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April 25, 2002
I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that our surnames originate from the professions of our forefathers. But even more than that, the possible symbolism that our names suggest, of our roles on the planet.

I’m thinking about this today, because SA’s GenX Internet millionaire has just blasted off into space. Mark Shuttleworth. Is this coincidental, or was it somehow written in the Stars that he should one day make this trip? It is certainly a case of ‘revenge of the nerd’, which was what he was considered at school. But I doubt that anybody is laughing at him now!