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It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, 30th June 2009, 21:40. The church clock is quiet. All clear! Silence has been spilt! Night has slowly arrived. Next door’s cat keeps watching, unaware of an intruder invading its “personal space”, trying to zoom into its comings and goings. Then, telling the intruder to back off, kitty cat disappears on the other side of the roof, spoiling a moment’s excitement.

Dis een ding waaraan ons gewoond moes raak. In die somer, veral hierdie tyd van die jaar, word dit eers na tien uur donker. Julle kan op hierdie foto’s sien dat dit skemer is. Terwyl ek hier tik is dit 25 voor 11 en nou eers amper regtig donker. Maar als gebeur oornag hier. Baie gou is die somer verby en maak ons weer gereed vir die bitter koue wat enige tyd vanaf Oktober toeslaan. Verlede jaar het ons ‘n gematigde herfs gehad – wat Oktober tot Desember is. Die skole se termyne word ingedeel volgens die seisoene. Dus, die eerste termyn word van Autumn-term gepraat, dan is dit Spring en Summer begin na April-vakansie. Waar’s winter? Nee wat, jy praat nie van winter in hierdie land nie, dis al klaar erg dat dit so koud kan word, dus word winter sommer oorgeslaan! hehe… ons het drie termyne, maar in die helfte van elke termyn het ons ‘n week “vakansie”, wat die termyn darem soort van draaglik maak. Die breukie word “half term” genoem. Dit kom ook net betyds, soos ek altyd sê dat naweke net betyds kom. Jy voel die week wil net-net te lank raak, dan’s Saterdag op jou. Hier is die skooldae ook vreeslik lank, met die dat middagete by die skool genuttig word. Laerskole begin meestal 5 oor 9 en eindig op die laatste 3:30 – afhangende van hoe lank die middagete is. Hoërskole probeer die middagete slegs ‘n halfuur maak, wat meebring dat die meeste skole dan in die omgewing van 3:15 klaarmaak. Een groot rede vir die kort middagete is om allerhande “gevegte”  wat moontlik kan uitbreek, te verhoed. Dit gee kinders net genoeg tyd om hul eet-breuk te hê en ‘n kort geselsie in te pas. In sommige rowwe skole kan selfs ‘n halfuur ete menige  Onderwyser ‘n hoofpyn besorg. Sommige skole probeer ook soveel as moontlik klubs gedurende etenstye te hê sodat die kinders aktief en konstruktief besig gehou word en sodoende probleme uitgeskakel word, of verminder word. Natuurlik gaan ek die nuwe akademiese jaar by my skool met ‘n skaakklub begin. By die skool moet elke Onderwyser op ‘n Woensdagmiddag -na ete- een of ander aktiwiteit vir die leerders aanbied en elke leerling moet daardie uur aan iets deelneem. Ek dink dis ‘n puik idee. Bitter min skole doen so iets om kinders aktief te kry by een of ander sport of aktiwiteit betrokke te kry. Vra my oor sport in skole hier…en ek vertel jou dat dit ‘n groot grap is, in vergelyking met ons skole in SA. Nou praat ek ook nie eers van ‘n “sportdag” wat skole gewoonlik hierdie tyd van die jaar het – om kinders “besig” te hou. Dis genoeg brabbel vir eers, ek groet! Terloop, ek het eerskomende Maandag sportdag by my skool. Verlede jaar het ek my verbrande arms geblog! Die jaar sal ek weet om my baie dik met sonroom te smeer, ten spyte van die wolke!

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Grys ou Stad

English Readers: This is my own pantoum, in Afrikaans. On this link you can read about Pantoums and the rules and try your own too! I wrote mine about London.

Mnr Muller het my “gedaag” om ‘n Pantoen te skryf. Hy het reeds twee op sy blog geplaas en baie goed daarin geslaag om sy gedagtes neer te pen. Jy kan op sy inskrywing ook lees wat ‘n Pantoen is en die reëls vir die skrywe van ‘n Pantoen. Sy tweede pantoen veral is iets wat jy moet lees, kom uit ‘n wêreld van liefde en romanse! hehe…baie goed, mnr muller! Volg die link om syne te lees. Hy was nuuskierig om te weet wat my onderwerp gaan wees en daarmee natuurlik bietjie druk op my geplaas om een te griffel. Ek was verlede week Donderdag en vandag in London, so bietjie gaan ronddrentel, “shopping” gedoen en net bietjie die tyd geniet na die afgelope byna jaar wat ek toe was onder die druk van studies/skool ens. ens. en ek wou myself ook bietjie bederf voordat ek eerskomende Donderdag terug in die tuig is… die keer weer permanent. O ja, ons kook natuurlik uit hier in London die afgelope paar dae! Vandag is die temperatuur 30 grade C! 

