Category Archives: History

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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Coining a Phrase (in the original sense) Really Awfully Profoundly.


Most look at one side of a coin, And flipping it over don’t try; It is most distinctly annoying They never the obverse will spy. Though those viewing both sides are better, And think, thus, all bets they will hedge, … Continue reading

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Delville Wood


Today there was a moving commemoration of The Battle of Delville Wood Centenary at elder granddaughter’s school, as an opportunity to remember the many ‘old boys’ who lost their lives fighting for their country.  This was part of the Battle … Continue reading

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History off the cuff …


A couple of days have been spent delving into large cardboard boxes piled all over the place in an attempt to rationalise some of the contents.  In the process, we came across a small item which my late father gave … Continue reading

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