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About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.


Flash Fiction post 108 – Re-evaluation

Afternoon all. I have been quite busy since I last spoke to you all. (Including last weekend in Cape Town) So I have written the latest installment of Forced Removal over several days. Jamie, Robert and Laura report back on their findings on Baltra and this results in a re-evaluation of the surveys and the terms of reference of the study on Baltra. Not surprisingly therefor, this installment is called Re-evaluation. Read all the Messages […]


Flash Fiction Post 107 – Only the Good Die Young

Afternoon all. Nearly back to normal after the break and back to work. It’s taken me a couple of days to reset my brain and get my paperwork back in order so now I’ve got another story for you. It’s my final 12 in 12 entry for 2018 – a return to my James Blind, the Man from AUNTI character. This is a thriller with a nasty twist in the end and I had 1200 […]


Flash Fiction Post 106 – Look Before You Leap

Hi Everyone. Hope you all had a great Christmas and an even better New Year. I wish you all everything of the best for 2019. I’m just back from a short holiday in Cape Town where I though nothing about writing or posting or anything to do with blogs. Some of you will be back at work already so in your honor I’ve done some work also. Here’s story for this week. It’s my 12 […]


Flash Fiction Post 105 – Trouble at Home

Afternoon all. Hope you had a great Christmas and seriously overindulged. Today I have the next installment of Forced Removal. Jamie, Robert and Laura are interrupted at a particularly interesting point in their field trip. Trouble at Genesis requires their immediate return. This installment is called Trouble at Home. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now […]


Flash Fiction Post 104 – Future Earnings

Hi Everyone. Welcome to the “Silly Season”, when everybody spends too much money, parties too much and gets to January wondering how they will make it to next pay day! Just in case you have some time on your hands, while you recover a little here is my story for this week. It’s my 12 in 12 entry for October 2018 – a futuristic fantasy that had to be 1250 words long. The ‘prompt’ for […]


Flash Fiction Post 103 – Curious and Even More Curious

Afternoon All. This week I have been caught up in the frantic chores leading up to the festive season. So I haven’t had much time to write. But better late than never so today I have the next installment of Forced Removal. Jamie, Robert and Laura are continuing with their field trip to study the fauna and flora of Baltra. They find some surprising plants and animals but an even bigger surprise awaits. This episode […]


Flash Fiction Post 102 – If at First You Don’t Succeed

Hi Everyone. I returned yesterday from a short trip to Cape Town. Now I’m back in Joburg and enjoying (?) load shedding (Isn’t Eskom useless?) and Water shutdowns for maintenance. What fun we have. Today, I sat down to catch up with all the things that stopped while I was away. My story for this week, is my 12 in 12 entry for September 2018. It’s a futuristic fantasy that had to be 1250 words […]


Flash Fiction Post 101 – Ignorance is Bliss

Hi Everyone. This week I have been very busy trying to complete the 2017/2018 financial accounts for my wife, Sandi’s business. There’s a lot to do so I haven’t had much time to write. So today, as my story for this week, I have another of my 12 in 12 stories. This story was my entry for August 2018. It had to be 1200 words long. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘I never knew…… […]


Thought for the Day – 22 November 2018

Thought for the Day 22 November 2018 I’ve been watching and listening to our South African politicians again. And it seems to me that there are a number of them that believe that ignorance and stupidity can be masked by making more noise than anybody else. If you think carefully you might be able to identify some of these. I caution you to beware of them because theirs is the self-serving politics of distraction. Their […]


Flash Fiction Post 100 – Into the Valley of Death

Morning Everybody. Today I have the next installment of Forced Removal. Jamie, Robert and Laura are busy with a field trip to study the fauna and flora of Baltra. They begin to experience some unexpected surprises and get themselves into hot water.  This episode is called Into the Valley of Death. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you […]


Flash Fiction Post 99 – The Felcan Distraction

Morning All. This morning I have a little bit of fun to offer as my story for this week. And I mean ‘a little bit’. This story was my 12 in 12 entry for July 2018. And the ‘little bit’ was that it had to be only 300 words long. Do you know how difficult it is to write a whole story in so few words? It’s said that a long story takes a long […]


Flash Fiction Post 98 – The Wild Frontier

Afternoon Everybody. Finally the advance team is able to leave Genesis and head for the site for Newtown in Baltra. This episode of the “Forced Removal” story is called The Wild Frontier. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign up to my VIP Readers’ Group on the Dave Macfie Stories fan page on Facebook. Look […]


Flash Fiction Post 97 – Go to Hell

Hi everyone. I have been working on the next installment of the serialized novel but it’s not done yet so today I have another story from 12 in 12 – my entry for June 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘Forbidden Places’ and it had to be 1800 words long. It’s one of my satirical stories so I hope it makes you think and smile at least a little bit. Enjoy! The story is […]


Flash Fiction Post 96 – John Doe

Hi everyone. Today I have another story from 12 in 12 – my entry for May 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘Distinctive Markings’ and it had to be 1200 words long. It’s one of my Detective Fletcher stories so enjoy. The story is called John Doe. Go to the website at 12 in 12 and check it out. Maybe you’ll be inspired to write some stories of your own. It’s a lot of […]


Flash Fiction Post 95 – Ramping Up and Moving On

Afternoon Everybody. With the arrival of more ships of humans and close to eight thousand refugees from Taurus, activity focuses on settling everybody, completing the public works and infrastructure and planning the next project. This episode of the “Forced Removal” story is called Ramping Up and Moving On. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign […]


Thought for the Day – 16th October 2018

Thought for the Day 16 October 2018 Today I’d like to start my thought with a jingle I learnt as a kid and have never forgotten. It goes like this: “He who knows not and knows that he knows not, he is a child, teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows, he is asleep, wake him. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool […]


Flash Fiction Post 94 – That is the Question

Hi everyone. The boy is back in town after my short holiday. Sunday was a non-day, recuperating from a twenty hour trip resulting in a very late night on Saturday. Monday was catch up day and today I’m able to write again. First I have another story from 12 in 12 – my entry for April 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘Buy or Sell’ and it had to be 750 words long. It’s […]


Flash Fiction Post 93 – Dark and Dangerous

Hi everyone. I’m off on holiday later today. I’ll be away until 14th October so there will be no posts for the rest of this week or next week. Instead, here’s a bonus for this week. The story was my 12 in 12 entry for March 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘The Celebration’ and it had to be 2500 words long. The story is called Dark and Dangerous. Go to the website at […]


Flash Fiction Post 92 – Population Explosion

Afternoon Everybody. Sorry for last week – I had an urgent task to prepare the documentation needed to register my wife’s company for VAT. But now back to the continuing story of the humans taken to terraform the new planet Androm. As the arrival of more ships of humans and close to eight thousand refugees from Taurus, looms ever closer, there is frantic activity aimed at being ready for this influx.  This episode of the […]


Thought for the Day 21 September 2018

Thought for the Day 21 September 2018 Not that long ago, I was listening to the radio in my car. The hosts of the show had a competition going for the best (or worst?) Dad jokes and people were phoning in with their choices. The hosts were then voting on which joke won the prize. For those that aren’t familiar with ‘Dad jokes’, they are usually so bad that, when your Dad tells one, it […]