 Ek het besluit my onderwerp gaan “London” wees – die stad. Ek het so ‘n klompie foto’s geneem tussen die twee dae, nie te erg aangegaan nie, net so hier en daar. Die eerste drie is sommer vanuit Starbucks geneem! Ek kort ook ‘n nuwe kamera! Dis my volgende bederf en beslis voor einde Julie wanneer ons somervakansie aanbreek. O ja, het ek genoem dat ons verlede week saam met die Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale “Pool”-span op die trein gereis het! Hulle was oppad na die Wêreldkampioenskappe in Blackpool. Dit was lekker om met hul te kon gesels en een van die jong latte in die span was vreeslik uit sy vel op die trein. Die knaap moet net volgende keer die musiek uit sy ore haal as hy op die trein praat, want hy het byna die hele trein verskree met sy uitbundigheid om in London te wees – musiek en al  in sy ore! Ons het heerlik vir hom gelag. Eers gaan ek die foto’s plaas en dan kan jy na die foto’s kyk en so bietjie jou verbeelding laat “gaan” as jy my geskrywe lees. Jy kan later terugkom vir meer foto’s – wat ek in ‘n nuwe inskrywing sal plaas. Al die foto’s is in Oxfordstraat geneem.

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Grys ou Stad

die son brand fel neer op hierdie dag
waar dit woel en krioel –  van vroeg tot laat
leë siele loop onbeduidend met niksseggende gedagtes
kruiend staar hul tot êrens in die verlede rond

waar dit woel en krioel – van vroeg tot laat
oer-stemme eggo helder in my gedagtes
kruiend staar hul tot êrens in die verlede rond
en messel dit wat is met dit wat was

oer-stemme eggo helder in my gedagtes
leë siele loop onbeduidend met niksseggende gedagtes
en messel dit wat is met dit wat was
die son brand fel neer op hierdie dag

Nikita-29/6/09 (inderhaas: 14:30)

Ek moet dalk bietjie verduidelik: “kruiend” glo ek nie is ‘n Afrikaanse woord nie, ek’s nie seker nie. Ek weet van “kruie” – soos in drentel (behalwe natuurlik kruie wat jy in kos gebruik) en ek het besluit om “kruiend” hier te gebruik. ‘n Nuwe woord? Dan, hierdie gegriffel is oor die ou stad, daarom al die “ou” en “verlede”, die mense wat – hopenlik – die historiese “beleef” – of hul gedagtes wat terugflits wanneer hul die ou geboue/historiese plekke sien/beleef…dan die mense wat doelloos in die strate rondbeweeg…soos maar in enige ander plek. Hoop dit maak als sin! – sien my ander “weergawe”… ek was nie heeltemal gelukkig met die vloei van die eerste een nie. Ek het ook so bietjie raad van mnr muller ter harte geneem! Ek het die straatnaam en name van geboue in Oxfordstraat ingebring. Op die laaste twee foto’s kan jy Niketown sien.

onder die grys ou verlede

die son brand fel neer op hierdie dag
bleek figure drentel onbeduidend met verwaarloosde gedagtes
kruiend staar die stad tot êrens in die verle’
oxford woel en krioel – van niketown tot centre point

bleek figure drentel onbeduidend met verwaarloosde gedagtes
in my gedagtes weerklink oer-oue stemme van lank gele’
oxford woel en krioel – van niketown tot centre point
moeiteloos messel ek dit was is met dit wat was

in my gedagtes weerklink oer-oue stemme van lank gele’
kruiend staar die stad tot êrens in die verle’
moeiteloos messel ek dit wat is met dit wat was
die son brand fel neer op hierdie dag
–30/6/09 (12:30)

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Ek het ‘n vorige inskrywing gehad van die 1916-Huisgenoot en drie publikasies daarmee saam. Jy kan die link aan die einde van hierdie inskrywing vind en die publikasies in PDF aflaai. Hierdie gediggies in hierdie inskrywing kom almal van die drie publikasies en ek plaas hulle onveranderd. Hier kan jy vergelyk en sien hoe Afrikaans as taal ontwikkel het. Ek hou veral van die laaste gediggie waar die Boer beskryf is gedurende die oorlog.

