Strawbale Housing

Straw is a waste material that can be used for building houses. Bales of straw are treated and arranged to form walls. Straw bales can be a highly efficient building material. Brief Applause: Straw Bale House Here is a tweet about a video on strawbale construction: “ healthy living * Houses of straw – the rediscovery of…

Joburg Metro Woes

I have just returned from a miserable experience at the Joburg Municipal offices in Sandton. I had planned to lodge queries on excessive utility charges on two of my properties. My spirits lifted when I found that the queue wasn't very long and everyone in the queue had a chair. We played muscial chirs for…

A luta continua: What should the ‘struggle’ really be about?

Nic Dawes gave a remarkable keynote address at the opening of the M&G Literary Festival on 3 September 2010 on the highly current issue of unfettered free speech vs. a media tribunal + potentially draconian legislation. His carefully presented, logically argued and brilliantly elucidated argument evoked in me pleasurable feelings of intellectual stimulation. As a…