Thursday, 27 December 2012
Monday, 24 December 2012
Monday, 19 November 2012
What of the last week you might ask. Not much as the clement weather kept all but the hardy amount us indoors, I took Sam for his daily walk, in wind and rain it was walkies time. What happened? Gary did another business takeover, not a hostile one I might add, good move from the sounds of it.
Ben from Oz is growing an inch a day and is just too cute, Lily spoke to Granny Susie Pie on Skype and made her day. Susan also saw Benji and that crown it all off.
Christmas will be great as we will be able to talk to the Dickens and the Middlesmiths at once, Ho Ho Ho. We will watch them opens presents and toast the spirit of Christmas together. Robert is very keen on not messing with Christmas, quiet one at home, just us, he is happy to have Margaret but I get the feeling that is it. We will see.
Friday, 9 November 2012
This journey will take you through violent thunder storms only the Free State can bring, the humidity of Natal and rain. Life changing drought and Violet, a awarding winning cow who followed me around.
Enjoy your weekend and if you remember anything from your past and want to remind me, please do.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
BREAKING NEWS!!The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Friday, 14 September 2012
“Few people who use the expression 'Sweet Fanny Adams' know of its origin. However there was a time when it would have been recognized instantly. When the name Fanny Adams made sensational headlines, creating a wave of horror, revulsion and pity. Little Fanny Adams was brutally murdered on Saturday 24 August 1867.”
The rest of my run was exhilarating to say the least, every time I stopped to do my exercises she caught up, nothing like a ‘bit on the run’ to cheer a man up in this world of super fit people. Talking of super fit. The Olympics are now over and all the roads are back to normal, no more Olympic lanes and closed routes.
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Sunday, 12 August 2012
What has your week been like, a challenge, boring, full of optimise or just another week? Well I hope it brought some new adventure, opera unity or fun.I know you want to know what my week was like. Where do I start, weather wise it started damp and windy but with the promise of sunshine later in the week. I did spend the week waiting for content for websites I am doing, but that is not unusual, just a little frustrating. You will be pleased to know the App is coming along fine and will be finished by the end of the month, I will do a website conversion and blog you the URL (web address) when complete. Unfortunately it is an in house app so will not be available to download on your bright new iPhone or iPads.The end of the week brought sunshine, pack the towels, sub board, kayak and we all hit the beach , the sun changing our pale skins in a matter of hours to a pink hue. Had my first swim of the year and looking at the skies today, it maybe my last.Talking of weather, did you hear it snowed in Pretoria and surrounding areas on Tuesday, amazing, frightened all those wee black children with those big brown eyes, looking in wonder at what was falling from the heavens. Muttering of witchcraft were heard in the corridors of power, parliament reconvened to see what could be done and it was decided the problem would have to go to committee.That brings me on to great men and the fact that some really great people have made extraordinary speeches through out time, these resulting in people doing extraordinary deeds, thus changing the course of history.Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg speech promising that America would always be governed by the people, for the people.Churchill speech aimed at the Germans and promising " We will never surrender".Mandela in his rainbow speech."The time for the healing of the wounds has come.The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.The time to build is upon us."He also started that famous speech with.'Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.'This stopped South Africa from major unrest and civil war. Granny June always said he was a great man and history bears that out.We are going to Swanage today in an open top bus for a later lunch, so enjoy your weekend and we will speak soon.
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Yes I can be seen in the BBC video of the Torch Relay, 8000 miles, 8000 Torch Relay Runners and I watched one of the hand overs in Poole. I am the tall athletic looking gentleman on the left, blue shirt and chinos, can not miss me. I have always said that the olympics is the biggest waste of money this world ever invented but they really are putting on a show that has no budget limit. Just at a rough guess I would say there was 10 police on motorbikes, out riders, 9 police cars, mainly X5 BMW, 3 buses and loads of support vehicles. If the torch relay gets any change from £8 m, I will be surprised.
BMW are the official partners, one of them, they had the new 3 series following the torch bearers so BBC coverage for 8000 miles every inch of the way you see this 3 series from the front, great advertising.
Changing the subject, as you know it has been raining here for the last two months and is set to be very wet until september, something to do with the Gulf stream bringing wet weather from Mexico over the Atlantic to this muddy isle. Today is no exception, flood warning and heavy rain again but Merlin did point out the the clouds seem to be hanging around lately, so perceptive .that girl, I do agree the clouds are hanging in the sky, that is what clouds do when they not racing by in a storm.