Diep in ‘t hart

Diep in ‘t hart verborgen,
Onbewust en stil,
Onder smart en zorgen,
Woont een heil’ge wil.

Wonen moog’likheden,
Die geen tijd nog weet,
Kracht voor eenwigheden,
Leniging voor leed.

Dieper zult gij kennen
Eens, dit wonder hart,
Dat aan leed moet wennen
En aan wrede smart.

Dieper zult gij graven
In uw hartegrond:
Bronnen zullen laven
Uw versmachte mond.

Weet in ‘t nederdalen
Vindt ge diep-ontroerd:
Wat uit smart en kwalen
U tot beter voert.
R.v.D.

Huweliksgebooie

Ek hoor klanke in die toekoms –
klanke nes van huwliksklokke
Tongelonge- vreug en blijdskap
weergalm in die tempelnokke.

Mannekrag en vrouweskoonheid
word verbind om één te lewe,
om één pad van voor- en teenspoed
op te gaan en voort te strewe.

Als die één sig wil verloen
om die ander toe te eie,
dan het hul mekaar tot trouwpand-
dat dit tot geluk gedije!
PIET

De Vlam

O vlamme, vol mysterieglans
In ‘t grillig weven van uw lijnen,
O, glanzend sehone lichtekrans.
Die duisterheden doet verdwijnen,
Vol sproke is uw lichtgetril.
Geheimnisvol uw ganse wezen,
Waar gij in donk’re nachte, stil
En levend komt omhoog gerezen.

Ik zag uw zachte, milde gloed
In ‘t oude kerkje. ‘t Eeuwig branden
Van Gods groot harte deed weer moed
M’ in ‘t harte dalen en mijn handen,
–Die lang vergeten hadden in symbool
Het smeken van het harte weer te geven —
Ze vouwden zieh… Mijn ziel ontstool
Een bede zich om licht en leven.
R.v.D.

Op moed verloor se vlak

Jij vra mij: Is jij dapper?
En hoop jij nog te win,
Hoe hoog ook stijg die donker wolk,
Hoe klein die kans, die moed hoe min?
Jij vra mij: Is jij dapper?
En is dit naar jouw sin?

Ek antwoord: Nee, nie dapper!
Ek is te sleg en swak,
Ek weet, die taak is al te groot:
Mijn hart is bijna hoop ontbloot.
Ek dool op Moed-verloor se vlak,
Ek antwoord: Nee, nie dapper:
Ek is halfpad mak.

Jij vra mij: Glo jij seker,
Dat God sal uitkoms gee?
Ons het so baje hard geveg
En moed en hoop en krag is weg
Daar is geen hoop op uitkoms, nee!
Jij vra mij: Glo jij seker?
Met oë blind van wee?

Ek antwoord: Skijn die sterre
Vir altijd dag en nag
Hoe kan jij ooit die son se skijn
Bespeur, als skemerlig verdwijn?
Hoe kan jij ooit die daglig wag?
Ek antwoord: Man, die sterre,
Die gee mij nuwe krag!

Ja, ek was op die vlakte
Waar mense moed verloor:
Daar het ek in mijn siel gebewe
Daar baje dinge aangehoor;
Maar ek is uit die vlakte
En bo sijn skaduws oor.
C. Louis Leipoldt

Die Verkenner
(Naar die Duits van Fritz Lienhard)

Daar onder blink ‘n witte lijn:
Die vijandstente! Die gewere staan
In hopies. Sidderende sonneskijn
Hang oor die krans; die windjies kom en gaan
En laat die sand oor pad en vlakte stuiwe.
Die kop lê doodstil! Net ‘n akkedis,
Wat rads en ritslend deur die bossies roer,
Soek wildverskrik ‘n skeurtjie om te rus.
En dan ‘n perdekop, geblaas, gesnuiwe —
‘n Hoed en Mauser — oor die klippe loer
Twee oë– dan weer weg. Dit was ‘n Boer!
J.F.W.G.

