Jy blaai in die argief vir 2010 Februarie.

Men’s age can be linked to the red wine they prefer (Seriaaaasss!)

Februarie 16, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Got this from my sister-in-law. Many a true word has been spoken in jest! Whaddya think?? (No, don’t ask me. I haven’t had a man in my life for yonks, let alone in my bed. If I see the thing in question I shall cover it with rocks and call the police…)

Terloops, this joke works best in Afrikaans, but I’ll explain:

 

20 – 35    Meerlust (More Lust)

35 – 50    Kanonkop (Canon Hill, but in this regard the “head” of a canon)

50 – 60   Rust en Vrede (Rest and Peace)

60 – 70   Allesverloren (All’s lost)

Old Jewels (Malema) – “jewel in the ANC-crown” (plus a pic showing my reaction to this statement)

Februarie 16, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Okay, now that you have picked yourself up from the floor after falling down in a hysterical fit of laughter, I’m deadly serious.

His Stupidness has been described as the “jewel in the ANC-crown” in the state of the nation-debate yesterday in parliament.

By none other than Fikile Mbalula, deputy minister of police. (Yep, that department that have all those expensive holidays at the seaside thickly disguised as crime preventing campaigns. Very thickly disguised…)

Mbalula was on a roll, sh*tting out the opposotion parties for their critisism of The Father of Many and his feeble little attempt at a state of the nation speech. He also, apparently, feels very strongly for old Jewels, and took the opportunity to tell other parties that they are just jealous that they don’t have youth organisations “that engage in lively debate”. (Sic! And sick, yes.)

Oh, and just to spice up the “lively debate”, Mbalula called the DA white racists…

I am SO touched by ignorami (plural for ignoramus???) like Mbalula, that I had a special pic taken of me (heavily disguised as a cat) to show you exactly how happy and proud I feel of living in a circus state:

The kindness of strangers: one woman making a huge difference

Februarie 15, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

I met the most incredible woman yesterday. I am doing an article on Aher Arop Bol, the Sudanese refugee who shot to international fame last year after writing the story of his life, a life spent mostly traversing the continent on his own. 

In The Lost Boy (an INCREDIBLE, must-read-book with a story that lingers for weeks after reading it) Aher tells how he was seperated from his parents in the Sudan-war. The opening paragraph immediately grabbed me: 

“I arrived at a refugee camp in Ethiopia on the shoulders of my uncle Atem, who had cleared a way for us through the bush as we fled. I soon learned that the camp was called Panyido. It was 1987 and I was three or four years old.”

 

The book basically tells how Aher survived and fled from country to country for the next 14 years until he ended up in Pretoria. Here he met a real angel, Sannie Meiring, a 70-year old retired teacher who decided she wants to give back something to society. She offered her services to an adult education centre in the heart of Pretoria, and here she met Aher seven years ago.

 

But she did more than listen to his story – she offered him a room in her townhouse, plus the use of a PC so he could write his story. She soon discovered he was a born writer and storyteller, and thus The Lost Boy was born. She proudly tells me that she didn’t have to change much except grammar here and there. The metaphors, the stories, everything was his own, meticulous recollections of his past.

 

As soon as the rest of the world became aware of Aher’s book, literary agents started bidding, and the book is being translated into four languages as we speak: Spanish, German and Italian, if I remember correctly. Oh yes, and Catalan. 

 

I can’t tell too much of the story I am writing (you can read it soon), but during the three hours I spent in Tant Sannie’s house, I learnt what loving thy neighbour really means. I arrived at the gate where George, a casual labourer that often comes to Sannie for help was sitting with his daughter Gift. As he explained to me, “Mies Sannie” helps him with money for food or transport, food, clothes for his 6-year old daughter whose mother “just died out of the blue” last year, etc. Basically anything that he needs to survive.

 

George, Gift and I was promptly invited inside, and made to sit at the dining room table. Appletart and juice was served while Aher finished his conversation with a fellow Sudanese man, Dr. Atem, after which they joined us.

