“No punches pulled” perspective on the Afrikaner and English

I have just discovered this fascinating blog post titled Why the Afrikaners hate the British.

Admittedly it was written by someone who calls himself a born again Redneck, but the post is very well researched. There are some disturbing photos as well.

He also covers some Apartheid facts which wont be popular in the UK at all, but they are true.

Even if you disagree with him, this post is definitely worth a read.

Nothing beats Beethoven (for me anyway)

I have been suffering of music fatigue lately. You know; when everything on your iPod sounds old. Then last night I stuck Beethoven’s Triple Concerto by Herbert von Karajan and I just realised again what an absolute genius this man was. Nowadays we use the word genius way too much, but I don’t think anyone can deny that LvB was about as genius as they come. Remember that he was totally deaf when he wrote his outstanding 9th Symphony. The 9th is more commonly known as the Ode to Joy or Klanke sonder Melodie if you grew up in Christian Afrikaans South Africa.

My classical music knowledge is not more than knowing what I like. But to me no-one gets me worked up (not chocked up) like Beethoven. His music has so much volume and solidity. I can’t see how you cannot get caught up. I do like many of Mozart’s stuff as well – Elvira Madigan specifically – but to me the dramaticism of Beethoven cannot be beaten.

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