Op hierdie link kan jy ou Huisgenote van 1916 in PDF-formaat aflaai en nog meer “vroeë” Afrikaanse gedigte lees wat in die ou Huisgenote verskyn het.

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Banking is getting more sophisticated by day…and safer…safer? You still have to be careful when withdrawing money at these machines..Today in 1967, the first automatic teller machine was used in the UK…and ten years later in South Africa…and now it’s getting even more sophisticated.

Bank pioneers biometrics
Article By: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 09:06
In a first for the South African banking industry, Capitec Bank is pioneering a new biometric identification system to provide increased security for client transactions and lower banking fees.

A revolutionary paperless identification system, biometrics refers to the digital identification of a person through their personal characteristics. This can include fingerprint scanning, face recognition, voice recognition and iris identification.

Riaan Stassen, Capitec Bank CEO says, “The sophisticated yet simple biometric device that we are implementing in our branches is an example of how we strive to use innovative technology to drive down costs while enhancing security and offering clients greater peace of mind. The biometric devices allow immediate verification and instant account access, in real-time, assuring clients that only they can transact on their account.”

Used extensively in Europe, the US and Australia, the introduction of biometric identification by Capitec Bank is a local industry first. Using fingerprint and photographic recognition, the system is used in-branch when a client opens an account and any time they need to liaise with a consultant thereafter. “Recognising a client through their fingerprints fosters credibility. So, if for example a client’s card is stolen, the fraudster cannot transact in the branch and their money is safe,” adds Stassen.
Read the complete article on this link:
here

The 40 years of the ATM
Mon, 02 Jul 2007 09:46
Forty years ago Reg Varney, a popular British comic actor, changed the face of banking by becoming the world’s first cash machine customer at Barclays Enfield branch in North London. 

On Wednesday, 27 June 2007, the cash machine, ATM, or more colloquial ‘Hole in the Wall’ celebrated its 40th birthday.

The original machines, described as mini-banks, were designed to allow customers access to cash 24 hours a day, outside of the restrictive opening times of banks during the 1960s.

Help U Auto Tellers

The machine was designed to dispense £10 against a special paper voucher which the customer inserted into the machine, followed by a unique four digit personal identification number, or PIN code, in much the same way as today.

By the end of the 1960s, there were 781 cash machines across the world, although South Africa was yet to introduce this innovation to the banking public.

The first two ATMs in South Africa were installed by United — a forerunner of Absa — at its Johannesburg branch in 1977. The terminals, called ‘Help U Auto Tellers’, enabled customers to make deposits, withdrawals and certain account enquiries with the use of a transaction card and PIN.

Bath invention

By the mid-1980s, there were approximately 700 ATMs in South Africa, the fifth largest amount in the world behind the USA, Japan, UK and France.

At the end of 2006, there were approximately 13 000 ATMs in South Africa, while globally there were 1.64 million ATMs worldwide, which is expected to grow to two million by 2010.

The cash machine was invented by John Shepherd–Barron, a managing director of De La Rue, whilst relaxing in his bath one day. He presented the idea to Harold Darvill, chief general manager of Barclays, who committed Barclays to buying the machines immediately. The machines were developed jointly by De La Rue and Barclays and swiftly moved from conception to installation within 24 months in order to beat the competition.

Going strong

Shepherd-Barron, the inventor of the cash machine, said: “I am delighted that the cash machine is still going strong. I remember back in 1965 that I would always take money out of my bank on a Saturday morning. However, one Saturday I was one minute late at my bank and it was closed. I had to ask my local garage to cash my cheque.

“That night I started thinking that there must be a better way to get cash when I wanted it. I thought of the chocolate vending machine where money was put in a slot and a bar dispatched – surely money could be dispensed in the same way.

“Within two years my idea had become reality and we opened the first cash machine at Barclays Enfield.”

Any time, anywhere

John Warren, head of cash machines for Barclays, said: “The cash machine, more than any other banking innovation, has had a major impact on the way we all conduct our lives, not just our banking. Forty years ago, cash was only available from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 9am to12.30pm, and, as cash was king, queues outside branches on a Saturday morning to get weekend money were common. Now you can get money any time, anywhere.”

