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][4]

He currently serves as News Editor for the Hypertext Media-published website[3]

Journalism career[edit]

Fripp started his journalism career as a motoring journalist for The Lowvelder in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga in 2006. Relocating to Johannesburg, he took up a position as general journalist for The Fourways Review. While there, two of his photographs came in contention for a Caxton Excellence Award (2007) in the category Best Feature Photograph.[5]

While working at Caxton Newspapers,[6] 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.

In early 2009, he started writing entertainment news and reviews for the now-defunct A small portion of his content on Entertainment Africa was eventually re-purposed for sister website[7]

He currently serves as freelance video game reviewer for the free South African online video game magazine Gamecca, but in a full-time capacity he serves as News Editor for, a technology news website published by Hypertext Media.

He has also written a number of articles for Canadian-based website on world events from a South African perspective.[8] These included articles on South African sprint runner and convicted killer Oscar Pistorius[9] and the death of Nelson Mandela.[10]

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. Fripp also makes regular appearances on the Dstv channel ED's Edge technology show.[11]

Notable Fripps[edit]

Charlie is the fourth cousin-twice removed of well-known guitarist Robert Fripp.[12] Robert's uncle was Alfie Fripp,[13] who was the oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war of World War II, and was part of The Great Escape[14] 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).[12]


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