 

The good doctor is one of the tallest people I have ever seen, and like Aher, a refugee from the civil war in Sudan. Dr. Atem is a resident doctor at the Pretoria Academic Hospital where he is training to be surgeon, and visits Aher on Sundays so they can talk about current affairs, the upcoming elections in Sudan, etc.

 

So, there I was sitting at a dining room table in Pretoria North with an out-of-work unskilled man, a young man who fled a continent in search of education and who is currently busy with his LL.B-degree at Unisa and a soon to be surgeon. And the humble yet dynamic woman that brought all of us together happily to-ing-and-fro-ing and watching all her guests, serving tea and more appletart.

 

And as if what she has done for Aher and George isn’t enough, she in between attending to us, discussing African politics, she answered a few rings of the buzzer at the gate by going outside with half loaves of bread. George told me that Mies Sannie daily gives bread and food to anybody that comes to ask at the gate.

 

We need more people like Tant Sannie in this world… And more Ahers and Dr. Atems and last but not least, more men like George. Proud, tenacious, friendly and decent.

 

Can’t decide who made the biggest impression on me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five rules to live by

Februarie 15, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

There’s an early afternoon thunderstorm brewing in my neck of the woods. Already hearing the thunder, so I will have to switch off the trusted old laptop very shortly. Off to do what mother’s do in any case – cart kids around town for activities… *Sigh*  *smiles*  (at least I’m lucky enough to have kids, an own car and the kind of job where I can actually spend afternoons with them).

 

Anyhoe, I received 25 rules to live by from somebody. Here’s the five that really struck me:

1. Feed your faith, and your doubt will starve from hunger.

2. Unless you can create everything on earth, it’s not such a brilliant idea to tell God how to do things.

3. If your neighbour’s grass is greener than yours, you can be sure they have a high water and electricity bill. (And you thought I was going to say something about manure…)

 

 

4. A smile is the same in any language, and one size fits all only really applies to hugs.

5. Patience is the ability to let your engine idle while you really want to strip your gears.

Five rules to live by

Februarie 15, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

There’s an early afternoon thunderstorm brewing in my neck of the woods. Already hearing the thunder, so I will have to switch off the trusted old laptop very shortly. Off to do what mother’s do in any case – cart kids around town for activities… *Sigh*  *smiles*  (at least I’m lucky enough to have kids, an own car and the kind of job where I can actually spend afternoons with them).

 

Anyhoe, I received 25 rules to live by from somebody. Here’s the five that really struck me:

1. Feed your faith, and your doubt will starve from hunger.

2. Unless you can create everything on earth, it’s not such a brilliant idea to tell God how to do things.

3. If your neighbour’s grass is greener than yours, you can be sure they have a high water and electricity bill. (And you thought I was going to say something about manure…)

 

 

4. A smile is the same in any language, and one size fits all only really applies to hugs.

5. Patience is the ability to let your engine idle while you really want to strip your gears.

Is yours the right career for you? A one minute test with incredibly accurate results (methinks, anyway)

Februarie 15, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Click on http://www.careerpath.com/career-tests/colorcareercounselor.aspx

Here’s what my report said (spot on, I may add):

Best Occupational Category

You’re a CREATOR

Keywords

Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional

These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.

2nd Best Occupational Category

You’re an ORGANIZER

Keywords:

Self-Control, Practical, Self-Contained, Orderly, Systematic, Precise, and Accurate

These conservative appearing, plotting-types enjoy organizing, data systems, accounting, detail, and accuracy. They often enjoy mathematics and data management activities such as accounting and investment management. Persistence and patience allows them to do detailed paperwork, operate office machines, write business reports, and make charts and graphs.

 

CREATOR OCCUPATIONS
Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.

CREATOR WORKPLACES
Consider workplaces where you can create and improve beauty and aesthetic qualities. Unstructured, flexible organizations that allow self-expression work best with your free-spirited nature.

