About a decade ago, many companies in the UK pushed their customer service centres offshore to new call centres located far away - often in India or the Philippines. The aim was to save money because the captains of industry bought into the idea that distance was dead - work in call centres can be performed anywhere by anyone.
Friday 4th October 2013 will be an historic day. I know this because it cannot not be. In some ways it's just simple predictive history, in others it's a stirring, a surge or the tremors that result in a tsunami. Either way, it will be an historic day. For on this day that thing will happen that pushes a wedge of change, whether it be in the corridors or power or in the thoughts of the individual.
Many lesbians in South Africa are living in fear as rape and murder become a daily threat to them.A silent epidemic known as 'corrective rape' is sweeping the country, where the victims are being brushed aside as society frowns upon them and their lifestyle. Men rape lesbians in what they see as an attempt to 'correct' their sexual orientation.
With Kim Jong-Il's death part of the seemingly impenetrable opacity of North Korea may have just been breached. Maybe one day the world will get to see 'the real Korea'. Until then however, we have to find alternate ways of understanding this most complex of regimes; I'd argue that football isn't a bad place to start.
A few days after the Cape Town stadium, which was literally at sea level, we pull into the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and are reminded by stage manager Gary Currier that we're 1,700 metres above sea level. This means thin air, which in turn means it's very easy to get out of breath. Still - at least we're moving up in the world...