First Time Out

The institution of Silly Socks on Friday occurred in Africa in the early 90’s. It was intended to place some focus on the silly side of serious, or vice versa, the internal debate rages on. Ex Africa aliquid semper novus.
There is one rule for aspirant followers: On Fridays, wear silly socks.
It is a very simple but strict rule:
· no monotones, with one exception, different colours on each foot is acceptable.
· If one forgets, rectification must be immediate.
· If no silly socks are to hand, go sockless as the rule only applies if you wear socks on Fridays
· The same silly socks on successive Fridays is seen as counter revolutionary and unacceptable

We stand for quirks and whimsy, serious looks at silliness and silly looks at seriousness.

Our current campaign is a global war against that yoke of uniformity, the neck tie. There can be no logical explanation why people continue to tightly tie strips of cloth round their throats and then dangle them on their chests.

Author: manqindi

Post imperial wind drift. Swazi, British, Zimbabwe-Rhodesian, Irish, New Zealand citizen and resident, now in Queensland, Australia. 10th generation African of mainly European descent. Catholic upbringing, more free thinker now. BA and Law background. Altar boy, wages clerk, uncle, prefect, student, court clerk, prosecutor, magistrate, convoy escort, pensioner, HR Practitioner, husband, stepfather, father, bull terrier lover, telephone interviewer, Call Centre manager, HR manager, grandfather, author (amateur)

4 thoughts on “First Time Out”

    1. no monotones except pastel colours, company logo socks attract the death penalty, I asked my wife & she walked away saying: “Tsk, tsk”; odd socks are acceptable, Daffy Duck & Beer Drinker socks are okay in a corporate setting. Toed socks in different colours are good.
      Do join the crusade to stamp out the immorality of the necktie!


  1. Great Love it, even more the global war against the neck tie. I have a very bad short term memory, so my excuse is I have forgotten how to tie the damn thing! Whats to say you can’t wear silly socks everyday, it makes me feel good.


    1. I’m sure I did reply, but what the hell! Some people have to be matyrs & wear ties everyday or be fired. We can’t expect heroism in these early days.
      Silly socks become a way of life – its easy to remember to wear them on Friday, if you wear them everyday!!
      Aluta continua! (slogan from Mocambiquean war of independence – the struggle continues!! See latest column


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