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Adam September en die Nazi-skat…

September 30, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

is die naam van die toneelstuk waarvoor Chris Vorster onlangs die ATKVeertjie gekry het vir beste nuugeskrewe dramateks van 2009. Ek het dit vanaand gaan kyk, en kan goed verstaan hoekom dit bekroon is en boonop benoem is as aanspraakmaker op die gesogte Anglo Gold Ashanti/Aardklop-Smeltkroesprys.

Dis ‘n slim teks. Soos in vernuftig. Adam September en sy seun Jody is op soek na ‘n skat iewers in Suidwes-Afrika.

Eintlik sou Adam (Ivan September) al van die skat vergeet het as dit nie vir Heinz (Marius Weyers), die homoseksuele suurkool en fortuinsoeker was nie. Adam sit, in sy eie woorde, en wag vir die dood, en verbeel hom allerhande kwale.

Jody (Christo Davids) het sy eie “besigheid” in die Kaap: hy’s ‘n “burglar”. Maar toe sy pa bel en se daar’s moeilikheid met die Duitser, sit hy dadelik af huis toe.

Enter Wolf Basson (Ben Kruger), die seun wat sy ouers nooit wou gehad het nie. Eintlik, die seun wat geen regdenkende ouers ooit sou wou gehad het nie! Wolf is ‘n recce, van die soort wat sy mes en sy R4-geweer vroumensname gee, drink soos ‘n vis en skiet voor hy waarsku. Die arme Wolf se bravade, dronkenskap en gierigheid kry hom telkens in doodsgevaar, maar doodkry is min…

Waar vier sulke uiteenlopende karakters bymekaar is, gaan die poppe noodwendig dans… al is die poppe ook Nazi-geraamtes.

Die akteurs was almal uitstekend. Christo Davids, beter bekend as Charmaine se verwarde tienerseun in 7e Laan, het  baie beindruk met sy uitstekende vertolking van ‘n komiese karakter. Bravo, Christo!  

Marius Weyers (Hans) was oudergewoonte puik. Maar my favourite karakter was of Adam, of Wolf: ek kan nie besluit nie. Seker maar omdat beide Ben Kruger en Ivan Abrahams hulle karakters met soveel oorgawe gespeel het.

Laat ek nou maar bieg: ek is nie een vir SERIOUS teater, ‘n diep polities-korrekte gewroeg nie. Seker daarom dat ek vandag albei Chris Vorster se toneeltukke so geniet het.

Adam September is die beste komedie wat ek in ‘n laaaang, lang tyd op die verhoog gesien het. As dit ooit in ‘n teater naby jou wys, bespreek dadelik. En vat vir Ma, Pa, Hester en die hond, want almal sal hulle gate uit geniet.

Chris, ek hou duim vas dat jy en jou span die Ashanti-prys kry vir Adam.

(Nota: ek beskou myself geensins as ‘n resensent nie, maar vnie oor ertel bloot vir wie ookal belangstel wat ek van iets gedink het. Lees ook Spat, die feeskoerant, daagliks in Beeld.)

Stop spreading urban legends via e-mail!

September 30, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

I’m posting this in reaction to a mail that I received today. A kind warning: not only can e-mails like this spread computer virusses and spyware(not to mention a huge amount of panic), but it also takes up a lot of space in people’s inboxes. If you are not sure about a “warning”, check on www.hoax-slayer.com or www.hoaxbusters.org.

Another thing: by sending mails like this around, you may even give a criminal a new idea. For instance, before this mail, I haven’t heard of burundanga or it’s uses.

Another thing: it always astounds me that otherwise intelligent people fall for e-mails claiming that Nokia/Bill Gates/Veuve Cliquot or watsisname down the road is now all of a sardine using e-mail marketing for his business and therefore tracks your mail, and that after sending this on, you will receive a hundred trillion billion rands in your bank account, not to mention the free laptop and cellphone and game farm. (And possibly, even a woman that a certain Mr Jackson is uplifting…)

Also, I believe in God, and I also know that He is not the kind of God that will punish or bless me in reaction to how many e-mails I forward or don’t forward.

