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Black Dancer on ‘Whites-Only’ Stage

Black Dancer on ‘Whites-Only’ Stage

I turned up at a much publicised show painted pitch black from head to toe, and wearing an African wig. Was I trying to be different or was I making a statement? Drums. Just drums beating as the black figure moved in slow motion, balancing a basket on her head. First the silence. Then, in […]

The Next Court Case – Stripped to the Bone

The police were now losing the plot. They were like little kids taking sweets from shops as if there was no law and order. My cheeky announcement must have unsettled them. “I am going to strip to the bone”. The venue was public and licensed. So I kept my promise and stripped to the bone. […]

Enter at Own Risk

Enter at Own Risk

I should have had an indemnity form signed before entering. One unsuspecting visitor ended up on the table screeching like a lady when encountering a mouse. Why the commotion? http://www.amazon.co.uk/glenda-kemp-Biography-Books/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=Glenda%20Kemp&page=1&rh=n%3A67%2Ck%3AGlenda%20Kemp

A Court Case or a Circus?

A Court Case or a Circus?

Pretoria. The venue was a hotel (5 Dec. 1973 Bon Accord Hotel) but they closed the area off to the public and people were only allowed by invitation. Unknown to me, the happy fellows in the front row were the police. I went through my whole routine with bloomers and ‘voortrekker’ bonnet, snake, oil, puppets […]

Scandals and Court Cases

Scandals and Court Cases

Work, scandal, more work, more scandal… By now it seemed the entire police force, the army and the Dutch Reformed church was out to get me. We were like a Bonny and Clyde team being one ahead of the police. Until we got to Cape Town … Another case This one was in La Lucia, […]

One Woman’s Husband Is Another Woman’s Pilot

…  What an end. My host the pilot signs the necessary documents at our return at Lanseria airport. I stand next to him. Then from nowhere a woman appears and starts hitting him over the head with something. She screams abuse at the top of her voice. After having finished with him she turned to […]

Hissteria on Flight 514 Durban to Johannesburg (1972)

The SAA flight 514 was doing what a flight does when it is ready for take off. The snake was doing what a snake does when encountering flight vibrations. I was doing what can be expected I should be doing, to keep the lid on the basket by my feet. The right thing to do […]

Big Bang No Man

Another not so happy story the walls could tell you if I kept silent. The men forming the bachelor party were more excited than usual and taking in every move in total wonder. Everything went well and I carried them along from moment to moment. I enjoyed dancing as much as they enjoyed looking and […]

Snake Bite

… Oupa followed his instincts by finding my leg and then up to my tummy and proceeding to my face. Then it happened! I had upper snake teeth stuck in my eyebrows and the bottom teeth stuck under and into my top lip. The snake had struck and caught me in the face. His teeth were […]

Prologue

Prologue

  ‘Heads’ or ‘Tails’?  There are two sides to this story of my life, in the same way as there are two sides to a coin. I flipped the coin of my life over at the age of 15. I dropped it at the age of 21. I retrieved it when I was 47 and […]