively painlessly, although he was a tough old bugger anyway. A big man with a big heart. He helped me a lot when I started out in the ad business and, oh dear, I’ll miss him.
Much of the industry will share the loss and doubtless join me in sending condolences to his family – especially Nadine and their two sons James and Graham.
If the above two pieces are sad then so is the state of our communications systems. I regularly get messages via:
And I’m sure I’ve missed out a couple of dozen.
If you want to contact me you’re very welcome – these are my favourites:
Phone: 082 551 1371
I have nothing to be secretive about and I really don’t understand why it’s all become so complicated? And I’m not even going to begin talking about languages used for attachments and all those damned passwords you have to remember.
It’s rather funny that these companies are continually changing their systems “for security reasons” so they probably weren’t very secure in the first place then?
And as for “fake news” well, that’s been around since the Yellow Press began hundreds of years ago. So all I do is ignore messages from people I don’t know – or who look dodgy. Easy.
I stopped a large number of subscriptions (print and TV) because, frankly, many are highly influenced (or owned) by the ANC – and I’m definitely NOT going to believe them.
So I follow respected journalists and, even with them, I am insouciant.
And what’s this thing that banks and many other companies are doing? I can’t even talk to a human being. And if I do it’s to someone who’s based in Delhi. They send emails with no return address! What’s that all about? And why are so many companies following this trend?
My closing remark is that, whilst those people who want to call me a Luddite, they’re very welcome because I point-blank refuse to be a part of this “secret” society with those who think they’re so important that they have to “protect” their identity (like the banks do for example). They won’t share emails and God forbid if you ask for a contact phone number. Forget it.
This is me. You know who I am. I don’t have to keep anything secret. If you want to to speak to me you know how. And if you want to hack into one of my accounts I think you’ll find it’s hardly worth the effort.
I’ll talk to you or respond to any messages whenever I can.
Right! So let’s think positive and get on with making South Africa a better place in any way we can.
My kindest regards,
Chris (Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you think may be interested).