Regarding the latest urban legend:

Forwarded emails warn that criminals in the U.S. and Canada are using business cards impregnated with a potent street drug called burundanga (aka scopolamine) to incapacitate victims before attacking them.

Description: Email rumor
Circulating since: May 2008
Status: Mostly false

Example #1:
Email contributed by Cally, Aug. 25, 2008:

Subject: BE AWARE! READ THIS GIRLS!

Share with your sisters, daughters, nieces, mothers, female friends, EVERYONE.

NEW WARNING!! Incident has been confirmed

In Katy, Tx a man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no , but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station and saw the men following her out of the station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.

She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment. She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn to ask for help. The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath. Apparently there was a substance on the card and could have seriously injured her. The drug is called ‘BURUNDANGA’ and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal or take advantage of them.

Four times greater than date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards. So take heed and make sure you don’t accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets. This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services.

Example #2:
Email contributed by Irene, May 12, 2008:

Warning…Be Careful!!

This incident has been confirmed. Ladies please be careful and share w/everyone you know!

This can happen anywhere!

And Another Warning . . . Last Wednesday, Jaime Rodriguez’s neighbor was at a gas station in Katy. A man came and offered his neighbor his services as a painter and gave her a card. She took the card and got in her car.

The man got into a car driven by another person. She left the station and noticed that the men were leaving the gas station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath.

She tried to open the windows and in that moment she realized that there was a strong odor from the card. She also realized that the men were following her. The neighbor went to another neighbor’s house and honked on her horn to ask for help. The men left, but the victim felt bad for several minutes.

Apparently there was a substance on the card, the substance was very strong and may have seriously injured her.

Jaime checked the Internet and there is a drug called “Burundanga” that is used by some people to incapacitate a victim in order to steal or take advantage of them. Please be careful and do not accept anything from unknown people on the street.

Comments: Is there a drug called burundanga used by criminals in Latin America to incapacitate their victims?   Yes.

Do news sources confirm that burundanga is being used to commit crimes in the United States and other countries outside Latin America?   No, they do not.

The above story is almost certainly a fabrication. Two details betray it as such:

  1. The victim allegedly received a dose of the drug by simply touching a business card. (All sources agree that burundanga must be inhaled or ingested, or the subject must have prolonged topical contact with it, in order for it to have an effect.)
  2. The victim allegedly detected a “strong odor” coming from the drug-laced card. (All sources agree that burundanga is odorless and tasteless.)

What is burundanga?

Burundanga is the street version of a pharmaceutical drug called scopolamine. It is made from the extracts of plants in the nightshade family such as henbane and jimson weed. It’s a deliriant, meaning it can induce symptoms of delirium such as disorientation, loss of memory, hallucinations, and stupor.

You can see why it would be popular with criminals.

In powdered form scopolamine can be easily mixed into food or drink, or blown directly into victims’ faces, forcing them to inhale it.

The drug achieves its “zombifying” effects by inhibiting the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain and muscles. It has several legitimate medicinal uses, including the treatment of nausea, motion sickness, and gastrointestinal cramps. Historically, it has also been used as a “truth serum” by law enforcement agencies. And, like its street cousin burundanga, scopolamine has frequently been implicated as a stupefying agent or “knockout drug” in the commission of crimes such as robbery, kidnapping, and date rape.

Aardklop 2009 …

September 30, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

is ‘n heerlikheid van formaat! Daar is ‘n ongelooflike klomp talent hier bymekaar, en ek het al drie heerlike shows gesien.

Bo-aan my lys van gunstelinge is Vrydag is Skeidag, met Chris Vorster, Diaan Lawrenson en Hennie Jacobs, almal bekende gesigte in 7e Laan. Die teks is meesterlik en skerp, en uit Chris Vorster se pen (hy het ook die regie gedoen).

