In a few days I’ll be taking a break from this website. It will be cold turkey. Yes, no posting, no answering questions. Nothing.
I’ll be posting again around the 11 of July. Then I’ll be back with some updates, and you will know what I’ve been up to. Hopefully I should have some interesting stuff to share and . . more about that later.
There it was, just crouched in the buffalo grass like an alien. I found a monster mushroom on the front lawn this morning. Breakfast anyone?
This hand-sized mushroom looks so delicious. I wonder if it’s poisonous. More important, what would it taste like grilled in a wide-bottom crêpe pan, in chopped garlic and butter with a dash of the left-over red, a noble Stellenbosch shiras? Just a medium pinch of mixed spicy herbs and a smaller pinch of masala. A sprinkle of rock salt. Well, okay then. I’m going to try that now and get back to you. Just kidding.
Seriously, the small mushroom that looks like a miniature hedgehog. What would that taste like, I wonder . . . (6 photographs)? Continue reading →
According to a local South African government expert, people’s voting behaviour is evidence that local democracy has not matured some 17 years after the ANC was voted into power. The same under-performing political parties are constantly voted back in.
Professor Jaap de Visser, of the University of Western Cape’s community law centre, said:
“The country had seen a sharp increase in the number of protests, most of which were accompanied by violence, but people had still remained loyal to their parties. The voting behaviour is not based on the same consideration as protest behaviour. We see under-performance and frustration in many municipalities, but that does not translate to a change in voting behavior.”
Research demonstrated that violent protests increased in frequency from 41.6% in 2007 to 54% in 2010. Most of the protests were about housing, water, sanitation, electricity and poor service delivery, and most were in Gauteng.
It seems that Fishing in the Bot River Estuary, one of the largest estuaries in the Cape Province, is not as straight forward as one would think.
This vast expanse of water is the subject of a study carried out by researchers of the Department of Zoology at the University of Cape Town in the mid 1980′s. The estuary teems with over 32 varieties of fish.
Conventional wisdom, and experience, has it that garrik, steenies and large mullet are the most likely catches. These along with leervis, steenbras and elf are popular angling and table fish. Continue reading →
On this windless and sunny late-afternoon Friday the conditions look perfect for a lone fishing skiff on the Bot River Estuary. Seasonally, it opens to the sea and this ensures that a variety of fish spawn in the protected waters of the estuary.
The Bot River Estuary lies on the edge of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, against the slopes of the Kogelberg Mountain range. It is situated in the heart of the Overberg region, on the southern coast of South Africa.
At this time of day an ozone-laden sea mist floats slowly inland over the slopes of the Kogelberg mountains on a gentle breeze. Flamingos and other waders feed in the shallows (6 photographs). Continue reading →
South African artist Adriaan S. de Lange is featured here as a sculptor and painter who works in the countryside outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape of South Africa. That’s just 150 kilometres from my home town, Hermanus. That means he’s a local in the broader scheme of things. Well, we like to think so, anyway.
“A distinguishing characteristic of his work is the photographic stillness with which he explores the serenity and reality present in his imagination. He possesses a technical facility that enables him to paint with precision and detail. The effect created with these extremely fine brush strokes is further enhanced by the attention he pays to colour, space and subject matter – thus creating a tangible yet serene world which serves as a starting point for the viewer when enjoying an artwork by him.”
De Lange’s work for me has a quality that echo’s the ethereal and the attention to detail of some of my favourite artists including Hunderdwasser and Dali (6 photographs). Continue reading →
William Gibson’s award-winning Science Fiction novel, Neuromancer, coined the term “Cyberspace” in 1984 before there was a cyberspace to speak of. It was the first SF novel to win the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick Awards.
“After years in development, Vincenzo Natali’s Neuromancer is finally moving forward. According to a press release, the film has secured sales from distributors at Cannes and visual effects work has already begun. Filming will begin in 2012 with locations in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London.”
Vincenza Natali’s Neuromancer is a screen adaptation of William Gibson’s visionary book of the same name. David Chen interviewed Natali in 2010 who described his vision for the film like this: Continue reading →
An innovative group of South African students has had enough! Rhino horn is keratin, the substance of hair and nails. It’s an inert substance that has no known effect on any known ailment. That’s a medically proven fact.
“This is a message to the idiots who still use rhino horn for medicine. It doesn’t do anything, stop using it, stop killing our rhino!”
This four-minute video takes us through their quest, to collect human hair and nails, and deliver the harvested keratin to the Chinese embassy, to protest the slaughter of over 150 Rhinos so far this year. Last years total was 330 Rhinos. So at this point the total is already up on last years tally.