Although famed for its convenience, of the 1.6 million cash machines worldwide, the most remote is at the McMurdo station at the South Pole, serving a small permanent base of scientists.

First published on www.itinews.co.za.

Source:http://mymoney.iafrica.com/banking/164885.htm

Image: wikipedia – Reg Varney

Today -27th June 1967 – the first Automatic Teller Machine was used in the Uk. Read on the link the complete article.
http://encyclopedia.tfd.com/Automatic%20Teller%20Machine

Update: 22nd May 2010

This news article is about John Shepperd-Barron who died in his native Scotland.

Click on the image for a large view.

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 Image: Wikimedia

‘n Blogger het my vandag gevra na “Die Elwekoning”…sien haar boodskap op “my gedigte/poems”-bladsy. Ek kon geen spoor van die gedig, in Afrikaans vertaal, kry nie. Dit was vir my ‘n aangrypende gedig toe ek dit in Engels lees en het ek besluit ek vertaal dit gou vir haar. 

English readers: I’ve translated this Goethe-poem in Afrikaans for a blog-reader. As a rule I don’t like to translate, only if the poem is really touchy or if it “speaks” to me…almost like this Erl King-poem. On “my poems/gedigte” page you will find a few translations…English to Afrikaans vice versa and a few of my own which I tried. I’m no professional, I have done no particular course in writing poetry, so WYSIWYG…what you see is what you get. Just my own thoughts in words.

Die Elwe-Koning
Wie ry daar so laat deur die donker, somb’re nag?
Dis ‘n vader met sy kind
Hy hou die knaap klemmend in sy arm
Hy hou hom veilig, hy hou hom warm.

“My seun, waarom lyk jy so beangs?”
“Sien vader nie die Elwekoning nie?
 Die Elwekoning met sy kroon en trein?”
“My liewe kind, dis mis wat opstoot in die vlakte.”

“Kom nou, liewe kind, kom nou saam met my
Ek het lekker speletjies om met jou te speel.
Lieflike blomme blom op die strand,
My moeder het baie kledingstukke van goud.”

“My vader, my vader, hoor jy nie die
 beloftes wat die Elwekoning fluister vir my?”
“Wees rustig  my kind, bedaar, dis die
 nagtelike wind se ritseling deur gedroogde blaar’ .”

“Wil jy nie saam met my kom, my seun?
My dogters sal jou liefderyk versorg,
My dogters dans hul nagtelike dans
Hul sal jou wieg totdat jy slaap.”

“My vader, my vader, sien jy nie daar?
Die Elwekoning-dogters in die donker daar?”
“My seun, my seun, ek sien duidelik
hoe grys die wilgerbome lyk.”

“Ek’s lief vir jou, jou skoonheid bekoor my, my seun.
En as jy nie gewillig is, dan moet ek jou forseer!”
“Nee vader, my vader, hy gryp my arm!
Die Elwekoning het my seer gemaak!”

Die pa sidder, sy ry is wild
In sy arms hou hy die kermende kind
Hy kom tuis met ‘n geswoeg en gesweet
In sy arms – die lewelose kind.

Nikita-25/6/09
Oorspronklike gedig deur Goethe

Oeps! Hier het ek so pas die vertaling van SJ du Toit op Litnet opgespoor..waarom kon ek dit nie twee dae terug kry nie? Omdat ek Elwekoning twee woorde gespel het! ..wel, nou kan jy my vertaling vergelyk en natuurlik sien waarom ek nie ‘n digter is nie! hehe
Die Elwekoning
(Goethe)
Wie ry daar so laat deur nag en wind?
Dit is ‘n vader met sy kind;
Hy druk die knapie so styf in die arm,
Hy hou hom veilig, hy koester hom warm.

“My seuntjie berg bang sy gesiggie, vir wie?”
“Sien Vader die Elwekoning dan nie?
Die Elwekoning met mantel en sleep?”
“My kind, dit is ‘n newelstreep.”

