All the things are chemical

Science plays a large role in the shaping of a better world. Unfortunately, science is frequently in the news facing opposition from people who deny or disagree with it because it opposes or conflicts with their belief system.

There is a strong difference between a fact and an opinion. A fact is objective and can be proven and backed up with evidence, whereas an opinion is subjective and stems from a belief or view. It is the difference between ‘today was 35 degrees on average’ and ‘I thought today was very hot’.

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The thing is bittersweet

The second semester is basically a mini new year without the fireworks. We start off reenergised, hyped and hopeful, ready to take on anything that comes our way and able and willing to make changes to the missteps of the previous semester. But just like New Year’s resolutions, our good intentions and determination tend to fizzle out rather quickly.

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From the Online Content Editor: I don’t know what to call this thing either


My name is Carly. I am a (proud) Slytherin, my patronus is a Newfoundland, and I can tell you where to find all of the fantastic beasts (Newt Scamander included). In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a Potter Head. Oh, I’m also the Online Content editor at Perdeby. Sometimes I find that I have missed the important things around me. I don’t stop moving. There is always something that needs to be done for the publication, or a Latin text to be translated, or an English book to be read, or a student to tutor, or a History assignment to be written. My multiple to-do lists never seem to be completed. My brain never turns off.

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I don’t know what to call this thing

A famous bloke once wrote, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet” (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2). Humbly, I disagree. If we referred to a rose as a sh**, with all its connotations and denotations intact, I sure as hell would not bend over to sniff the thing (then again, perhaps I would in a move to embrace this great paradox of our time, because that’s the sort of guy I am). There is a lot in a name and, perhaps more pertinently, there is a lot in the act of naming. It generally implies that the namer has power over the named.

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From the Editor: Time for a break

The past week has been interesting, to say the least. Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada passed away, the President decided to reshuffle his cabinet like a deck of cards, and weed is kind of legal, sort of, but not really, according to the Western Cape High Court.

Ahmed Kathrada, an exemplary politician who embodied the values of responsible leadership passed away, leaving a legacy of respectable leadership that hopefully will be recognised by, and will influence future leaders.The President decided to reshuffle his cabinet, and it remains to be seen to what extent this will influence the country, economically and politically. This isn’t the first time that the President has made a radical decision which has led to opposition parties, as well as ordinary South Africans vehemently opposing his leadership. Interestingly, even some of the highest ranking members of the ruling party have taken to social media to denounce the President, and support those who were axed in the cabinet reshuffle. These are interesting times for South Africa, and hopefully the President’s reshuffle will have left ordinary South African’s with at least a trump in hand.

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