People are incredulous when I say I believe reindeer can fly, and that it is quite probable that Father Christmas can get around the world, on his reindeer motored sleigh, delivering presents to those who’ve been nice, not naughty. You see, I am of the opinion (not my own opinion, but that of the experts who know this stuff) that the concept of time is a man made construct designed to give momentum and rhythm to our lives — birthdays and Easter and Christmas and New Year all mark the passing of time and give us a sense of meaning and purpose by which to mark the passing of time. But they think I’m really crazy when I say that in 2017, President Jacob Zuma will eventually be ousted from his post. That brings on fits of laughter. Still, like most, I do an audit at this time of the year, weighing up what was set out to achieve, what accomplished, what not finished what fallen by the wayside what lessons learnt what sorrows grieved what happiness had what lost what found… It’s a curious...

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