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On Spud (Pt. II) :: Safe House

The Kwazulu-Natal Midlands is where John van de Ruit’s Spud novels are set. The “Kwazulu” part, however, was absent when the events in the books took place. Nevertheless, van de Ruit conceived a profoundly South African setting for his upmarket … Continue reading

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On Spud (Pt. I) :: Apple of the Earth

Way back in the 1440s, the word “spud” was used to describe a digging instrument used to inter the seedling of a plant that yielded a starchy tuber. By 1845, the word was used to describe the starchy tuber itself. … Continue reading

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