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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Saint Francis Bay September 11th 2020

“Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description.” – D.H.Lawrence Interesting times to say the least! Here we are in early Spring still trying to figure out how a virus could possibly have hijacked this year’s late summer, winter and then autumn seasons. Spring is a month of renewal when plant life recaptures it’s calibrated growth DNA and the animal kingdom looks to the urgent task of reproduction to ensure the survival of each particular species. Homo sapiens, on the other hand, has endured months of a rampaging pandemic which to date has recorded 27.9 million infections and caused 905,426 deaths. Bizarrely, the daily updates and incessant chatter on TV networks about Covid-19 have ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Saint Francis Bay August 29th 2020

“Every human has four endowments; self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom…. the power to choose, to respond, to change.” - Stephen Covey Someone once said “Every sunset is an opportunity to reset” and if there is one critical step, we all need to take in these repetitive, exhausting Covid-19 times, it is the need to “reset.” Our minds have numbed as we struggle to remember when, why and how this unprecedented intrusion on our lives all started. 2020 is now almost at the three-quarter mark and most of us talk about writing off this year noting it as one of very little by way of personal achievement. Many dreams, plans, activities, adventures have simply vaporised and disappeared into the mists of time. Against this backdrop, the past week ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Saint Francis Bay August 16th 2020

“We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.” – Blaise Pascal If there is one word which now underpins the current Covid-19 journey, it has to be “uncertainty”. What was put out on media platforms as fact and latest update last week on the trajectory of the coronavirus is turned on it’s head a week later. Consider the following; schools are under huge pressure globally to re-open on the basis that people younger than 18 years of age don’t get infected at the same rate as older folk. And yet, in America there are current reports of a 40 percent spike in school children infections in one state. The jury is truly out as to whether it is wise to re-open schools and the consequences will play out in ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Saint Francis Bay August 10th 2020

“Man, do not pride yourselves on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you…and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russian novelist and philosopher in the 1820’s) There is a classic saying one hears from time to time; “don’t mess with Mother nature”, and it sort of resonates for a short while before our minds leap forward not really wanting to confront what we have done to our planet and sadly, continue to do. The scorecard in terms of our impact on the physical environment is mind boggling and includes; overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels and deforestation all of which in their own unique way have triggered ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Saint Francis Bay August 4th 2020

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson It is mid-August 2025 as we sit around a roaring camp fire under a star lit night sky somewhere in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve chewing the fat on a wide range of topics. All eyes gaze intently at the bright, flickering flames of the fire providing a gentle orange glow and warmth against the evening chill. The conversation focuses on the superb animal and bird sightings of the day and we marvel at how the animal kingdom was left largely unscathed by the devastating Covid-19 pandemic. On the other hand, the impact on the World’s human population was catastrophic. Apart from the significant loss of human life, the economic implosion left many countries almost destitute, other diseases such as malaria and TB ... read more
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“Indecision may come from an instinctive hunch that there’s more you need to know-which means it’s time to learn everything you can about the pros and cons of each option. You can continue on this track, however, only as long as you’re unearthing genuinely new information.” – Martha Beck Last Sunday evening, CR once again positioned himself in front of a bank of TV cameras for another of his spasmodic, knee jerk diatribes. There is no doubt all he is designated to do at these moments in time is to read the script prepared for him by a small cabal of so called “Minsters of whatever” in his “Command Council” (is this not straight out of a Communist handbook?). Most South Africans know precisely who these people are. Don’t lose sight of the fact that a ... read more
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“It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn’t get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man.” – Richard P. Feynman On any journey undertaken, irrespective of destination or duration, there is always a moment of reflection at some point. Questions swirl in the mind; how far have I travelled, am I on the right routing, how much further, what lies ahead? The Covid-19 “journey” is one that every human being on planet earth is currently undertaking and, if many of us dropped anchor to reflect at this point in time, there is probably only one recurring question in most minds; when will this nightmare end? ... read more
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“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie Way back in mid 1926, the camp fire blazed and flickered and lit up the immediate surrounds with it’s golden light. Deck chairs were positioned as close to the fire as possible and those hardy soles were probably the first to visit the Kruger National Park, established in May of that year. They would have had plenty to talk about apart from being in what has undoubtedly become the finest game park in the world. The 1st World War had ended a few years back in November 1918 and claimed the lives of an estimated 9 million combatants and 13 million civilians. They would have reflected on ... read more
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“Normal is an ideal. But it’s not reality. Reality is brutal, it’s beautiful, it’s every shade between black and white, and it’s magical. Yes, magical. Because every now and then, it turns nothing into something.” – Tara Kelly In a normal world, Sue and I would be flying round about now with special friends, Ian and Sue Prior, to Vancouver, Canada. But the reality is something completely different. Covid-19 arrived about six months ago and turned nothing into something big, which humanity is still desperately trying to comprehend. Vancouver ranks in my top three cities I have ever visited (Cape town and Sydney being the other two). Beautiful waterways and snow-capped peaks in the city background. This is where around about 9th July we were scheduled to collect our RV’s and set off on ... read more
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“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.”- Isaac Newton Thank goodness there is a thing called a pause button. Timely to hit it and put Covid-19 to one side for a moment. Fortunately, in the current level 3 scenario of our lock down, one is able to spread those wings just a bit. A week ago, we did just that along with close friends, Brett and Lorraine Wilson Jones, when we left the confines of our homes for the first time in weeks and headed for the Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve which abuts onto the eastern side of the Addo Park. This is an upmarket game park which caters primarily for the international market but the virus has virtually shut down their operations. In business, when backs are to the wall, one ... read more
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