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Enjoy these images from the Baku-fide official site… round 9 was played today…
Please click
HERE to play through some of the games of the Grandmasters played in round 9.

 

….ahw….isn’t he mummy’s sweet little boy!

….yeah, yeah, yeah….let’s do it…before they call it  a
2move-
checkmate-game!

 

…er….where is that rule again…the handshake rule… um…oh yeah…here…

…. that’s my boy! let’s shake it!

…oh dear!…who taught you to start with  that pawn!!

….come on Magnus…I’ve been waiting for this day! ….you’re taking too long now!

 Is everything alright, my boy? “Daddy” will keep an eye on you…ok…?

 

….and one more smile for mummy!..ahw…so sweet….

 

…er….I did say I’m sorry….so could we start  playing now….you are playing white…ain’t you?

On the side bar of the blog you will find a link to “live games” to see what the players cooked up for us today in round 9.

Standings after round 9!

1 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 6
2 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 5½
Wang Yue 2689 CHN 5½
4 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 5
5 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 5
6 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 5
7 Adams Michael 2729 ENG 5
8 Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 4½
9 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 4½
10 Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 4
11 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 4
12 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 3½
13 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 3
14 Navara David

Pairings for rounds 10-13. Tomorrow, the 1st May…is a free day.

Round 10 on 02/05/08 at 15:00
 
         
Kamsky Gata – Yue Wang    
Svidler Peter – Bacrot Etienne    
Inarkiev Ernesto – Adams Michael  
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – Grischuk Alexander
Carlsen Magnus – Navara David  
Gashimov Vugar – Karjakin Sergey  
Radjabov Teimour – Cheparinov Ivan  
         
Round 11 on 03/05/08 at 15:00  
         
Cheparinov Ivan – Kamsky Gata  
Karjakin Sergey – Radjabov Teimour  
Navara David – Gashimov Vugar  
Grischuk Alexander – Carlsen Magnus  
Adams Michael – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Bacrot Etienne – Inarkiev Ernesto  
Yue Wang – Svidler Peter    
         
Round 12 on 04/05/08 at 15:00  
         
Kamsky Gata – Svidler Peter    
Inarkiev Ernesto – Yue Wang    
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – Bacrot Etienne  
Carlsen Magnus – Adams Michael  
Gashimov Vugar – Grischuk Alexander  
Radjabov Teimour – Navara David  
Cheparinov Ivan – Karjakin Sergey  
         
Round 13 on 05/05/08 at 14:00  
         
Karjakin Sergey – Kamsky Gata    
Navara David – Cheparinov Ivan  
Grischuk Alexander – Radjabov Teimour  
Adams Michael – Gashimov Vugar  
Bacrot Etienne – Carlsen Magnus  
Yue Wang – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  
Svidler Peter – Inarkiev Ernesto   

Enjoy the video from the FideBaku2008 website.
 

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Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

Memories

What kind of memories flash through your mind if I  ask you about your childhood?… I think we all have some wonderful memories which we cherish in our minds or even some in our hearts. Sometimes we like to keep a diary of memories, that diary can either be a concrete book or a diary in our memory. If you were asked what was the best of your childhood years, what would that be?  Well, for me, it would be a very difficult question as I have such sweet memories of my childhood-years on the farm where I grew up. Apart from family gatherings, which I want to exclude in this post, I want to mention a couple which I really cherish since the day I left the farm and these are cemented in my memory. I’ve done a post about memories almost six or more months ago, but I know I haven’t mentioned this in particular. On the farm, we used to take the cattle…about every other month to a neighbouring farm where two other farmers also gathered with their cattle. The reason for this was to dip the cattle to  eradicate  external parasites and ticks. If you don’t know what I’m talking about..have a look at this image. You can see a ramp where the cow walks and then  slowly enters the water when reaching the end of the ramp…most of the time the center of gravity changes and they “fall” into the water –  which has got some chemicals in – and once in the water, they submerge and keep “swimming” or “splashing” to the other end. This was always great fun for us kids to watch… and best of all to watch…was the little calves… once they submerged and emerged again…the minute they “fall” in the water…we moved as close as possible to see them emerging again…we thought it was cute to see them in the water, swimming. The animals were used to it and they sort of “jump” themselves as if they knew what to do. Dipping-day was great fun…how I miss that! Secondly… I do miss walking in the veld where I used to collect all sorts of dry little twigs – not just any…the beautiful and special twigs …. and wild grass. At home I would then arrange these dry grass and dry twigs in a beautiful arrangement. I used to collect different dry grass and tried to find their scientific names…which was hard when I was a child as there wasn’t any Internet!  I wonder if farmers still dip their cattle today and if there are newer and more modern ways to do it with large herds of cattle.
Read HERE MORE about memory…short term memory….long term memory….
The movie from youtube is about memories…see if you can follow the line of this story…

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Enjoy this video by Elvis….one of my favourites! …and thanks to Dan for the link!


and…another…

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 Have we got charity/love for God….for other people…? or are we the sounding brass or tinkling cymbal? We can have all these gifts, but if we don’t have love…we are nothing. Read the Virtual Bible HERE and you have the option of reading the King James version or the American Standard version… if you click on the image, you will have a larger view.

 

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This picture was taken today… the church can be seen from our house! Click on the image for a larger view. Enjoy the poem I’ve chosen to support the picture…

Sunset

When I was growing as a little kid
I dread for sunset to come
And darkness to fill the earth
I was so afraid of being alone
Lying on my small bed waiting for the sun to rise

O Lord I thank thee
For allowing me to see how beautiful the sunset is
Each day colours of the sunset is so different from yesterday
I marvel and is awed by your masterpiece

And throughout my journey
I’ve learned sunset in life is often rest and peace
Not something to be afraid of
But something to look forward to
A haven, a sanctuary

Now as I watched the flame of the sun
Slowly changing into grays
Intertwined in blazing but subdued red and orange
I can see the Lord’s arms spread across
A sunset telling me I am home

Rita Umali

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Love thy children

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Chess players in Baku had a free day  yesterday! See how they spent their day…playing football…watch  the second movie to see the players in action!

 

Images: Fide.com

Sergey Karjakin, from Ukraine, (Ukrainian: Сергій Карякін; born January 12, 1990 in Simferopol) is a top chess player. At the age of twelve years and seven months he became the youngest grandmaster in history. On the FIDE ranking list of April 2008, he has a rating of 2732, making him number 14 in the world, number 2 in the category of boys up to 20 years old and number 2 in the  Ukraine. On this first movie you can see the interview held with him. Both movies can be watched on the Fide.com site too.

 

 

Round 6 will be played today. You can see the pairings on this image.

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In this game I’ve thought that I had really a cool game! Very early in this game I was in really big trouble…if you look at black’s position after move 13. I made a desperate attack on his King, to prevent a checkmate! and by my Bishop-move…in move 14, I could relief my King from that pressure, but now my King was exposed! but at least not in checkmate…Knowing wat was coming..I moved my King with move 21 to F1. In move 38…my lovely Knight-to-the rescue…and I count myself lucky with move 42…to capture his Knight. From move 51 and on… I could have done better, but at least I had some Pawns left and pushed through with one Pawn. With black’s move in move 58, I sacrificed one Rook in order to prevent his Pawn from promotion as I knew that I was still safe with my Pawns left…with black’s move in 62….was just what I wanted! and I could finish the game in a very slow Rook/King @ lonely King… this opponent is rated much higher than I am and that’s why I’ve thought that was really cool play on my side….to recover from a early heart attack, my poor King… he’s now back from intensive care and all is well with him! hehehe…click on this link to play through the game…it will open in a new window.
Earl from the chess site sent me this quote when I commented on this game: Nimzovitch once said, regarding one of his games, “[My opponent] now succumbs to a very pretty attack (I would say this even if the game were played by my worst enemy, so why not when it’s me?).”
This is also a game played on Chess World…and I think you’ve noticed that I played white again in this game…

Nikita1 vs. sirlancelot08

The Rooks/Queens game!

This next game was really a very tough game..and one of my longest games on the site…my longest game was 107 moves and you can view the game HERE on my blogger site…not only was it a long game, but also a game we started in July 2007! My opponent was a slow mover, but was also on holiday a few times. If you look at the image, you will see why I call it the Rooks/Queens’ game… I don’t want to elaborate on the game as you will see how tense this game was near to the end before my opponent resigned when you play through the game. Please click on the link and it will open in a new window. In this game my opponent’s rating was also about 300+ higher than mine. I played white in this game.

Nikita1 vs. jammywel

 

 

READ ALL ABOUT IT!! ….on my blog…

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Chess Love
This is again one of my own games played on Chess World… I blog this game due to a couple of reasons. Firstly…to show you how easy you can get a piece trapped…-I played white in this game-…..my Rook with black’s move after move 16 …trapped!  If… he had moved his Bishop to G7… I was Rook-less! Secondly… to show you how one can recover from a few thoughtless moves….really bad moves on my side…and how I gained control again. I captured his Knight… move 17 …..so by the way…if it’s your first time here…then you don’t know it… but I always capture a Knight if I can and I do prefer to keep mine in safety where possible… hey… horses are great animals and they do work for you…even if it’s on a chess board! lol! you should allow them to work for you…I really started panicking and was desperate with move 20 and with black’s Knight-move…ahw…what can I say! For some reason, black missed E5 with move 21 and from there…he missed my Rook too! and preferred to check instead…Move 23…brilliant move by black as I lost a pawn and my poor Knightie! Another desperate move on my side with move 26 and I sacrificed my Rook in order to capture black’s Rook, because I had other plans in my head…. With move 29-30… I saw the checkmate earlier….and was hoping for the right moment…the game was really getting tense and I couldn’t wait to make that devastating move…and with black’s move (32)Qf6… I knew he missed the checkmate and could I perform that last move to close the game. I used to have my Knights most of the time in my end games or in a checkmate…but in this game…very rare for me…I have one of my Bishops to-the-rescue. If you click on the link, the game will open in a new window.

Nikita1 vs. Perry Mason

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Round 5 can be called “The (K)nights..or is it..the day of the draws”…Click on the images for a larger view… on the second image…. Radjabov’s attention was caught by…. I wonder…by what! hehehe  On this next image you can see the end position of Kamsky and Carlsen’s game… on the side bar of the blog..you will find a “live” link where you can play through the games of the day…and on THIS LINK you will find a games-link to all the games played so far in all the finished rounds.

On these images you can see the pairings for round 6-8. Tomorrow is a free day.

baku fortress

The Fortress Wall of Old City Baku

By Fuad Akhundov
The fortress wall of the old city of Baku is a source of pride to Bakuites. Not every city with a rampart constructed at the time of the Crusaders is so well preserved. Nor do many extend for a distance of 500 meters, as Baku’s rampart does. The rampart also enabled the preservation of the medieval image of the old town, with its numerous lanes, snaking streets and the flavor of an oriental city.

Initially, two ramparts encircled Baku. The internal rampart is almost completely preserved. It was constructed by King Manuchekhr II (1120-1149). The outer wall was much lower in height, and was installed by the local ruler, Zufuqar-khan in 1608-1609. The walls were surrounded by a deep moat that could be filled by underground water in times of danger.

The khanate of Baku (a kind of Muslim duchy) was annexed to the Russian Empire in 1806. The fortress walls were last used for defense in 1826. Cannons mounted on the walls repelled a last, desperate Persian attack.

At the beginning of industrial exploitation of oil in the 1870’s, Baku grew rapidly. In 1859, the population of the city barely exceeded 13,500 inhabitants, most of who lived inside the old city walls. By 1903, there were 143,000 Bakuites, and by 1913, the “black gold” had increased the population to more than 214,000.

