The route follows the N2 national road through two passes, Houwhoek and Sir Lowry’s, en route from Hermanus to Cape Town. This entire section of the N2 has been recently upgraded. It curves through the lush, green, fertile valleys of the Hottentots Holland range, through orchards and vineyards under big African skies.
Almost equidistant between Hermanus and Cape Town lies the beautiful Hottentots Holland mountain range. The excellent N2 national road must negotiate the Sir Lowry’s and the Houwhoek mountain passes. The recently upgraded road is in superb condition and is well graded and contoured.
This region is the heart of the Western Cape’s successful fruit-growing export industry. Apple, pear, peach and nectarine orchards are interspersed with established vineyards. These beautiful fruit farms and vineyards lie nestled together in the sheltered and fertile green valleys of the Hottentots Holland mountains. Many of the famous vineyards in this area contribute substantially to the renowned South African wine export trade.
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This great American icon of American success and the American dream, the 1950s Cadillac, is beautifully drawn here by renowned artist John Harding. See a portfolio of John Harding’s work here. Click to enlarge the image at right.
When this famous automobile first appeared on the streets the classic lines of the 1950s Cadillac defined an era. The style embodied the optimism of post-war America and heralded a glorious industrial renaissance led by Detroit, the home of the American automobile industry. On 25 November 1949, Cadillac produced its one millionth car, a 1950 Coupe de Ville.
Gene Sharp -- photo: Evan McGlinn for The New York Times
Gene Sharp is relatively unknown to the American public. Around the world he is held in high esteem by activists and is regarded with fear and animosity by many authoritarian leaders.
This humble, shy 83-year-old intellectual, through his practical writings on non-violent revolution, has had a broad influence on international events for two decades. Though he is quick to dismiss his role, his ideas are credited with helping to advance a global democratic awakening.
In 2005, two Moscow bookstores selling Russian translations of a book written by Mr. Sharp were mysteriously burnt down. In June 2007, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused Mr. Sharp of stirring unrest in Venezuela. In 2010 in Vietnam opposition activists were arrested for distributing a book written by Mr. Sharp.
The revolution was started in Tunisia by Mohamed Bouazizi (26), a humble vegetable vendor. He set himself alight in December as a sign of protest. Mohamed had endured police bullying that resulted in the “last straw” confiscation of his vegetable cart. He died of his wounds in early January and instantly became a martyr to students and the unemployed. A wave of protests against poor living conditions began. Three weeks ago the country’s dictatorship fell sending a spark to ignite the unrest that is now burning out of control in this region of autocratic rulers.
On the North-Eastern border of South Africa lies the country of Mozambique. Here, in the port city of Beira, the magnificent Grande Hotel was built in the mid 1950′s when the country was still under Portuguese colonial control. It was by far the most luxurious Hotel in Africa.
In the mid 1970s I visited Mozambique with my first wife on honeymoon. The civil war had just started and we saw evidence of the military wherever we traveled. Even at this time it was still a popular and thriving tourist destination for travelers from Rhodesia and South Africa. The port of Beira was a busy hub of commerce handling the exports and imports of African countries inland of Mozambique.
Optimise page loading times for more Page Impressions
Two days ago I made this wonderful discovery. Now, as a relative newcomer, I realise that this may be yesterdays news to some of the more experience HTML coders. Simply put, this is a way of optimising your HTML code so that your pages load faster.
A lot faster.
In my case working through 10 000 words of HTML code, re-writing and re-ordering parts of it where necessary, for two days — that probably doesn’t sound like much fun. The effort was well spent. The goal was to shrink all the page images. By using smaller, lighter images the overall page load time of each page is greatly reduced. This is particularly noticeable on image intensive pages. High resolution images only load after you click a link. This might sound obvious but it’s an aspect that is often neglected. Continue reading ‘Pages Loading Faster With Optimised HTML Code’ »
RAM that is faulty will occasionally cause your system to reboot. To correct this problem the RAM must be replaced.