“Kom, kindjielief, kom saam met my!
So heerlik speel hul waar ek bly;
Veelkleurige blomme groei op die strand,
Van goud gaan jou kleed wees uit moeder se hand.”-

“My Pappie, is Pappie dan heeltemal doof
Vir wat Elwekoning my saggies beloof?”
“Bly stil, wees rustig maar, my kind!
In dorre blare duisel die wind.”-

“Gaan jy, lief seuntjie, met my saam?
My dogters ken almal reeds jou naam;
My dogters dans voor die nagt’like rei
En wieg jou en dans en sing so bly.” –

“My Vader, kan Vader dan glad nie gewaar
Elwekonig se dogters in die donker kol daar?”
“My seuntjie, my seuntjie, ek sien dit heel goed:
Die ou-gras skyn geel aan die randjie se voet?”

“Jou skoonheid bemin ek, my siel is ontsteld;
En as jy nie wil nie, gebruik ek geweld!”
“My Pappie, my Pappie, nou vat hy my raak!
Elwekoning het my seer gemaak!”

Die vader skrik; hy ry soos die wind,
En hou in sy arms die kreunende kind,
Bereik sy plaas in bange nood;
Die kind lê in sy arms dood.
Vertaling – SJ du Toit

erl dancers


The Erl-King

WHO rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp’d in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.

“My son, wherefore seek’st thou thy face thus to hide?”
“Look, father, the Erl-King is close by our side!
Dost see not the Erl-King, with crown and with train?”
“My son, ’tis the mist rising over the plain.”

“Oh, come, thou dear infant! oh come thou with me!
Full many a game I will play there with thee;
On my strand, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,
My mother shall grace thee with garments of gold.”

“My father, my father, and dost thou not hear
The words that the Erl-King now breathes in mine ear?”
“Be calm, dearest child, ’tis thy fancy deceives;
‘Tis the sad wind that sighs through the withering leaves.”

“Wilt go, then, dear infant, wilt go with me there?
My daughters shall tend thee with sisterly care
My daughters by night their glad festival keep,
They’ll dance thee, and rock thee, and sing thee to sleep.”

“My father, my father, and dost thou not see,
How the Erl-King his daughters has brought here for me?”
“My darling, my darling, I see it aright,
‘Tis the aged grey willows deceiving thy sight.”

“I love thee, I’m charm’d by thy beauty, dear boy!
And if thou’rt unwilling, then force I’ll employ.”
“My father, my father, he seizes me fast,
Full sorely the Erl-King has hurt me at last.”

The father now gallops, with terror half wild,
He grasps in his arms the poor shuddering child;
He reaches his courtyard with toil and with dread,–
The child in his arms finds he motionless, dead.

Erlkönig
Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?
Es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind.
Er hat den Knaben wohl in dem Arm,
Er faßt ihn sicher, er hält ihn warm.

Mein Sohn, was birgst du so bang dein Gesicht?
Siehst Vater, du den Erlkönig nicht!
Den Erlenkönig mit Kron’ und Schweif?
Mein Sohn, es ist ein Nebelstreif.

Du liebes Kind, komm geh’ mit mir!
Gar schöne Spiele, spiel ich mit dir,
Manch bunte Blumen sind an dem Strand,
Meine Mutter hat manch gülden Gewand.

Mein Vater, mein Vater, und hörest du nicht,
Was Erlenkönig mir leise verspricht?
Sei ruhig, bleibe ruhig, mein Kind,
In dürren Blättern säuselt der Wind.

Willst feiner Knabe du mit mir geh’n?
Meine Töchter sollen dich warten schön,
Meine Töchter führen den nächtlichen Reihn
Und wiegen und tanzen und singen dich ein.

Mein Vater, mein Vater, und siehst du nicht dort
Erlkönigs Töchter am düsteren Ort?
Mein Sohn, mein Sohn, ich seh’es genau:
Es scheinen die alten Weiden so grau.

Ich lieb dich, mich reizt deine schöne Gestalt,
Und bist du nicht willig, so brauch ich Gewalt!
Mein Vater, mein Vater, jetzt faßt er mich an,
Erlkönig hat mir ein Leids getan.

Dem Vater grauset’s, er reitet geschwind,
Er hält in den Armen das ächzende Kind,
Erreicht den Hof mit Mühe und Not,
In seinen Armen das Kind war tot.

