London Wetland Centre

London Wetland CenterToday was such a glorious day here in London that we decided to go to the London Wetland Centre. This is quite a well run setup not far from Hammersmith.

There are all sorts of bird species and you can get quite close to them. There are loads of bird hides all over the places. There is meant to be mammals (Yes Britain has those!), but we didn’t see any. I found it heartening that so much wildlife can flourish in the middle of the city.

The facilities are superb as well. All in all definitely worth a visit. Even more so if you have kids.

Google is still pushing the envelope

If you can (they limit downloads per day), try downloading Google’s Earth application. This is an absolutely brilliant piece of software. I suspect it uses a lot of the Google Maps technology, but as a stand-alone thin-client application it provides for a much slicker user experience.

Like me, you’ll find that time flies by when you’re checking out roads, mountains etc in your neck of the woods.

My old man makes documentaries in Africa and he is always looking for maps. They’re normally quite expensive so he’ll definitely find value in this.

London terrorism

As most people will know by now, London was targeted by terrorists yesterday. I am currently working in the city and I get off at Tottenham Court Road. This is 3 stops away from King’s Cross, where the most deaths occurred. I am obviously very relieved to have avoided any of these atrocities.

The funny thing is that we weren’t actually told it was a terrorist attack until about 5 hours after it happened. But with all the police action in the city, I guessed that something serious had happened. The whole city has been affected, but nobody is reacting in the emotional way that the New Yorkers did. I realise that it is not nearly as dramatic, but the Brits are naturally very reserved; even in situations like these. It is something to be admired.

Today there were very few people on my tube and everyone, including me, was highly suspicious. I suspect it will get back to normal pretty soon though. The politicians are also pushing for a “back to normal” attitude.

Review: Barry Hilton

Yesterday a friend offered me a ticket to go and see Barry Hilton.

Now historically I can’t stand South African stand ups. Eddie Ecksteen bored me to tears. Casper always takes things too far (although my wife literally finds him hysterical) and so it goes on. With this in mind, I wasn’t expecting too much from Barry Hilton. How wrong I was. He is fantastic. He has a very human angle and he is as sharp as a razor.

He made one or two jokes about periods and tampons which I don’t find funny at all, but other than that he was fantastic. It is exclusively for South Africans though. He told us a story about him smacking his kid on the ear in a packed tube station that had us “pissing in the isles”. He is great at showing the difference between cultures.

I would give him a 4/5. Definitely worth the effort to check him out. Check out the Barry Hilton website.

Springbok rugby’s future looks rosy

South Africa are now the holders of the U19 and U21 Rugby World Cups. It really makes me proud! Especially if you consider the physical size of teams like our traditional rivals, the Maoris.

What’s more is that both these teams were very “representative”, (politically correct for “black”) of South Africa. I think this says a lot about the infrastructure of rugby at grass-roots (I’m starting to sound like the ANC!) level.

As a Bulls supporter, I am also very happy about the number of Baby Bulls in the U21 side. Hopefully they won’t be lured away so that we can fulfill our destiny of becoming Super 14 champs.

According to a professional sports agent acquaintance of mine, the stars to look out for are Marius Delport, Chilliboy Ralephela, Morné Steyn, Dërrick Kuun (all Bulls, of course!) and Paul Delport (from Province).

These guys beat everyone including England, New Zealand and a classy Australia. The rest of the world should take note!

London Heatwave continues

I can’t remember when it was this hot in the Capitol. I have been here for 6 summers and this has to be the hottest 2 weeks I’ve experienced in the UK. I wonder if this has anything to do with Thicko Bush and has anti environmental policies.

Review: Phantom of the Opera (show)

My wife’s parents are currently in town and as a treat we took them to see Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End.

This is a fantastic experience. Andrew Loyd Webber’s music is fabulous.

Final thought: 4.5/5

More of this needed

I love this story of Pro Hunter being killed by an African Buffalo. B-utiful! These morons always carry on about how manly hunting is – even though they kill these often drugged animals with high powered guns.

It seems that once in a while mother nature returns the favour.

I can’t stand Wacko Jacko, BUT…

…the verdict on his alleged child mollestation is the right one.

There is this very worrying trend lately that any sort of affection or kindness, be it physical or not, towards children is somehow sexually intended. I am sick of this. Even more than I am of Wacko Jacko.

I must say, I didn’t think the US public had in them. I remember one District Attorney saying that his son had never seen his penis. And if any child had seen an older person’s penis, even if it is your dad, that something dodgy is going on. What the FUCK?!? This is a US District Attorney talking. With this kind of bullshit coming from a supposedly legal mind, I was expecting them to string Jackson up by his testicles. We all know how carried away the US public can get.

Thankfully the Jury made the right decision.

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