Lockdown Log: Irregardless

Candice Nolan / Aug 5, 2020

Lockdown Log: Irregardless

Candice Nolan / Aug 5, 2020

I am an ardent logophile. I fed my love for words, with my second major in University: Linguistics. Language, words, are a beautiful thing. I came acr...


Lockdown Log: The Old Normal

Candice Nolan / Jul 17, 2020

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who gets it. People are shocked, for example, that our he...


Lockdown Log: The Second Wave

Candice Nolan / Jul 10, 2020

It is here. Okay, sure. It was always here. But now it’s right on my doorstep. The wife of a minister on one of my podcasts. Somebody in my sist...


Lockdown Log: Skin – The Intersectionality of Skin Colour and the Black Lives Matter Campaign

Candice Nolan / Jul 4, 2020

When I first saw this, I thought we had our very own George Floyd. Like South Africa’s very own Black Lives Matter moment. This story encapsulat...


Lockdown Log: The Virus

Candice Nolan / May 21, 2020

I was gobsmacked the other day, to learn that a dutch farmworker contracted coronavirus from a mink on a fur farm. This means that aside from the eigh...


Lockdown Log: Guest Post from the New York Times

Candice Nolan / May 18, 2020

Basil Manning shared this blog post from the New York Times. Please feel free to share your own insights below....


Lockdown Log: Quaranteen

Candice Nolan / May 17, 2020

I believe I have a quaranteen. She is only three years (going on 40). The other day I told her to pick up her toys in the passage. She replied “...


Lockdown Log: UB40

Candice Nolan / May 15, 2020

It’s finally here. The big 4-0. I recall for Uncle Ian’s 40th birthday, my eldest sister got him a UB40 CD. I remember thinking “Wow...


Lockdown Log: Charity begins at home

Candice Nolan / May 14, 2020

Bureaucracy is the worst of humanity. Arbitrary rules being imposed on the unsuspecting public, mostly from air conditioned offices. This is how not t...


Lockdown Log: Arrested Development

Candice Nolan / May 11, 2020

So the country is outraged over a video that started circulating which shows Metro Police trying to arrest a toddler because he was playing outside. T...


CAn’t Diss: Don’t worry

Candice Nolan / May 8, 2020

#BabySesame was having a tearful bath time earlier. Then we fought over which pyjamas she should wear. I think both our nerves are a bit frayed. So sh...


Lockdown Log: The Sky is Falling

Candice Nolan / May 8, 2020

The centre is no longer holding. The sky is falling! My hormones are wreaking havoc with every system of my body. I’ve been suppressing them for...


Lockdown Log: The Fourth Escape?

Candice Nolan / May 1, 2020

Superman was fake. And so, it seems, was Clarke Kent. Has anyone seen what is happening with the news media of late. It’s imploding silently. It...


Lockdown Log: Force is a crime

Candice Nolan / Apr 30, 2020

I was watching a rather interesting vlog earlier. The government, it seems, is doing exactly what it was designed to do all along. Stay in power. The ...


Lockdown Log: I will choose daddy.

Candice Nolan / Apr 30, 2020

Me and Baby Sesame were watching the Little Mermaid earlier. She was so intrigued by the concept of having to choose between her daddy and the prince....


Lockdown Log: The Smoker

Candice Nolan / Apr 29, 2020

I quit smoking about eight years ago. An ex smoker (and very grateful). I can only hope that was a good thing. Because the way my government is prevar...


Lockdown Log: The rituals we practice

Candice Nolan / Apr 29, 2020

After the numerous epiphanies of last week, I find myself adrift in a sea of covid-19. I know better than to obsess about something which might never ...


Lockdown Log: The old man and the spoon

Candice Nolan / Apr 24, 2020

I was sitting on my front stoep observing cars and people go by. It annoyed my as we are in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic regulations. I turne...


Lockdown Log: Life on life’s terms

Candice Nolan / Apr 24, 2020

I am so content. My body is completely relaxed. I’m eating healthy. Feeling fabulous! Lockdown has been the answer to a silent prayer. To top th...


Guest Writer: Wanton greed

Candice Nolan / Apr 24, 2020

My family’s recent visits to the shopping malls were greeted with horror when we had to pay  close on R1000 for measly wares, which all fitted ...


Lockdown Log: Baby Sesame

Candice Nolan / Apr 22, 2020

I spent the day getting to know my three year old toddler. We nicknamed her Baby Sesame because she was the size of a sezame seed when we found out ab...


Lockdown Log: Guest Writer

Candice Nolan / Apr 21, 2020

Hi CandiceThank you for cheering me up with at times your humorous articles and in others, a deep insightful rubric on the ills of society. If you wou...


The day the world stood still

Candice Nolan / Apr 21, 2020

The day the world stood still. And you realised its heart was still beating. It happens every day now. And it is wonderful. I decided that this is how...


Lockdown Log: Write

Candice Nolan / Apr 21, 2020

As an aspirant journalist, I looked up to guys like Can Themba and Joe Thloloe. I thought it was because they defied the evils of apartheid. But reall...


