Gold In The Sky At Sunset On The Bot River Estuary

Sunset On The Bot River Estuary
Sunset On The Bot River Estuary -- click to enlarge

Here on the southern tip of Africa it’s 7:50pm and the sun is sinking on the beautiful Bot River Estuary.

One can just make out the estuary mouth at extreme left on the horizon.

The estuary mouth remains closed to the sea for long periods, sometimes years, before it opens naturally to start a new breeding cycle for the many species of fish that populate the estuary.

Image: John L Bradfield

Online Tools Help You Gain The Edge With Your Career Interview

The job market
Entering the Job Market for the first time, use online tools to help you gain the edge over your competition.

Entering the job market is a big step for a new graduate, and in this economy you need to stay on your toes to gain the edge over your competition. Fortunately, there are several ways to increase your chances of success at starting your new career.

Getting started
Begin by working on your resume to ensure it shows you in your best light. If you plan to write your own, study the most popular formats online or ask for guidance from your school’s career services department. Keep in mind that there are different formats for different positions, so you’ll need to know which one is appropriate.
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The Bottle of Le Good Life

The Bottle of le Good Life
The Bottle of le Good Life -- a poem by Anthony Smith.
Photograph by Anthony Smith (click to enlarge)

The beauty she possesses when she smiles with her eyes
Outshines the stars in the brightly lit night skies.
The ecstasy of her sultry eyes could not be compared
With the tranquillity of sunset and sunrise.

She is like an engine of beauty volted with love.
It’s just like finding a diamond in the rough.
She is like a beautiful dove that tempts me
Into something only sweeter than her love.

The clarity and soothness of her voice
Makes my heart pound without choice

She’s like a bottle of le Good life
Enriched with bubbles of sparkling personality.

Website Happy First Birthday Chocolate Cake Surprise Delight

Website Happy First Birthday Chocolate Cake Surprise Delight
Website Happy First Birthday Chocolate Cake Surprise Delight -- lasted less than 24 hours.

The special woman in my life, who happens to be my dear wife, has once again managed to confirm a persistent suspicion of mine — it happens a lot — that she has a heart of gold and is descended from angels.

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the launch of this website. Exactly one year ago, yesterday, this website made it’s first tentative post as the site went live.

On this special day the delicious mouth-watering chocolate cake that you see here, bedecked with lone candle, did not last long.

Cancer Related Fatigue Awareness Month for Patients

Chocolate may ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
Chocolate may ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome: research -- Source: The Telegraph

We’re halfway through the month of December, which has been designated as Cancer Related Fatigue Awareness Month. Most cancer patients and their families know that the treatments for cancer, as well as the disease itself, can take a serious toll on a person’s energy level. For patients fighting cancer during the holidays, being aware of the signs of fatigue can be especially important.

“Chocolate may ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome: research – Source: The Telegraph

While feeling completely drained of energy can be a symptom of cancer and its treatment, being fatigued for a lengthy period of time can lead to other issues, like depression. But identifying the causes and working with a doctor can help cancer patients work toward feeling like themselves again.
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Hermanus Based Artist Terry Kobus Lighthouse at Danger Point

Danger Point Lighthouse
Dangerpoint Caretaker -- oil on wood -- artisit Terry Kobus

An exercise in stillness, this superb oil-on-wood study of a the famous Overberg historical landmark “Dangerpoint Caretaker” painted by Hermanus based local artist Terry Kobus.

Terry and some of his works have been featured in an earlier post on this website. Most paintings, in the artist’s own words . .

“. . capture moments in time away from big city in the grasslands of the Drakensberg and Transkei and along the beaches of the Western Cape.”

For me this painting is no exception and beautifully captures the deep tranquillity, the stillness, of the landscape in this beautiful part of the coast near Gansbaai and Hermanus.

Danger Point Lighthouse was built in 1895. Danger Point was named Ponte de Sao Brandao by Bartholomew Dias on 16 May 1488. The light house received its name because of the treacherous reef and submerged rocks which make this a very hazardous passage for ships hugging the coast. The tower itself has an interesting octagonal construction.

You can find Terry at work most days in his studio at the Originals Gallery in Hermanus. It’s right in the heart of the waterfront area of Hermanus and it’s also known as a very popular destination for land-based whale-watching tourists.

Social Media Networks over the Holidays

Social media networks
Social media networks may be key to lifting sales over the holidays

This holiday season is shaping up to be a lucrative one for retailers, both online and in brick-and-mortar stores.

A record-breaking number of consumers shopped on Black Friday, and the amount spent per person increased to nearly $400, from last year’s $366 per person.

To keep up with the increased sales this December, online merchants must ensure that their order fulfilment capabilities are sufficient to handle more orders than usual. Customers choosing an online retailer often look for quick delivery and affordable shipping.

If your business can offer competitive ordering and shipping services, more customers will decide to make their purchases from you.
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Rhino Horn Poaching Massacre Reaches Record Levels

The African white rhino
The African white rhino adults in this photo appear to have been de-horned as a protective measure --click to enlarge

The number of rhino poached in South Africa increased to more than 400 in the 2010-11 financial year, according to the South African National Parks.

In a 22 percent increase on the 2010 figure, the tally of rhino killed for their horns has risen to 405. A staggering 229 rhino were killed in the Kruger National Park alone. The Kruger is one of the worlds largest game parks, roughly the size of Israel. The open borders of the park link reserve areas in Zimbabwe and Mozambique to form the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Poachers can enter and leave with ease.

More than 90% of the worlds white rhino are found in South Africa. White rhino are more numerous than the black rhino. There is no colour difference between the two species. The Dutch named the white rhino the “Weid mond rhino”, meaning “wide-mouth rhino”. The English interpreted “weid” to mean “white”, and thus the modern name is due to a simple misinterpretation of the Dutch name.
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Law Enforcement Work — Careers Outside the Box

Police Dispatch Centre
Police Dispatch room, the nerve centre of operations

The proliferation of television shows known as “procedurals” has exposed the general public to the existence of law enforcement activities that support front-line policing. Television has brought the once obscure world of behind-the-scenes law enforcement activities into the world’s living rooms.

From shows like CSI and NCIS, fields directly related to law enforcement have become more appealing to a wider segment of the population. Though many of the supporting jobs are entry level, a growing number do require advanced education such as a criminal justice degree. For support positions that analyse process and coordinate the work of the street-level police officer, an investment in schooling can lead to a position many might not consider.
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And the Long, Short 'n Tall of it