Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Smoke signals of a raging bushfire.

It was a scene repeated in other poor suburbs around Johannesburg. Angry residents accused foreigners of taking scarce jobs and housing, many of them Zimbabweans who had fled their own country's economic collapse. Twelve foreigners were killed in last weekend’s violence with 200 arrested for rape, robbery, and violence. Three thousand people were left destitute.

The weekend attacks come as the government tries to change South Africa's violent image ahead of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world, recording an average of 50 murders each day.

FIFA had better have a plan B to host the 2010 World Cup because as the days go by it looks even more untenable in South Africa.

Hey, Sepp Blatter! You've received two high profile reports saying that SA isn't ready. Pay attention.

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