SOME of the more spec­tac­u­lar events of the week.

People (South Africa) - - Contents - BY ROBERT CLUNIE

Fear The Walk­ing Dead

LIT­TLE is known about the Chimbu tribe of Pa­pua New Guinea. They are a small com­mu­nity en­sconced high up, 2 400m, within the is­land’s ver­dant peaks and con­tact was only made with them in 1934. What we do know of them is that they hold a ‘Sing Sing’ fes­ti­val of sorts from time to time, of which the orig­i­nal pur­pose was to scare off their en­e­mies. Nowa­days var­i­ous off­shoots of the peo­ple paint them­selves to a skele­tal like­ness and var­i­ous tribes then get to­gether to cel­e­brate this part of their her­itage.

The Sec­ond Wave

A CRI­SIS is on our hands – two coun­tries are try­ing to keep wave af­ter wave of Gu­atemalans and Hon­durans at bay as they seek a bet­ter liv­ing. The lat­est is that a group of mi­grants call­ing them­selves ‘the sec­ond car­a­van’ clashed with Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties at that coun­try’s bor­der. Wave af­ter wave of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants seek­ing a bet­ter life in the US (among other ter­ri­to­ries) broke the fence at a

Mex­i­can bor­der post – one mi­grant lost his life dur­ing the skir­mish.

Creep­ing It Real

THE jury’s still out on whether one should or should not dress up or not – bar­ring win­ter coats, but most of our ca­nine friends seem un­both­ered most of the time. New York, as we know, is an ec­cen­tric place and, for it, the pooches of the Big Ap­ple need to put up with their owner’s said ec­cen­tric­i­ties year af­ter year. In fact, they’ve had to do so for 28 years; the 28th An­nual Tomp­kins Square Hal­loween Dog Pa­rade in East River Park in New York saw hun­dreds of dogs dressed up in fang­tas­tic out­fits. This here is Xolo, dressed up as the late Joey Ra­mone of the punk rock band, The Ra­mones.

Vic­to­ri­ous, Im­pe­ri­ous

BRAZIL has a ver­dict and more than half the pop­u­la­tion is happy about it. Mil­lions upon mil­lions voted for and saw pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Jair Bol­sonaro be­ing voted into of­fice af­ter a sec­ond round of vot­ing. Bol­sonaro won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in Brazil with a 55.54 per­cent of the vote and will sup­plant Michel Te­mer in Jan­uary 2022 – only. Bol­sonaro is of a far-right stance. For a highly re­li­gious coun­try this may seem just like the cor­rect medicine.

Aces High

WE so of­ten fo­cus solely on the three ma­jor sports in this coun­try that noth­ing else ever re­ceives all that much cov­er­age. Golf and the odd al­ter­na­tive tour­na­ment may see an ar­ti­cle or two writ­ten about them, but ten­nis as a whole is not all that pop­u­lar in South Africa. It is, how­ever, thanks to one man, chang­ing rather swiftly. Kevin An­der­son may be based in the US of late but he is sin­gle-hand­edly trans­form­ing the ten­nis land­scape in the coun­try; no less so with his re­cent vic­tory at the Erste Bank Open ATP ten­nis tour­na­ment in Vi­enna. It might again be­come the pop­u­lar sport it de­serves to be thanks to him.

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