The tiny medieval fortress was, of course, too small to hold all these people. So the outer rampart was taken down in 1884, along with the wall on side of the old city facing the sea. Stones from this wall were used to renovate the inner wall.

But Bakuites did not want to lose the old, outer wall forever. The primary entrance to the old city, Shemakha Gate had one gate in the outer wall, and one in the inner wall. So, as the outer was dissembled, stonemasons skillfully inserted a copy of the outer entrance into the inner wall, side by side with the original inside gate. A visitor with a sharp eye for color will notice that the stones of the left entrance are slightly whiter. City residents renamed the gates “Gosha-Gala Gapysy,” meaning, in Azeri, the Twin Gates. This is the only double entrance among the five gates of the fortress wall.

The most interesting detail over both entrances is the oldest coat of arms of Baku. It is composed of two lions, and the head of a bull with two discs around the bull’s head. The German traveler, Kempfer, deciphered the symbols in 1863, as follows:

Lions were often used in Oriental heraldry as symbols of strength. The bull and the cow were sacred animals to the Zoroastrians (even today, killing these animals is prohibited in India). The discs symbolized the sun and moon. So, Kempfer concluded, the lions (that is, the fortress walls) protect the bull (i.e., the city) during day (the sun) and night (the moon).

This oldest emblem of Baku probably did not meet with favor when Islam arrived in Baku, and was at some point consigned to history. Other emblems took their place until the 1880’s. Then, a new coat of arms was designed with three torch flames representing the Zoroastrian tradition. But the way the flames were carved in the limestone of the mayor’s office, they resemble moneybags. So people used to joke that the emblem had nothing to do with fire, but represented the wealth of Baku during the first oil boom.
Source:
Read HERE MORE! about Baku.

see some wonderful photos about Baku on: bakuphotos.blogspot.com
Read on THIS LINK about the world’s 25 dirtiest cities, which Baku is apparently one of them. Baku 2016 Olympic…Baku is officially bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympics …read on the link more…

Pollution
The World’s Dirtiest Cities
Tiffany M. Luck 02.26.08, 3:15 PM ET

Unless you’re in the oil business, there’s little reason to brave the choking pollution of Baku, Azerbaijan. Fetid water, oil ponds and life-threatening levels of air pollution emitted from drilling and shipping land the former Soviet manufacturing center at the bottom of this year’s list as the world’s dirtiest city.

Baku is bad, but far from alone. For residents of the 25 cities on this year’s list, black plumes of smoke, acid rain and free-flowing sewage are part of everyday life. Not as immediately visible: the impact on the population’s health and life expectancy.

To see which cities in the world were dirtiest, we turned to Mercer Human Resource Consulting’s 2007 Health and Sanitation Rankings. As part of their 2007 Quality of Life Report, they ranked 215 cities worldwide based on levels of air pollution, waste management, water potability, hospital services, medical supplies and the presence of infectious disease.

All cities are positioned against New York, the base city with an index score of 100. For the Health and Sanitation Rankings, the index scores range from the worst on the list–Baku, Azerbaijan, with a score of 27.6–to the best on the list–Calgary, Canada, with a score of 131.7.

Lead-poisoned air lands Dhaka, Bangladesh, the No. 2 spot on the list. Traffic congestion in the capital continues to worsen with vehicles emitting fatal amounts of air pollutants daily, including lead. The World Bank-funded Air Quality Management Project aims to help.

“Addressing air pollution is the easiest way to be able to fix someone’s well-being because we’re always breathing, and there are all sorts of harmful particulates in the air,” says Richard Fuller, founder of the New York-based Blacksmith Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to solving the pollution problems of the developing world. “In fact, the biggest pathway for lead poisoning is particulates in the air. So in areas with a lot of air pollution, shutting down the worst forces of these types of pollution really does make a difference.”

Nos. 3 and 4 on this year’s list are the capital cities of Madagascar and Haiti, respectively. Antananarivo, Madagascar and Port au Prince, Haiti, both face the challenge of a rapidly growing urban population and the ever-growing need for efficient water and waste management.

Mexico City, Mexico, ranks No. 5 on this year’s list. Residents can thank industrial and automobile emissions for air quality so bad that city ozone levels fail to meet World Health Organization standards an estimated 300 days of the year. But things could be worse.

“Mexico City has actually seen great improvement recently in terms of air pollution,” says Dave Calkins, founder of the Sierra Nevada Air Quality Group and former chief of the Air Planning Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. “So much so that the government actually has to campaign to let everyone know that pollution is still a problem.”

Economies suffer, too. Health care costs and lost productivity drag on business. Companies also face added costs in the form of remuneration packages when relocating employees and their families to some of these cities, noted Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer. Cost-benefit analysis certainly suggests making progress toward cleanup. According to a study done by WaterAid, for every $1 spent on improved sanitation, the benefit equals $9 resulting from decreased cost of health care and increased productivity.

“If you do the numbers,” says Fuller, “to clean up the worst of it doesn’t really cost that much. It’s the 90/10 rule. To do 90% of the work only costs 10% of the money. It’s the last 10% of the cleanup that costs 90% of the money. For relatively little, we can do an awful lot to save a whole lot of lives.” Source: See the link in the start of this article.
 
Baku Round 5 from the Fide website

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Click on the images to see a larger view. These are results from round 4, the Chess Grand Prix tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. If you click HERE you will find a games-link and you can play through the games played in the previous rounds…on the side bar of my blog, you will find a link to the current round’s games.

All images from the Official Fide-Baku-Chess-site.

 

Pairings for round 5

 

Baku…city…wall

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Please, go to THIS LINK to see for yourself WHAT is happening in Zimbabwe!! COME ON WORLD…ENGLAND/AMERICA… YOU HAVE THE POWER TO FORCE THAT MAN…LIFT HIM OUT…GET RID OF HIM….HELP THOSE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY THAT SUFFER!!! IF YOU COULD PUT HIM INTO POWER…YOU HAVE THE POWER TO REMOVE HIM AGAIN…. DON’T LET ME CALL YOU ALL COWARDS TOO!! IT’S ENOUGH THAT MBEKI AND ZUMA ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING…!! In fact, I think they support him…
Mugabe rival ‘clear victor’ – US

We all know this! We all know why Mugabe didn’t want to make the results public… we are not stupid! Who does he think he is! Why couldn’t Zuma nor Mbeki tell it in his face to him… is it a matter of…”birds of a feather…flock together…” ?..

Read the news article HERE on the site of the BBC.

….WHAT??? do I need glasses for reading this….


Meanwhile, the leader of the governing ANC in South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is refusing to blame Mr Mugabe for the violence.

 

Quote from THIS article.
On THIS LINK you can see a video of the torturing going on, slide down on the page to watch the video.


image: BBC

“Blood Brothers”…?

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europeanchess

Round 7…results…please click HERE to play through the games in round 7…in the women’s section and click HERE to play through the games of the men.

Round 5 results…Please click HERE to play through the games interactively.
 

The European Individual Chess Championship is now taking place in Bulgaria…men/women are battling for the top positions. On THIS LINK you can view their games live. Round 4 will be played today.

Please click HERE for results and standings where you can view more photos of the participants too.

Tsveta Galunova

GM Miroshnichenko – GM Markos

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Source: eicc2008.com Bulletin: 4 PDF

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For English readers… this is a short Afrikaans song about Spring and the second song/poem is about the little mini-beasts, birds, children and even the small plants are happy…they all want to dance and sing and play…

DIS HEERLIKE LENTE

Woorde: THEO W. JANDRELL en G.G. CILLIÉ
Musiek: Wysie uit die Alpe; verwerk: G.G. CILLIÉ

Dis heerlike lente, die winter’s verby;

weer nooi berg’ en klowe vir jou en vir my.

Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o. Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o!
Die bergklim is heerlik, dit hou mens gesond.

Die vroe-, vroeë môre het goud in die mond.

Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o. Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o!

AL DIE VELD IS VROLIK

Woorde: C. LOUIS LEIPOLDT
Musiek: J. WEBER; verwerk: PIETER DE VILLIERS

Al die veld is vrolik; al die voëltjies sing;
al die kriekies kriek daarbuit’; elke sprinkaan spring.
Al die koggelmannetjies kom om fees te vier;
hier galop ‘n goggatjie, daarso dans ‘n mier.

[KOOR]
Nou gaan die kinders draai, nou gaan hul speel!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!

Selfs die vissies spartel teen die kafferskuil;
in die groot ou eikeboom droom ‘n oupa-uil.
Oral in Karooland is ‘n ruik versprei:
boegoeblom en appelkoos–kan jy beter kry?

[KOOR]
Nou gaan die kinders draai, nou gaan hul speel!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!

Bind vir my tesame katjiepiering wit,
bobbejaantjies blou en bont, rose in gelid,
varings van die klippe, oral, ai só mooi,
rooi kalkoentjies uit die vlei–blomme uitgestrooi.

[KOOR]
Nou gaan die kinders draai, nou gaan hul speel!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!

Vrolik is die wêreld, vrolik rant en vlei!
Elke koggelmannetjie het sy maat gekry.
Elke gons’rig’ goggatjie is getroud of vry:
vrolik is die wêreld hier, vrolik veld en vlei!

[KOOR]
Nou gaan die kinders draai, nou gaan hul speel!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!
Kom Sus, gee handjie! Almal moet draai!
Boet gee ook handjie! Nou gaan ons swaai–
dis tog so prettig! Wie dans met my?
Al in die rondte, vrolik en bly!

Kry AL daardie liedjies wat jy nooit kan onthou nie, se woorde op hierdie link!

Die foto’s is geneem so 3min se stap van ons huis af. Moenie dat die weer jou flous nie, dit het gesous gedurende die oggend. Die foto’s is om en by 5:15 nm geneem.

Update 1/9/2013 : Ek was net bly om te sien dat die link met die musiek [blerkas] net geskuif het en nie verdwyn het – soos die oorspronklike link.

http://esl.ee.sun.ac.za/~lochner/blerkas/

 

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Azerbaijan is now a world of chess! GrandMasters in the world of Chess are there for this prestigious event taking place in Baku. Round 4 results now available too. On my side bar you can follow the games LIVE. Look for the “Fide Grand Prix”-link! Read HERE more about Azerbaijan.

Please click HERE to play through the games of Gashimov vs. Svidler, Carlsen vs. Inarkiev and Navara vs. Grischuk in round 3 played on the 23rd April.
Click HERE for the results of round 4.

 

 

On this table you can see the results after round 3. The video can also be seen on
Baku’s Official website
and it’s about round 2! See more photos on this link too.

 

 

 

Peter Svidler: Image – Chessvibes

Michael Adams…Image: Chessvibes

 

Kamsky…examined by security before entering …Image: Chessvibes

Carlsen…and security…see more images on Chessvibes.com


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Image: chess.com…Yelena Dembo
Click on THIS LINK to play through a game of her played in this tournament in round 8 on the 29th April 2008.
The 2008 European Individual Chess Championships are starting on the 21st April in
Plovdiv,
Bulgaria. There are separate men’s and women’s titles at stake in 11-round Swiss events.
Click HERE to play through the games interactively.

 

 

 

Participating in the women’s event is Yelena Dembo from the Chess.com site…
You can view her games HERE on Chess.com.
You can follow the games and results HERE

 

 

 

 

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The first move is officially made at the board of Magnus Carlsen (White) against Wang Yue (Black). Standing from left to right: Geoffrey Borg (CEO Global Chess), Elisabeta Polihroniade (Deputy Chief Arbiter), Azad Rahimov (Minister for Youth and Sport, Azerbaijan), Elman Rustamov (Chairman, President of Azerbaijan Chess Federation), Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Technical Adviser).

