Goodbye Christmas ..............Hello Easter

Well that’s Christmas gone for another year. Next stop Easter. I believe that a large number of “Sefricans”, (especially those who have right wing inclinations) in Europe were a bit upset as they did not realise a white Christmas consisted of snow and freezing temperatures, they where contemplating a Christmas with no darkies or wogs (as our civilised British maatjies (friends) call them).

If you have seen the Checkers advert with the Nataniel talking about a Turducken (He thought was a small communist country) well it may as well be had a look at the price of one at Checkers on Monday and a small one is R450 00. I nearly fainted, I was under the impression that it was supposed to be a better priced alternative for the festive season. For those who don’t know it’s a chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey, good job there wasn’t fish involved other wise the name may have been rather risqué

Europe is still under a white sheet but it seems that its not only the snow, ice and cold that they have to be worried about, terrorism has raised its ugly head in Europe (England, Italy and Sweden) with bombs either going off, being defused or plans being foiled to blow up 12 (count them 12) tourist related spots in England. Sort of makes me happy to be living on the tip of Africa and away from all that apprehension. It also got me thinking about the 1980’s in SA when you had to walk through metal detectors when shopping, women’s bags being searched but men with side arms being allowed to wander around that made no sense to me whatsoever.

So what have we been up to this week, well apart from doing a little last minute Xmas shopping and pottering around the house, going to the beach not much to be honest, a “luie lekker” week as they say in the classic’s.

While we love Sards (Sardinia bay) we have found another really awesome beach called Kini bay, near Seaview. Its further than Sards but there are a couple of spots that are just great to sit and chill, snorkel, braai, drink a beer or contemplate the meaning of life, all done this last week.

Do you remember me telling you about Stumpy tail the Cat that made The Terminator look like Noddy, the cat that killed Snowball, well it would seem “ding dong, the cat is dead” have not seen him for ages and rumour in the cul de sac is that he has gone to kitty hell. So we have now started to leave windows pen again, but it’s a little like one of those slasher movies where you see the bad dude getting killed but you just have a feeling there is going to be a sequel.

Bought our cat Mischief a Christmas present, it’s a Cat Play Station, here is a photo of it. Gabby and I did a city tour on the scooter on Wednesday, we also went to the main library to look for info on The LM coup that I need for my “Phantom of the Forest” book. I had a great time with Gabby, must definitely do it more often. Some people (and not celebrities either) have hundreds of friends on Facebook (I have 90+). How do you keep up with that many people, surely it’s not possible, I know that I only keep in touch with about 20 of the 90, so I should actually can the ones I don’t keep in touch with. This then begs the question why have hundred of friends if your not actually taking an active interest in their lives or they yours. Is it like a “mines bigger than yours” competition?

I have utmost respect for those people that can wrap Xmas presents so nicely. Mine always look like they have been dragged through a hedge backwards and then dropped in a blender. I battle to find the tear in the cello tape so I can cut small strips to use to wrap the presents. Usually I stick the pieces on a table for easy access, however what usually happens is that the pieces stick to the table and cannot be used or the tape curls up and sticks on itself, rendering that piece unusable also the tape always seems to have a mind of its own and sticks to the wrapping paper, but not in the spot you want. I always have a present left but not enough paper to cover it, so it’s back to the shop to buy another roll.

On Friday I had coffee with an old boss of mine at the PE air port, actually Wayne was the owner of a few hotels I worked at, he then went into partnership with an asshole (actually 2) a father and son team who managed to break the close relationship that Wayne and I enjoyed. We have stayed in contact intermittently but I had not seen Wayne for about 8 years so it was really good to catch up on news.

Talking about air ports it’s interesting to see the emotions at different parts of the terminus, at departures the mood varies between happy and sombre, if you’re going on a journey its cool, but if you’re leaving after visiting family or leaving forever it can be pretty Kak. At arrivals however it a different matter there is a buzz and an air of expectancy with family or loved one arriving.

Been watching a programme called cops on TV lately and have to say the police in the states are just soooooooooo gay its not funny, “I am putting you in cuffs because your freaking me out” this is the quote from a cop detaining a really bad man who drove down the road with no lights………WOW. Also two huge cops have to call for backup to arrest some 90 pound weakling and then tazer the poor sod when he does not get out of the car fast enough, but only when they have more cops there than Hitler had soldiers.