Suggested Creator workplaces are advertising, public relations, and interior decorating firms; artistic studios, theaters and concert halls; institutions that teach crafts, universities, music, and dance schools. Other workplaces to consider are art institutes, museums, libraries, and galleries.

Tired of crime?? Join Solidariteit and write a letter to Zuma today

Februarie 15, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

If you are, like me, tired of crime and tired of hearing “we will solve it, we have a plan”, join this action by Solidariteit and let’s bombard the prez’s office with letters voicing our disgust at the situation. Seeing that he devoted exactly 132 words to crime in his state-of-the-nation-speech (that’s about 2%), let’s speak up on this VERY important issue.

Click on www.geagtepresident.co.za and follow the links. Also get your family and friends to join.

Below is the official info as received via e-mail from Solidariteit.

 

Besoek www.geagtepresident.co.za om ‘n brief te stuur. Stuur asseblief ook hierdie e-pos aan soveel as moontlik vriende, familie en kollegas.

Die Solidariteit Beweging wil gewone Suid-Afrikaners mobiliseer om duisende briewe binne drie dae na president Jacob Zuma se persoonlike e-posadres te stuur. Afskrifte van die briewe gaan Dinsdagoggend, voor president Zuma se repliek op die debat oor sy staatsrede, in possake by die parlement afgelewer word.

Hierdie optrede volg as reaksie op president Zuma se staatsrede Donderdagaand. Solidariteit sê dat Zuma ongeveer 2% van sy toespraak aan misdaad spandeer het – heelwat minder as enige van die regering se ander prioriteite. Misdaad het selfs minder tyd gekry as die verwelkoming van die gaste.

“Ons het min tyd en ons doen ? beroep op Suid-Afrikaners om in hulle duisende te reageer. Ons wil hê president Zuma se persoonlike e-pos moet voor sy repliek op die debat oor sy toespraak eerskomende Dinsdag met duisende briewe gepeper word. Gewone Suid-Afrikaners kan ? brief deur die webblad www.geagtepresident.co.za stuur. Die briewe sal direk na president Zuma se eie e-posadres gaan. Diegene wat nie toegang tot die internet het nie kan die woord ‘misdaad’ na 35960 SMS. Die SMS’e sal ook geag word as ? protesstem.

Hierdie aksie volg nadat die Solidariteit Beweging die afgelope week ? opname onder sy lede bekend gemaak het waarin 73% sê misdaad is die grootste enkele brandpunt waaroor hulle bekommerd is. Hulle wil dus misdaad baie hoër op die regering se prioriteitslys sien. Indien misdaad so ? hoë prioriteit onder Solidariteit-lede is, sal dit waarskynlik dieselfde wees onder die breë Afrikaanse en Suid-Afrikaanse gemeenskap.

Besoek www.geagtepresident.co.za om ‘n brief aan president Zuma te stuur. Stuur asseblief ook hierdie e-pos aan soveel as moontlik vriende, familie en kollegas.

Hier is die brief wat aan die president gestuur word:

 “Geagte mnr. Zuma

2% aan misdaad is nie genoeg nie

Ons het met groot verwagting uitgesien na u staatsrede. Een van die redes was om te hoor wat u sê oor misdaad. Misdaad ruk die land uitmekaar. Elke dag lees ons op die voorblaaie van koerante van nog ? moord. Ons lees nie eers meer van gewelddadige aanvalle waar daar nie vermoor of verkrag word nie, want dit is nie meer nuus nie. Sodra iets nie meer nuus is nie, het dit die norm geword. Ons weier om te aanvaar dat aanvalle op ons mense die norm word.

Misdaad is vir ons die nommer een probleem in die land, want misdaad maak dood, misdaad verkrag en misdaad martel. Misdaad maak mense bevrees en misdaad laat mense vlug. Misdaad maak dat algemene en beleggersvertroue in die land verloor word. Misdaad bedreig die sukses van die Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi en misdaad maak toeriste bang vir Suid-Afrika.