Dis ‘n slim komedie die. Daar is ‘n paar moontlike scenarios vir die ongelukkige paartjie wat op skei staan. Watter een sal dit wees? Wie lag laaste, en waar pas die kelner in?

Hennie Jacobs het die gehoor laat kraai met sy fisieke komedie: dis net lang, dun bene waar jy kyk. Diaan Lawrenson is veel meer as Paula – ‘n rol soos hierdie pas haar soos ‘n handskoen. En Chris? Wel, wat kan ek se! Talent kan nie gekoop word nie, en Chris is nie net ‘n goeie akteur wat veral uitblink op die verhoog nie, maar ook ‘n baie goeie skrywer. Die teks is goed geskryf, vermaaklik en tipies van huwelike waarin dit nie te hot gaan nie. Ek dink die gehoor het so hard gelag omdat ons so baie van onsself daarin herken.

Vanaand gaan kyk ek Adam September en die Nazi skat, ook ‘n komedie en ook uit Chris Vorster se pen. Hierdie teks het hom omtrent ‘n maand gelede die ATKVeertjie besorg as dramateks van die jaar. Dus kan ek nie wag nie!

Gister se Ses Snare, met Mathys Roets, Leon Ecroignard, Mel Botes, Blackie Swart, Wouter van de Venter en Thean Kotze, was ‘n belewenis van manne wat weet wat om met ‘n kitaar te maak. Ek moet veral vir Blackie Swart uitsonder, en natuurlik vir Mel Botes. Leon Ecroignard is myns insiens ook een van die veelsydigste kunstenaars in ons land, en hy het ook die tjello en elektriese kitaar behoorlik laat sing. Die ouens speel nie net saam nie, maar kry ook elkeen ‘n eie kans in die kollig. En dan word daar oor en weer geskerts vir ‘n vale. Die kameraderie tussen hulle is ook ooglopend, en dit was goed om te sien Mathys Roets is aan die gang ten spyte van sy ongeluk.

Ek het ook Hotel Hel, met Wynand van Vollenstee (van Kalahari Kallie-faam) en Samson Khumalo (van Coconuts-faam) gesien, en lekker gelag. Albei akteurs pas uitstekend in hul rolle, maar Khumalo was my persoonlike gunsteling. En die teks, deur Henrietta Gryffenberg, is ‘n lekker tong-in-die-kies kykie na die nuwe SA, emigrasie en ons beheptheid met 2010. 

Toe ons uitloop by Hotel Hel is daar twee sulke prits en pruim-vroue wat met dungetrekte lippe met mekaar gesels. “Die akteurs was beter as die teks wat hulle gehad het om mee te werk.” Vir sulke anties (en oompies) wil ek tog net herinner: dis ‘n kunstefees. Die produksies word gekeur voor hulle hier beland. Dus kan die teks onmoontlik nie so sleg wees as wat julle julle verbeel het nie. En as jy Tsjechov verwag, moenie ‘n klug gaan kyk nie.

Nou ja, moet darem tussen-in werk ook! Tot later!

Nederlandse Hoenderkos

September 30, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

Gedog julle sou hierdie een geniet!

(Blykbaar beteken “opfok” grootmaak in Nederlands. Wie wil jy vandag grootmaak?)

Die Engele Om My…

September 27, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

… is die verhaal van ‘n borskanker-survivor se merkwaardige stryd teen kanker die afgelope 10 jaar. Toe LAPA Uitgewers die manuskrip ongeveer ‘n jaar gelede vir my gestuur het, was ek dadelik aangegryp. Nie net deur Frieda Bernard se besondere verhaal nie, maar ook deur haar geselserige, natuurlike vertelstyl.

