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The Cyril scandal has opened yet another gate

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The Cyril scandal has opened yet another gate

Watergate or Farmgate: Nixon said he wasn’t a ‘crook’ and Ramaphosa says he’s a ‘process person’

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At the recent Franschhoek Literary Festival, I watched a fascinating interview with mega-bestselling author (320-million books sold to date) Jeffrey Archer and local radio host John Maytham.

The most interesting part of the discussion with the spry-looking 82-year-old author was his description of his daily work routine: at an age when most in his cohort would consider a gentle walk a major achievement, this octogenarian sits at his desk for eight hours each day. There he churns out the pages for the first of 14 drafts, which is his writing formula for producing his next chart-busting volume.

While critics sharply divide on Archer’s literary merits (or lack thereof), there is no doubting his amazing energy and productivity, and — based on the Maytham interview — lucidity and acuity...

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