Baku 2008 has started, and with it the first FIDE Grand Prix Series.

Please click HERE for the Official website in Baku. There are videos to see and games in PGN Files.

Standings in the first 7 positions so far:

Kamsky, Radjabov, Adams, Grischuk, Karjakin, Navara, Carlsen

 On THIS LINK link you can see results and pairings.

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23 April = St George’s Day…and…we want to believe …as this is unknown… Shakespeare’s birthday. Not only his birthday…but also the day he died!


Read HERE more about St George’s Day.
Who was St George?

St. George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag. St George’s emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king’s soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle.Like England, every country in the UK has its own patron saint who in times of great peril is called upon to help save the country from its enemies.
Who was the real St George and what did he do to become England’s patron saint?

St George was a brave Roman soldier who protested against the Romans’ torture of Christians and died for his beliefs. The popularity of St George in England stems from the time of the early Crusades when it is said that the Normans saw him in a vision and were victorious.

Dragon-Slaying Patron Saint of England

One of the best-known stories about Saint George is his fight with a dragon. But it is highly unlikely that he ever fought a dragon, and even more unlikely that he ever actually visited England. Despite this, St George is known throughout the world as the dragon-slaying patron saint of England.

 

       Image and info from this link…. http:// www. woodlands-junior. kent. sch.uk /customs /stgeorge . html

When I was at Secondary School, we studied  Hamlet… and for our exams we also had to learn many quotes..I can remember I had a list of about 50 or more…and… we had to know exactly in which Act/Scene…etc that quote could be found!! A nightmare! ..to study all those quotes, because you never knew which quotes you would get asked! Quotes that I remember well……. “To be…or not to be….” and a few more……”A little more than kin, and less than kind, Frailty, thy name is woman! Give thy thoughts no tongue. Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice…Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”… Shakespeare was also a chess player!
 
William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616)[a] was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.[1] He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “The Bard”). His surviving works consist of 38 plays,[b] 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.[2]

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare’s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.[3]

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare’s.

Continue reading HERE about Shakespeare and…on THIS LINK

you will find all his works. Please click HERE for more quotes.

Comedies
 All’s Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Cymbeline
Love’s Labours Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter’s Tale
History
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
King John
Richard II
Richard III
Tragedies
Antony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
Hamlet
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Macbeth
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus

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April22Earth

I think enough has been said about our planet and what we should do…I think it’s just a case of everybody should do their bit and make sure you do it well. On the links in this post you can find different activities and I’m posting one activity only… this one is taking place in the Cape Town region in South Africa.

One fruit and one indigenous tree will be distributed to 550 Worcester residents. 10 Community Based Educators residing in Worcester, will be present on Earthday to assist Food and Trees for Africa in handing over the 1100 trees to Worcester residents.

For more information on this event contact Joanne Rolt on 01 803 9750 or joanne @ trees. org. za

Source : HERE ..

History of Earth Day…HERE

Please click on THIS LINK — Earthday-tv —to view different movies…if you look at the bottom of this link..you will find different movie-categories…even movies for the class room..where the bottom image comes from! Really worth visiting.
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On THIS LINK which is the site of Audubon.org – and Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity –  you can read everything about Global Warming too!

 

This week, Earth Day attempts to inspire the world’s inhabitants to think greener.
With the price of fuel rocketing and an increased awareness of our effect on the environment, car buyers are focusing on models that use less fuel and produce lower emissions. Consequently, the car makers are clamouring to produce the most efficient cars in their class. Here we pick five popular market segments and the car in each that is the most efficient when compared against its contemporaries. That doesn’t always mean going just by the numbers though.

Read HERE about five of the most efficient cars in their class.

 

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Centurion Open Chess Tournament
30 April, 1 – 4 May 2008

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If you’re in the Centurion area and you’re a chess player…or in any other area in South Africa…or even in any other country!! ….you should go to this tournament! Centurion is a stone’s throw from Pretoria and Johannesburg..easy reachable from the Johannesburg International Airport..oops!! it’s now the Oliver Tambo International Airport…names, names, names…!! changes of place names in South Africa!! What a waste of money…anyway…let’s not talk about that issue when we talk chess…you can almost walk from the airport…lol! not really…but almost…Please click HERE for more details of this tournament. There are three sections…see the link for all the details! There is also info on traveling/lodging/people to contact etc. So, you have no problem to not to go and play chess in Centurion! If you really…like in really have problems with contacting any of the about 200 people on the details-list…which I know would not be the case! but if you’re desperate…you can drop me a line here on my blog! Centurion is a beautiful place, I know as I lived there for a couple of years and going there for chess….makes it even better! This tournament will be held at KLEINKAAP and hey…you have to look at this site…the best you can get! “Kleinkaap”…on the images….See more on the link…

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PS: The Lubowski Open tournament takes place in Pretoria 9-11th May 2008.  The Pretoria Open chess tournament takes place on the 10th May in Centurion. The Gauteng Open chess tournament: 23/24 May. Click on THIS LINK for a complete calendar on Chessa’s website.

 

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Heb elkaar lief
en als dat niet gaat,
laat dan tenminste de ander
in zijn recht !

J. Wolfgang von Goethe

I came across this site-link where senior people are active and blog about what they want to blog…and I found this site quite cute…Ida has got some quotes, poems etc on her blog and of course… I love reading it! I love reading anything in Afrikaans..of course!!! but then also Dutch and Flemish. On the chess site I always like the Dutch players to write me messages in their language as I love to learn more about the language. I have in particular three Dutch players always writing only in Dutch. One of them has asked me to write in Afrikaans as he wants to learn more about Afrikaans…and he was quite surprised in the beginning to know that the two languages are very much the same and that he could understand the messages 100%. He gave me a Dutch dictionary-link…“Vandale”…but must say… only used it for one word so far and even he had to explain it more in detail as the dictionary didn’t “recognise” it…lol… one word that was “new” to me in Dutch…was the word “doei”…which means…- in slang – bye…My grandad – on my mum’s side – is from Holland and I would like to go one day and visit his place of birth, which is in the North Brabant Province in Holland. If you want to learn the Dutch language or the Afrikaans language…there are links on the blog roll that says..”Educational blogs”.

Afrikaans is an Indo-European language, derived from Dutch and classified as Low Franconian Germanic. Read on THIS LINK more about it…and at the bottom of THIS LINK you can see vocabulary comparison-table…where about 20 words from 20 different languages in this family-group – including English – are compared.

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I hope you all have a good weekend!! I’m that chicken in the image! …..and here’s a very short chess game, chess game 27…. to play through. I think in this game there are also only 27 moves!.. I played black in this game. The reason why I blog this game…you will see early on how easy it is to get your rook captured! I don’t like to use my Queen early in a chess game. I believe to develop the back pieces slowly before moving my Queen…you can also see how fast I had to get her back in safety, as she was threatened a few times…she was even trapped in that corner and I even sacrificed other pieces to save her at one point! and once again..like I said before…my dearest Knight… made my opponent resigning this game. My opponent has beaten me up in two other games! So, I really think this was just my luck! Some people can’t have it all! hehehe…Click on the link and the game will open in a new window.

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This is chess game 26!  In this game I played black. This was really a tough game….one of those challenging games. If you play through the game you will see why. Luckily…as always… I had a Knight-to-the-rescue. I will even sacrifice a Rook just to have my Knight! Exactly like in real life… that’s why Knights are there! hehehe… look at move 80! Fork! and from there one…it was really easy. If you play through the game, you will see why my opponent named this game after this nursery rhyme! See if you can work out why I couldn’t really move away from that advanced Pawn of my opponent…He resigned this game at the end. Enjoy playing through it by clicking on the link.

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Ring a-ring o’ roses,
A pocketful of posies.
a-tishoo!, a-tishoo!.
We all fall down.

This nursery rhyme is about the black death…also called “The Plague”. The symptoms of the plague included a raised red rash on the skin (Ring a ring o’ rosies) and violent sneezing (Atishoo, Atishoo) A pouch of sweet smelling herbs or posies were carried due to the belief that the disease was transmitted by bad smells. The death rate was over 60% and the plage was only halted by the
 Great Fire of London in September 1666
which killed the rats which carried the disease which had been transmitting it to water sources. Read about Samuel Pepys and his connection with the Fire of London. Read on this link about the black death which was also called “The Plague”  and  on THIS LINK to read more about Ring-a-ring-a-rosie.
 

Artist: Louise Mansfield : Irishpaintings.com

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Arum Lily…in Afrikaans..Varkoor lelie

Image: photos-of-the-year.com

 

redroses

Anthurium Lily

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Do I need to explain this one… roses, but mostly for me..Yellow! …but I won’t say no to red roses…

Image: theflowerexpert.com

carnations

Carnations/Angeliere… all colours…but red my favourite

And the flowers of the Jacaranda tree… you can even bring me a whole branch! if you like… 😉
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South Africans like pumpkin soup…and I lo–ove…pumpkin fritters! One blogger-friend….Ray…from “bookstoysgames”… has asked me for a soup recipe…..Ray has also joined the chess site and he’s beating me up in every game! He’s quite a keen chess player! I’ve found this video about pumpkin soup on the site.. : videojug.com This is a fantastic site! But, due to the code that WordPress doesn’t support… I had to download it and so, here’s the video showing step-by-step how to make pumpkin soup! If you click HERE, it takes you straight to the pumpkin soup-link where there are instructions which you can print off too… this is a good site for teachers teaching instructions to children in Literacy. I love pumpkin and pumpkin fritters is of course my favourite! Enjoy the video.

 

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Image vegbox recipes: Gem Squash

Image: organicbabystyle…Butternut…

Image: eb-art.com : This is basically all the types of pumpkins you get in SA.

Pumpkin fritters ….Pampoenkoekies. This is not my own recipe…but looking at the recipe…it looks very much like the fritters I would have. Read my comments at the bottom of the post.Scroll down for a recipe in English.

PAMPOENKOEKIES IN STROOP: resep: funkymunky.co.za

KOEKIES:
500ml gaar boerpampoen 250ml gesifte koekmeelblom
10ml bakpoeier 2ml sout
1 eier, geklits kookolie

STROOP:
15ml botter 375ml suiker
200ml melk 15ml mielieblom
175ml koue water

Maak pampoen goed fyn. Voeg meel, bakpoeier, sout en eier by en klop tot gemeng. Skep teelepelsvol in warm kookolie, druk effens plat en bak aan weerskante tot goudbruin en gaar. Dreineer op kombuispapier en skep in opdienskottel. Verhit botter, suiker en melk tot kookpunt. Los mielieblom in water op en roer in ‘n straaltjie by melkmengsel. Verhit tot kookpunt en gooi oor koekies. Dien warm op. Lewer 3 dosyn koekies.

 Ingredients

325 ml flour
20 ml baking powder
salt, to taste
625 ml butternut squash, cooked
2 eggs, separated
oil, for frying
125 ml boiling water
250 ml sugar
60 ml butter
250 ml milk
10 ml cinnamon
15 ml flour
salt, to taste

Directions

1. Sift all dry ingredients.
2. Mash pumpkin finely and beat in egg yolks.
3. Whisk egg whites till light and fluffy – not too stiff.
4. Gently mix egg whites into pumpkin and then fold pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients.
5. Fry tablespoonsful of fritter batter in hot oil until golden brown.
6. Drain on paper towel and place into ovenproof dish.
7. Now preheat the oven to 180°C.

SYRUP:
Bring water, sugar, butter, milk, cinnamon, and salt to the boil, lower heat and thicken with flour.
Pour syrup over fritters and bake for 15 – 30 minutes
recipe..: recipe bazaar .com
My comments… If I make fritters… I don’t add a syrup to it… I would only have a cinnamon/sugar mix to sprinkle on the fritters… this syrup sounds a bit too sweet to me. It doesn’t go into the oven if you don’t have the syrup…

This next video is about…a carrot cake! Another big yummy! Follow THIS LINK to print off the instructions.