And while we are on the subject of travelling........... News flash - All South Africans need to get foreign passports because as a South African passport holder we “cannot travel anywhere on a SA passport”……….No its not info from the department of Home affairs or a Government bulletin, its an arbitrary (uninformed/illogical) comment that I picked up on a social interaction page, this now makes sense as to why so many South Africans are flocking overseas and waiting to qualify for a passport of the country they have chosen, its so they can travel to any destination of their choice, but wait how did they get there in the first place if you cannot travel anywhere on a SA passport, did they swim, micro light, hitch a lift with Ewan and Charlie, walk? I wonder then who fills the flights that leave from South African airports for foreign destinations? I will definitely have to look into this conundrum (puzzle/challenge) as to how as South Africans we cannot travel anywhere but manage to get to Kuwait, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada etc. Maybe what the person was trying to say is that as a South African you need visa’s to get into certain countries but with a EU or other foreign passport you can waltz in and out of those countries without even a "bye your leave". Will check on this and get back to you.

Seems that a gent was arrested in Queenstown (Eastern Cape) for driving a stolen Mercedes panel van (borrowed for the boss, a funeral parlour) without his permission, that’s bad I hear you say, yes it is but I have not finished, he had 15 stolen sheep (yes 15) as well as 6 passengers and was just a little over the legal alcohol limit, “32 times to be exact”. He said that he bought the sheep, but the cops could see that he was just trying to pull the wool over their eyes. Only in Africa,

Xmas eve we had a really nice dinner prepared by Tania (thanks my love) and dad came across to join us, sent a couple of messages on face book. The table that Tania set was also very lekker and we had a really nice evening chatting and having a couple of drinks

Xmas day woke up to a nice wet PE, Santa had been kind enough to bring us 12mm of much needed precipitation other wise we spent a relaxed day, just Tania, Gabby, myself and Keith, woke up earlyish, and cleaned the pool, yeah I know “not normal” but then again am I normal? Had a nice breakfast and spoke to family in Gauteng and then skyped the UK family, was nice to see Amber and she seemed to enjoy seeing Mischief the cat. For lunch we had a do it yourself lunch of cold meats and salads, Gabby had Sushi and everyone just did there own thing, think maybe next year like Ryan has done this year we take a pilgrimage up to Gauteng and spend a Xmas with the Dunkley, Esterhuizen, Kingham (well some of them) Clans at the family estate (five and a half acre plot in Petit). Late afternoon Stephen popped in and we drove to Sards to take a walk on the beach and take my Gnome (Xmas present from Tania) for a photo shoot. Beach was busy with a number of families just relaxing and enjoying a typical SA Port Elizabeth Xmas day (on the beach).

Boxing or family day as we know it in SA was also “rustig” (quiet for those who don’t understand the “taal”…sorry language) but do you know the origins of the day??...No well I checked and here it is The reason that the December 26th was known as 'Boxing Day' was the fact that many centuries ago, the Lord and Lady of the manor/castle/estate gathered together at the manor house, castle etc., the workers including those from the outlying fields, forests and streams, the day after Christmas Day and organized the distribution of the annual necessities, done according to the status of the worker and the size of the family. Into boxes and barrels would go supplies of cloth spun by the spinsters, the cobbler’s leather goods, new tools and supplies of salt and spices. Also dried goods such as meat, fish, vegetables and some fruit and cereals grown on the estate for bread making. This the giving out of such boxes became "Boxing Day".

We have had some rain this week, mostly drizzle and the Xmas 12mm but dam levels have only risen from 31.5 % to 31.6%, I never thought that having a bath would be a luxury, I am not a shower fan, but if you want to have a bath you don’t shower for a week to save up the water to have a very shallow bath, so mostly we just shower. Talk about being optimistic there is a Chinese guy trying to sell hosepipes on the side of the road just around the corner from us….I don’t know if he knows there is a ban on hosepipes as well as a drought. Maybe we should tell him.

It’s possible that the December sevens that is usually hosted in George is moving to PE from next year, we have competition from Cape Town and Rustenburg, so its not a certainty…but here is hoping.