Die regering se prioriteite was in u toespraak uitgespel. Slegs 2% van u toespraak, oftewel 132 van u 4 411 woorde, was gewy aan misdaad. Vir die sowat ? uur wat u gepraat het, het u een minuut aan misdaad spandeer.

U het meer tyd – 132 – woorde, spandeer om eregaste te verwelkom as om te sê wat u aan misdaad gaan doen. Daar is selfs meer tyd aan u hotline gewy as aan die kwessie van wat aan misdaad gedoen gaan word. Die Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi het ook meer tyd as misdaad gekry.

U het duidelike uitkomste vir die regering se prioriteitsareas uitgespel, maar geen duidelike uitkomste vir misdaad gegee nie.

Van al die prioriteitsareas het misdaad die minste aandag gekry. Die ekonomie en werkskepping het 6,5 maal meer aandag gekry. Die verbetering van dienslewering het 6 maal meer aandag gekry. Onderwys en opleiding het meer as 3 maal soveel aandag gekry en gesondheid amper dubbel soveel aandag. Misdaadbestryding kan nie wag totdat hierdie prioriteite se teikens êrens in die verre toekoms bereik word nie.

As burgers van Suid-Afrika lewer ons graag repliek op u staatsrede: 2% aan misdaad is nie goed genoeg nie. Ons verwag meer van u repliek op Dinsdag, 9 Januarie 2010. Ons verwag duidelike uitkomste.

Bekommerde burger van Suid-Afrika”

Just have to brag!!

Februarie 12, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

One of my dearest friend is Schalk Schoombie, fellow journalist, ex-editor of Beeld Plus and De Kat (just after it started out) and also acclaimed playwright and sometimes actor. His son Christiaan is also a keen (budding) actor, and has worked away polishing his skills in acting classes most Saturdays of the last few years. Anyhow, to cut a long story short, Christiaan got himself into auditions at Juliard in NY as well as AADA (the American Academy of Dramatic Art) in New York, and father and son (and younger sister Isa) spent 10 days there end of January in freezing temperatures. Quite an adventure it was, but Christiaan fell right in love with NY. Despite his audition going well at Juliard, he didn’t get a call back, so felt a bit discouraged. BUT HE JUST HEARD HE WAS ACCEPTED AT AADA!!!!

So sorry for the shouting!!! But hei, just think, an 18-year old South African studying at the oldest drama school in NY, where people like Kirk Douglas, Robert Redford and Adrien Brody studied!!

(Everybody must just remember I wrote about Christiaan’s talent first!!)

Just have to brag!!

Februarie 12, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

One of my dearest friend is Schalk Schoombie, fellow journalist, ex-editor of Beeld Plus and De Kat (just after it started out) and also acclaimed playwright and sometimes actor. His son Christiaan is also a keen (budding) actor, and has worked away polishing his skills in acting classes most Saturdays of the last few years. Anyhow, to cut a long story short, Christiaan got himself into auditions at Juliard in NY as well as AADA (the American Academy of Dramatic Art) in New York, and father and son (and younger sister Isa) spent 10 days there end of January in freezing temperatures. Quite an adventure it was, but Christiaan fell right in love with NY. Despite his audition going well at Juliard, he didn’t get a call back, so felt a bit discouraged. BUT HE JUST HEARD HE WAS ACCEPTED AT AADA!!!!

So sorry for the shouting!!! But hei, just think, an 18-year old South African studying at the oldest drama school in NY, where people like Kirk Douglas, Robert Redford and Adrien Brody studied!!

(Everybody must just remember I wrote about Christiaan’s talent first!!)

Madam and Eve had a glimpse of the state-of-the-nation-speech…

Februarie 11, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

And saw this…

But fear not, as there is a solution. ‘Tis this: