Welcome to the Rule of Law, South Africa

Today, I am proud to be part of the Rainbow Nation! The sacking of Zuma, by Thabo Mbeki, is a massive massive boost for my faith in the future of South Africa.

Obviously the fact that Zuma got into this position in the first place is horrendous, but this wouldn’t be the first time something like this happened. What is important is that Mbeki made the right, albeit difficult, decision to sack Jacob Zuma. Now we’ve got something we can work with. I never thought I’d say this but, today I applaud Thabo Mbeki. Even the DA, the opposition, agreed that he took a courageous decision.

Hopefully this will signal to the world that South Africa is a country that is serious about the Law.

Well done, Mr Mbeki. Well done!

Review: Infernal Affairs

I’ve just finished watched a truly outstanding movie. Infernal Affairs is one of the best “gangster” movies I have ever seen. Actually no; it is one of the best movies I’ve seen fullstop. You have to see it. Superb acting (the best I’ve ever seen from an Asian movie), brilliant camera work and a script that is phenomonal. You have got to see this movie.

I don’t get a lump in the throat from Hollywood movies anymore, but with this one I did.

I don’t give 5/5, but if I did this would’ve got it.

Afrikaans podcast site coming to life

A while back, my wife and I started an Afrikaans podcast site at Gesels.NET. We have now done three episodes and we’ve just recently been asked by someonse else to add their podcast to the site.

Sofar we’ve only had good feedback and lots of it. I just wish more people would create their own podcasts.

Review: Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure (IMAX)

Tonight 2 work colleagues and I watched Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure at the BFI Imax cinema in Waterloo.

I was looking forward to this; partly because the subject matter is quite close to home. I was also very impressed with my previous African Imax Experience, Africa: The Serengeti, which I also at the same cinema.

Regrettably though this movie falls miserably flat. Apart from some good 3d effects, specifically the boat sequence, there is not much to take away from this movie. The story is very feeble and the footage is nothing spectacular. It feels like amateurs made the movie. It came as no surprise that John “Tigers in Africa” Varty was a wildlife consultant on this movie. My dog undeerstands more about the real wilderness than John Varty!

All in all a disappointment. I give it 2.5 stars.

Laugh it off wins

Laugh it off productions won their highly publicised court case today. This sets a precedent that could be very important for Freedom of Speech in South Africa. Now I don’t know too much about this particular case, but my general take on matters like these is the more Freedom of Speech, the better.

In this light, I’m pretty happy about this result. The “David and Goliath” angle obviously also sweetens this victory.

I guess all that is left now is to get the offending t-shirt.

Our amazing Mediterranean cruise

On Sunday we returned from our amazing Mediterranean cruise. My wife’s employers, Computeach, paid for us to go on this trip. Yeah I know – nice company!

Here is a mini-diary of what we got up to:

We flew into Barcelona on Wednesday. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities anyway, so I didn’t need any excuses. As an amateur photographer you can’t not love Barcelona. We stayed in the Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya for the first night. I can recommend this hotel. They have a very good restaurant on the top floor with an amazing view. We met some of Lené’s colleagues in Barcelona, but we spent most of the time there wandering the streets and taking Barcelona photos.

Getting on the boat the next day was a great experience. You have no idea how gigantic these boats are until you get close to them. Our boat was a 13-storey mammoth. It had 3 swimming pools, 2 discos, 5 restaurants, numerous bars, a miniature golf course, a climbing wall, a heli-pad, 3 table-tennis courts, a basketball court, a massive gym and a health spa! There was probably more stuff that we didn’t even get to see. Our room was superb. We had a cosy balcony with an awesome view as well. A bottle of chilled champagne was waiting for us in our room. I felt like royalty! I took some photos of our ship, Brilliance of the Seas, as well.

The next morning we woke up to a gorgeous view of Corsica. We took a very worthwhile trip to Ajaccio, the Corsican capital. This is a very beautiful French-speaking island. I had no idea that it was such a beautiful place; the beaches are travel-brochure stuff! I would definitely consider visiting Corsica again. It also has some cultural & historical importance; Napoleon Bonaparte was born here. I took some more Corsica photos.

The next day we took another day trip to Mallorca (pronounced Majorca). This Spanish-speaking island is also a beautiful place, but it is bigger, busier and posher than Corsica. We did a very worthwhile bus trip. Palma has some very impressive architecture as well. You’ll never guess, but I took some Mallorca photos.

Although I’m not your typical Med Cruise kinda guy, it turned out to be a very enjoyably 4 days. Yes it is indulgence in the extreme, but I’m glad we had the opportunity to experience it first-hand.

Contract change

Today was my last day at NOP World. I am starting a new contract on Monday with Newell & Budge. I will be doing proper consultancy which something I’ve always wanted to do.

Although I am very pleased with the new setup, I will miss the people from Team Prophet. They were a great to work with. Here (from the left) is Adam Heunis (the Author), Tracey McKenzie, Rob Mason, Alastair Catto, Martin Rivierol, Mark Davidson, Simon Gibbs:

The Prophet lads (& ladettes) from UBM

Review: The Secret History by Donna Tart

I recommend this book without hesitation. The title is slightly confusing though as this book as nothing to do with politics or conspiracy theories (ala Dan Brown).

Amazon’s synopsis is:

The narrator of this story is a boy who leaves California to attend a college in New England. He falls in with a group of students of Ancient Greek. Four of their number work themselves into a trance-like condition one night, and murder a local farmer. Bunny then tries to blackmail the others.

Donna Tart, the author, gives some great insight into what makes language students tick. She (and they) have very romantic ideas about stuff. To make things even worse they study Ancient Greek as well! I think she is a bit of a language snob though, but this doesn’t bother me as most students are snobs of their fields anyway.

I give this book a good 4½ (out of 5).

Manchester United at Charlton

Manchester United
Attie @ Manchester United

I had my first taste of live Premiership football today when Charlton Athletic hosted Manchester United. We were about 5 rows from the front. We were on TV for a fraction of a second for Wayne Rooney and Alan Smith’s goals.

The photo was taken with my mobile phone so it’s not good, but it does prove we were there! It is Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown in the shot.

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