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A crucial connection
Jaco Fouché - 2011-11-29
Untitled Document I was worried. Two months into my new job I had to admit I couldn’t do it. The job was selling water-related apparatus – high-pressure pumps, pH meters, conductivity meters, water filters, spraying nozzles, that sort of thing. Before that, I was in information technology, which I didn’t really take to, or maybe it was all the talk about starting your own business and being your own man that got to me. In those days, not long after Mandela came to power, white...

The Exploding Trousers Part 4
Richard Jurgens - 2011-11-23
Untitled Document Read Part I here ... IV Preparations for shooting the climactic scene of the film had been continuing since dawn. The set had been built in the barn of an abandoned farmhouse not far, Hilton guessed, from the majestic ruins of Great Zimbabwe. A small town of trailers and tents had been set up around the farm compound. The area was crowded with trucks, generators, mobile cranes and catering vans. Thick coils of electrical cables snaked all over the ground and into the old barn,...

The Exploding Trousers Part 1
Richard Jurgens - 2011-11-02
Untitled Document I “There we are, then,” Sandy said, standing back to examine his handiwork. Hilton Ellis had been making an attempt to learn his lines, and he hadn’t noticed the transformation that had been taking place in the mirror under the make-up guy’s subtly flitting fingers. He looked up to find Adolf Dorkman, Mombasa pirate, scourge of the East coast and greasy B-movie sub-plot bad guy, staring bellicosely back at him. “‘A rancid German adventurer’,...

The first time she smelled him
Hilda Smits - 2011-10-27
Untitled Document The first time she smelled him was some time after midnight. She had fallen asleep in front of the television again, the stem of a half-empty wine glass limply clasped in one sleepy hand. The half-burned cigarette in the ashtray on the arm of the sofa had grown a long grey tongue. The television was blue and blurring like the fragments of a forgotten dream and a woman’s irritatingly upbeat voice was jabbering on about some celebrity with enormous breasts and feisty shivering...

First Chapter: Bad Sex – Part 1
Leon de Kock - 2011-09-13
Bad Sex Leon de Kock Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201527 Price: R190.95 Part 1"Licking His Knife: The Post-Mortem" I approach the door of Anna Brink’s rooms in Observatory, Johannesburg, in which her clean-cut therapy chamber is located. I’ve been here before, on a couple of occasions when life – relationships and marriage – got too hot to handle. She knows me well. In fact, she’s like an old friend. I know that, once Anna opens the door, we will go immediately...

First Chapter: Bad Sex – Part 2
Leon de Kock - 2011-09-13
Bad Sex Leon de Kock Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201527 Price: R190.95 Part 2 "Licking His Knife: The Post-Mortem" ‘It’s my conditioning, Anna. I studied hard. I got more than one degree. First I was rough and then I got smooth. I still hang around Wits seminars sometimes, at the back, like I secretly want to become a professor... but then I go home quickly before they all start saying hello and bye-bye to each other, right at the end. The rough side of me is there, under...

First Chapter: Bad Sex – Part 3
Leon de Kock - 2011-09-13
Bad Sex Leon de Kock Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201527 Price: R190.95 Part 3 "Licking His Knife: The Post-Mortem" ‘Yes?’ ‘Yes, Anna! You see it everywhere! Women can call men bastards and get away with it. No one even bats an eyelid. It’s almost routine. But let a man publicly call women bitches, and see the flak he’ll pick up from the fairer sex – especially the educated class of woman ... ‘In other words, Anna, I’m saying this:...

First Chapter: Bad Sex – Part 3
Leon de Kock - 2011-09-13
Bad Sex Leon de Kock Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201527 Price: R190.95 Part 3 "Licking His Knife: The Post-Mortem" ‘Yes?’ ‘Yes, Anna! You see it everywhere! Women can call men bastards and get away with it. No one even bats an eyelid. It’s almost routine. But let a man publicly call women bitches, and see the flak he’ll pick up from the fairer sex – especially the educated class of woman ... ‘In other words, Anna, I’m saying this: just...