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1778)

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 Osterley
Osterley House

I have blogged about Osterley Park before, you can see beautiful images on this link – images from a different part of the park. Links will open in a new window.

Twentieth Century Fox movies started with the shooting of Gulliver’s Travels and some of the scenes will be shot in this grand mansion in Osterley Park. It is not the first time this extravagant mansion is used in a movie. I think it is Pride and Prejudice  where it was used too. The crew were at “rest” on Saturday, as you can see on the images down in this post. They’ve put up notices to apologise for the inconvience they cause visitors to the park whilst shooting, but I think I will enjoy watching them, but guess I will have to camp in front of the mansion!

In the out buildings, you will find the history of Osterley Park and the house, a small restaurant selling also delicious scones and the National Trust Gift shop.

Follow this link to see who else stars in this movie.
History:

Sir Thomas Gresham, commercial agent and financial adviser to Elizabeth I, bought the manor of Osterley in 1562 and by 1576 replaced the existing farmhouse with ‘a faire and stateley brick house’.  

For a man of the city, Osterley not only represented somewhere green and tranquil, but also a source of income. Described as ‘a most fertyle place for wheate’ the estate had ample water. Gresham established one of the first paper mills in England here.

Nicholas Barbon acquired Osterley in 1683. An opportunist, he used Osterley as security to raise a large sum of money. He died in debt and in 1713 Osterley went to Sir Francis Child in payment of his loan.

Apprenticed to a London goldsmith at the age of fourteen, by a judicious marriage Sir Francis found himself the partner and then sole owner of the firm. By 1698 he was Lord Mayor of London and had expanded his business into banking with the creation of Child’s Bank.

The flowering of Osterley
Over the next two generations, the family’s wealth and position grew. In 1761 Robert Adam, the most fashionable architect of the day, was commissioned by Sir Francis’s grandson, another Francis, to modernise the house. He transformed it into what you see today, remodelling the outside and designing the interiors and a great deal of the furnishings. His vast portico makes a particularly grand statement of classical refinement.

The unity of design was carried through into the park by Francis and, on his death in 1763, by his brother Robert Child. They redirected rivers to form a chain of sinuous lakes through the Park, and created a drive which brought people in a tantalising loop before finally arriving at the House.

Not active as an MP or in running the bank, Robert Child spent a great deal of time at, and money on, Osterley. His wife was equally involved and she lived on at Osterley for 10 years after his death.

By the beginning of the 19th century, Osterley was no longer a main residence and, apart from a few brief periods of occupation, would not be so again. In 1923, the 9th Earl of Jersey inherited Osterley at the age of 13.  He opened the house to the public in 1939 because he said, ‘he did not live in it and …many others wished to see it’.  In July 1939, the Georgian Group held a great ball at Osterley.

During the War, the house was occupied by Glyn, Mills Bank to whom Child & Co had been sold in 1924.

In 1949, Lord Jersey achieved his aim of ensuring that Osterley ‘will be maintained and shown off in the way I consider it deserves to be’. He gave the house and the central core of its landscaped park to the National Trust. The house remains, in essence and detail, much as it was in the middle of the 18th century.

Continue reading on this link of the National Trust- more about the house and see some beautiful images in their gallery about the house!

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Family-outing on the pond!
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Fox movies’ notice to apologise

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 The stairs are covered to prevent damage by the crew.

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Beautiful architecture – read on the National Trust-link more about it.
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A watchful eye!

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History: a sneak peek

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Restaurant with delicious tea and scones
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National Trust Gift shop

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Osterley House – from a different angle

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Paradise for walkers and bikers or even if you want to fish!

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Quiet during the day or when the weather is cooler, this part of the park is my favourite as you can sit and relax with the twitter of the birds around you without your thoughts being disturbed.

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From here you’re heading  to a pleasant spot where you can enjoy the peaceful, undisturbed views on the following images.

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Sometimes you’re lucky to see some water birds diving into the water to catch a fishy meal.

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Or playful doggies after their balls!

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This tree has almost been “up-rooted” by wind and weather – Birds love this tree.

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From here you can go left/right, but both ways take you back to the front of the park – only if you want to go, you can always take another turn off  to the right and follow a path which you will see on the link of my previous entry.