Here is a little story that I found interesting that came from an e-mail contact who has been assisting me with information on Daniel Roxo.

"And by the way, I was born in number 26 Dunkley Street in Cape Town, which was a rather poor area in my childhood days but our old house has been declared a National Monument - along with all of the other houses in Dunkley Street - and has now become a sort of Yuppie hangout. So naturally, Dunkley Street has made way for Dunkley Square but the old Dunkley Street sign still hangs on the wall to the left of our old house (facing the house, that is). I thought I had to share that with you".

Maybe some of you remember at the beginning of the year that I was going to collect 5c pieces that I had picked up over the year, well I have just counted them (yeah slow day) and there are 241 which is the grand sum of R12.05, enough for a Quart of Millers.

Got to love the new angle that the Nigerians are using to scam money out of people, have to say this one had some thought and effort put into it….Who falls for this shit?

“Hello I am a British soldier currently in Afghanistan. I am with the 40th Regiment Royal Artillery in Afghanistan. We hijacked a suspected Van painted black between the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Door gunners sitting behind machine guns in the Black Van tried shooting at our direction but we lunched a combat backup attack on the Black Van none of the Taliban survived the attack. We discovered other currencies including US dollars of about $ 16 million loaded inside the Black Van with so many types of machine guns. We want to move this money out of this place, before we declare other items in the van to the international press. This place is a war zone you will keep our share pending the end of our assignment here in Afghanistan. We will take 60%. You take 40%. No strings attached, just help us move it out of Afghanistan, Afghanistan is a war zone. We plan to use secured logistics courier to ship the money out in a large box.

If you can help to receive the box for us, I will send you the full details. Kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers for quick communication also your contact details. This should be a secret and must be a secret between us.” Respectfully,Gen Sir David Richards (right)
Well on that innovative note, that’s about it for this week , only 1 week left and its 2011, some people cant wait for it to arrive, others are sad that 2010 is on the way out, “Time stands still for no man, or woman for that matter”.

Here are a couple of sayings/quotes that I read this week.

"I would like to see your point of view on this argument but I can’t shove my head up my ass that far"

"I have not met anyone that I was not able to annoy"...(Must get me a T shirt that say that)


Switch off the engines

Used to be a joke that did the rounds in the early 80’s that went something like this

Q: What’s the difference between a Boeing 747 and an ex – Rhodesian
A: The Boeing stops whining when it gets to the airport and switches of its engines

Rhodesians were flocking into SA from Zimbabwe as they did not want to live under black rule and we called them “When We’s” because the conversation always started “When we……..”. Funny to think that ex pat South Africans now hold the mantle of the “When we” “When we lived in SA…………” “When we ran the country…………….”.

Whenever I read one of the Blog’s that we get on news 24 from an ex South African , I get the impression that they are writing it while drinking as they always seem to start happy with what’s so great about their new homeland, then it goes on to the Dronkverdriet stage of why they would love to come back to SA and they miss the Sun, Highveld thunderstorms, Mrs Balls Chutney and Aromat and then it goes on to the we told you so stage and what s going to happen to the rest of us poor sods that are left to the mercy of the Black hordes that rule the country.

I Live in Port Elizabeth, yesterday we enjoyed a day at the beach in that glorious SA sun and did we get harassed, did we get mugged………..NO. Last night I left my car unlocked and windows down in the driveway and to my horror when I woke up this morning it was still there, yes can you believe it “Still there” but how can this be? The “When we’s” say that cars get stolen all the time with impunity. Today I took my daughter on the scooter and spent the day together exploring the city old and new parts taking photos walking the streets, you know what I saw? Citizens of PE getting on, I did not once feel threatened or unsafe. “When We’s” would have been horrified to see in the city centre, that old and young ladies (single and white) walk in predominantly black parts of the business district, without a care in the world. How can this be do the “When We’s” not tell us that they left because they could not walk the streets and if they did they would get murdered and raped.

I am not naïve and know that there are many challenges that this country faces and that crime is a problem. My dad had a gun put against his head and the gun misfired, was he scared…………Yes, did he run…No. Sometimes you got to harden the F%$k up.

