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I always loved this golden oldie. Is there a quick way to get hours of work done in one hour – if you are too lazy and not in the mood for any work? Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted, scientifically tested and those that work will be used in future!


I really enjoyed this movie – about the OLD South African Defence Force – from this movie you get a good snap shot from what it was like for young South African school boys just after they finished school, to have to join the Army and to go through training to defend the borders of the country in the 23 year Border War. – The outside world didn’t really know about this ongoing War. Those who knew, preferred to keep quiet -for ‘political correctness‘ reasons. Read these comments of Tinus before watching.

Comments by the youtube-user who uploaded the video: Tinus Le Roux

Uploaded on 18 Dec 2011
Movie made by Chris Dos Santos as a post graduate student project.

Was screened at the Cannes film festival and won a few international awards .
I think this is quite an achievement for a student film of this scale being produced with a limited budget.
It has not been publicly screened in South Africa.

Personally in my 2 year SADF experience we did not encounter racial incidents like portrayed in this movie but I can imagine things like this happened in isolated cases. Political talk was forbidden in our unit. We also had much operational inter action with black members of the SADF and no segregation was present.

Furthermore we did not experience the antagonism between Afrikaans and English speaking troops as portrayed here, but I realize it did happen in some units. After 2 years service people from different languages, religion and cultures were the best of buddies ever in our unit.

The use of language is very similar with what we were confronted in 1978, swearing was absolutely ridiculously bad. There are some technical mistakes in the movie but in general in my opinion the movie reflects quite a realistic atmosphere of the times back in 70’s and 80’s

Here the awards:

Won Best film, Best cinematography, best writer at Coal Stove awards 2009, Official selection Durban Int. Film Festival, Official Selection AFI film Festival Los Angeles, Official Selection Cape Winelands Film Festival, Best film at off the shelf film festival 2010.

This YouTube upload version of “At Thy Call” is slightly edited by me to exclude derogative racial language.

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An Afrikaans song I like by Ralhp Michielsen and Steve Hofmeyr.

Muti is a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa as far north as Lake Tanganyika. The word muti is derived from the Zulu word for tree, of which the root is -thi. In Southern Africa, the word muti is in widespread use in most indigenous African languages, as well as in South African English and Afrikaans where it is sometimes used as a slang word for medicine in general. – wikipedia

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Norwegian camera teams may have been swarming around Magnus Carlsen before his meeting with world number two Levon Aronian, but the serious chess spectators had eyes firmly fixed on the start of Kramnik-Topalov, where the feud that began in their acrimonious 2006 world title match has resulted in permanently frosty relations.

by GM Jonathan Tisdall

Some of the games played today round 5. On this link you can follow the live games or play through games already played in previous rounds.

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Tromso round 5: Topalov vs Kramnik
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Round 5: Kramnik vs Topalov 1-0
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Round 5: Ivan Cheparinov vs Peter Svidler 1/2-1/2
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Round 5: Barileng Gaealafshwe vs Kenny Solomon 0-1
On this youtube.com/watch?v=-xABHJdf31o link you can see Kenny as South Africa’s Chess Grandmaster and it’s strange that Fide still has him as an IM on his profile here: ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=14300192 Melissa Greeff is South Africa’s first Women Chess Grandmaster.
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Chess art at Tromso

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Henry’s game vs Kamsky. Tromso round 4

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 d6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. a3 O-O 7. Ba2 Nc6 8. d3 Rb8 9. Re1 b5 10. Ne2 a5 11. Ng3 b4 12. c3 Ba6 13. d4 bxc3 14. bxc3 Nd7 15. Bf4 e5 16. Be3 cxd4 17. cxd4 exd4 18. Nxd4 Nxd4 19. Bxd4 Ne5 20. Rb1 g6 21. Rxb8 Qxb8 22. f4 Nd3 23. Nf5 Re8 24. Nh6+ Kf8 25. Qa1 Rc8 26. Bxf7 Bh4 27. Rf1 Rc2 28. f5 Ne5 29. fxg6 Bxf1 30. Qxf1 hxg6 31. Bxg6+ Bf2+ 32. Bxf2 Kg7 33. Bh5 Kxh6 34. Be3+ Kg7 35. h4 Qc8 36. Qd1 Qc6 37. Qe1 Kh7 38. Bg5 Qc5+ 39. Kh2 Qf2 40. Qxf2 Rxf2 41. Be7 Rd2 42. Be8 Rd3 43. g3 Ng6 44. Bd8 Rxa3 45. h5 Ne5 46. Bc7 Re3 47. Bxa5 Rxe4 48. Kh3 Re2 49. Bc7 Rd2 50. g4 Kh6 51. Bb5 Kg5 52. Kg3 Nxg4 53. Bd8+ Nf6 54. h6 Kg6 55. Kf3 Rh2 56. Bc7 Rh3+ 57. Kg2 Rb3 58. Be2 Ne4 59. Bf3 Rb2+ 60. Kg1 Ng5 61. Bg2 Rd2 62. Bb6 Kxh6 63. Be3 Ra2 64. Bf4 Ra6 65. Bf1 Rb6 66. Kf2 Kg6 67. Bd3+ Kf6 68. Ke3 Nf7 69. Bc4 Ne5 70. Bg8 Ra6 71. Ke4 Ra4+ 72. Ke3 Ra8 73. Bh7 Ke6 74. Bc2 Ra3+ 75. Ke2 d5 76. Bh7 d4 77. Be4 Ra2+ 78. Kf1 Nc4 79. Ke1 Ne3 80. Bg3 Rb2 81. Bc7 Nd5 82. Bg3 Nf6 83. Bd3 Kd5 84. Bf4 Nd7 85. Bh7 Ne5 86. Bg3 Nf3+ 87. Kd1 d3 88. Bf4 0-1

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Round 4: Kamsky Photo-  @Tromso2014 

I was super excited when Gert – also a chess enthusiast, who mainly blogs about great South African Afrikaans writers and poets and writes about movies, musicians, componists, etc.  in general- informed me about the win of Henry Steel vs Gata Kamsky. I have been following this particular group of South African champs for the past few years in the ‘big‘ tournaments like these and they are a strong team of chess players and South Africa can be proud of them. Congratulations to Henry, we hope that your game against Kamsky will inspire the team to do even better. The following images are from Tromso, tweeted out to the twitter community by Susan Polgar.

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The South African Women’s Chess Championships will be held at ‘The Atrium’, The Woodlands, Johannesburg and starts on the 8th August 2014 – 10th August 2014. That’s a serious killer with 3 games per day! There is also a B-section. You can click on this PDF for all the necessary info and a link to the venue. 
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Scene from ‘The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog‘ (1927) a thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock [movie on youtube]
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Woody Allen, Peter O’Toole and Capucine, a French model and actress in ‘What’s new, Pussycat’

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