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Comrades Update!

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Results: First 5 men and women…source:comradesblog.com
Men

Leonid Shvetsov – 5:24:49
Jaroslaw Janicki – 5:38:30
Stephen Muzhingi – 5:39:41
Oleg Kharitonov – 5:42:05
Grigory Murzin – 5:43:08


Women

Elena Nurgalieva – 6:14:38
Olesya Nurgalieva – 6:15:53
Tatyana Zhirkova – 6:17:46
Marina Myshlyanova – 6:30:50
Marina Bychkova – 6:38:03

Shvetsov sets Comrades record
15/06/2008 11:02 – (SA)
Russian winner Leonid Shvetsov has won the 2008 Comrades Marathon, setting a new record for the ultra marathon.

After crossing the finish line he raised his arms once in joy and then fell to the ground in what appeared to be a mixture of exhaustion, relief and happiness.

He arrived at the Pietermaritzburg Oval shortly before 11:00.

Shvetsov was the favourite to win the race and not only won first place, but set up a new record, breaking the previous record of 5:25:33 set in 2000.

Sheets ran ahead of the pack for the last 30km.

His final time had not yet been confirmed by officials

Read the article HERE

Elena Nurgalieva wins Comrades
15/06/2008 12:27 – (SA)
Pietermaritzburg – Russian Elena Nurgalieva was the first woman home in the 2008 Comrades Marathon in 6 hours 14 minutes 36 seconds, despite having fallen twice during the race and running with a bleeding knee.

In second place was her twin sister, last year’s winner, Olesya Nurgalieva (6:15.51) and third was Tatyana Zhirkova (6:17.44). Source: News24.com

Today (13th April) is the London Marathon…read on THIS LINK about this marathon in London… 40 000 runners hope to finish the 26 miles-marathon!
In South Africa, we have an ultra marathon, the Comrades…I think it’s 92 km… it’s very tough and many people in the country want to run this prestigious ultra marathon…thousands of runners from all over the globe run this marathon too. Unfortunately, not all of them can finish this marathon… you have to be tops to finish it! When I was a student I used to have friends running this marathon… and it was always “fun”… seeing them afterwards…I think if you’re an ultra marathon athlete…you know exactly what I’m talking about…the PAIN!

Click HERE to read about the Comrades Marathon. It takes place on the 15th June 2008. On this link you can find all the information you need! Good luck!!
THE COMRADES MARATHON:
HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Arguably the greatest ultra marathon in the world where athletes come from all over the world to combine muscle and sinew and mental strength to conquer the approx 90 kilometres between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the event owes its beginnings to the vision of one man, World War I veteran Vic Clapham.

Vic Clapham was born in London on 16 November 1886 and emigrated as a youth to the Cape Colony in South Africa, with his parents. At the outbreak of the South African War (Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902) he enrolled as an ambulance man into the Cradock Town Guard at the age of 13. He later moved to Natal and worked as an engine driver with the South African Railways.

With the outbreak of the Great War 1914-1918, Vic Clapham signed up with the 8th South African Infantry, and fought and marched 1700 miles of the eastern savannahs of Africa in pursuit of Glen Paul Von Lettow-Vorbecks askari battalions.

The pain, agonies, death and hardships of his comrades which he witnessed during those awful days left a lasting impression on the battle-hardened soldier, especially the camaraderie engendered among the men in overcoming these privations. Thus when peace was declared in 1918, Clapham felt that all those who had fallen in this catastrophic war should be remembered and honoured in a unique way, where an individuals physical frailties could be put to the test and overcome. Remembering the searing heat and thirst of the parched veld through which he had campaigned, he settled on the idea of a marathon and he approached the athletic authorities of the day to sound their views. His enquiry led him to the doors of the League of Comrades of the Great War a corpus of ex-soldiers who had formed an association to foster the interests of their living companions who had survived the War.

Clapham asked for permission to stage a 56 mile race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban under the name of the Comrades Marathon and for it to become a living memorial to the spirit of the soldiers of the Great War This was strenuously resisted by the League, but Clapham persisted maintaining that if a sedentary living person could be taken off the street given a rifle and 60lb pack and marched all over Africa then surely a fit and able athlete could complete the distance. Applications in 1919 and 1920 were refused but in 1921 the League relented and gave permission and 1 for expenses, which was refundable.

The first Comrades Marathon took place on 24th May 1921, Empire Day, starting outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners. It has continued since then every year with the exception of the war years 1941-1945, with the direction alternating each year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the so called up & down runs.

The Comrades Marathon is a cherished national treasure and attracts thousands of runners, spectators and television viewers every year. We invite you to participate in this great event and experience the worlds greatest race.

WALLY HAYWARD…the man…the legend! What a remarkable man!

Having competed on the track in his early 20s, Hayward represented South Africa in the Empire and Olympic Games in the standard marathon, and set world records for ultra-marathon distances.Hayward was best known for his achievements in the Comrades Marathon.

Friends persuaded him to participate in the 1988 Comrades Marathon – at the age of 79.
Boshoff said: “The nation was stunned as the 79-year-old hero crossed the finish line in a remarkable nine hours and 44 minutes.

“Wally’s most dramatic moment came the following year, 1989, when he completed the down run at the age of 80.

“Wally was cherished as an icon and will be remembered as an inspiration to thousands of runners.”

Wally won the Comrades in 1930 (pictures on the link) In 1950, after not having run in the Comrades for 20 years, Wally lined up once again for the world’s ultimate ultra marathon. He won the race again in a time of 6:46:25.
On 26 September 1953, at 45 years of age, Wally Hayward shattered the 80 Km London-to-Brighton record by 22:42, winning in 5:29:40. He also established his first World record for 50 miles (5:14:12) along the way.
Read more about
WALLY HAYWARD and his records…here. There are photos too.

Celebrity…chef….. Gordon Ramsay has also run the Comrades..on the link you can read about it. I would love to add more celebrities…if I know about them!

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Steve Cram…sport man…and broadcaster…. completed the Comrades Marathon raising funds for Bosnia, Kosova and Sport Aid South Africa… a few years ago. Source: cmmol. net /steve_cram. htm

5FM DJ Koula…also ran the Comrades and you can see her on the video report HERE …or you can listen to her here on this link!
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The first of the youtube videos gives you a good idea of the spirit amongst the people…everybody wants all athletes to finish before that final second!! On this day…if you are not running…you are “running” in front of the tele!! and you feel like crying for those not making it and got cut off!

 

Bruce Fordyce..South African marathon athlete

Winner of: Comrades Marathon 1981, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90; London to Brighton Marathon 1981, 82, 83; US 50 mile Championship 1984; Nansivik Ultra Marathon Baffin Island 1987, 1992; Standard Bank 100 km Ultra-Marathon 1989; World Ultra-Marathon record holder. Source: whoswhosa.co.za

Hydration—What You Need To Know

Can you drink too much?
Ironically, while you can’t drink enough to replace all fluid lost, you can drink too much. Researchers have noted the dangers of excess hydration during events lasting over four hours. Dr. Tim Noakes collected data for 10 years from some 10,000 runners participating in the Comrades Marathon. This 52.4-mile (84.33 km) race, held each June (winter) in South Africa, ranks as one of the world’s premier ultra-marathons. Noakes showed that endurance athletes who consumed from 16-24 fluid ounces per hour (approx 475-710 milliliters) typically repleted as much fluid as is efficiently possible. He also noted the prevalence of hyponatremia (low blood sodium) during ultra-marathons and triathlons in runners who hydrated excessively. This condition can arise from several different physiological scenarios. For endurance athletes, it usually results from sweat-depleted sodium stores diluted by excess hypotonic (low electrolyte content) fluid intake. When blood sodium concentration becomes too dilute, you can develop severe cardiac symptoms leading to collapse.
Read on the bottom of
THIS LINK more about hydration and how to prepare yourself for a marathon like this!

 

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Wat is a Tufa waterfall? and where can I find one in South Africa? and how can I get there…this post and this link here, give you all the answers! enjoy!
 
https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/09/19/what-is-a-tufa-waterfall/ The Link will open in a new window.

I hope you enjoy this “movie” about South Africa. The images are from the Eastern part of the country… the Mpumalanga province, previously called the Easern Transvaal. It was August…end of winter…and not holiday for South Africans, so we were lucky…. places were not crowded…. You will see mostly images about the third largest/deepest canyon in the world…the Blyde River Canyon. As it was the end of winter, the area wasn’t as green as it used to be during summer! The Grand Canyon is the largest, then the Fish River Canyon in Namibia… This canyon is the greenest canyon in the world. You will also see the potholes at Bourkes Luck. Then, in this canyon, there is a waterfall, called a Tufa waterfall. On one of the images I tell you in short what a tufa waterfall is… where other waterfalls wear away the soil…this kind of waterfall does the opposite! This tufal waterfall is called the “weeping tufa”, as it looks like a face with an eye…and the water flows from the “eye”…A Tufa waterfall is a waterfall where the calcium rich water builds the rock face over which it is flowing as the calcium and mud hardens in beautiful forms, that’s why it’s a “growing” waterfall. This link HERE has got a brilliant picture of the Tufa waterfall – the one you can see in my post too – in this canyon and awesome pictures and many links to places/resorts in that area. Here you can see the “face” of this waterfall…brilliant! The link will open in a new window.

You will see a cave, which can only be seen on the boat trip. You will also see some images from the Sudwala caves. You can put “Swadini” in my search box to find those fantastic links and to see more pictures of that area. I focused on this movie mostly on nature images …do enjoy! On THIS LINK you can see more pictures and links to sites to book a holiday! and on THIS LINK you can see pictures of Pilgrims Rest area and maps/info if you want to tour that are…really beautiful to visit!
If you have enjoyed this movie…Links will open in a new window. Click
HERE to see another movie about South Africa which I posted a few days ago.

 
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Somewhere my love…by the
Ray Coniff singers.

Somewhere, my love,
There will be songs to sing
Although the snow
Covers the hope of spring.

Somewhere a hill
Blossoms in green and gold
And there are dreams
All that your heart can hold.

Someday we’ll meet again, my love.
Someday whenever the spring breaks through.

You’ll come to me
Out of the long ago,
Warm as the wind,
Soft as the kiss of snow.

Till then, my sweet,
Think of me now and then.
God, speed my love
‘Til you are mine again.

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I blogged in December HERE about chess boxing and you can see a video too on this link! Now it’s also in the UK! I’m glad I don’t have to box before I can play a game of chess! Wonder if they play some good chess games in this sport…or is it just for the fun…and because of the rules…that they make only a few moves to keep the organisers happy….hehehe…wonder if they have chess coaches…chess is about tactics…concentration…seems to me the skills these people need too…hehe… yeah yeah chess!! once again!

Opponents compete over the chessboard then hit each other in the boxing ring in a combination sport being introduced to north London.

Chessboxing features alternate rounds of chess and boxing, with the winner decided by either knockout, checkmate or a judge’s decision after 11 rounds.

The first UK chessboxing club has begun at Islington Boxing Club in Archway.

Founder Tim Woolgar said: “Boxing requires tactical thinking, a skill that is vital to playing chess.”

We train at a high level to ensure competitors learn how to fully defend themselves

Chessboxing originates from Berlin, where the world’s first tournament was held last November. Championships have also taken place in Amsterdam and Cologne.

“I’m interested in both chess and boxing, so I went to one of the Berlin championships and thought they combined the two perfectly,” said Mr Woolgar.