First Chapter: Bad Sex – Part 2
Leon de Kock - 2011-09-13
Bad Sex Leon de Kock Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201527 Price: R190.95 Part 2 "Licking His Knife: The Post-Mortem" ‘It’s my conditioning, Anna. I studied hard. I got more than one degree. First I was rough and then I got smooth. I still hang around Wits seminars sometimes, at the back, like I secretly want to become a professor... but then I go home quickly before they all start saying hello and bye-bye to each other, right at the end. The rough side of me is there, under the...

First Chapter: Bad Sex – Part 1
Leon de Kock - 2011-09-13
Bad Sex Leon de Kock Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201527 Price: R190.95 Part 1"Licking His Knife: The Post-Mortem" I approach the door of Anna Brink’s rooms in Observatory, Johannesburg, in which her clean-cut therapy chamber is located. I’ve been here before, on a couple of occasions when life – relationships and marriage – got too hot to handle. She knows me well. In fact, she’s like an old friend. I know that, once Anna opens the door, we will go immediately...

First chapter: Bitter Pill
Peter Church - 2011-08-23
Untitled Document Bitter Pill Author: Peter Church ISBN: 9781920137359 Price: R165.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. The Pick-up Ten to ten in the Mother City, and the bars on the Claremont strip are a blur of action, booming music and heaving students shouting to be heard. ‘Shots! Come on!’ It’s Rick, with the puka-shell necklace and Dirty Skirts T-shirt. He’s a madman after one tequila, now he’s onto his third. On one hand he balances a tray sloshing...

Persian Pleasures – Part III
Richard Jurgens - 2011-06-29
Untitled Document Read "Persian Pleasures – Part II" here. Usually Hilton liked to put a story out of his mind when he’d finished it. The next day, though, he found himself still thinking about the Persian Tea House Café. It came down to this: the encounter with Agha Jon Achmad and Ravan had presented him with intimations of a culture about which he had known virtually nothing. During the past week he’d flown over huge swathes of human history – Elamites, Medes,...

Genre-bashing on National Short Story Day: Chain by The Edge of Things writers
Colleen Higgs - 2011-06-17
In celebration of National Short Story Day (21 June), LitNet invited The Edge of Things short story writers to bash genres. Authors’ brief, by Janet van Eeden “Each person’s contribution must take its lead from the previous piece while changing his/her paragraph to another genre completely. Some examples of genres which I’ve nicked from film as well as literature are: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Urban (Dystopia), Thriller, Horror, Romantic comedy, Chick lit, Drama,...

Persian Pleasures – Part II
Richard Jurgens - 2011-06-15
Untitled Document Read "Persian Pleasures – Part I" here. When he’d started, Hilton had imagined that his duties as a columnist would be simple. But writing about food had turned out to be quite different from eating it. It took a lot longer, for one thing. During those hellish early days, La Traviata had treated herself to some choice Mad Scene arias on the subject of Hilton’s lack of professionalism. Since then Hilton had written a hundred and forty-nine reviews, and he’d...

Persian Pleasures – Part I
Richard Jurgens - 2011-06-08
Untitled Document That was the thing about the Net ‐ it could take you anywhere, and it frequently did. Hoping to find out some background information for the article he was writing, Hilton Ellis had typed in “Persian princess”. The search terms had taken him straight to the Urban Dictionary: A woman of Iranian descent, typically residing in Beverly Hills, CA, who believes she is entitled to the world simply because she is beautiful, has a perfect body, and her pussy tastes better...

Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Amy von Buddenbrock - 2011-04-06


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Fracking in the Karoo
Cora Botha - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Monkey business
Chris Voysey - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Dodgy walk
Chris Voysey - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Rhino
Richard Jones - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Philip Bateman - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Philip Bateman - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Waldemar Gouws - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Neil Pendock - 2011-04-05


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Neil Pendock - 2011-03-31


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Nosipho Kota - 2011-03-31
Mbali is a little girl who loves swimming in a river near her home. When the sun is hot she loves nothing more than swimming with her brother in the river. When they get there, it is all about showing their skill in swimming and doing laps. As they continue swimming they end up thirsty and tend to drink in the same water. Until one day, their teacher passed by the river and saw them drinking the river water. He scolded them for drinking the dirty water, saying the water is not healthy and it will...

Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Mareike Pietzsch - 2011-03-30


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Abalone
Richard Jones - 2011-03-30


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: The Black Rat
Valerie Hill - 2011-03-30


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Matthew Morrow - 2011-03-29


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: We are discriminating
RM Craft - 2011-03-29


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Richard Baker - 2011-03-29


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Maire Fisher - 2011-03-29
Hi Mum I’m standing here wondering if I’ll get in. The guy with the wings is asking weird questions. Words like “biodegradable” and “green”, “renewable”, “sustainable”. The sun’s beating down and I don’t have my sunblock. I was nice to Katie last week, Mum, after you asked me specially. But I wish I hadn’t called the Save our Planet Society a bunch of geeky SOPS. Click here for the competition details. Read the...

Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Maire Fisher - 2011-03-29
“Two words,” she said. “Conservation. Environment.” She growled the vowels, shot out the consonants. Lithe and elegant, she prowled the room. Caught in the golden gleam of her eyes, they shifted, scared to breathe, to excite her attention. “We’re counting on you,” she whispered throatily. “Save our habitat. Or ... suffer the consequences.” They exhaled quietly as she slunk out. A hint of carrion lingered. Click here for the competition...

Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Rhinoceros
Candice Botha - 2011-03-29


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Tower of Babel
Brendan Ward - 2011-03-29


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Tanya Nel - 2011-03-29


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Michelle Hennessey - 2011-03-23


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Gillian Armstrong - 2011-03-23


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Mothers of nature
Marisa Smalberger - 2011-03-23


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Leopard Toads Leap for Love
Cynthia Mac Pherson - 2011-03-23


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Harry Neveling - 2011-03-23
Most of us have seen an image of the majestic but ruthless leap of a leopard at its prey. Do we, when we get the opportunity in life to make a Leopard’s Leap, execute it with the same precision and determination, or do we falter, and then regret it for the rest of our life? When it’s all about our environment, we shouldn’t falter! Alternative ending: Don’t falter when you choose your wine: Leopard’s Leap! Click here for the competition details. Read the...

Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Trophy
Estelle Nagel - 2011-03-22


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: We look after our own
Francois van Zyl - 2011-03-17


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Whale Hunting – The Good News
Paul Sorensen - 2011-03-17


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Ivungu River Nature Reserve
Judi Davis - 2011-03-17


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Moremi morning
Judi Davis - 2011-03-17


Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition: Woestalleen
Ben Coetzee - 2011-03-17
Woestalleen “Woestalleen” reads the sign along a quiet stretch of Highveld en route to distant Kruger Park. The Dutch name captures my “wildly lonely” mood where I sit dwarfed among the boulders of the Lebombo Mountains, revelling in the tranquility of its Ntsumanene Valley, where the monotonous call of a dove blends with mellow midday breeze in a lasting symphony devoid of human appreciation. Ben Coetzee (This is an adaptation from my self-published booklet, Birth of...

Leopard’s Leap 60 words competition
Tess Holland - 2011-03-09


Kompetisie: Twee torsels van brons
Deon Knobel - 2011-03-09
Twee torsels van brons Gefilterde strale van die son deur riffelglas van vensters val streep’rig oor torso’s van brons Donker doemprofete van onheil Gefilterde strale van die son deur riffelglas van vensters verlig twee torso’s van brons tot dans van vreugde en – jubeling By stokkies-draai vir vroeg-oggend vuur het sy stip na die houtjies gekyk En toe sy vlammetjies sien lek haar oë gedraai en eenmaal geknik Oor lekkende vlamme van knetterende vuur het sy weer...


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