You can mock this Blog, you can call me names you can tear me to pieces for living in La La land , “I don’t give a shit”. I love this country and I am here to make it work for everyone, not just one skin colour (as it was in the past). I am not going to run away because some bitter and twisted ex pat says I have to. Enjoy what you have in your new found Shangri-La (Freezing temperatures and bomb threats in London, cannot be good) Leave me to enjoy South Africa and the many positives that it holds.

And remember “Africa is not for sissies”

"Just Chllin"

Well the good news is that after 11 days managed to get my Cell C contract activated and number ported ……….. Cell C “the power is on your hands” MY ASS, No coffee, no service, just crap, the only thing that goes Wooooosh in the Cell C shop at Walmer shopping centre Port Elizabeth is the air going through the staffs ears. You must know how crap they are if they managed to get Tania to swear………..”Now that’s a talent”

After a long long long flight (or should I say flights) Doug, Nici and Amber got back to the island, sent an SMS to say they where expecting snow on Saturday, nice for them to have a white Xmas. Here Xmas will be quiet, Tania, Gabby, Keith and I (I am sure that Stephen will come and visit for a few hours). Ryan and family left on Thursday evening for Gauteng to spend Xmas with Kirsten’s sister and family, know Ryan was not to keen on that, cant say I blame him (not the spending time with family, spending Xmas in Gauteng), I am sure Ryan will make an excuse to go and watch the SA vs India game at Centurion. See that on websites (Friday 17th) we have already won the series and India are crap, this after only 1 day with a green wicket and having rained, India were 136 for 9…..however we have to bat still, so let’s see what happens. Update (Sat 18) is that SA scored over 600) with Jacques Kallis scoring his first double century, that’s 200 runs or more for those that don’t follow cricket.

Seems the snow forecast was correct (London - Blizzards and freezing temperatures shut down runways, train tracks and highways across Europe on Saturday, disrupting flights and leaving shivering drivers stranded on roadsides.).

See the Aussies are fighting back against the Poms in the ashes series, this with the British press all but having the series won just because they beat the Aussies in the first test. Still a long way to go In that series as well and even if you don’t like the Aussies you have to admire their tenacity and never say die attitude. (they won by 267 runs)

Cant remember if I told you but just before Doug left back for the balmy Christmas weather of the island he did 2 things 1) presented me with the Shit Stirrer wooden spoon (floating trophy) “got a feeling that I will probably hold on to it for a while” and B) sabotaged one of my Millers beers by putting some fake beer powder in it. What was I more upset with being called a Shit stirrer or having my beer tampered with? …….My beer being tampered with of course, yeah I can stir when I want to, now I have a licence (Thanks Doug)

I see that asshole (pardon the pun) Shrien Dewani hired a male prostitute when in SA, (“Cape Town - A German male escort has contacted British police with claims that murder-accused Shrien Dewani paid him for sex, it emerged on Wednesday”) amazingly there are people on news 24 that believe he is innocent and that he is being framed for being

British and gay………….. Probably family members trying to do some damage control. If he is into alternate sex then he will be really happy when he is jailed here in SA as he will be busy every day and won’t even need to pay for the services. As the drink and drive advert says “They would love to a client,
Wednesday we had the staff Christmas lunch at the Cattle Baron restaurant, was not to shabby Nigel………..Then it was in the words of Alice Cooper “Schools out for Summer” I am back at work on the 10th of January …….Then up to a trainers conference on the 11th in Centurion for a couple of days.

A good friend of ours in Clarens (Jeanelle) was diagnosed with encephalitis which is an inflammation of the brain caused by a viral infection. The Drs are not sure how she was affected, I was just really surprised she had a brain………he he just kidding Jeanelle, you know we are thinking of you and Love you like family so get better soon.

While the rest of the country has had Monsoon season and floods we managed a paltry 10mm rain on Thursday and 9 on Friday (better than nothing) but not even a drop in the ocean to what we need, the Dam in Fort Beaufort is empty and businesses have had to close down. Meanwhile Clarens has had over 200mm and Gauteng had well over 160mm.

