Category Archives: Personal Journal

High Cs to rival Pavarotti


I only saw the high seas that trashed Durban’s North Beachfront from home, and wish I’d taken a trip right away to get a closer look.  Apparently these were a spin-off from another Madagascar cyclone. Even from as far away … Continue reading

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Anti-Colonialist Antics and Antipathy, Bikes, and Lots of Water


The past weekend started with swimming – self at home and then we all shot off to young J’s swimming lesson. From there it was to the Pavilion Mall, where I splashed out on a new cycle computer. After lunch … Continue reading

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Congratulations to an Ex-teenage Grandson


Wishing a most ecstatically happy birthday to the second of our teenage grandchildren to stop being that. It won’t be long before the two pre-teens stop being pre-, too.  In the meantime the latter do help make us feel less ancient. … Continue reading

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Murder Most Foul as in the Worst it is


Three weeks ago the life of a talented, gentle, and thoroughly admirable person was snatched away by some of the despicable vermin that increasingly crawl around this country. I had only met Iain Rossouw on a few occasions over the … Continue reading

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Spied on, Identification Parade, Point of Interest, and Chick Lit to get Fired up after.


Last night I got spied on by this Cream-striped Owl Moth Cyligramma latona. They are quite shy, so I was pleasantly surprised that it stuck around for long enough for me to go indoors for my camera. One second after I … Continue reading

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Really Awfully Good Past Christmas Presents with Futures  


My meerkat I have mentioned — Gift from UK family — More, quite as well-intentioned, Show how well they do know me!  A quadcopter for flying For as long as charge will last; To master it I’m trying, And am … Continue reading

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Swanning Around


On seeing the title of the Weekly Photo Challenge of Graceful two photos sprang to mind from our December UK visit, and I had selected both before noticing that the one by Ben Huberman also features swans.  Well, too bad, or … Continue reading

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