Now, if you’ve got this far then you you know that my system occasionally reboots without warning. You know that I have established that malware is not to blame. No known driver issues and I’ve even made peace with the fact that my RAM failed me.
In Fig.1 at right is a top and bottom view of the replacement RAM card, 2GB DDR2 rated at 800MHz. You should take care not to touch the gold connectors, and rather handle the card by it’s short edges. For the replacement RAM I went to a local supplier here in Hermanus. You can find them online here.
Juan-Pierre of Matrix Wharehouse says: “It’s a 2GB DDR2 PC6400 RAM module that runs at an effective speed of 800Mhz. The actual speed of the memory is 400Mhz, but because it is DDR RAM, it is doubled as the transfer rate is doubled as well. Also, you will get a higher transfer rate if you connect two of the same memory modules, therefore giving you dual channel transfer speeds.”
You will hear these words, or at least think about them, when next you experience faulty RAM components. This can happen to you.
Random and without warning are four words that you do not want to hear used with computing terms like “shutdown” and particularly and ironically not together with the words “Random Access Memory” or RAM.
Just recently my computer has started occasionally rebooting spontaneously without perceivable cause. My motivation for fixing this problem is based on Van Haelen’s 3rd proposition, which, as you are no doubt aware, is based on premise that this reboot will happen right before you have saved your work and right after you have entered some critically important data, which will now be gone. The well known rider to this proposition is that the random reboot will never happen when you are playing Spider Solitaire or similar. Here’s my experience with diagnosing the problem and replacing the faulty RAM. Continue reading ‘RAM How To Boot Test Diagnose and Replace It’ »
"Coffee tastes better if the latrines are dug downstream from an encampment."
-- U.S. Army Field Regulations, 1861
"Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows that in such a generation the small will listen to the great."
-- Hebrew Proverb
"Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it."
-- Salvador Dali
(1904 - 1989)
"There does not exist, nor can there exist, true chaos.
Rather what is taken to be chaotic is by nature a system which is governed by laws the observer either cannot or refuses to accept."
-- Camden Narzt
"'Why are you crying?' asked Yossarian.
'Because you don't believe in God!' she said.
'What do you care,' said Yossarian. 'I thought you were an atheist?'
'I am,' she sobbed. 'But the God that I don't believe in is a kind, merciful, loving God, not the vindictive, sadistic, angry God that you don't believe in.'"
-- Joseph Heller
Have few desires."
(604 BC - 531 BC)
"The Way of Lao-tzu"
"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."
(620 BC - 560 BC)
"The Lion and the Mouse"
About THIS ‘N THAT
The various personal interests, reflections, contemplations, observations, comments and musings of John L Bradfield and the esteemed guest authors featured below . .
Chantel Harris, who writes under a pseudonym, is a South African freelance writer with a special interest in lifestyle advice. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hiking or exploring neighbourhood markets.
Chrisitine Maddox, is pursuing a master's degree from the University of Texas and she writes about parenting, kids and nanny care on www.4nannies.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle M is a student of supply chain management in Bloomington, Indiana. She has a consuming interest in Native American culture. Contact her on Twitter to discuss logistics, history or cat videos
David Elliott is a freelance writer from North London who’s spent most of his life in restless excitement. Whenever he can, he immerses himself in foreign cultures and the history of great cities.
Jack Meyers is an experienced detective based in Houston, Texas and is a regular contributor for various law enforcement blogs and websites including nannybackgroundcheck.com
Krisca Te works with Open Colleges, Australia's leading provider of counselling training. When not working, you can find her actively participating in local dog show events – in support of her husband.
Lindsey Harper Mac lives in Indianapolis and writes about technology and social media. Lindsey is now completing her graduate degree and she can be found on Twitter @Harpermac11.
Sally is an avid blogger covering topics from health to travel. She teaches at a school in the Chicago area and is currently awaiting her first child. She can be found on Twitter @eatbreatheblog
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