Ek het heelwat vriendinne (omtrent 12, as ek reg tel) wat borskanker oorleef het, en in almal se agterkoppe is daar maar altyd die vrees dat die kanker weer kan toeslaan. In Frieda se geval het dit, en in die laaste 10 jaar was sy nog net twee jaar in remissie. Na haar aanvanklike mastektomie, en ‘n jaar of wat later ‘n profilaktiese (voorkomende) mastektomie, is die kanker sedert 2002 terug, hierdie keer in haar lewer.

Sy is tans besig met haar vyfde reeks chemoterapie, al wil medici nie graag meer as drie reekse chemoterapie in ‘n leeftyd toedien nie, en tog is sy steeds entoesiasties oor die lewe.  Wil sy lewe, meer as enige iets anders. Sy beskryf die wil om te leef as ‘n oerdrang.

Ek was bevoorreg om Frieda te help met haar manuskrip, en is bly dat sy, ten spyte van baie odds, haar boek in haar hande kan hou. Dis ‘n eerlike, emosionele kyk na ‘n siekte wat hand-oor-hand toeneem. Moenie ‘n mediese gids verwag nie – verwag eerder ‘n intieme, inspirerende vertelling.

Die Engele Om My word amptelik geloods by die Rooi Rose/KANSA-tee op 28 Oktober, maar dis reeds beskikbaar by LAPA. Kyk uit daarvoor vandeesweek by LAPA se boekstalletjie by Aardklop, CNA, of by enige boekwinkel wat LAPA se boeke versprei. Dit kan ook bestel word by www.lapa.co.za

Cheers Frieds! Ek weet jou boek gaan baie beteken vir almal wat teen kanker baklei, en ook vir hulle gesinne. And don’t give up!!

Tannemys shows her portfolio before sending it off to model agencies

September 27, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

The swimsuit pic everybody’s been waiting for!

Considering the nutritional value of an apple…

Checking if the lens is clean…

Cleaning the nails.

© Ilse Salzwedel. Pictures taken at Naankuse Lodge

The blonde, the cheetah and the Golf (and other TV-ads)

September 27, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

I love advertising: the concepts, the visuals, the witty copy. I think “Met Eish, ja” did more for nationbuilding in our country than at least one term of a certain past prez.

My current favourite ads are M-Net’s Tooth Fairy- and Sandman-ads. And, of course, who in SA isn’t touched by the VW Golf ad with Lucky the cheetah?

I was fortunate enough to recently visit the two “models” of said VW-ad for the purposes of an article. (Can’t tell too much without compromising my article.) But I can assure you it is a lovely story, with lovely pics. The girl in the ad is Marlice van Vuuren from N/a’an ku sê, a farm about 50 kms from Windhoek in Namibia. And the cheetah, of course, is Lucky, one of several cheetahs rescued by Marlice and her husband Rudi.

N/a’an ku sê is an experience and a half. And an example of fresh thinking when it comes to wildlife rehabilitation, human upliftment, eco-tourism and running an non-profit organisation. Read more at http://www.naankuse.com/ If you can, go and visit!!

Here I am with one of the other cheetahs of N/a’an ku sê.

Wish I was here… (also, picture of the family)

September 27, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

G’morning all! Here I am, sitting at my pc, slaving away on a LOVELY Sunday morning. (Or at least, I should be slaving away, but now I’m writing this!)

Jo’burg weather is absolutely perfect this morning. Yet, if I can choose, I would rather be with the family today. Here’s a pic. I call it Hier sit die manne (and really, I took the pic.)

Stress levels are high!!

September 26, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

So I trained my dog to help out around the house.

(I’m not kidding: I am, as always, snowed under with work (not cooking and cleaning, but money generating stuff linked to deadlines), and promised the kids I’ll take them to a friend for a swim. What’s a mom to do…

Warped jokes for Saturday

September 26, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

And I’m back at home after a nice cultural mini-break at the Woordpoort in Pretoria. The book discussion (Why do women read romantic fiction?) turned into a very informative, hearty chat, and Samoerai had me spellbound. More about that later. Ek’s nou so ver agter met my werk dat dit begin voel of ek voor is! Tot later!