EKSTEEN BLABBER

The Power of the Label

Isn’t it just amazing what effect the label on a product can have on one’s desire to own or use it (or not)? I have been noticing a bluish round container in my bathroom for many moons and have always wondered about the magic contained…

Up the Pole

No, this is NOT a crude reference to pregnancy! Do you read the newspaper posters stuck on telephone or power poles every day? Did one or more of them ever convince you to buy the paper to read the story? I have made a conscious decision…

Facebook: Enough already!

It had to come. It was just a matter of time. Some months ago I received an invitation out of the blue from a “long lost friend” of mine: “Please be my Facebook friend.” What could I lose? I had heard so much about this so-called virtual…

Valentine, Schmalentine!

O M G! It is THAT time of the year again! Everywhere I go I see red ribbons, red balloons, red roses, red underwear. (OK, I’ll withdraw the last one – I don’t actually mind red underwear). Every radio station I tune to has some form of…

Power to the people, by the people.

For years now I have been contemplating the worldwide energy problem. OK, let’s be honest here for a second. I have been reading articles written by people who were contemplating the worldwide energy problem. On the one hand we are slowly…

My one left ball

I’ll give my one left ball for some clean undies! That is how strongly I felt about my problem a few weeks ago. Let me sketch the situation. One fine Sunday I left Cape Town for Luanda, Angola, flying via Windhoek. I boarded in Cape Town…

Winning is Easy!

How often do you hear other people or yourself say, “I never win anything!” Well, I can quite categorically state – as one of our former politicians was wont to say – that I have never uttered those words. And the reason? I am a winner.…

Don’t quote me on this

I still clearly remember Madiba’s advice to me at the function I attended with him, Thabo and a few other luminaries a while ago: “If you want to impress people, you have to avoid name dropping and using clichés like the plague.” Who, me?…

Living By The Rules

Some clever person once said “Rules are there to be broken.” Of course I love this maxim. In fact, I could live my life by it if only society would allow me full freedom. There is one big problem with it though. I am trying very hard to…

All at sea

I find myself stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean. Well, to tell you the truth, it is not ACTUALLY a yacht, but that is what we have come to call this monster over the past few years. Let me paint the picture. To get here I flew…