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“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – not stuck in the middle, but hovering above the entire farcical spectrum, weeping as I behold my fellow man’s devotion to political illusion and self-destruction” – Robert Higgs What a week it’s been and it’s not all about the appalling events which have unfolded in South Africa. More of that very sad story later. Covid-19 is proving to be a monster pandemic unleashing a script which seemingly has no end in sight. Consider the following; in England, Boris (I need a haircut) Johnson, loosens the shackles on Covid-19 restrictions on 19th July as promised. Roughly about the same time, Boris has to self-isolate after his health minister contracts the virus. At more or less the same time, the delta variant confirms its ... read more
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“Confusion is to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”- Isaac Newton If one likens Covid-19 to a large roulette wheel spinning in a casino and randomly stopping every now and then to deliver a new number with a sinister message, it is certainly delivering just that. A pandemic which kicked off in February 2020, continues to spin out of control and shows little heed for many of the efforts being frantically thrown at it by seriously confused humans across the globe. A quick global check reveals interesting scenarios. In England, PM Boris Johnson is desperate to announce to the Poms that Covid-19 has been defeated and life can return to normal. His target date for this massive announcement is 19th July. Will it happen? Watching Wimbledon over the past ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town July 9th 2021

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. It is now winter in Cape Town the gardens are full of colour especially the proteas. Kirstenbosch enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with a long, hot, dry summer (November-March) and a short, cool, rainy winter (June-August). Stunning flowers with a wonderful backdrop. http://www.heygo.com... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port St Johns July 2nd 2021

I have been 5 years of the last 6 in the region, hoping to do the world famous "Sardine Run" once. Well, now it's done. Let me explain a little the process of the Sardine Run. Each year, in June and July, the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa witness one of the biggest animal migration...underwater! Millions of sardines makes their way up from Port Elizabeth all the way to Durban. The highlight being the few weeks around the 1st July from the little town of Port St Johns to Coffee Bay in the Transkei. Put it simply....this is a mere 168kms from home if you had to draw a straight line from my home and the backpackers where we are staying in Transkei. But by road, it's 380kms...and it takes just short of 6 hours ... read more
The Wild Coast...
First day was full of action...
Bottle nose dolphins...


“There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people.” – Heinz Guderman Who would have thought as the month of June 2021 winds down that Covid-19 would by now not have disappeared? On the contrary, as we move into month seventeen of this catastrophic pandemic, this pesky virus has mutated into a monster by way of the variants constantly evolving and the scary reality that the most recent of them, the Delta variant, spreads far more easily and rapidly than any of the others to date. There is little doubt that for many of us there is a numbing acceptance that we are a long way off of getting the better of this virus and thus seeing our lives return to normal. The numbers don’t seem to matter anymore given that there is a sort ... read more
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“In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.” – Wilde Quotes As they say two weeks is a long time in politics but this can easily apply to Covid-19 which simply keeps twisting and turning on a trajectory which defies our ability to fathom out what is really going on. There is a daily blast of information and misinformation on just about every media platform imaginable and the impact is incredibly predictable; what to believe, who to believe on any given day. So, what has the recent three-week period dished up on the Covid-19 juggernaut? Firstly, top US infectious disease specialist, Anthony Fauci, recently said that people who get vaccinated may require boosters ... read more
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“The World seems to slouch onward into its uncertain future like some huge inarticulate beast, too much attained by wounds and ailments to be robust, but too strong and resourceful to succumb.” – Richard Hofstader Writer’s fatigue or Covid-19 exhaustion are the two likely factors which have curtailed the updating of the Covid-19 blog notwithstanding that this pesky virus needs to be updated to read Covid-2021. Who would have thought that this unprecedented pandemic would endure for so long and take on so many different variants? The last blog was published on 29th March 2021 and read by 71 people. Interesting that no comments, chirps or message reactions have been posted by readers since December 2020 so I suspect Covid-19 fatigue has set in and we are all suffering a new variant called Covid-19 gatvol. Just ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » North West » Sun City May 1st 2021

Another little side trip in South Africa. This time we stay 5 nights in Pretoria and two days around Sun City. A holiday around Pretoria or Joburg is not on many people list. But here it is...I'm slowly making my way to play the top 100 rated golf courses in the country. Prior to this week, I was at 71. Today I am at 76. The simple reality is...beside two of them in Parys, all the 22 remaining are in Gauteng! So I technically need at least 3 more weeks of "holidays" around the area to achieve what not many people did in the country...play all the courses ranked in the latest chart of the top 100 by Golf Digest in 2018! Good chance I could be one of the few even maybe the first foreigner ... read more
Decent breakfast...but clearly not "Palace" level...
Happy to spot the lioness...
The Gary Player course at Sun City is ranked one of the top in SA!

Africa » South Africa April 28th 2021

Voortrekker Monument - Pretoria The majestic Voortrekker Monument is a unique Monument which commemorates the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. Set on a hilltop in a beautiful setting the monument was inaugurated in 1949. In the Hall of Heroes is the world’s longest historical marble frieze, the original designs were created from clay but local artists and sent to Italy where they were recreated in marble. A tapestry with more than three million stitches is housed in the Cenotaph Hall. The Cenotaph can also be viewed from the Dome at the top of the Building and Thankyou Kirsten for overcoming your fear of heights to show us where, through the opening in the Dome, a ray of Sunlight shines, at twelve o'clock on 16 December Annually, falling onto the Centre of ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town April 6th 2021

6th April - West Coast National Park in 3 parts! The West Coast National Park offers overwhelming natural beauty, established in 1985. With our knowledgeable guide we were able to walk the shores of the lagoon, visit a hide where we were very lucky to see flamingos, stroll along the salt marsh and before we finished the tour see in the distance a group of four ostrich. As we walked we discovered tracks of Eland, Cape Fox, & Porcupine. We saw on the rocks Dassie and many other birds as they flew around the lagoon. The succulents with their wonderful textures and colours together with the blue sea and mountain made for a truly amazing experience. Added to the adventure Kersten with the aid of his camera was able to bring into view the flock of ... read more




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