Desmond van Heerden

The empress

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:45
In the year 500 CE, a woman was born. Her name was Theodora. History has forgotten the place, with claims being made for Cyprus and Syria, but that is not important. She was the daughter of Acacius, a bear trainer in the hippodrome (or colosseum) in Constantinople (today knowns as Istanbul).

Noblesse Oblige

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 08:00
Nobility Obliges.” Or that is how Noblesse Oblige translates directly from French. I’d first encountered the phrase when I went to study at the University of Stellenbosch, where it was the motto of my residence, Simonsberg.

Into The Valley Of Death

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 08:00
In 1958, economist William Phillips, a New Zealander, published a paper titled ‘The Relation between Unemployment and the Rate of Change of Money Wage Rates in the United Kingdom.’ It was an unwieldy title for a rather simple relationship that he discovered in the economy of the United Kingd

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