Category Archives: History

Remembrance Day and Delville Wood


I have been very involved with the annual prize-giving for the Garden of the Year Competition run by Durban and Coast Horticultural Society, and today delivered my speech in my capacity as President and handed out the cups. As in … Continue reading

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Did the Eagle Ever Land?


The trouble with school-going kids is that they have homework, and sometimes that can prove a serious distraction to parents or grandparents. Take this simple project of R’s dealing with the history of space exploration:  After duly admiring it, I … Continue reading

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My Worldle be my Bondle


  This chain reaction to Wordle 311 is, as usual for me, aimed at using the given words in order, adding as few as possible, and rhyming. I abandoned the idea of putting ‘colonel’ instead of ‘kernel’ with some reluctance — … Continue reading

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Watson a Name?


It’s elementary, my dear: What’s pictured on your sporting gear With no colonialist show Should there, on any portion, go; The Springboks came from bad old days, But now a bloke who cricket plays Must as a Protea be known … Continue reading

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Roomy Game Rooms


In my previous post, I showed pictures of the little four-bedroomed cottage we occupied at the 2000 hectare Tillietudlem Game Reserve.  Here are a couple of the  much larger Ogram House, established by the original settler from Scotland in the 1870s.  … Continue reading

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Benefits of Colonialism


Following the events I discussed here, an unending storm of colonialist condemnation has continued in the media, in articles, speeches and letters.  In response to this tweet:   a typical response was this:   Astonishingly infantile, from an educated leader … Continue reading

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Picturing Families Noble and Royal


While unpacking another of the thousand-or-so boxes we moved from our previous residence, I came across a folder with some of my late father’s experimental prints. As one of many hobbies, Hyla Noble was into early colour photography, developing, printing, and enlarging. … Continue reading

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