2010, The year of the Vibe, Earthquake or Ox-wagon ?

This is what most people in SA are saying 2010 should be called…………I like it as there is a vibe starting to gather momentum with the World Cup only 89 days away who are

Don’t know about year of the vibe but it is definitely the year of the earthquake, Haiti, Chile, Turkey (are you seeing a pattern here?), this in turn has led to Tsunamis and other catastrophic events, apparently the earth has been knocked of its axis by these quakes, now I don’t know if you have seen the movie day after tomorrow or movies in the similar vein?.......................Could the world is coming to an end predictions be coming true?

Seems that J Z’s visit to the UK was pretty successful with the queen being particularly chuffed at all the attention he gave while he was there.

Ok so I promised last week some environmental tips so here they are
Water (at home)

· Never pour water down the drain when you could use it for something else(watering garden or cleaning)
· Check that you don’t have water leaks in your system
· Repair dripping taps by repairing dripping washers ( at a rate of 1 drop per second could waste up to 30 litres an hour and you can expect to waste more than 10 000 litres per year
· Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and water plants or use for toilet cisterns to flush toilets. Share a bath it can be more water efficient (and more fun)
· Install a toilet dam or displacement device (bag or a bottle to reduce amount of water flushed) toilet leaks can waste up to 30 litres of water an hour.
· Don’t let water run when shaving or washing your face (you can save 20 - 45 litres of water at a time)
· Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessary (if its brown flush it down, if its yellow let it mellow)
· By washing your car with 2 x buckets of water and not the hosepipe can save you 300 litres a time

Seems that J M is causing crap again with hate speech and just being his normal charming self. Now I am not saying he is Dof but I did hear JM had a rock, paper, scissors competition against the chimps at a local zoo and the chimps won. I think he was depraved of oxygen at a young age and this attributes the fact he cannot think logically.

Great news is that NOSA have taken me on as an Appy (or intern for those who are posh) for a few months to get me trained up to presenter of course level and then hopefully a fully time gig…..I am so stoked its not funny…….I need to say a huge Thanks to Ryan I know he has championed his “Boets” cause and gone to bat for me, but he also knows I wont let him down. Really looking forward to starting a new career its going to be tough at first and hard work but we will pull through it as I have an amazing wife and daughter as well as moms and dads brothers and. The sacrifices now will translate into rewards later. I know that one day Ryan and I will have a SUCESSFUL business together……………..(Watch this space)l

Monday we had a picnic at Schoonies, Pie R10, Beer R6, Willards Chips R7 View Priceless for everything else use Mastercard. Gabby found an awesome snorkelling spot. Monday and Tuesday weather was hot with Monday being 33 and Tuesday was close to 41 degrees. On Monday I was in Uitenhage and it must have been 45 in the shade it was HOT. Some people may not believe it but these candles melted it was so hot (and they where in the shade) although was hot it was nothing compared to the Island as it was a very pleasant -3 at stages this week (have fun ex-pats)

I had to present my Risk Assessment to the Safety team at VWSA on Monday and it went very very well, with some very favourable comments coming from the head of VWSA health and safety department……………is a great encouragement and a validation that this is the path I need to follow……..while some may feel fell with my bum in the butter, nothing could be further from the truth as I have taken the initiative to get some hands on info/training and this has been acknowledged and now with some hard work ahead I will not only live in a Lekker place I will have a job that I really enjoy and hopefully be able to make a decent living…………being happy at what I am doing is to be honest more important than earning a massive salary, driving a fancy car, having all the mod cons and stuck in a job, village, city country or situation I don’t like.

With the recall of so many vehicles all over the world is it possible that the Ox-wagon could make a return?

As Chevrolet become the latest manufacturer, after Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan, to recall vehicles in 2010, a spokesperson for the Afrikaans Taal en Kultuur Vereniging, said his organisation's stand-point that the ox-wagon was phased out prematurely had been proved correct. ATKV spokesperson Stefanus Dusselboom said, "Ox-wagons were used with great success for almost two centuries - none of them were ever recalled." He said that during that period no ox-wagon had ever suffered an engine failure. "And the only record of the accelerator getting stuck was when Epileptic-Ernie Oosthuizen suffered a grand mal seizure with his whip in his hand," he said.

Dusselboom said that in modern times people often forgot the story of the hare and the tortoise. "And the one about the hair and the soup." He said both parables taught the same lesson: namely that if you act in haste you may be forced to swallow a nasty surprise. Industry analyst Sunette Wakus said that although they were slower than any car made since the model-T Ford, there were nevertheless several significant advantages to the traditional ox-wagon. "There is never an issues with boot space. They handle potholes and rough terrain better than Smart Cars. You don't need a licence to drive one on a public road. They hold their resale value well. And they are much better than Toyotas when it comes to making a lager."

