INT. SAXONWOLD SHEBEEN (Somewhere in Saxonwold, Joburg).

BRIAN MOLEFE and RONALD REAGAN are seated at the bar, having a drink. The lighting is dim, the atmosphere convivial.

REAGAN: You look down, man. What’s up?

MOLEFE: Having a bit of trouble remembering things, Ron. Struggled to even find this place this evening.

REAGAN: That’s too bad. Getting old is a bummer. Do you know once I got in trouble for thanking the brave people of Bolivia for hosting me when an aide whispers sharply in my ear and hisses: "Brazil! We’re in Brazil, not Bolivia!"

MOLEFE: Terrible! What did you do?

REAGAN: I chuckled and said: "Sorry, they both begin with a ‘B’ and anyway Bolivia’s where we’re going next." Não faz mal.


REAGAN: That’s Portuguese. It means "It doesn’t matter".

They nurse their drinks in amiable silence.

REAGAN: You know, maybe I can help with your memory problems, like how many times you’ve been to this establishment, or how not to forget that lovely light brown backpack when you leave.


REAGAN: See, I’ve been doing a memory course and I can tell you, it’s amazing. In 1990, when I had to give testimony at Rear-Admiral John Poindexter’s trial in the Iran-Contra scandal thingamajig, apparently I said "I don’t remember" or similar words 124 times. Imagine that! But now that I’m doing this memory course, all that stuff is coming back to me. Like, I actually remember saying "I don’t recall" 124 times.

MOLEFE: So, do you think that memory course will help me? I’m getting grilled by the media.

REAGAN: What memory course, Brian?

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments?
Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.