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Black cat

So I Iost one of my four temporary charges–three black cats and a black dog–for a day and it was a short trip from there to despair and searching of the soul and such matters. I got to thinking about how I should be somewhere else, in my own home (with my own dog) and not wearing someone else’s for a week like a sorry hermit crab, talking to someone else’s beloved pets like a crazy man–they just stare back in what looks like alarm and then bolt and hide for as long as they’re hungry–and to hell with cats anyway, who just want to run away for good as soon as they find the gap to a better life.

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Charlie’s good food

I drove a ski-boat down to Alexandria, Minnesota for something called “winterization”, listening all the way to the country music stations popping up from town to town: Tim McGraw singing how he’ll always be, and another man singing them pantyhose ain’t stayin’ on for long if the DJ puts Bon Jovi on.

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Licensed to thrill: a rumination on the new James Bond film

I wanted to rate Daniel Craig’s performance as cold and detached, until I saw it for what it is: brilliant and efficient.

I wanted to rate Daniel Craig’s performance as cold and detached, until I saw it for what it is: brilliant and efficient.

I think Spectre it is a perfect film. (You don’t have to read on, this is the age of Twitter, after all). All I can say is I feel very proud of the storytelling industry at the moment. Ok, that’s not all I’ll say then:
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Board members

Pierre de Villiers

SUNSET INDUSTRY: Scarborough-based Pierre de Villiers is known for his eclectic but thoroughly big-wave tested surfboard shapes. Photo BYRON LOKER

Published in The Times newspaper, Oct 7, 2015

As a surfer of limited means (which many of us tend to be for some reason), I have always had a rather fraught relationship with the tools of the trade, so to speak. When it comes to the acquisition of “new” surfboards, I usually scour the second-hand surf-shops and Cash Converters of the neighbourhood where I happen to find myself resident and fetch up the cheapest, most serviceable-looking shape I can find—beggars can’t be choosers, as they say. (more…)


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Death in Venice part I

Then there was the time while I was living in the English Professor’s home in Kalk Bay and wondering what to do with my life, that I got Depression really badly and nearly died. I had stopped taking the medication a year previously because I thought I was fine and cured and would be OK, but, as it turns out, I wasn’t.

At the worst time of it I couldn’t get out of bed for four days, except to take a piss. Eventually, I knew I had to get up and go outside and try to do something to stay alive when I couldn’t even get up to take a piss anymore. I still had the job then where I would work on the Internet all day copying and pasting things, so I could work from home most days of the week and not get out of bed on those days, and not manage to eat anything. (more…)


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Shadowman: A Jo’burg-set superhero TV pilot pitch

So I’m thinking about having a go at creating a Saffrican surperhero TV or Web series, and thought it might be fun to share some ideas here. Below is a draft of a pilot. It’s very much genre formulaic, modelled off a screenplay that I found on Inktip.com, optioned from American writer James Thornton and added a little local flavour. I’d very much welcome feedback, suggestions, storyline ideas, a million dollars to make the pilot, what have you. Anybody reckon I could give Mr. Blomkamp a run for the big bucks?

Thanks!

Byron

DOWNLOAD (PDF) –> Shadowman (working title) a screenplay by JE Thornton & Byron Loker 

 


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Mine bosses head for the hills

Johannesburg, Sep 14th, 2012 — In the wake of crippling strikes that have brought mining operations to their knees on South Africa’s Highveld, fleets of luxury German sports utility vehicles have been seen speeding away from heavily fortified security gates at the entrances to six of the country’s top tantalum, niobium and potash producers.

“Not since 1994 have I seen such a mobilisation of armoured personnel carriers,” commented P.O. Wekker from his final resting place in a gutter moments before he died from injuries sustained from being driven over from the back by a black BMW X5 with flashing blue lights. “It’s like they’re running away from something or something,” he said with his last breath. (more…)


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