Not the 9 o clock news

So feeling a lot better this week as to where I am and what I am doing with my life I tackled the challenges for the week head on. This week I did hazardous chemical as well as Noise Induced hearing loss training at a local based (but is an international pharmaceutical company) Its always nerve wracking when you are presenting something for the first time as not only do you need to show the students that this is “Not” the first time you have done this, you also need to be able to answer any possible questions and have an answer or solution even if you do not know the answer, otherwise you are “Scr$%#d”. Must say I do enjoy the challenge and I have learnt so much over the last 6 months that its not even funny

Friday was the NOSA Client Function and it was pretty good, Bus trip to a wine farm they are starting just outside Jeffery’s bay called Cob Creek where we had a wine tasting, a corporate magician who was also the funniest person I have seen for a long long time………that alone was worth the trip, but the food was out of this world, I had a fillet steak that melted in my mouth, you just had to put the knife near the meat and it sliced through it, probably the best Steak I have ever had in my life and having been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years that is no mean feat, as I have tasted many a good steak. the SAMTRAC student of the year was announced and no I did not win, although I was one of three that scored 94.5% for the course, being a NOSA employee I could not win it, but I got something better (A full time job with a growing company an awesome boss and staff) so I really cant complain, just wanted you to know that I am not as “Dof” as I look.

Gabby has started to ride again at a local stables and is loving it, she really s such a good horsewoman and I am glad tat she has decided to get back into it, even her boyfriend Stephen has started to take it up and had his first lesson on Saturday, according to Tania and Gabby he is not bad, I was not there as the lesson was at 8am, weather was overcast and drizzling and I decided that discretion was the better part of valour and stayed in bed watching a movie on the computer about Islamic terrorism, its called ‘Traitor” and it’s a very good movie. Gabby has also started to play the guitar again with her Uncle Ryan very kindly loaning Gabby his 12 string guitar. so as you can imagine the house is sooooooooo quiet …….’NOT”

Cant wait for Summer days as I am really getting gatvol of the crap weather we are having at present, want to start wavesking and snorkelling again. I will put money that on Monday and Tuesday weather will be great and start turning on Wednesday again so that its crap for the weekend.

The Eastern Province Kings drew 36 all with the Puma’s in the fist leg of the two game play off in Witbank on Friday night so this Friday coming the 2nd leg will be a winner takes all game, may just go and watch, if the Kings do get into the Currie cup then we will have teams like Sharks, WP, etc coming to play here which will not only be a big boost for the Nelson Mandela bay Stadium it will also be great for us here in PE. Seems the Protea’s also got there act together on Friday night and crushed the Zimbabweans in an International 50/50 game winning by a mere 279 runs. Ferrari won the Inaagral Korean GP and with 2 races left and 50 points on offer its going to be interesting, must say this season I have not watched one GP, just not seemed to be the hype there was the last few years……Drivers standings are Alonso 231/ Webber 220/ Hamilton 210 / Vettel 206 and Button 189 (don’t care who wins as long as its not Hamilton or Button. Team standings are Red Bull 426 / Mclaren 399 and Ferrari 374

A couple of good jokes have emerged since the Blou Bulle are not in this years Currie Cup final

1) Pretoria has got a housing shortage after the loss to the Sharks, why you may ask ? Well it seems that all the Blue Bill supporters came down to earth

2) There will be a new death penalty introduced by the government……..they make you wear a Blue Bulls jersey and you “Die of shame”!!

I see that Xmas decorations and advertising have been put up in a number of shops at various shopping malls, Xmas seems to get here earlier every year, Woolworths are taking some flak about there decision not to sell religious magazines in their shops, this seems to have made a number of people cross and threats of boycotts etc seem to have Woolworths rethinking their decision. I don’t buy religious magazines myself but if I did would I be upset that Woolworths did not want to sell magazines of my choice? Hard to say as you get extremes or believers in all faiths the extremist in this case have said they will boycott and picket the shops, extremists from other religions may just call for a Jihad and blow shit up. The question I want to ask is if you don’t want anything religious in the shop/s then are you going to market Easter and Xmas to get people to buy in your shops??

A good friend of mine in Clarens has had some great news, her boyfriend has just landed a great job that means she will be leaving Clarens and living in Harrismith 90kms away, Really happy for them both as they are a great couple and deserve to catch a break….Well done to you both, Tania, Gabby and I are really chuffed for you. Seems that Meatbomb is so busy theses days all he does is work and sleep and with Steelwings coming up in a couple of weeks time, he will be working even harder, but some good money will be made, so that always makes up for the long hours and lack of sleep.

So what other news in Clarens, well it would seem that baby fever is in the air, seems that everyone and their brother is preggers or about to release a rug rat. Some are happy some are surprised and some just plain aghast at what awaits them. Remember if you don’t want to have a child then “hou die koekie toe”. I also hear that the Speckled Bean is not going to be a monthly magazine anymore but a quarterly magazine as its not economically viable according to the owner to run it monthly anymore, however from sources in Clarens it would seem a former editor and good friend has decided to start a new magazine called “In Clarens”………… “I must say a well thought out and catchy title” and has stolen all the advertisers (as I say this is from sources in Clarens) so it would seem you can make money from a magazine otherwise why would a new one be starting ??. The Mountain Post newspaper also seems to be doing ok”……….S.W.T.F. Many people are saying that this Speckled bean will be the last....End of an era.

Clarens is now complete and any new restaurants that want to come into the village will never be able to compete with the new concept that has been brought to the village, Last years tourism village Marquard must be kicking themselves that they did not come up with this culinary concept, as I am sure Jamie Oliver and Nigella are. It’s a Vetkoek and Milkshake cocktail Diner / lounge/ plekkie, Yeah I know……I was like WOW “what a frikken concept” Should make Millions of Zim Dollas.


1) Paris - Workers opposed to a higher retirement age blocked access to airports in Paris and around the country on Wednesday, as hooded youths smashed shop windows amid clouds of teargas outside the capital. Riot police in black body armour forced striking workers away from blocked fuel depots in western France, restoring fuel supply to areas where pumps had run dry, after weeks of protests over the government proposal of raising the retirement age from 60 to 62. (The French have always been lazy sods)

2) London - Queen Elizabeth II was not spared the British budget cuts announced on Wednesday, with her spending slashed and grants to the royal family frozen. The royals have dramatically scaled back their expenditure over the last two decades but felt the bite of finance minister George Osborne's austerity measures nonetheless. Osborne told parliament that the sovereign had agreed to a 14% drop in royal household spending in 2012-2013, while grants for official travel and palace repairs would also be frozen in cash terms. The way the royals are funded will then be completely overhauled, he added, with a single grant replacing the various strands of her state income, replacing the "civil list" arrangement that has stood for more than 250 years.

"The household obviously has some challenging times ahead, like any area of government but we welcome the announcement of the sovereign support grant as a modern, transparent and simpler way of funding the head of state," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told AFP. The royal residence said last week that Queen Elizabeth was "acutely aware of the difficult economic circumstances" facing her subjects. (Apparently they are facing the challenges head on as they are cutting back by not having a Christmas party at Buckingham palace this year; Yeah as usual it’s the workers that get stiffed)

Well that’s about it for this week but before I go a couple of priceless observations

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Money can't buy you happiness ... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

- Spike Milligan

Have a great week


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