“Boxers need real strength of mind, which helps them compete in chess.”

Competitors are given 60 seconds to remove their gloves as they leave the ring to sit or stand at the chessboard.
Read the entire article HERE on the BBC’s site.

Image: National Geographic

 

To win, players must either checkmate or knock out their opponent within 11 rounds. 
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This is Steve Hofmeyr’s version:

Update: 22/04/2012
Listen to Bruce’s version:

Update October 2011

If you are interested in emailing/contacting Bruce Millar – see his message in the comments box. Here is also an email that was left by ‘Natasha Millar’ – assume it is his wife? – or relative – see the comments box. millar@vanilla.co.za

This song is one of my favourites on a Steve Hofmeyr CD…this song was sung by Bruce Millar first before Steve recorded it too. Bruce is a great artist and was born in Zimbabwe…you can read more about Bruce on this link. He’s now a radio presenter in South Africa. What I didn’t know and only discovered recently, was that his song is a translation of this Italian song, Inno, sung by Mia Martini. I could find the Italian song on youtube and you can follow the words in English. I’ve got the words in Italian too and if you understand Italian, you might want to tell me – when comparing the words to the English song – if it’s a true translation… thanks!

English words:
I won’t give up

I won’t give up my dream
There’s a love for me
Somewhere in this world of loneliness
Someone who’s cup is filled with tears
And waiting like me
To share that sweet embrace
And chase away the saddened face
Of yesterday’s fears.

I won’t give up the search
‘Till I find the one
Who’s kisses will awake my heart
And make it fly
I won’t give up
I’m gonna take my stand
Because I know
There’s someone in this world
That won’t give up
‘Till she’s holding my hand
Repeat song twice

Song in Italian!

Cantero’ – se vuoi – ma non credermi
Stelle nelle tasche piu’ non ho
E tu – non sai – volare piu’ – piu’ – piu’ in alto
Nel viso della sera che nasce
Sulla spiaggia coi falo’

Cantero’ – per noi – che non siamo piu’
piu’ forti – di quel po’ – di gioventu’
Che sta – bruciando dentro e poi – finira’
Nel viso della sera che nasce
Sulla spiaggia coi falo’

Dimmi che vuoi – che puoi – darmi felicita’
E sotto – la mia pelle nascera’
Per te un dolce fiume che – cantera’
La mia speranza d’esser donna
E la tua bocca poi lo berra’

Dimmi che il posto mio non sto per perderlo
Dentro la mia fiaccola tu sei
Ma se – non sai bruciare piu’ – resta ancora
Insieme canteremo e legnia
Porteremo al nostro falo’

Dimmi che vuoi – che puoi – darmi felicita’
Apri le tue braccia e se ne andra’
La mia tristezza finalmente sara’ un esplosione
Di stelle cadenti sopra i fuochi gia’ spenti dei falo’
Sole no! Non puoi – piu’ mandarci via
Rosso stai salendo sempre piu’
Lui sta dormendo il mare sa’ – quanto amore
Mi ha dato e mi dara’ rubando il viso di una sera

At last! Bruce on Youtube too!

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On  ChessWorld, in the chess forum, we had a discussion about male/female players.  The question was… are meneuwe
better at chess….? and some wondered why men are/were better…  Some people think chess is a male game. I didn’t play chess when I was at school, although I could play, as there were always only boys playing…as I said before on my blog… I felt intimidated by those boys giving me the look of…”hey… you’re a girl…and you play chess!”… as if it’s actually a boy’s game…I think nowadays boys/men have accepted  that chess is also a girls/female game and that we can actually also play the game, and sometimes even a bit better…also, I think it’s just a matter of statistics. For some men on the site, it’s even hard to lose a game to a woman! I experience it every now and then and quite recently had again such an experience of a male player that couldn’t handle the fact that a female was beating him.

We have also two tournaments going…where there are equally male/female players in both… I’m in the one tournament…and in this tournament the outcome looks positive for both sexes…in the other tourney it seems to be the females that will walk away as the winners…How do you feel? Are men better…is it a male game…what’s your opinion? 

On THIS LINK you can follow the discussion about male/female chess on CW. This forum link will open in a new window.

 In the following chess game, I played white. My opponent – this game was played more than six months ago, before this entry – was about 400+ ahead of me although he’s actually a 2000+ player, which means he would then be 800 ahead of me.  He resigned at the end. You can click on the link and it will open in a new window to play through the game. I think it was also a bit of luck on my side. He wasn’t really impressed with the fact that I was beating him. Then, best of all, the game got more attention in the chess forum as an annotated game with a title: “Underdog wins”…Here is the game link ….Nikita1 vs. No6

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This chess art is a brilliant piece of art by Roger Morin

I came across a site with very useful information… a very extensive site where you can read more about the research/study that was done about the female/male chess player! Read here an extract and you can follow the link to read the entire article! There is more to read than just this extract… you will not regret reading more!

After examining the data the researchers made four statements summarized below:

They found that men and women differed in chess ability in all age groups even after differences like frequency of play (read: level of training) or age were taken into account. The disparity between men and women in ability exists at the beginning and persists across all age groups. At least ostensibly this would lend credence to the ability distribution hypothesis in the sense that it suggests the mean ability between men and women are innately different. The last piece of data looks at whether that is true.

They found no greater variance in men than women. It had been suggested that since science selects for individuals at the upper tail of the distribution, a higher variance in men than women might explain their greater representation. However, the researchers found that — with respect to chess — if anything in most age groups women had a higher variance then men. Upper tail effects do not explain the differences in the numbers of grandmasters.

They found that women and men do not drop out more or less frequently when ability and age are factored out. For example, if you are not very good at chess you are more likely to stop playing tournaments, but girls and boys that are equally good are equally likely to stop playing. This strikes a blow at the differential dropout hypothesis.

Finally, here is the interesting part. If you look at the participation rate of women and relate that to performance, you find that in cases where the participation rate of women and men is equal the disparity in ability vanishes. Basically, this means that in zip codes where there are equal numbers of men and women players there is no great disparity between male and female ability — and certainly not a disparity in ability large enough to explain the difference in the numbers of grandmasters…read moreHEREabout the research/study.

Update: 26Dec 2008: You can read on THIS LINK new info on a new “gentle research that was done by a chess player from the Oxford University to prove that it’s only statistics when it comes to male/female GM’s…the link will open in a new window.

On this pdf-link you can read more about male/female chess players and the personality of chess players.

http://people.brunel.ac.uk/~hsstffg/preprints/Bilalic%20et%20al%20-%20Personality.pdf

Click on here to find out if you have a male/female brain. The link will open in a new window.

I had this chess game in this post annotated, here is the annotation if you’re interested.

1.e4 e5 2.d4 d5!? Playable, but not the best. Black can’t afford to mimic White’s moves, especially when it comes to centre Pawns. The obvious (2…exd4) is best.

3.f3 Weakening the King’s position. Best is simply (3.dxe5 dxe4 4.Qxd8+) and Black loses the castling priviledge, although with the Queens off the board this isn’t too critical.

3. … Bb4+ Wastes time, as White will simply interpose the c-pawn and the Bishop will have to retreat. Best is (3…exd4).

4.c3 Bd6 5.exd5 exd4 6.Qxd4 Nf6 7.Bg5 O-O Since the shaky first three moves, both sides have played quite well, but here (7…Nbd7) is better, as White will now be able to shatter Black’s King’s position.

8.Bxf6 gxf6 [8…Qxf6 may be safer, if not better, for if 9.Qxf6 gxf6], Black has the same Pawn formation as in the game, but White’s main attacking piece (the Queen) is gone.

9.Bd3 Qe7+ Since White can cover the check with a developing move, it may have been better to start chipping away at the White centre with (9…c6). Also worth considering is (9…Be5).

10.Ne2 b6 11.Be4 An unnecessary moving of the same piece twice in the opening. White should complete her development with (11.Nd2), followed by castling (Queenside being safer in this case, because of the semi-open g-file).

11. … Bb7 Logical, given his previous move, but (11…f5) would’ve forced White to retract her last move.

12.c4 Another unnecessary move, as the d-pawn was amply protected. White should once again have played (12.Nd2).

12. … Nd7 It’s hard to knock a move that develops a new piece, but (12…Be5) was stronger here.

13.Nd2 White finally makes this move, but as long as the c-pawn is no longer preempting c3, this Knight would be better placed there.

c5?? Once again, (13…Be5) would have been an uncomfortable move for White to face. The text is a blunder which should lose a piece.

14.dxc6 Be5? Wrong time for this move now, as it just compounds his previous error. Better is (14…f5 15.cxb7 Rab8 16.Bd3) etc.

15.Qd3?! Good enough to maintain the advantage, but (15.Qxd7 Qxd7 16.cxd7 Bxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxb2 18.Rb1 Be5 19.f4) is much stronger.

15. … Bxb2? Here Black had a chance to avoid the worst with (15…Nc5 16.Qc2 Bc8 17.Bxh7+ Kg7).

16.Rb1 Good, but better is (16.cxb7 Rae8 17.Rb1 Nc5 18.Qe3) etc.

16. … Ne5 (16…Bxc6) is probably better, although Black would still be losing.

17.Qc2 Ba3 Again, (17…Bxc6) is better, but perhaps Black was trying to confuse the issue.

18.cxb7 White now has an overwhelming advantage, and should win with reasonably careful play.

Rab8 19.O-O Prudent, but White should have played (19.Bxh7+) while the opportunity presented itself.

19. … Bc5+ 20.Kh1 Qd7 Here Black might have tried getting rid of the thorn in his side with (20…f5 21.Bxf5 Rxb7).

21.a4 There’s still no reason why White can’t play (21.Bxh7+).

21. … Nc6 Seals off White’s b-pawn, but (21…Ng6) would have saved Black’s h-pawn …

22.Bxc6 … except that White doesn’t seem to want Black’s h-pawn for some reason.

Qxc6 23.a5 Worth considering is (23.Qe4).

23. … Rxb7 Black finally eliminates White’s advanced Pawn, but is not yet out of the woods. For one thing, he’s still a piece down.

24.a6 More of an annoyance move than anything else. (24.Ne4), with the idea of exchanging off Black’s Bishop, is better.

24. … Re7 25.Nf4 (25.Ne4) is still probably the better move, but the text isn’t bad, either.

25. … Be3 Flashy, but inconsequential.

26.g3!? A bit dangerous. With (26.Nd5) White would be assured of eliminating Black’s Bishop.

26. … Bxd2?! Obliging White by exchanging the Bishop himself, thinking only of winning the c-pawn. Something like –26…Rd8– is probably better.

27.Qxd2 Qxc4 Black regains a Pawn, but the real threat was White moving her Knight to h5, followed by Qh6 threatening mate in two. Therefore, (27…Re5) is safer.

28.Ra1 Fortunately for Black, the above-mentioned threat doesn’t occur to White.

Qc6 29.Kg2 Once again, [29.Nh5 would force 29…Re5, then 30.Qh6 threatens mate in two, so Black would have to play 30…Rxh5], losing the exchange.

29. … Rd7 30.Qc1 Offering the exchange of Queens, which isn’t a bad idea, as White is a piece ahead.

Qxc1 Black should have avoided the exchange of Queens by, say, (30…Qb5).

31.Raxc1 Rd2+ Black gets more mileage out of this move than he should.

32.Kh3 Better would be (32.Rf2), when Black would either have to exchange Rooks or retreat.

32. … Ra2 33.Nh5 White trades her a-pawn for Black’s doubled f6-pawn, not a good deal as Black will now have two connected passed Pawns. Better is (33.Ra1).

33. … f5 Of course, Black doesn’t have to let the forward f-pawn go easy, but it would have been better to take the a-pawn.

34.Nf6+ Once again, better is (34.Ra1).

34. … Kg7 35.Nd7 Rd8 36.Ne5 Here White might have tried [36.Rc7, and if 36…Rxa6, THEN 37.Ne5].

36. … Rdd2 Black doubles Rooks on the second rank, normally a very strong manoeuvre. However, it’s stronger when White’s King is still on the first rank.

37.g4!? Much safer would be protecting the h-pawn with (37.Rh1).

37. … Rxh2+ 38.Kg3 Rag2+ It was at this point that Nikita asked me to look at this game. My comment at the time (not giving her any actual advice as to which move to make, of course) was, “If you can avoid checkmate in the next few moves, you may have a chance at winning.” Prophetic, as it turned out.

39.Kf4 Ra2?! Back to attacking the a-pawn, but he should have first played (39…fxg4).

40.gxf5 The natural move to make, but (40.Rc7) is much stronger.

40. … f6? Gives White the game. (40…Ra4+) would have made a fight of it.

41.Rc7+ Kg8 42.Rg1+ Rag2 Forced, as —42…Kf8 43.Rf7+ Ke8 44.Rg8– is mate.

43.Rxg2+ Rxg2 44.Nd7 Rg7 It makes little difference what Black plays now.

45.Rxa7 b5 46.Ra8+ A bit of a slip. (46.Nxf6+) would have won quicker.

46. … Kf7 47.Nc5 And now (47.Rf8+) is stronger, but White is wrapping up the point.

47. … Rg8 48.Ra7+ And here exchanging Rooks was quicker, but it would be hard for White to lose this game almost regardless of what she plays.

Kf8 49.Rxh7 Even better would be [49.Ne6+), but the text is still good enough to win, as Black can’t stop White from queening the a-pawn. Black rightly resigned at this point.
49. …

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This tree is really big! It’s the Wonderboom….it’s huge! We used to go to this nature reserve to have a picnic, sometimes with school children as well- as an outing. Read about this “wonder/miracle tree”…this is in Pretoria, on your way to the northern part of the city, depending which way  you go.

Wonderboom Nature Reserve

Situated in the northern part of the city, and straddling the Magaliesberg Mountains, is the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, a 200 hectare reserve famous for its magnificent specimen of the Wonderboom. The Wonder tree is a wild fig (Ficus salicifolia) that grows at the foot of the northern slope of the Magalies Mountain area.

The large Wonderboom fig tree at the Wonderboom Nature Reserve is more than 1 000 years old, and legend has it that it grew this big because the chief of an indigenous tribe lies buried beneath its roots. It is recorded that the tree was once big enough to shade 1 000 people at a time, or 22 ox-wagons with 20 oxen in front of each! Today, it is much smaller – probably because of the devastating fire in 1870 started by a hunting party or because of infestation by a parasite, which put it in quarantine for 20 years. Over the years the branches have grown longer, hanging lower and lower until they touched the ground, rooted and produced a circle of daughter trees. There are now three circles of daughter trees surrounding the original tree.

Wonderboom Nature Reserve has a large number of Dassies (Rock Hyrax) living in caves overlooking the Apies River. They provide a food source for a breeding pair of Black Eagles that nest on a rocky ledge nearby and that can often be seen circling above the reserve.

At the top of the Wonderboom Hill are the ruins of the Wonderboom Fort, one of four forts built by the former Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek at the end of the 19th century to defend the city against the British. It was never used. It was blown up, probably on the instructions of Prime Minister Jan Smuts himself, in the early days of World War 2, lest it be used by anti-government dissidents as a springboard for an attack on the state. At the foot of the hill near the Wonderboom is an important iron age site and nearby is one of the best stone age sites in the area.

 Source: Click the link and it will open in a new window.http://www.sa-venues.com/game-reserves/ga_wonderboom.htm

Image: cybertonature.co.za
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Steenbokkie
The Steenbokkie is one of our smaller antelope in SA and on
THIS LINK on my blog you can see the smallest antelope in South Africa…the dik-dik! If you go to this nature reserve, you will see the Steenbokkie in its natural environment.

Image: sa-venues.com

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Cito

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I don’t know the band…“Wonderboom” but it seems to me that they are doing great from what I’ve read on the internet about them. Cito is part of the band…and you can read more about him…he’s also starring in the musical “Chess”… in South Africa. If you click HERE you can visit his “My Space” site.

Cito

In the role of Jesus Christ

Cito is singer, composer and producer. He was born in Los Angeles and grown up in New York, he has been influenced musically by his parents, and more specifically by his mother who was singing and played classic guitar.

From adolescent years, Cito studied music, composed and also was member in various groups, as the Heart and Soul, Moonchild and 8 Legged Groove Machine.

From 1996 he was the basic singer in the successful rock group of South Africa, the Wonderboom.

In his own recording studio, Cito makes productions, composes and also records various projects, while he has worked with various artists as Karin Zoid, Tamara Dey, Craig Harris and Paul E Flynn. His role as Jesus Christ in the Jesus Christ Superstar constitutes the debut of Cito in theatrical musical. His astonishing voice and the awe that he causes on scene get paid with the warmest clap.

Please click HERE to view the source.

Another article…

From crucifixion to checkmate
April 1, 2008
By Therese Owen

Cito’s first introduction to theatre was through Jesus Christ. To many a trained actor and singer, the role of Jesus Christ (in Jesus Christ Superstar) would be daunting.

But Cito, who had never acted before in his life, embraced the challenge. By the time the musical toured Greece and Korea, where they played to 4 000 people a night, Cito had turned the role into his own. Since returning to South Africa he has continued with Wonderboom and has turned down every theatrical offer.

That is until Chess. He was offered the part of the chess master, Fredrickson, by all accounts an egotistical man. who turned the game reserved for nerds into rock star status. Fredrickson is based on the US chess icon, Bobby Fisher.

“The great thing about Chess The Musical is that everyone is flawed and there is no happy ending,” says Cito. “It’s not a happy-go-lucky Broadway show, which is why I chose to be a part of it.”

Cito says he still puts his band, Wonderboom, first and, initially, the role conflicted with a planned tour. But Pieter Toerien was so eager to have him in the show that he moved it forward six weeks to accommodate Cito.

“This theatre thing is blooming for me. I could feel it in Greece and Korea. In Korea, people would throw babies at me. It’s intense. Luckily, I’ve been humbled by rock ‘n roll to know the difference between reality and fame.

“I’m also singing like a mother. I always knew I could sing . But when I look back at my early days of Jesus Christ Superstar I was petulant. I felt like I was in standard six all over again.”

Like all good artists, Cito saw the opportunity as a way to improve his craft. “I don’t come across as a well-trained actor, but I think that gives me an edge.

“With this role I really have to embrace being an asshole with real swank. When it comes to Chess it’s a discipline. I have had to unlearn that stuff from Wonderboom. After all, that started off as a joke.”

Wonderboom has always used humour and parody in their music and their live performances to great effect.

“Acting is not pretending. It’s about finding that other person, becoming that other person. Right now, I still wanna be Jesus. I still wanna be a nice guy.

“Fredrickson has confidence. He was revolutionary and had a highly passionate sexual relationship with his woman.”

He says the sexual aspect of his character gave him some difficulty. In one of the opening scenes his character walks into the scene and immediately goes up to a female, grabs her and brazenly kisses her.

“I’m not about that kind of misogynistic behaviour,” he says shyly. “But the director said just do it and I just did it. Everything is a learning curve.”

Source: HERE

Buy your tickets HERE for this musical in SA…

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As it has for the past four years, an adult bald eagle returns to its nest that has been so diligently built, to feed and tend three new chicks. Enjoy the video!

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This is quite interesting… I do sometimes watch the Simpsons…but overall I’ve always thought it’s not a good program for children. People have different views and values in life. What do you think?

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has forced U.S. cartoon “The Simpsons” off its airwaves, calling the show a potentially bad influence on children, and filled its morning slot with reruns of the beach-and-bikini show “Baywatch.”
“The Simpsons” satirical take on a dysfunctional American family had been shown, dubbed into Spanish, on the Televen network at an 11 am slot.

“Today I believe they started broadcasting something else,” said a spokesman at Venezuela’s broadcasting regulator Conatel. “They were infringing many things in the television and radio social responsibility law.”

Conatel said it started proceedings against the morning airing of the show after complaints from viewers.

Televen has replaced the long-running and popular cartoon with “Baywatch Hawaii,” late seasons of the “Baywatch” series that made actress Pamela Anderson a household name.

20th Century Fox Television, which owns “The Simpsons” and is part of News Corp, said it was not immediately able to comment on the decision to pull “The Simpsons.” The long-running show was once criticized by former U.S. President George H. W. Bush but is now a major U.S. cultural reference.

Many Venezuelan television stations fill their schedules with reruns of old U.S. series and Latin American soap-operas
Source: HERE ..

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Chess Love

Chess Love

chessend7AprilIn this game I played black… my rating was about 70 below my opponent’s rating… he’s really a strong player. Click on the link hutch28 vs. Nikita1to play through the game. This was really a tight, nail biting game… in move 27 I lost my rook… but I knew that was coming! Move 35 was really a waste on my side…and from move 43 the game started getting really tight…

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Enjoy this movie about South Africa… I’ve compiled it from pictures which I’ve found on the internet…and it was also a practise with Photo Story 3, which is free to download from Microsoft!


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Zimbabwesong

 

 

Please click HERE to listen to Mugabe’s song…go Mugabe go! walk out the door!! You’re not welcome anymore…!! It’s time to …go! BYE!!!

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Voila!! Test with blogdesk! Due to the picture-uploading-problem with WordPress, which is still not sorted, one of my friendly blogger-friends…suggested I use blogdesk and this is my first post with blogdesk! Thank you, Chris…from “kop-op-n-blok”…see the blogroll for his blog… he’s always willing to help me with anything “technical”…these pictures were taken yesterday! Beautiful snow! It snowed a bit more later the morning and the snow was a bit thicker than what you see on these pictures.
Enjoy this video! Dogs and Polar Bears play together!

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I have edited this entry – 4/1/2021

 The original post was about Monty Don, a very negative entry about him – he was very negative about South Africa in general and it upset me massively. So, let’s keep it positive!
The following comes from the BBC’s site
Around the World in 80 Gardens
Mon 7 Apr, 12:40 am – 1:40 am 60mins

South Africa

Monty Don continues his extraordinary journey Around the World in 80 Gardens with a journey to South Africa, one of the most plant-rich zones in the world.

At Cape Town’s world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens he revels in the impressive display of native flora, including the strange King Proteus, South Africa’s national plant before taking a journey to the Drakensberg Mountains to see some native botanical treasures in their natural environment. Along the way, he traces the garden-story of the Dutch colonists who settled in the nineteenth century and looks at what some of South Africa’s gardeners are doing today.

Monty’s discoveries leave him excited to find that South Africa is forging a new identity for itself through a fresh appreciation of its environmental wonders.

Source: Click HERE to read about his program.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7852086.stm

Monty in South Africa 2011

Monty in the Cape – 2018

This next song is sung by Machiel Roets.

One night I listened to a radio station and he was interviewed and asked a question. It’s about 2 years ago and I can’t even remember the radio station nor the question! However, I sent the answer by email and was lucky to be one of the winners and received his cd called “Afrika Kind” This song is on the cd and I translated it quickly so you can follow the lyrics and see what a beautiful song it is. It’s just to give you an idea what it’s about. On the video there’s some beautiful images to see about South Africa. 