The opening season Fireworks display was postponed on Thursday night due to the rain and low cloud cover, but we went to watch on Friday, was pretty cool and had a nice vantage point, Dad came with us and was nice to have him with us. Must say really proud of dad, while I know he is missing Lois he has decided that life needs to be lived and is going out and doing things and enjoying life. Next year he is going to the UK to visit Nici, Doug and Amber (Just don’t think of staying there dad, otherwise we will come and haul your ass back. We where there about an hour before the display and sat about half a k away, to keep ourselves amused we decided to see who could jump the furthest from a set point….good to know that I can still out jump a 15 year old ……….while that was great, the fact my knees hurt like hell for the next two days was not.

The Government is looking to bring in new legislation to stop alcohol abuse in SA.

“Johannesburg - New legislation might ban alcohol brands from advertising, place a moratorium on new liquor licenses and make any drinking before driving illegal, Beeld reported on Thursday. "We need drastic legislation to combat alcohol abuse and to regulate the industry more strictly," Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini told reporters in Johannesburg.

Dlamini and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who was also at the announcement, said their departments would initiate steps to draw up the legislation next year.
A moratorium on liquor licenses would mean no new restaurants would be able to serve alcohol and no new bars could open, the newspaper reported”.

This is all good and well, but like most laws in SA if there is neither the trained staff of the will to enforce them then the law means nothing. If they policed the smoking laws then 60% of the pubs would go out of business due to the fines, but have you ever heard of a restaurant ,pub or sports arena being fined or closed down for allowing smoking in a non –smoking area ??. We have some of the most stringent anti-smoking laws in the world and they are not enforced, so who is going to ensure that the new laws regards drinking are adhered to…………....No one that’s who, so its legislation just for legislating sake.

Talking about drinking and driving the local pub that I have been frequenting (The Golden Duck) is closing down. Was ok had a decent atmosphere, good cold and reasonably priced Draught, but seriously shit chicken strips……ah well back to the drawing board. Perhaps we need Kelvin to open a Friend’s franchise here in PE, about 1km from my house. What ya think Kelvin ??

Don’t mess with the Russians
And this is how it's done

This videotape shows Russian Navy commandos on a Somalian pirate ship shortly after the pirates had captured a Russian oil tanker. The Euro Union navy that patrols these waters would not interfere because they feared there could be casualties. All explanations are in Russian with a single exception of when a wounded pirate says something in English and the Russian soldier says "This is not a fishing boat.". All conversations between the commandos are in Russian. If you don't understand Russian, the pictures speak for themselves. The soldiers freed their compatriots and the tanker. The Russian Navy Commandos moved the pirates back to their own (pirate) ship, searched the pirate ship for weapons and explosives and then they left the ship and exploded it with all remaining pirates hand-cuffed to it. The commandos sank the pirate ship along with the pirates and without any court proceedings, lawyers etc. That is, they used the anti-piracy laws of the 18th and 19th centuries where the captain of the rescuing ship has the right to decide what to do with the pirates. Usually, they were hung.

I would think from now on, Russian ships will not be targets for Somalian pirates..

There was a Scottish pipe band at a local shopping centre of Saturday, pretty good as well, playing not only traditional Scottish tunes but Christmas carols as well…….. All I have to say is “Give that man a Bells”

Went for a beach walk and a braai today (Sunday) and what stated off as a foggy and overcast day ended up being ok, much better than the weather in Europe that’s for sure, wonder how many Home sick “Sefricans” are wandering around London today wondering “wat die fok gebeur het” wishing they were home. Don’t worry dudes we will take up the slack for you, enjoy the cold and icy weather…he he he. Wors rolls and beer on the beach really not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning.

I see that a third movie in the Fokker series will come out on the 24th of December, first it was “Meet the parents”, then “Meet the Fokkers” and coming soon to a big screen near you (Unless you live in Marquard of course) is “The Little Fokkers” should be Fokken good.

That’s about it for this week and with only 5 shopping days left to Christmas I need to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. (None of this politically correct happy holiday crap for me.)



Hay Ho Hay Ho its off to a wedding we go

The more astute (and they say I am no wordsmith) of my 11 regular readers will have realised that last Sunday my Blog did not appear, the reason being is that we were on the way back from Gauteng having attended the wedding of my Niece Christine and her new husband Craig. Tania, Gabby and I also got to be with my dad on his birthday, so all in all a pretty cool weekend.