Michael and Charlotta are off to the Grand Canaria islands for a weeks holiday, all the drama of the passport not arriving in time, then the visa would definitely not get processed in time. All has come together at the last minute, Michael picked his visa up yesterday and now is packing for the evening flight out of Gatwick - have fun kids and relax, you have a whole week there.
Finally I must thank all those who sang, sent cards, SMS, jibjab and came around for my birthday. I have loads of booze, cheese, a very good fruit cake which is part of my 5 a day and a coffee grinder. The only present missing is a good salami but with Gary now an Italian it could be on its way.
Just to let you know Gary is now known as Lancia, Italian for Gary, Lancia al Portatore is the full version. So Lancia al portatore will be having his name change ceremony in December. Farewell Gary, hello Lancia. Bruno Canosa is setting it all up with the help of Claudosa and the rest of the mafia family.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Michael and Charlotta had their first trip to London together yesterday, both finished school and now with 3 months holiday ahead of them before Uni, they have decided to take themselves off to the Grande Canary islands for a two week holiday. Michael picked up his new passport and Charlotta some essential clothes for the beach and night life on the Grande Canaries. Again I must point out 'where has all the time gone and why with such haste? Robert is also finished his GCSE exams and will be returning to school to do his A levels in September, what are they going to do for the next 3 months except cost me a fortune?
Susan is on the go again, no not up the corporate ladder but more literally traveling to the midlands and then back to London in her iPanda with retina display and Italian passion engine. First long trip for her in the new iPanda and what fun it will be, I imagine will be over in a wink of an eye, fun things always pass too quickly. Talking of Susan, we had our British wedding anniversary last week, 10 years we have been married in the eyes of HM Government.
Again I must point out 'where has all the time gone and why with such haste?
Have not heard anymore about Russell's game reserve but will give him a ring when I have a moment next week and get all the gossip.
I am thinking of putting another Chronicle together again, time fly's, I know I have rabbited on a bit about time and the haste of it but we are all older and wiser so let's as a group, friends and family, get some photos and stories in a folder and send them to me, I will do the magic. Come on, your know you want to, think of your children and what memories you can leave them.
Monday, 18 June 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
Gary of the Middlesmith’s decided to enter the Tour De France this year.
Gary eased into the sport of cycling when he was taken on as a delivery cyclist for a florist. That did not last long as the guy from the florist kept giving him big bouquets of flowers and he did not really like the guy that much. But his love of cycling was born.
Many hours to and from work on his foldup bicycle honed his lean frame just enough to get into one of those close fitting cycling suits and he was ready to take on the best in the world at the Tour De France. After buying some funny shoes to cycle in he set off for France. Being a true professional he took his three bikes, two racing and his foldup bike.
The big day arrived clear and cold. Which bike to ride, the foldup or the racing bike that hurts his bum, looking around he sees everyone has a racing bike so putting on a extra pair of boxers he takes the racing bike.
After a false start when his coach shouted ‘Focus’ and he jumped into a Ford Focus they started the race again. At the starter gun he decided to set off imagining an angry group of bicycle riders chasing him, they were, he had stolen their saddles. Gary won and quite comfortable as well. Having won the yellow jersey he was a little dismayed, it had come from Edgars? Next year the Argos Tour with the really short pencils.
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Michael and Susan have both asked me if I wanted them to take Robert to golf and give me a break. I told them that it is my time to blog, write, it heals the stress and strains of life for me, not that life is that bad, pretty good actually but in saying that I thought I would try and describe why I need to write.
The heart and soul of the story is the heart and soul every writer puts in to the story. Spend a little time writing a story and you will know something you might not have known.
Writing lifts me and I suppose the best way to describe it is that for all my truest hopes and desires for my writing is that, what I find, I never knew. It always comes as a shock, a surprise. It is new.
We could never know what we are going to do before we have done it and in that sense we discover what we did not know.
There are things in my life I will see, there are stories I will hear. If I do not write them down, not paint that pictures, it will not be seen, not be told.
Tell me your stories, I will learn something new, not only the story but more about you. If you never tell the stories, no one will know you and more importantly your children will not have that piece of you they can always go back too. Facebook it, blog it, email it but write it.
Create characters for your friends, family, and other people who appear in your life, someone will emerge as a hero and lift us when we think of them.
