Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Seven Pounds

I saw this movie yesterday, starring Will Smith. It puts a whole new spin on the concept of giving one's life for others. Rather, he develops the theme of taking his life so that other's in great need will benefit and have better quality of life from what he gives them in the way of organs and property. Sadly, it's all from a sense of guilt.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Zuma for President

No comment needed - the picture speaks for itself.


Watch out for it!
Police say that the gang usually is comprised of four members, one adult and three younger ones. While the three younger ones, all appearing sweet and innocent, divert their 'mark' (or intended target) with a show of friendliness, the fourth -- the eldest -- sneaks in from behind the person's back to expertly rifle through his or her pocket or purse for any valuables. Be on the alert!!

This is a photo of a recent attack.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


It looks quite pretty from a distance.
- and even from close up. Cute little mushrooms, one might say! But when you know that although they are growing on leaf mould, and that leaf mould is on top of termite mounds ...... then they cease to be pretty and are dug away together with the termite 'dagga' and disposed of. Little white mushrooms betraying little white ants - get rid of the lot. There are little black ants that have raided and annihilated the little white ants in the past, much to our delight. But then the question remains - what's to be done with the little black ants that have invaded and occupied the territory? Sounds like there's a story in there somewhere.

Ruled by numbers

Richard took his bicycle to Stellenbosch, and with it a chain to secure it. But the problem is, when he came to wanting to use the chain realised that he did not know and did not have the combination for the lock. So - emergency sms to mom! The codes I found did not work, so they obviously belong to other chains hidden away somewhere - and I cannot remember where else I might have noted codes. Unless it is the one that Paul discarded a while ago...... Is this another of Murphy's laws: as soon as you need a code you discover that it has been obliterated?

Then I got to thinking about all the passwords and codes and access things that we have to protect everything from bank accounts, to cell-phones, to internet social networks, to email, to burglar alarms at home and office and and and.... And all this to prevent or delay someone from stealing something from us. Maybe it's time to go back to living in the bush, wearing fig-leaves (or not).

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Murphy's Law ++

Ned finds more sayings to add to Murphy's Law. The most recent one, applying to himself, is:
"If there is dog pooh lying anywhere, Ned will be the one to step in it". AAAARGH!!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

I saw this movie last monday - and was stunned at the ending. An event too awful to contemplate - but the consequence not really surprising when
- a drive for personal career advancement
- placing of mindless duty over accountable moral responsibility
- ignoring the reality that is playing out in one's backyard and under one's nose
- prejudice and
- evasion
encounters naivety and innocence.

We need to be reminded of the horrors of WW2 and the inhumanity of man to man. When supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, Genl. Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this because he said, in words to this effect: 'get it all on record now - get films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some b*stard will get up and say that this never happened'. These photos were taken in Germany by James Emison Chanslor, an Army Master Sergeant who served in World War II from 1942 until 1945. They are a stark reminder of the reality of the Holocaust.

I have heard that the UK has removed 'the Holocaust' from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the population adhering to the Islam faith, who claim that it never happened. I hope that this is not true, but I would not be surprised as it is more and more evident, from what we heard from friends in England on our recent visit there, that compromises are being made to the detriment of truth and long-held, Christian-based values in Britain.
On the 27th January commemorations were held in Brussels and in the U.S. of the holocaust, and were attended by survivors of the camps. This photo shows Nazi death camp survivors commemorating the 64th anniversary of the liberation from Auschwitz by the Red Army on 27 January 1945.
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