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capetownlog
Date: 2013-03-19 11:52
Subject: positive Africa
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Does anyone know the locations of these images of African modernity? Answers on a postcard please...

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-03-25 14:18
Subject: How to score a goal...
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  1. ... look at goal

  2. retract foot

  3. shoot!


Pretty simple really, yet once again, 'bafana bafana' were seemingly incapable of taking chances. Instead of 2-0, 5 or 6-1 should have been a better reflection. Having said that, Saturday night's actual win against a not-very-impressive Central African Republic was nice to watch and master capetownlog enjoying his first experience of live football. Not sure why the CAR goal was disallowed, but seemed dubious to award the goal, then change mind after a bit of "pressure" by the South African players was applied to the linesman.

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-03-27 15:58
Subject: Are you measuring bananas or papayas?
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Sitting at the dinner table one day, was amused at this label, especially the energy value; could be anything: MW? eV? take a pick...Was on a box of bananas by the way. Miss the Caribbean bananas that are easy to get when in UK and are arguably the best quality in the world.


Today was also the first time that a jumper was needed for warmth. Autumn is coming and am dreading winter in this place. No central heating! No insulation! Could be worse, like a real winter up north...

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-04-05 11:25
Subject: busy weekend part 1, jazz
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Two weekends ago, Cape Town jazz festival was "in effect" and was treated to a surprise visit courtesy of Mrs Capetownlog. Had an enjoyable time listening to two local bands (Trenton... and Mi Casa) and two international (Omara Portuondo (pictured with her husband) and Buena vista social club; Brand new heavies), getting a good variation in sounds. Well recommended.

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-04-15 11:32
Subject: busy weekend part 2, navy festival
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En route to the Navy festival at Simon's town, noticed this bicycle made of beverage cans, unsurprisingly advertising the local cycle shop. The festival itself was OK, an event to go once and say "been there, done that".

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-05-09 07:36
Subject: space in the city
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A view of Rondebosch Common, in the south side of the city adjacent to University of Cape Town (left of the picture).

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-05-19 10:05
Subject: Is the teacher a smoker?
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How can a group of school children (under the age of 10?) be permitted collectively to create artworks from rubbish items such as cigarette packets? This is a picture of one (of many) such "exhibits" left in a school corridor. Bizarre...

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-08-04 11:02
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It is now 4 weeks since a whirlwind tour to Kruger National Park and surrounding tourist attractions such as God's Window. The drive from Johannesburg was nice, with a high quality toll road through to stops at (possibly, may be wrong) Machadodorp (complete with views of animals across a small fenced plain whilst standing at the toilet urinal!), and Mbombela before staying at Hazyview. Mrs Capetownlog, Master Capetownlog and Madamoiselle Capetownlog were very lucky that we saw four of the "big five" (as well as giraffes) in only a one day tour!. The return drive through Mashingshing and Rustenburg was characterised by some serious ravines (sorry "pot–holes") in the latter. Surely this was not the same town that the England football stayed during their brief presence in the World Cup?



And now? Unfortunately, have had to return to UK due to visa expiration and no more income (contract completion). Would have liked to have stayed for three to four years before the next adventure elsewhere, but it was not to be. One thing learned from Cape Town, am not too keen to stay in UK for long, hopefully not more than 12 months!

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-08-11 08:46
Subject: parting shot
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Earlier this year, the centenary of the Land Act legislation was commemorated; it was an insidious "law" because of its ultimate aim to relegate the African to second class citizenship whilst others sought to exploit South Africa for themselves. The effects of the Land Act are evident today: social destruction caused by and economic exploitation of migrant labour; agricultural land ownership; etc.. At a recent exhibition, capetownlog learned about a particular method by the apartheid government to prevent African rebellion: banishment of leaders to desolate, rural areas far from family and home communities.


So in time for next year's no doubt imminent celebration of twenty years "post-apartheid" South Africa, the flag above is proposed. The current flag was supposed to be temporary and is quite "busy" with the multitude of colours. As is common elsewhere, the colours have a meaning: black represents the Africans of South Africa that were the last to become free of European colonisation (since the notorious Berlin conference); gold of course represents the natural wealth of the country; similarly the green represents the land (and temporarily the as–yet unresolved issue of land ownership); red-orange to remind of the blood shed in order to achieve freedom; blue represents the beautiful natural environment of South Africa that must be maintained.


The flag was inspired by someone seen carrying a bag with the logo of the organisation 'Brand South Africa'

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capetownlog
Date: 2013-12-22 17:44
Subject: distant dream
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At this dark time in UK, reminiscing about Cape Town can be a depressing pastime. Mrs Capetownlog was tuning in to Good Hope FM and had to laugh when the DJ announced the local time as "but 19:00, but looks like noon"; in contrast, local time is 17:00 but looks like midnight! :(

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