Peter Bruce Editor-at-large & columnist

In Hollywood if you want to write a script for a movie it has to have an "arc". That is to say, it must begin well: a family, happily getting ready for the day. The sun is shining. Then dad drives off to work and dies in a terrible accident. Only it isn't an accident. Some guys want to see the result of tests dad has run in the laboratory he works for. They think the results will show up their company as a sham. Mom and the kids spend the next hour and a half being chased. The house is searched and trashed. Buster the dog can't be found.Finally mom and the kids set a trap for the bad guys. They hit one on the head with a baseball bat and the other is lured to step on a puddle of grease. He slips and is rendered unconscious. The cops are called, Buster reappears and the tension drains.In South Africa we're at the part of the arc where mom and the kids set the trap. The movie isn't over yet and a lot could still go wrong. But things are happening. As I write, the Hawks are raiding the...

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