R.I.P. Nelson Mandela (1918 — 2013)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

South African icon Nelson Mandela passed away last night, on 5 Decemeber 2013. He is sadly missed and fondly remembered.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” — Nelson Mandela

God speed, Madiba.

New Contender For World’s Hottest Chilli is Hot, Very Hot

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
The super-hot Trinidad Scorpion Butch T chilli, the latest contender for the title of Worlds Hottest Chilli

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Chilli. That’s the name of the new contender for the title of the World’s Hottest Chilli. Marcel de Wit, who was involved with developing and growing it had this to say about eating it:

“I had hallucinations, I had to lie down, I couldn’t walk for 20 minutes, dizzy. This chilli was so severe. I will never, ever do it again, I can tell you that.”

The fiery new chilli is rated at an incredible 1,46-million Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

To get an idea of just how hot that is pickers at the town of Morisett, 89km north of Sydney in Australia, must wear gloves and avoid any skin contact due to the acute burning sensation that would result. Workers who boil and mince the chilli into puree for sauces have to wear chemical masks and protective clothing to avoid the fumes. Continue reading “New Contender For World’s Hottest Chilli is Hot, Very Hot”

10 Things I Have Done That You Probably Haven’t

South-African-Karoo
South African Karoo

This is a meme doing the internet rounds at the moment. Feel free to leave your own list in the comments below. In no particular order, here is my contribution:

1. Shot a running wild peacock at 300 meters
At the age of thirteen I hunted and shot a running ‘Po’, a type of wild peacock, in the Karoo desert of South Africa with a .222 Remington Swift rifle. It was 300 meters (about 1 000 feet) away and running away from me, dodging from side to side. With that single shot I instantly achieved a reputation with the locals as “die Engelsman wat kan skiet”. Translated this means “the Englishman that can shoot”.

2. Bungi jumped off the Gouritz River Bridge
This bone-chilling 22 storey high Bungi jump is on the beautiful east-coast Garden Route near Knysna, South Africa. Continue reading “10 Things I Have Done That You Probably Haven’t”