Lockdown Log: The man in the green blanket

Candice Nolan / Apr 20, 2020

There are these human beings who live on adrenalin. Some go into the bowels on the earth to extract sparkly things. People, who call themselves mine o...


Lockdown Log: Survivor

Candice Nolan / Apr 20, 2020

I’m not sure how many of you recall a tv series called “Survivor”. Strangers dumped on a deserted island. Camera’s trained on ...


Lockdown Log: The show must go on…

Candice Nolan / Apr 17, 2020

Every fibre of my being is insisting on staying at home. It’s so lovely, interacting with my three year old. I mean really interacting with #Bab...


Lockdown Log: The watchdog

Candice Nolan / Apr 16, 2020

The irony is not lost on me. But you actually don’t need me. You don’t need me to interpret reality for you. You’ve got this. But hu...


Lockdown log: World debt

Candice Nolan / Apr 15, 2020

In a shock move, the International Monetary Fund told the guys who owe them the most money that they don’t have to pay back the money. But just ...


Lockdown log: A tree has fallen

Candice Nolan / Apr 15, 2020

If a trees falls in a forest, and there’s nobody around to hear it, will it make a sound? I am having the most amazing lockdown experience. It j...


Lockdown Log: The world has gone mad

Candice Nolan / Apr 14, 2020

Mineworkers were complaining that they were forced to return to work despite the lockdown. The union vowed to investigate. The mine was unavailable fo...


Lockdown Log: History on repeat

Candice Nolan / Apr 12, 2020

Social media provides fodder for my delusions. I’m supposed to be staying away from it. But alas! Anyway, I figure I’m not hurting anyone....


Lockdown Log: 5G and Coronavirus

Candice Nolan / Apr 10, 2020

So our lockdown has been extended by another two weeks. This takes us to the end of April. Many were not surprised by this. We saw what happened in It...


1652: Theft of a Nation

Candice Nolan / Apr 6, 2020

Today, 368 years ago, the Dutch stole the Cape. The local Khoe-Khoe people enjoyed a roaring trade with passing ships. And then, on 6 April 1652, one ...


Lockdown Log: Back to work

Candice Nolan / Apr 6, 2020

I returned to work last Friday. This was on the advice of my psychologist, who believes staying at home, marinating in my own delusions, is not a good...


Lockdown log: Maintaining the status quo

Candice Nolan / Apr 2, 2020

I am returning to work tomorrow. Maintaining the status quo. Turns out I was confused about my psychiatrist having booked me off for three weeks. And ...


Lockdown Log: Us vs Them

Candice Nolan / Apr 1, 2020

And then I came across this gem while trolling facebook. Lockdown is bad for the world economy. So America is considering unlocking the door, and kill...


Lockdown Log: The end of the beginning

Candice Nolan / Apr 1, 2020

I just found out that I may have to return to work next week. The end of the beginning. Work, where one person was infected with covid19. So I am rati...


Lockdown Log: Status quo

Candice Nolan / Mar 31, 2020

I find it funny that the media in South Africa believe they will still be around after lockdown. Journalists have declared themselves essential servic...


Lockdown Log: A close call

Candice Nolan / Mar 30, 2020

I just found out that a second colleague of mine from the public broadcaster, has tested positive for covid19. This latest case is at the same offices...


Lockdown Log: Disconnect

Candice Nolan / Mar 29, 2020

I think I figured out the source of my “mood disorder”. It’s called by ya’ll, with your cultures and history. All the fuss and...


Lockdown Log: For the Birds

Candice Nolan / Mar 28, 2020

The birds were chirping crazily this morning. I imagine they evolved the ability to have their chirps heard over the maddening human sounds of traffic...


Lockdown Log: Social Distancing

Candice Nolan / Mar 27, 2020

It has been such a strangely quiet day. Two cars drove by the lake today. One of the neighbours was blaring some old school beats this morning. And no...


Lockdown Log: Day 1

Candice Nolan / Mar 27, 2020

Today is the first day under lockdown in South Africa. This is my Lockdown Log: Day 1. I’m writing this from my balcony (known as a stoep in SA)...


Overreacting?

Candice Nolan / Mar 25, 2020

I went to see my psychiatrist today. I wore a face mask. She had different kinds of sanitizer on her desk. I used all of them. She noticed, however, t...


Coronavirus: A New Dawn

Candice Nolan / Mar 24, 2020

Coronavirus is a tiny little guy that looks like a crown. Tiny, like smaller than our genome. This means you cannot see it with the naked eye. This th...


Shelter my people

Candice Nolan / Mar 23, 2020

This coronavirus pandemic has forced humankind to be more kind to other humans. The army removed the homeless, including street kids, from the streets...


Lockdown in South Africa

Candice Nolan / Mar 23, 2020

My country, South Africa, is under lockdown. Well, from Thursday. Earlier in the day there were pictures circulating of the army amassing in a local s...


The end is nigh

Candice Nolan / Mar 23, 2020

Even the plagues of Egypt weren’t on the scale of the corona virus pandemic. The world has never before faced circumstances such as these. It...


Surviving Covid19 and Coronavirus

Candice Nolan / Mar 22, 2020

Response ability. I’m waiting for the President to address the nation. There is rumours that he will be closing shopping malls, amongst other me...