Granny June sent us a letter at least once a month, hand written, it told so much more than just the written word, I maybe replied to every second one and she always thanked me, pity the letters have stopped now but I promised her I would always write from my heart and this is one promise I will keep.I hope this goes some way to explain why I sometimes bore you, lift you or make you laugh, they all do the same to me.
Monday, 9 April 2012
A quiet weekend for us, the weather not that great but did manage to clear the garage out, 4 trips to the tip took all the junk and not so junk, but in the way rubbish and now we have a huge garage to fill in the near future.
Merlin took us off to a garage to buy a car. Photo attached. Some say the car was designed by Merlin herself and others have heard the Stig is getting one before her, I say that this concept car has the added attraction of being sophisticated, dynamic and exciting. All this is cloaked in a stylish yet friendly new design and one of the most Turbo powered economical engines available today. German developed with Italian designing enhances the overall appeal. Due to be released in a weeks time, Merlin will take delivery a week after that.
It is now Monday and we have eaten our body weight in Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns, it is time to take Sam for a walk and Susan to the shoe shop to buy some motoring shoes which will double as work shoes as well.
Claudia ran 10km in 1 hr. and 15 min, no doubt also to work off the melted chocolates left in the South African sun for children who are not impressed. Susan and I ran to the blue house and back along the promenade yesterday and that took us 45 min. Another great sporting weekend behind us. Happy Easter.
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Snow returns to Scotland dispelling any idea that the spring is with us. Last week saw temperatures soaring to 23 deg C and Britain starting to believe that there is such a thing called Global Warming. Mother Natures has the laugh and we wait for the Easter freeze that looks likely to blow in tomorrow and stay for Easter.
On a warmer note:
The Home Office says new laws to allow the monitoring of all emails, texts and web use in the UK will be brought in "as soon as parliamentary time allows".
I do believe the Big Brother State that George Orwell predicted is looking to becoming a reality. My gut feeling is that it will not happen in the near future but will slowly worm it way into the statue books almost like a computer virus, one day we will wake up to the fact that everything we do is being monitored, maybe Google does that already?
Must do some work but will end on this interesting note. My grandson Benjamin was asked if he would like to start Golf lesson? His joy can be seen in the photograph.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Watching the junior class getting instruction on how to hold the golf club and I can see the impatient's to get to the fun part, whacking that little white ball. One little guy watches on, probably not 3 yet or only just, has a very little club in his hand and while the others go off to see how the coach does his swing he takes to the practise tee. Still a little unsteady on his feet he finally manages to get the ball to stay on the tee, the smile tells it all, this is the big time. Quick look to see if anyone is watching he steadies himself, looks to the 150 m board and takes an almighty swing, you can just imagine that ball sailing past the board into infinity and beyond, Buzz Lightyear.
Reality, he misses completely and the momentum keeps him going, all the way around and then down he goes, onto his bum. Now to this budding golfer that means naught, up he gets and the process starts again. On the forth attempt he manages to just nick it and the ball rolls two or three feet away. Triumph, his face tells the story as he looks around to see if anyone saw and then in true form, he has watched the older men, he takes a huge drink from his 2 litre bottle of juice. From where I am the bottle almost takes him to his hips and I very much doubt if he could have picked it up if it was full. Oh the rigours of a young mans golf practise. Enough of this fickle game, must move on to important matter.
Have you seen the new Facebook page for Joburgsetco web page, if not check it out on www.facebook.com/joburgsetco should get you there. Remember to become a friend or write a short comment, really is a great site we already have 5 likes and three friends. Latest news letter is featured as well which you can read the full version on the Joburgsetco news page with photos of the launch of the New BMW 3 Series and also features the amazing wall of screens at Suncity for the Standard Bank managers conference. Give it a try you know you want to.
I am enjoying a coke and a aero chocolate while writing, Susan and I had our first serious run this morning and I am topping up my carbs, that's my story anyway. The simple pleasure of a sweet chocolate and the fizzy cool coke makes perfect partners. Easter is around the corner, Susan and the boys are on holiday for the next week or so and this is the last time Michael will be a school boy on holiday, later this year he is on to university leaving Robert to fill the house for the next two years. Life moves on and we will win the lottery and retire when he leaves the house. Travel the world in a mobile home, drink fine wine and write a little, heaven.
Susan took the photograph of Sam trying his fierce stance. Enjoy your weekend and the coming Easter weekend.