WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Posted by Suzi-k at 8:26 am
Friday, April 25, 2008
Pilots always get to see the sky from a very different perspective to us mere mortals. I thought you might be interested in seeing some pix from Sudan. These were taken by a couple of pilot friends, who must remain nameless, as the Sudanese powers that be do not permit photography. (But you know who you are, thanks for the fresh view of the planet)
Sudan is a land of such extremes... It is dry and dusty in the North, but vast areas of the South are swampy. It hardly rains in places, but when it does, there are monster storms, accompanied by lots of lightning.
And of course, there are the infamous dust storms, or haboob. You do NOT want to be caught outside in on of these!
Rain over the Nile in South Sudan.
I will be away for a while, but there should be some very cool photos of mountains when we return...you know what they say about mad dogs and Englishmen? Well I don't know what animals they will equate with insane South Africans going to camp in a tent in the mountains in winter!
Cheers for now!
Posted by Suzi-k at 8:33 pm
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
But I will just say that I am impressed with the stand being taken by COSATU (the trades unions), who are capable of some pretty insane and inane opinions, but in this particular case, in the continued absence of any leadership from our President and his cronies, they are standing up and taking the moral high ground. They have done a great job in ensuring that the Chinese ship full of weapons destined for Zimbabwe does not offload on our coast, and hopefully not in Angola either. So a bouquet to them!
A few overflow photos from interesting items on the PE Daily Photo:
I was so glad to have an opportunity to see the latest sculpture done by Graham Jones, who is, apart from being a brilliant artist, also the brother of a friend of mine. You know you have arrived at an eccentric artist's house when you find a giant fly made from a gas cylinder on the veranda!
He was commissioned by the Sunday Times to do the next in a series of monuments they are putting up around the country, to celebrate the achievements of prominent South Africans. In this case, it is for Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, at one time curator at East London's small museum, who is credited with discovering the fascinating coelacanth, a pre-historic fish which even pre-dates dinousaurs.Graham made it out of cast iron, so it has a wonderful surface texture that suits the subject perfectly. He has added all sorts of fascinating bits and pieces, and the mouth is stuffed with fishing gut, a silent protest against the wicked exploitation of this hugely endangered species.
Here he explains his passion to raise awareness about these amazing fish.
This is the stainless steel cutout which will eventually surround the base when the 4 and a half ton fish has been mounted at its permanent home at the museum in East London.
A while ago I was doing a series called "now and then" in which I featured historic buildings, as they look now, and also vintage photos of how they looked in the early years of Port Elizabeth history. The first one I featured was a little cottage on the brow of Richmond Hill, which overlooks the bay. Well sadly, it burned out last week.
According to Graham, who lives in the same street, it was inhabited by Nigerian Drug dealers. Such a shame!
And finally, Max's sister popped in from Durban for an overnight visit, and took us out to dinner. Simultaneously, winter arrived with a bang!
It has been so dry lately that the question of where to go in foul weather hasn't arisen. This weekend it did ! Where do you go where you can park undercover and enter the place without walking miles to the car and drowning or freezing to death on the way? And where do you take a bunch of people ranging from 3 to 58, with an assortment of food allergies, and in particular one who has had a bypass recently and is FANATICAL about eating heart friendly food? We found the perfect solution... Carolina Spur at Greenacres. The 3 year old (you know who!) was so well cared for in the play area that we couldn't even prize him away to eat chips, and that is VERY unusual for this particular little gannet!
The gluten/dairy intolerant ones had a ball at the salad valley, and the heart patient was ecstatic to see little heart foundation logos on many of the items on the menu. We had a great evening, and will definitely be back there soon! There was even good food for the "normal" ones in the group (MOI!!! LOL)
After dropping them off at the airport the next evening, we went for a stroll on the beach and ended the weekend on a lovely note!
Cheers for now.
Posted by Suzi-k at 12:11 pm
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The sunset started out soft and gentle..
but it soon brightened up...
and lit up the sea too...
until it became really spectacular
.......was altogether gentler, almost monotone, but it turned the sea and wet sand into molten silver....
You can see lots of other Skywatch pictures, the links are over at Wiggers World.
Posted by Suzi-k at 8:02 pm
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Posted by Suzi-k at 4:36 pm
Monday, April 14, 2008
Well I guess by now you've noticed that I'm a 'feast or famine', 'all or nothing' kinda gal! This applies in many areas of my life, and this blog is no exception. So days go by when I have nothing to say, and then BOOM, a mega-post! Today is a boom day.....so if you have a bit of time, make a nice cup of coffee, get comfortable, and I'll tell you about a couple of exciting events that have taken place in the last few days.
Ironman is an event for those loony masochists who like to torture their bodies beyond all reasonable limits in order to win a measly amount of money, or draw attention to themselves......... well that is according to a Pedantic Old Fart who wrote to the newspaper this morning! But for those of us who are slightly more tolerant... Ironman is an event for top triathletes, designed to sort the men from the boys! (Oooops, even this is wildly inaccurate, women also participate in Ironman, so maybe it also sorts the women from the girls?!! ...and our P.O.F. mentioned above had issues with the name too, suggesting it should be Ironperson. Ho-hum, all this ridiculous PC Speak... I guess soon it will be offensive to refer to human beings, we will all be hupersons!) however, I digress....
SO, this weekend, Port Elizabeth played host to Ironman SA, a huge international event which requires participants to swim 3.8km, cycle 108km and round it off with a little 42km run! (Come to think of it, maybe P.O.F. has a point about masochism!)
Normally Mr Farty (who is NOT a pedantic old fart) and I avoid this kind of event like the plague, we hate crowds and battling through crazy traffic and all the hoopla that goes with it. But since we have been doing the Port Elizabeth Daily Photo, we have felt that we need to show some of these things. What has taken both of us by surprise is how much we enjoy them!
It all started with the opening of the season last December, and a recent Cricket match. This weekend, we were at the beachfront twice. On Saturday we got there just after the Ironkids and corporate event had ended, and really enjoyed the buzz down there, the happy crowds, and so many different languages being heard, not to mention a STUNNING sunset. (I'll save those pix for Skywatch Friday).
Then this morning, I went to prison! No... really!
And even though I was in a group of "business against crime" delegates attending a presentation by Correctional Services, it was pretty daunting going through the rows of razor wire, and hearing the heavy barred gates clanking closed behind us.
Posted by Suzi-k at 6:16 pm