The flight up was a tad scary as the wind was pumping in PE (very unusual not) in fact the plane was rocking from side to side on the runway. There was turbulence aplenty on the flight to Oliver Tambo…but we made it safely.

As I have mentioned it was my dads birthday and Christine’s wedding on Saturday the grooms family gave my dad hay bales as a present (private joke). Dad was really happy to have the whole family with him as well as getting the opportunity to see how fit he was by humping the bales to the area wedding was taking place in a park in Pretoria.

The wedding was very nice; Christine looked beautiful and got me thinking that one day Gabby will also marry and that I will be the proud dad to lead her down the aisle. After the photos and ceremony it was to the restaurant with dad getting us lost (even with a GPS, however that’s another story) but we eventually got there and had a great time. Sunday was rest, have brunch, Gabby went for a ride and before we knew it, it was time to fly home………”To a windy PE I may add”. It was awesome to spend the weekend with the family and share special moments.

Missed the Boks vs Baba’s game, as I was in a park at a wedding but watched the highlights later, to be honest was not really fazed that we lost, we showed against the Poms that if we play to our strengths and stick to a game plan we can do well in the World Cup next year, so don’t write the Boks off just yet.

See the Poms gave the Aussies a hiding in the second cricket test beat them by an innings and 71 runs, people are calling for Shane “fat boy” Warne to come out of retirement and help the team win. He says he wont but he has got an ego the size of an elephant so I am predicting that he will decide to do it, also a huge wad of cash will be accepted as to save the countries embarrassment does come with a price, appealing to most peoples patriotism and love for their country will only get you so far….the clincher is usually the cash incentive.

We usually pack light when we go away and trip to family was no exception, however when you see a lone packet of Woolworths chips come around the luggage carousel then you have to wonder W.T.F ?

Gabby passed grade 8 (std 6) and next year heads to grade 9 (std 7) is having a short Xmas /summer holiday has been off school since 26th November and goes back to school on the 18th January 2011. Well done my angel for passing std 6 just 4 more years to go and then its “I owe I owe I owe its off to work I go”

Surprise surprise they have arrested Shrien Devani for having his new bride Anni murdered….or has he? Reports differ from he was arrested to he was granted bail to he was not granted bail, now he is apparently gay (what’s that got to do with anything?) and now he is getting bereavement counselling over death of his wife (that he caused, is that not F%$#@ed up or what?)

I was always suspicious that this murder had been a hit and that hubby was involved, wonder if he will go to jail in UK (country club) or serve his time in SA with the 47 gang that will show him how small holes can quickly become enlarged…….Welcome to SA Shrien “Bubba is waiting”.

Perhaps we can start a new niche tourism market, I mean murder dinners where very popular back in the day, so why not come see the big five then have your spouse murdered. The travel agency will be situated in Pollsmoor prison and you can choose from a range of packages such as 3 days in the Kruger, a tour of Soweto, Kimberly’s big hole, drive down to the west coast and along the garden route, visit wine farms and then have your spouse killed. I can see the brochure and TV advertising now “Come to SA see the big 5, experience adrenalin pumping adventure activities, drink our fine wines , meet the people and have your spouse done in” (for an extra fee of course, “batteries sold separately”)

Doug, Nici and Amber left here on Thursday, back to Gauteng for two days and fly back out to London, should be home by late Sunday afternoon/early evening. Was nice having them here, the circumstances were not ideal but we made the best of the situation. Amber is really cut and so well behaved, does what mom and dad tell her. Actually miss hearing her chase the cat around saying Kitty Kitty, but I am sure mischief was pleased that she was gone. Got to see if Doug could remember how to braai, was not to bad.