Child of Africa

Come take my hand
through this country of hardship
come let’s laugh
’bout the day of tomorrow
walk with me
through this wetland-region
hear the song
nature poured over you

Chorus:
‘ts here where the wind speaks to you
by the rhythm of the earth
and water that flows
and soothes you
suddenly there’s a voice that says
You’re my child!

Come take my hand
here in sunshine land
let’s carry together
what’s going on around us
walk hand-by-hand
here on Africa soil
come breathe the air
that soothes your soul

Chorus
It’s here where the wind speaks to you
by the rhythm of the earth
and water that flows
that soothes you
suddenly there’s a voice that says
You’re my child!
Repeat chorus again..
You’re my child!(2x)
My African child.

 Translated by: Nikita 

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This next song is for those who grew up with Afrikaans and a song about a frog that would like to hire a fire fly to have light when visiting his girl friend! A song we all love!

Die Padda wou gaan opsit

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Chess pie

chess pie

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup vital wheat gluten flour
1 cup Carbquik Bake Mix
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), divided into several pieces
1/3 cup shortening or lard, divided into several pieces
1/4 cup ice water with 2 tsp liquid sweetener added to it

In a food processor combine gluten and bake mix. Add the butter and shortening. Process (or pulse) until the mixture is coarse. Add the water slowly, being careful not to overprocess. Remove the dough, roll out on a floured surface, and place in a 9-inch pie pan.
Filling Ingredients:
1/4 cup Splenda
2 teaspoons liquid sweetener
3/4 cup Erythritol
1 teaspoon not/starch
4 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
1 teaspoon white taragon vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a bowl mix all of the ingredients except the butter, then whisk it in. Pour into the prepared crust and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick or knife blade inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with raspberries or blackberries if you like.

Cut in 8 pieces: 9 grams net carbs per piece.

See recipe HERE

 

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Man in the News: David Beckham

I don’t have anything against football… I will watch it, only if it’s the world cup, only then and I won’t watch all the countries and if I miss a game, it’s not the end of the world…but,  I love rugby, won’t miss one single world cup game and when I’m in SA, the Blue Bulls are my favourite… when I was a student…it was WP!!! (think it might still be…hmmm…wonder..) WP stands for Western Province…or just…”PRO….VINCE!”… anyway… this football thingy is just one too much (in London.. I’m not in SA)…. ask any boy from the age of 8 what he wants to be one day…and the answer comes… “I wanna be a footballer”… ok, nothing “wrong” with it… but, hey…there is more in life than to mess up your education and think…hey, I’m gonna be a footballer and will pocket zillions of pounds… many boys in secondary schools…don’t really take education seriously as they think..”football” is waiting…they don’t care about their own education because all that matters…is football. At some stage somebody should wake them up! There’s more in life than that…stop dreaming, you’re not all good enough, you should realise at a certain age that you are not good enough to be the “golden boy” and should focus on your education instead…but no, they still believe in that “football dream” even though they are 16 and not even in the school’s football team! Read in this next article about David Beckham…if you read the  sentence… then you know why so many boys have a “don’t care” attitude..because David Beckham wasn’t good at school (if you read the article, that’s what they say), so why would they care to be “good”… if you take rugby players…well, when I say this, I can only say it by thinking about the Springbok-team… they are all qualified and settled in a career of their own, they are people you can look up to, they are not just “rugby players”, fullstop..they are more than just that…some of them are doctors! teachers…attorneys…Bryan Habana studied at the Rand Afrikaans University…Percy Montgomery studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology…Victor Mattfield…Pretoria University…etc etc.. this is only three of our players…for more CLICK HERE …and I’m quite sure this is the case about rugby players from other countries too.

One biographer laments: “He hasn’t said an interesting sentence in his life.” Beckham, a banal genius, became a vehicle for debating Britain’s dumbing-down.
Read entire article HERE …..

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BLOGMOVE

Update: 5 days later – 10th march – and the problem is solved! with the “browser uploader” you can now access your image/audio files on your pc…. yippeeeee…at last!

5/4/2008

IM UPSET!  I moved my blog to WordPress, because wordpress bloggers complained about the whole rigmarole they had to go through to leave comments on blogspot..(before the blogspot changes!) now, with the changes WordPress have done…I can’t upload pictures from my PC!! I think I’m going back to blogspot! Anyone to help me? I click on “add image” and a window pops up…click on the button to upload from my pc and NOTHING happens!! — the button says…”choose from files”…or whatever…. but there is NO reaction…I’ve restarted my computer to see IF it is my pc….to NO avail!! The “browse”-button disappears so quickly, I can’t click on it to try uploading from my pc!! This is SOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo frustrating!!! I have tons of patience to do things, but when it comes to plain common sense and it doesn’t work like it should…or like you would expect… then, I don’t have patience at all…as you can see from this post…. and from my Zimbabwe posts too… please, …Wordpress-Admin….please…please… i don’t like your changes!!! Change back please! I want to upload pictures and I can’t!! …. it’s now more than 6 hours since I left a message on the dashboard for WordPress-Admin…and still no response! Come on Wordpress…. Wake up and respond please!

UPDATE… one day later… I still have no reply…and on the Admin-dashboard..my request is still awaiting to be “moderated”… 😦

Also… if I change the font colour…it keeps asking me if I’m sure I want to navigate away from the page…WHY!?? I never click on anything to navigate away…I only want to change font colour!! so why that message suddenly if you click on a particular colour??

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I usually don’t like to talk politics…but feel I must voice my disgust and contempt for our President, Thabo Mbeki for what he says…. I see him as a coward… he can’t speak up…. he won’t!! We all know why he’s reacting like this…he wants to do exactly the same in SA..(already busy!) and it’s easier if he’s got Zimbabwe’s support……if you don’t know what’s going on in SA… then…read at least THIS BLOG , but be aware, you won’t like what you read/see…but it’s the truth…don’t read this blog if you are under the age of 13.

Update: Sept 22…read this link…and read all of the comments too….and enjoy!

Update- October 2012 – see link near the bottom with image. Enjoy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/20/thabo-mbeki-south-africas_n_127934.html
I also think you would find THIS LINK interesting…where the USA still have Mandela on the list as a terrorist! See a link on the side bar of my blog too. 

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Click on the image for a clearer view. Image from the link above.
But…not only is Mbeki a coward…but read my message at the bottom of this post…more “leaders” in this world …..

Update: 7th April 2008
Critics say seizures of white-owned farms that began in 2000 triggered a fall in food production and the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy.
Click
HERE for VOA-news.

News from BBC…
Armed police in Zimbabwe have prevented lawyers from the opposition MDC from entering a court to file a petition on the country’s presidential elections.
The MDC wants the High Court to force electoral officials to release the result of the poll, held a week ago.

The party believes its leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the ballot.

His opponent President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has said it will back him if a run-off is called.

MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) spokesman Alec Muchadehama told AFP news agency the party was doing “everything in our powers” to have its petition heard on Saturday at Harare High Court.

The MDC has also called for international help to prevent possible violence if a second round is held.

But speaking in the UK, South African President Thabo Mbeki said that now was not the time to interfere, and the international community should wait to find out the outcome of the election.

Read the entire article HERE

Read this next article HERE on the BBC’s website and there are more links to follow….this was written in Sept 2007…so, why has nothing been done by the international community to stop this crazy man!

Mugabe is Racist
Anu Anand 17 Sep 07, 04:32 PM

The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu has called Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe ‘the worst kind of racist dictator’, and likened him to the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He said Britain’s prime minister Gordon Brown should lead a coalition of countries in mounting stricter international sanctions against Zimbabwe and said the time for ‘African solutions’ is over.

And …the next article can be read in fully HERE …from a journalist in South Africa… worth reading!

This made me angry. As it turned out, the Sunday Times changed the tone and meaning of Mbeki’s words by selective quotation. For example, it used an innoccuous ellipsis to omit a crucial caveat: “but by no means everybody who is white”. So contrary to the impression left by the report, Mbeki wasn’t calling everyone who complained about crime a racist.


Worth reading
The ogre of Harare here on this link.
 
This is a brilliant image of Thabo Mbeki …supporting Mugabe!

On THIS LINK here, you can read…unfortunately in Afrikaans only … how farmers in Zimbabwe were forced to leave their farms…despite what’s going on in the country!!! THREE news articles…but only in Afrikaans..about this outrageous situation!

Update: Read this article HERE …where 60 mostly white farmers have been evicted from their land…

Harare –
More than 60 mostly white Zimbabwean farmers have been evicted from their land by war veterans loyal to President Robert Mugabe since the weekend, a farmers’ union said on Tuesday.

“The situation is very severe. The evictions are continuing right round the country.

“We have over 60 farmers evicted as of this morning.

“Every couple of minutes my phone is ringing with another case of eviction,” Commercial Farmers’ Union President Trevor Gifford told Reuters.

The veterans have been used as political shock troops by President Robert Mugabe. Read the entire article on the link!

Click HERE to read about what you see on this image!

WHY IS THE WORLD STILL WAITING!!! I want to call the leaders of this world..COWARDS!!! Come on England…YOU are the one to do something…YOU placed Mugabe there!!! in 1980!!

South Africa’s President –Thabo Mbeki – has resigned as President….update: Sept 2008

By Phakamisa Ndzamela Reuters – JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki has agreed to step down after the ruling African National Congress asked him to resign, his office said on Saturday.

The ANC’s decision to remove Mbeki, who was favoured by investors for his pro-business policies, could raise political instability in Africa’s economic powerhouse 14 years after its transition from the end of white minority rule.

But a smooth process to replace him may calm investor fears.

“Following the decision of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress to recall President Thabo Mbeki, the President has obliged and will step down after all constitutional requirements have been met,” the presidency said in a statement.

The ANC’s National Executive Committee, its top decision-making body, earlier decided to recall the president following years of infighting since his decision to fire his then deputy Jacob Zuma in 2005.

“After a long and difficult discussion the ANC decided to recall the President before his term of office expires,” ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told a news conference.

The decision must now be ratified by parliament, which should be a formality, given the ANC’s two-thirds majority.

Mbeki, who has ruled South Africa since taking over from Nelson Mandela in 1999, was due to leave office in 2009.

He lost the leadership of the ANC to Zuma last year.

Zuma, who is popular with leftists within the party and with its trade union and communist party allies, is the frontrunner to succeed Mbeki.

MANUEL TO STAY

It was unclear whether he would immediately step into the breach left by Mbeki. He would first have to be appointed to parliament and the cabinet.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka could assume the presidency but she has signalled she will resign with Mbeki. Cabinet ministers and the speaker of parliament follow in the succession line.

It is generally expected that parliament, which is dominated by the ANC, will elect a new president within 30 days. Baleka Mbete, the speaker of parliament and a Zuma loyalist, has been mentioned as the most likely one to lead the transition.

Mantashe said the ANC would ask Mbeki’s cabinet ministers, including Finance Minister Trevor Manuel — who is widely respected by markets — to remain in their positions in the transition period for the sake of stability.

Manuel’s office told Reuters he would not step down — a decision that should calm some investors fears.

“If you have the continuity of the cabinet staying largely intact I would not expect a major market reaction,” Citigroup strategist Leon Myburgh said.

“But you will have to see how individuals react…key decision-makers like Finance Minister Trevor Manuel will be key to how the market reacts.

Mbeki and Manuel have presided over the country’s longest ever period of economic growth — a decade.

Mbeki’s presidency ended after a heated debate within the ANC executive committee over his future in the wake of allegations he had meddled in a corruption case against Zuma.

Trade unions and ANC members have accused Mbeki and his aides of plotting to smear Zuma and derail his hopes of succeeding Mbeki. The South African leader has consistently denied any involvement in the prosecution.

