Thursday, November 22, 2007


Having been born in Rhodesia in the 70s (our family left in 1977) I should really know a little more about the man people loved or hated than I do.

Ian Smith, who ruled Rhodesia for 15 years from 1964 to 1979, is best known for his Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) of Rhodesia from Britain on the 11th November 1965, and for his begrudging hand-over of power to Mugabe in 1979, ending an eltist white rule, resulting in the creation of the nation of Zimbabwe (and arguably, the installation of elitist black rule).

Ian Smith remained a key player in Zimbabwean politics until seats reserved for whites were abolished in 1987. Supporting his nation to the last.

His passing on Monday means that the press is now inundated with widely differing political points of view & emotional memories for many.

Describing the (rather rose-tinted view of the) old-fashioned, civil-minded nature of Rhodesia in the 70s, the Guardian published the following quote after interviewing Ian Smith in 2000 "It was as though the world was defied for a decade by some gigantic local bowls club."

Whatever the general consensus about Smith, words like "crisis" "despair" "suffering" and "dictatorship" are now readily used of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

Not a mention of a "jolly hocky sticks" bowls club in sight.

Dit is nie simple nie.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007


Oo ar, I didn't knows that Morph was a Brizzle lad.

Happy 30th birthday, me babber!

Veels Geluk. Innit.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Spotted this week in Bath.

Surely not?

Dit is nie n Banksy nie.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Our team just survived a tour of Brissol's Will Memorial Tower Tour, which came with the following warning:

The following risks are associated with ascending the tower:
Physical height above ground – vertigo.
· Restricted and dark access ways – spiral stairs – claustrophobia.

· Slippery steps and roof (particularly when wet).

· Very limited hand holds to provide balance/support.

· Steep steps - physically challenging.

· Rough, dusty, dirty surfaces – damage to clothing possible.

· Pigeons, seagulls and other birds – physical presence and guano.

· Trip hazards. Risk of falling.

· Leaving the group / failing to follow guide’s instruction – Risk of being locked in.

· Damage to hearing if the visit coincides with ‘Great George’ chiming the hour.

· Risk of concrete and stone spalls falling from above.

· Keep off fragile roof lights – risk of falling through.

· No one under eight years of age may access the tower.

· Keep off fragile roof lights – risk of falling through.