While Port Elizabeth has been great for the Dunkley clan, our cats have not fared as well, on Friday we had to have Pepper put to sleep due to a long illness. Curly girl, Pepsi or Pepperoni as she was also known will be missed. Doug and Nici took her to the vet for us (Pepper was their cat before they emigrated to the UK.) I don’t know whether a as a guy your not supposed to get emotional over the death of a pet but I seem to take the death of a pet harder than people. I was unable to be with Pepper before she was put to sleep to say good bye and thanks for her friendship….My Curly girl Rest in peace Pepper, have fun chasing all the mice and seeing your brother Snowball in kitty heaven

Did training at the harbour this week, the one lunch break I took the opportunity to climb the Campanile, a clock tower built to commemorate the landing of the settlers in 1820 close to where its situated. 204 steps on a spiral staircase is harder than it sounds, the fact it has no windows does not allow you to know where you are , so somewhere between top and bottom where my legs where aching, my head was spinning from walking in a clockwise direction and I thought I was going to cough up a lung I had to decide carry on or go back, I carried on and must say the view from the top was nice but not as nice as the view from the top of the lighthouse on Donkin reserve .

Seems that Prince Charles and Camilla’s car attacked was by students who are upset with the establishment hiking up varsity fees and it would seem royalty and their privileged position. The car was dented and had paint thrown at it…to be honest I am shocked and stunned that British subject would do such a thing. “Its just not cricket old chap”. I have a theory that somehow the British press will be able to blame SA for this, how you ask well with London almost having as many South African living in it as South Africa it could be suggested that those “used to be South Africans but cant wait to get a worthless British passport” have exported their toy toying destructive attitude so fond of Julius “what a doos” Malema and the ANC youth league.

How strange is this a South African who fled SA to the Shangri-La of Australia due to crime and him not feeling safe anymore was shot dead by a sniper while walking on a beach in that country….just goes to show you that crime and nut jobs are everywhere.

On Thursday I was interviewed by radio Namaqua (with a listnership of 13) about my book “The Clarens Chronicles” as well as Clarens itself, I was on air for about 15 minutes and some of my friends and their businesses got fee plugs. Hardest part was having to do the interview in Afrikaans, but I muddled through.

Gabby is still riding and is really enjoying where she is now getting her lessons, Kiara the lady that runs the school is also very happy with Gabby and has helped gabby improve lots over the last couple of months. Gabby is a natural horsewoman and will always have a love of horses, not just a passing fad for Gabby thats for sure. maybe oneday she will be able to own her own horse.

On Friday we had a tour of SAB and then a beer tasting, was very interesting, this SAB do quarts only (Castle, Hansa, Black label and Milk Stout) and produce 1000 000 bottles a month. The gent that gave us the tour and the beer tasting had been in Cape Town a couple of weeks back and had been to a Beer crafters fair, he had tasted Clarens Brewery beer and said it was pretty awesome……The man has taste.

Keith has kept himself busy the last couple of weeks and has even joined SAMREC the local SA marine rehabilitation centre so now Keith is an honorary penguin. Dad also according to Gabby’s boyfriend now has his own “man cave” just what you need at 71 eh dad.

Went to the Boss’s house to have a Braai on Saturday afternoon and was happily surprised to see Josie an old work colleague had flown down from Gauteng for a couple of days. Josie was the lady who ran the accounts at the office and when her husband transferred to Gauteng unfortunately Josie had to go as well. Was always fun in the office with Josie around. Welcome home Josie, even if it is only for a day or two

As from today (Sunday 12) there is 13 days left to Xmas day and I have 3 working days left before I am on Xmas holidays. That is just so awesome. I go back to work on the 10th of January.

Have not heard any more news regards the baby boom in Clarens, for which I was taken to task for by selected Clarens residents and branded a retard a few weeks back. (Some may remember my Retard Blog). I will need to contact one of my many, many many, many mates and find out what is happening regards that score. Not sure if Clarens has sorted out their water yet, but they have had serious problems with the water quality in the village….Not great for a Tourism village. I do know another friend is very happy with the outcome of a litigation process that has been dragging on for a while, so well done friend happy for you. Here in PE the water levels in the dams is a combined 32% last year when we arrived in PE (4th December) the dam levels where 46.5% (a difference of -14.5 % in a year). We need good rains and soon.

Hey Jeanelle get better soon, sorry to hear you’re not feeling well, thinking of you and know that you will be back to your old self soon (remember the Dunkley family are thinking of you)

Well that’s about it for this week
I will leave you with this gem
What are the three fastest means of communication?
1) Television
2) Telephone
3) Telawoman


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