She said companies like Toyota could learn a thing or two from the ox-wagon, something which Dusselboom suggested Toyota may already have tried as he lashed out, accusing them of industrial espionage. "Ox-wagons were due to be marketed to the public under the slogan 'Everything keeps going, far right' and Toyota stole it from us. That and the advent of the tar road brought an end to the commercial success of the ox-wagon and paved the way for Toyota to go on and become the number one vehicle for the South African people," he said.

Looked up some interesting facts for you philistines , the first one is for my alcoholic friends in Clarens

There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial – of course) to be hung. The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like one LAST DRINK. If he said YES it was referred to as “ONE FOR THE ROAD” If he declined, that prisoner was – “ON THE WAGON” So – there you go.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor" But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldnt even afford to buy a pot...........they "didnt have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June... However, since they were starting to smell brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor, hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt.. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer...

And that's the truth... Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! ! ???

Living In PE is not boring I can tell you that, as I was leaving home to go and collect Gabby from school on Thursday and 4 police kombis come flying round the corner into our cul - de sac screech up to a halt 3 doors down and the SA equivalent of the Swat team pours out with automatic weapons at the ready etc etc. by the time I got back they have raided the house and are taking out evidence. It would seem out erstwhile neighbour is a Mr Melekile Hani, Taxi Boss and he has been involved in two attempted murder cases as well as violent protest against the rapid Bus Transport in PE…………Oh the joys of living in a quiet neighbourhood……….I wont be going to tell him to keep his dogs quiet that I can tell you.

Friday Ryan and I did 2 environmental presentations at underprivileged schools on Friday and had te kids do a clean up of the school, was really awesome and enjoyed it so much, its always good to work with kids and I was pleasantly surprised at the manners of the children and their efforts to look te best in the uniforms they have ……..even though they are probably hand me downs.
Friday was final of the Pro 20 cricket at St Georges Ryan and I went to support the Warriors, it was awesome, what a Jol, great to be able to spend time like this with Ryan and Keith. My Folks are coming down in June so I can’t wait to see them, I think they will like PE and will be great to show them around

This photo is from the pre publicity of a new Muslim TV show its loosely based on the Cagney and Lacey series of so many years ago….the producers are battling to come up with a catchy name for it …ideas have been: (Ayatollah’s Angels) (Jihad 911), (Baghdad Black…trying to imitate NYPD Blue) (Kameela and Nabeela) (Yakootah and Taroob) (Bitches in Burkas) they even thought that they could tap into the non Muslim world and thought about calling it (Nuns with Guns) This photo is actually a still from the Porn version as you can see in this photo they are erotically and scantily dressed, having no veils and handling phallic like thingies. This one they where thinking of calling Roboc----. An interesting fact that there are no Muslim ladies names that start with C, O, P, Q, U, V or X

Seems that growing old brings with it not only wisdom, but sadness as well….sadness at the passing of Friends or family. Yesterday I received the sad news that Elize Crowther had passed away. Danie her son called me …for which I am very greatefull. Elize was a great lady and an asset to not only the village of Clarens but the eastern Free State as well. Her husband “Oom Rob” died just a few months back and coupled with two major strokes that Elize had suffered between then and now, I believe that she had decided to be with Oom Rob. And while we are sad that Elize is no longer with us, she is in a better place and with the man of her dreams. Elize sorry I never had the chance to say goodbye, thank you very much for all the times we sat and chatted and the encouraging words that you always seemed to have and always at the right time.

Had a bike accident, not to much damage….was very lucky seemed to have a little angel looking over me while I lay unconscious on the road…………….learnt a big lesson that you don’t get on a bike that is to small for you and is underpowered.

Sports roundup for the week
1) Warriors are the Pro 20 champions (Ole ole ole ole)
2) Sharks lost again (was close but now 5 in a row)
3) Stormers won again
4) Bulls won (but will need to tighten up on defence)
5) Lions got a hiding this weekend
6) F1 started to day with first race being won by Alonso a Ferrari 1/2……… Schummie came 6th in front of last years World Champion Button

Must say I do not think the experiment of using home referees is working seems the Aussies want to win the Super 14 with help of their Refs. Hopefully next year they will revert back to using refs from the country not being represented by the two teams)

Found a couple of good sites to look at

Quotes for the week:
Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his or her goals.
Winning starts with beginning

Famous last words: The weather report at Pearl harbour on morning of 7th December 1941………. ‘The day will be mild to hot, with a slight nip in the air”


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