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Random Suzanne

Life is too interesting to stick to doing one thing…

Welcome to my playground where I explore new ideas, comment on things I probably ought not to, talk about my ideas for my Classics studies, and share my never-ending explorations into things that excite me. Hopefully you’ll find something that arouses your curiosity…

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Ponte: Tower of Dreams

Ponte: Tower of Dreams

In 1975, the Ponte tower in Johannesburg’s Berea was sparkling and new and highly desirable. Its 464 apartments were 90% let, including the one- and two-bedroomed luxury flats on floors 41-46; the luxury three-bedroomed flats on floors 47-50; and  the ultra-luxury...

What’s in a name? Why getting people’s names right is part of effective communication.

What’s in a name? Why getting people’s names right is part of effective communication.

Remembering someone’s name and pronouncing it correctly is a key part of making a positive impression. It’s also part of being a good communicator. Not bothering to remember someone’s name or continually pronouncing it incorrectly, or worse, using a name that they dislike (nicknames they didn’t choose, for example) tells people that you don’t value or respect them. Here are 9 things that you can do to remember people’s names, along with some information about why names matter, why we mess them up, and why, in a socially-distanced world, remembering names is more important than ever,

Full-length versions of Euripides’ & Seneca’s Trojan Women

Full-length versions of Euripides’ & Seneca’s Trojan Women

If, like me, you're working with Eurpides' and Seneca's Troades or Trojan Women texts, you might find it helpful to see how modern theatre groups interpret these works. Obviously I was, which is why I spent several days scouring the internet and watching all the plays...

A beautiful watch

A beautiful watch

About 10 years ago, my father gave me a beautiful watch that had once belonged to my grandmother. I wore it on and off, and shortly after my father died, I went out and in the course of the evening, it slipped off my wrist and I couldn't find it. I knew that the strap...

Being a company owner in the UK: the end of the affair

Being a company owner in the UK: the end of the affair

I grew up with a British-born father, who, even though he moved over to South Africa at the tender age of 3 years old, was quite the lover of the mother country. In some respects, he was more British than that Brits, having been brought up as an immigrant in a new...

The Man in New Orleans

The Man in New Orleans

After much deliberation I’ve started a personal podcast that I am calling “Random Acts of Suzanne” in which I plan to chat about “Random Acts of Kindness”. This is the first episode and it features a short story about a chap I met in New Orleans in 2001.

Are we just going in circles? Maybe not.

Are we just going in circles? Maybe not.

I came across an incredibly inspiring quote today from Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”. If you’ve ever felt despair, convinced that the human race is trapped in an unbreakable circle, then this is for you.

Making presentations “sticky” with stories

Making presentations “sticky” with stories

I love this story: Christopher Wren was a famous English architect and builder who lived from 1632-1723. Legend has it that he was walking past three stone cutters working on the rebuilding of St. Paul’s cathedral. He asked them each what they were doing. The first...