Paul Potts het my laat tjank soos ‘n girl

Vandag toe soek ek vir ‘n Luciano Pavarotti opname van Nessun Dorma. Ek kry toe ‘n clip wat al 8 miljoen hits gehad het. Dit het heeltemal sin gemaak want hy is sekerlik die beste tenoor van ons tyd. Maar wat vir my vreemd was was dat daar ‘n ander opname van Nessun Dorma deur Paul Potts 38 miljoen hits gehad het. Dit kon ek nie verstaan nie – ek het nog nooit eers van Paul Potts gehoor nie! Toe kyk ek maar. En toe kan ek verstaan hoekom die clip 38miljoen hits gehad het. Dit is iets ongeloofliks. Dit wys net hoe ongelooflik kragtig musiek en die mens se stem kan wees.

En veral omdat dit Nessun Dorma is. Die laaste woorde “Dilegua, o notte! Tramontate, stelle! Tramontate, stelle! All’alba vincerò! Vincerò! Vincerò!” beteken
“Vanish, o night! Set, stars! Set, stars! At daybreak I shall win! I shall win! I shall win!”.

Hoe van pas is dit nie?

Resensie: Quantum of Solace & Port Alfred Flieks

Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace

‘n Goeie vriend van my (lees sy Polities Korrekte blog) het vir ons kaartjies gekry vir die nuwe James Bond fliek. Wat dit nog meer spesiaal gemaak het is dat dit ons 1ste fliek by die nuwe Rosehill Mall flieks in Port Alfred was.

Eerstens die nuwe flieks: Die fliek het net 60 sitplekke. Dis klein, maar glad nie ‘n probleem nie – inteendeel dis nogal cosy. Die skerm is nie baie groot nie, naar dis ook heel oukei. Die klank is nie so watwonders nie. Ek gee die flieks 6/10. Nie vreeslik goed nie, maar hey dis 25 minute weg. Bargain!

Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko. Deksels!

Nou die fliek self: Ek moet sê ek is nie ‘n Daniel Craig aanhanger nie. Hy kom vir my te veel soos ‘n gorilla voor. There is no subtlety about the guy. En sy bolip is net eenvoudig onatuurlik lank. Maar ten spyte daarvan, was Quantum of Solace vir my heel goed. Daar is beslis ‘n neiging om meer “realisme” in te bring sedert Casino Royale en dit werk nogal. Byvoorbeeld daar is nie ‘n stirred-not-shaken Martini in hierdie fliek nie. Ander goed ook, maar ek wil nie te veel weggee nie.

Hulle het goddank darem nie weggedoen met die gorgeous girls nie. In die fliek is dit die Ukreiener Olga Kurylenko en die Brit Gemma Arterton. Die motor voertuie is ook uit die boonste rakke. Veral die Ford Edge waarmee 007 aan die einde gery het het aandag vereis. Ek sou die fliek 6/10 gee, maar met Olga en Gemma skuif dit op na ‘n respektabele 7/10.

Another ANC politician above the law

Yet another top-level ANC politician escaped justice & punishment when Magistrate Ricardo Phillips found Tony Yengeni, former whip of the ANC, not guilty of Drunken Driving. The horrifying thing is that the Magistrate said that the case was unlawful because the arresting officers were ordered by the then commander at the Goodwood police station, senior superintendent Siphiwo Hewana, to “orchestrate an advantage favourable to the accused”. In other words they gave him an advantage and in so doing made his arrest unlawful!! Can you believe such utter nonsense.

Yengeni is not the 1st high-profile ANC member to get off on a technicality – Jacob Zuma also had similar “luck” in his fraud case. It is such an occurring theme that I really don’t trust the police, the NPA or the Magistrates & Judges anymore. Basically the message to the general public is if you’re an high-ranking ANC member or government official you can drive around pissed and steal money from your people without fear. I wouldn’t be surprised if Judge Nkola Motata also comes off scot-free. And then these bastards can’t figure out why crime is out-of-control in this country.

To their credit the DA have said that they are going to take action against the alleged crooked cops, BUT this should’ve been done by the Police & the NPA themselves.

I am utterly disappointed with the legal system in this country – right now it is a joke.

Jupiter, Venus & our Moon

Jupiter, Venus & our Moon
Jupiter, Venus & our Moon

On Monday, 1 December Jupiter, Venus & the Moon was in the same area of our night sky. This is a relatively (to us) rare occurrence, the next time this is expected to happen is in 2057 when I’ll be 84!! The really good thing about this event is that it is entirely visible with the naked eye. I took this photo with my Nikon D70 and Tamron 200-500mm lens. The photo was published on DieBurger‘s website.

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