Frederick Charles Fripp

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Charlie Fripp
Charlie Fripp.jpg
Born (1981-09-06) September 6, 1981 (age 33)
Cape Town, South Africa
Pen name Jimmy Glue, Charlie Fripp
Occupation Writer, technology journalist, photographer,

Frederick Charles "Charlie" Fripp is a South African journalist, photographer,[1] entertainment[2] and technology writer.[3]

He started writing as a professional journalist for a variety of small community newspapers[4] in 2006, moving on to the position of professional photographer, which eventually led him to write entertainment pieces for one of South Africa's largest entertainment portals.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1981 in Cape Town, Fripp lived in the town of Melkbosstrand until he was about one year old. His father, a construction engineer, took over several building sites in the then-Transvaal, prompting his family to move to the coal-mining town of Witbank.

Here, Fripp attended Taalfees Primary School, where after he started his high school career at Hoër Tegniese Skool Witbank.

Post-high school[edit]

After graduating from Hoër Tegniese Skool Witbank in 1999 he decided to take up a summer job as a camp counselor in the United States Of America, serving as a General Counselor at Camp Wildwood in Florida in 2000 and Camp Tall Timbers in West Virginia in 2001.

Journalism career[edit]

Fripp enrolled in a public relations course in 2002, which he went on to complete and started with a journalism diploma the year after.

In 2006 he moved to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga to write motoring reviews for The Lowvelder. After seven months, he relocated back to Johannesburg, and took up a position as general journalist for The Fourways Review. At this newspaper two of his photographs came in contention for a Caxton Excellence Award (2007) in the category Best Feature Photograph.[6]

While working at Caxton, he was assigned the position of chief photographer for Get It magazine, and in 2008 he re-entered the newsroom as a journalist for The Randburg Sun.

Developing a passion for entertainment writing, and with Caxton Newspapers [7] in the middle of staff re-structuring, he took up a writing job for in September 2008, where he was mainly tasked with writing video gaming reviews as well as reviewing music albums and locally released films.

He is currently a video game reviewer for the free South African online video game magazines Gamecca and Gladget in his spare time, but in a full-time capacity he is the Consumer Tech editor for IT News Africa. Fripp has appeared on numerous television segments involving technology, such as eNews Africa and Good Morning Africa, while also commenting on technology on a semi-regular basis for radio station SAfm.

Notable Fripps[edit]

Charlie is the fourth cousin-twice removed of well-known guitarist Robert Fripp.[8] Robert's uncle was Alfie Fripp,[9] who was the oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war of World War II, and was part of The Great Escape[10] from Stalag Luft III. Charlie is also related to Alfred Downing Fripp - the "Surgeon in Ordinary" to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and King George V - by way of his grandfather (paternal lineage).[8]


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  9. ^ Fripp, Robert. "Robert Fripp's Diary for Sunday, 11th November 2012". Discipline Global Mobile. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
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