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October 25, 2002
After September – when the fragrance of Jasmine fills the air – comes October, when all that the eye sees is softened by the lavender of Jacarandas dotted about the city. November will herald purple rain. Occasionally violet bougainvillea shouts out over suburban walls, “I’m brighter than you all!” And indeed she is. Orange blossoms acquiesce. Spring in Johannesburg.

I’m not a morning person, but at this time of year I open my curtains to the bougainvillea over the neighbour’s back wall, and immediately – despite unexpected clouds – the day is a better place. In keeping with this wild city, colours are rioting.