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All posts by Charleen Clarke

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

Sprinter makes its debut

Mar 15, 2018No Comments

The long-awaited Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has made its debut! CHARLEEN CLARKE travelled to Duisburg, Germany, for the world premiere of this highly anticipated new van. “The

Budget 2018: definitely not business friend...

Mar 15, 2018No Comments

While the 2018 Budget was reasonably sound, it didn’t do nearly enough to promote economic growth in South Africa, writes CHARLEEN CLARKE. Econometrix has been

Farewell to one of transport’s nicest lad...

Mar 14, 2018No Comments

Margaret Phillipson, customer service manager at FOCUS, has retired. CHARLEEN CLARKE pays tribute to one of transport’s finest and nicest ladies… I have a confession

Mercedes-Benz shows Sprinter to the world

Feb 12, 2018No Comments

Mercedes-Benz has shown its brand new Sprinter to the world and, of course, FOCUS was there. On Tuesday, February 6, we joined about 240 of the world’s

Tale of typewriters and a terrific bakkie!

Feb 04, 20181 Comment

Did you know that Mercedes-Benz used to make a bakkie long, long ago? And that Mercedes (sans Benz) made a typewriter? CHARLEEN CLARKE travels to

Driveline dilemma!

Feb 03, 2018No Comments

Solutrans was expected to be all about e-mobility, and, of course, this subject did feature prominently – But it wasn’t the sole star of the