Last week a judge dismissed the charges against Zuma, which were linked to an arms deal, and suggested that there had been high-level political involvement in the case. The ruling spurred Zuma militants within the executive to demand Mbeki’s head.

(Writing by Paul Simao and Gordon Bell; editing by Angus MacSwan)
Source:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080920/tpl-uk-safrica-politics-mbeki-43a8d4f.html

And on this link HERE you can read about the 1983 car bomb in Church Street, Pretoria, where the ANC killed 17 people and more than 100 were injured. People like you and me… minding their own business on a normal day. Oliver Tambo admitted planting the bomb.

Kerkstraat bom

http://crime-of-apartheid.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/conflict-of-past-factual-review-die.html

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Kerkstraat bom 1983 Images: Whisnews bottom pic: people shocked by what was happening. This is what Mandela organised.

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Maroela Media – 13 May 2013 – 30 years on, after the bomb of Mandela. Loved ones and victims remembered…

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Image: Die Burger – 30 years on, after the bomb in Pretoria by Mandela where 16 innocent people were killed. It makes me sick to think people think Mandela is a hero!

Update: 2012 – Read on the above link more about the 1983 bomb. Also images available on this link.

Agtergrondinligting: Kerkstraatbom – 20 Mei 1983
20 Mei 2008

Die Polisie-ondersoek van die bomontploffing te Kerkstraat-Wes, PRETORIA, op 20 Mei 1983 om 16:28, het die volgende feite aan die lig gebring:

Die voertuig waarin die bom ontplof het, se bakwerk het geheel-en-al gedisintegreer. Die masjiennommer is afgeskuur. Deur middel van die onderstelnommer wat tussen die rommel gevind is, is die voertuig as ʼn roomkleurige 1982-model Colt Galant geïdentifiseer. Dit is op 19 Junie 1982 vanaf die perseel van mnr. V.A. Sabattier te 6de Laan 5, Edenvale gesteel. Tussen die rommel is ook ʼn stuk van ʼn voertuigregistrasieplaat wat met ʼn “SD”-registrasienommer begin, gevind.

· As gevolg van die ontploffing, is 19 persone gedood – 17 mans (8 swart, 9 wit) en 2 vrouens.

Ernstige skade is aan geboue en voertuie in Kerkstraat-Wes tussen Bosman- en Schubartstraat aangerig. Die skade het ongeveer R4 000 000 in 1983-terme beloop.

Getuienis is bekom dat ʼn roomkleurige Colt Galant met ʼn “SD”-registrasienommer op 20 Mei 1983 om ongeveer 11:00 deur ene Freddi Butana Shongwe van Blok B388, Mamelodi na die huis van Bakayi Ezekiel Maseko te Blok J 2824, Mamelodi gebring is. Shongwe het by ene Jerry Shabangu verneem of die oorsprong van die voertuig nog bepaal kan word indien die masjiennommer verwyder is. Hy het die roomkleurige Colt Galant aan Shabangu getoon waar dit agter Maseko se huis versteek was. Shongwe het aan Shabangu gemeld dat die voertuig vir ʼn “groot werk” gebruik gaan word, sonder om te sê wat die “werk” sou wees. Maseko se vrou Anna het gesien dat Maseko en Shongwe die masjiennommer met ʼn elektriese skuurmasjien afgeskuur het.

Shongwe het om ongeveer 15:50 haastig met die Colt Galant vertrek terwyl Maseko hom in laasgenoemde se Kombi gevolg het. Hulle was so haastig dat hulle die elektriese skuurmasjien buite die huis gelaat het waar hulle daarmee gewerk het.

Vanaf 20 Mei 1983 toe Shongwe en Maseko nie tuisgekom het nie, het hulle familie na hulle begin soek.

Op 28 Mei 1983 is Maseko se Kombi agter die Poyntonsgebou in Schubartstraat, Pretoria gevind. Die voertuig was nie gesluit nie. Binne die voertuig is ʼn baadjie van Shongwe gevind wat hy op 20 Mei 1983 aangehad het. In die voertuig is ook ʼn papiersak met ʼn draagbare radio in, gevind. Nadat die voertuig met die inhoud verwyder is, het die familie begin vermoed dat Maseko en Shongwe onder die slagoffers van die ontploffing kon wees. Maseko se liggaam is daarop by die Staatslykhuis uitgeken. Maseko se liggaam is aan die noordelike kant van Kerkstraat regoor die ontploffing gevind.

Na die ontploffing op 20 Mei 1983 is verskeie liggaamsdele gevind wat oor die toneel versprei was. Op 13 Junie 1983 is die voete van hierdie persoon deur sy moeder as dié van Freddie Shongwe uitgeken. Shongwe se vrou het ook ʼn stuk broek en lyfband wat op die toneel gevind is, as die eiendom van Shongwe herken. Uit die verspreiding en gedeeltes wat aan die voertuigwrak gevind is, is dit duidelik dat Shongwe tydens die ontploffing in die voertuig was.

Volgens die verklaring van ʼn getuie wat op 20 Mei 1983 voor die Nedparkgebou in Kerkstraat-Wes, Pretoria in haar motor gesit het, het ʼn roomkleurige Colt Galant voor haar stilgehou. Pas nadat die voertuig tot stilstand gekom het, het die ontploffing gevolg.

Op 7 Julie 1983 het Anna Maseko die elektriese skuurmasjien, asook die draagbare radio aan die ondersoekers oorhandig. By ondersoek is gevind dat die draagbare radio wat in Maseko se Kombi gevind is, van ʼn ingeboude afstandbeheerkontrole voorsien is. Hierdie afstandbeheerkontrole is deur deskundiges in werkende orde bevind. Dit was ook in staat om plofstof oor ʼn afstand te laat ontplof. Volgens deskundiges is die frekwensie waarop die afstandbeheerkontrole ingestel was, baie sensitief, en kon dit deur ander faktore wat binne die beheerafstand kom, geaktiveer word.

In Maseko se klere by sy huis is kontant ten bedrae van R3 000 gevind, waarvoor Anna Maseko geen verklaring kon vind nie. Sy het van die geld vir die begrafniskoste gebruik.

Shongwe en Maseko het vorige veroordelings weens “huisbraak en brandkasdiefstalle” gehad.

Shongwe en Maseko het by meer as een geleentheid saam na Swaziland gegaan. Shongwe het Swaziland soms tot twee keer per maand besoek. Getuienis is gevind dat Shongwe aan huis van bekende lede van die African National Congress (ANC) in Swaziland gesien is. Shongwe is die neef van ʼn opgeleide ANC-lid, Johannes Mnisi. Volgens inligting het Shongwe en Maseko met bogenoemde in Swaziland skakeling gehad. Dit is ook vasgestel dat Shongwe Swaziland laas van 16 tot 17 Mei 1983 besoek het.

Tydens die Waarheids- en Versoeningskommissie (WVK) se werksaamhede is amnestie vir die Kerkstraatbom toegestaan aan Aboobaker Ismail, destydse hoof van Umkhonto we Sizwe se eenheid vir spesiale operasies, en Johannes Mnisi. Ten spyte daarvan dat die ANC reeds in die verlede erken het dat die ANC se militêre vleuel, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), se optrede “ten alle tye aan die politieke leierskap van die ANC onderhewig was”, het geen lid van die ANC se NUK van daardie tyd om amnestie vir die Kerkstraatbom aansoek gedoen nie.
Source: http://www.afriforum.co.za/agtergrondinligting-kerkstraatbom-%E2%80%93-20-mei-1983/
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Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don’t know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world in a
Show with everything but Yul Brynner

Time flies — doesn’t seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change — don’t you know that when you
Play at this level there’s no ordinary venue

It’s Iceland — or the Philippines — or Hastings — or —
or this place!

Which place is the best for you to play chess….
chess in the park

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One of my favourites… James Blunt… I’ve got this cd…and there are a couple of beautiful songs on this cd… my favourites in this order…1. You’re beautiful 2. Tears and rain 3. Goodbye my lover – a bit mushy…lol! 4. Cry 5. High 6. Out of my mind… the others… not really something to get excited about…but….


Enjoy this track…You’re beautiful


…and the video…Goodbye my lover

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Golden hour

 I like what David Cameron said tonight on the news…. I think he is my “man”… I like a politician that can speak up …. only if he puts his money where his mouth is…. he will get my vote!

William Hague MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Andrew Mitchell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, urge the international community to not squander the narrow window of opportunity that Mugabe’s exit will create.

Four days after the presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, its people still do not know who will lead their country. By its own account, Mugabe’s ZANU-PF is just two seats ahead of the Opposition MDC in the parliamentary elections. And in the contest for the Presidency, even despite the possibility of large scale voting fraud, it seems that Robert Mugabe has not secured victory.

But as Robert Mugabe contemplates his immediate future, it is clear that no course of action can make his rule infinite. There will be a day after Mugabe. His political demise could come swiftly or still be some way off, but the status quo has now been upset.

So while keeping up the pressure on the regime now, in the form of targeted EU sanctions and tough diplomacy, our strategy must comprehend the possibility of a dramatic change in Zimbabwe’s domestic politics.

The international community has a duty to prepare for that moment, to ensure that we can assist in the country’s difficult transition from authoritarian rule and economic and social collapse

While in theory at peace, Zimbabwe is a country at war with itself. It may therefore need the same level of support as a country emerging from military conflict. Zimbabwe today exhibits many of the scars and characteristics of a post-conflict state: massive population displacement – around three million in South Africa and Mozambique, depleted infrastructure, the breakdown of basic services, social trauma, a lack of justice, and a shattered economy. It is the country that has the lowest life expectation in Africa; world’s highest inflation rate; 1.7 mission HIV/AIDS sufferers; instances of political torture.

Incredibly, several other African countries which experienced full scale civil wars have emerged with stronger economies than Zimbabwe, ravaged instead by two decades of misrule and Robert Mugabe’s inexorable destruction of the country.

As in any other post-conflict situations, Mugabe’s departure will create a ‘golden hour’; a short window of time when people’s expectations are high and the political situation is fluid. In Iraq, as we have learnt to our cost, this golden hour was squandered.

We have gained hard-won experience in rebuilding broken societies: in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and East Timor. These lessons need to be applied now, to ensure that we are poised to help Zimbabwe onto a path of social, economic and political recovery.

In this vein the international community ought to be prepared to take the following steps:

1. Develop a clear package of assistance, based on the World Bank and the UN assessment of the country’s needs in the post Mugabe era. This would follow as soon as either a caretaker administration in Zimbabwe makes it clear that it will implement democratic reforms, or a new leadership emerges.

2. Prepare to call a Donor conference hosted jointly by the African Union and the European Union. Set up a “Contact Group,” backed by the weight and resources of the UN, to engage closely with regional partners, such as South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi. Such a body was successful in overseeing Bosnia’s recovery, and would be able to pool international efforts on Zimbabwe, manage the inflow of assistance, advance the political process, and pave the way for normalising Zimbabwe’s relations with the international community. Sound recovery and reconstruction planning will ensure that the people of Zimbabwe are helped in rebuilding their country and avoid the worst case scenario of complete state collapse and regional destabilisation.

3. Once Mugabe has gone, successors committed to democracy should be offered help in moving from a culture of violence to one of the rule of law. We should support a thorough reform of the security sector, including the restructuring of the National Army and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the disbanding of paramilitary groups, and training for officials in civilian policing and human rights.

4. Urgent steps will be necessary to promote economic recovery, starting at the most fundamental level of ensuring protection, food and shelter for internally displaced people and restoring livelihoods, right the way up to restoring basic infrastructure and institution-building. We should also be prepared to help enable the orderly return and reintegration of those living outside Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s human capital is the greatest assets the country has and the realisation of its potential imperative.
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