Gulliver's travels

movie news: empireonline.com/news

Gulliver'sTravels

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If you’re a dad!

 father
The greatest thing a FATHER can do to his children, is to love their mother.

– Anjaneth Garcia Untalan

If you’re a dad, have a wonderful day today!

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London chess

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 chess player

The Chess Player- 1954: Andy Warhol

This early drawing has a surreal quality created by the larger-than-life chess pieces and study of a face, surrounding the young man playing chess. In his later work Warhol would continue to play with scale, enlarging objects and people to increase their iconic status. The colour in this image was possibly completed at one of Warhol’s colouring parties, hosted at the fashionable Serendipity 3 café after it opened in 1954. He would encourage his friends – some of whom would have helped him create the original illustrations – to colour the works with an inventiveness that adds to their whimsical nature. This process looks forward to the production methods of Warhol’s legendary studio, the Factory, in the 1960s.

Art of Warhol here. The link will open in a new window.

London chess 2009

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The 8th Player in this tournament is David Howell

Cream of world chess to play in new London tournament.
London Chess Centre is proud to announce a world-class chess tournament to be held in London in December, 2009. The event will be an elite eight-player all-play-all in the most prestigious tournament in the capital since former world champion Anatoly Karpov won the Phillips and Drew Masters in 1984.

Since then, despite London hosting three world title contests, there has not been a tournament in which England’s leading players could lock horns with the world’s best on home soil. The December 09 tournament will be the first in a series of events designed to reinvigorate UK chess and promote the game and its undoubted educational benefits in schools and communities.

The tournament will be FIDE Category 19 with an average FIDE rating of 2700 and a minimum prize fund of €100,000. The eight players will comprise of three English and five world-class Grandmasters from abroad. Included in the prize fund will be a €10,000 Brilliant Game award along with separate prizes for each victory with the White and Black pieces. Matches will be covered live online where fans will be able to vote for Game of the Day.

The tournament has applied for membership of the prestigious annual Grand Slam of Chess which culminates in Bilbao and boasts a €400,000 prize fund.

The games will be under Classical Chess time control; 40 moves in two hours, 20 in the subsequent hour then an additional 15 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds a move until the end of the game. The tournament will further benefit from the use of Sofia Rules which disallow early draws. Players will receive three points for a win and one for a draw.

Source:
http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/twic.html#london09

olympia conference

Click on the image for a larger view for the Olympia Conference Centre at spot marked as A.

Contact Malcolm Pein (IM) Director London Chess Centre:

Chess Centre: 020 7388 2404 (London)

New London tournament to be in the Olympia Conference Centre.
I am delighted to announce that the London Chess Classic 2009 will be staged at one of London’s most prestigious venues; the Olympia Conference Centre. Olympia will provide excellent facilities including a 400 seat soundproof auditorium, two commentary rooms and multimedia presentation. There will be ample space for Open, weekend and Speed Chess tournaments plus junior training which will run alongside the main event from December 8th-15th inclusive.

The London Chess Classic 2009 will be the highest level tournament in London for 25 years and will be the first in a series of events designed to increase enthusiasm for chess in the UK and promote the game and its undoubted educational benefits in schools and communities. It is also our objective to bring the world championship to London in the Olympic year 2012.

England’s four leading Grandmasters; Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell will be pitched against a world class field that includes a former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and 18 year old Magnus Carlsen ranked world number three and widely seen a future holder of the world crown. One of China’s finest players; Ni Hua and the US Champion Hikaru Nakamura, complete the field.

Spectators will be treated to live commentary on the games from Grandmasters and will be able to play tournament or informal games all day. Ticket information will be available in September. For those who cannot attend there be will live coverage and commentary on the games on the internet.

Contact Malcolm Pein (IM) Director London Chess Centre:

Chess Centre: 020 7388 2404. E-Mail: info@chess.co.uk.
London chess schedule

Lewis chess

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get a chance to meet some of the Grandmasters in London – if I’m lucky! Meanwhile, the Scots want their Chessmen back!
THE BRITISH Museum has put a set of elaborately carved chess figures at the heart of a new gallery despite demands that they be returned to Scotland.

The 82 Lewis Chessmen, which are between 800 and 900 years old and made from walrus and whale ivory, were seen in a Harry Potter film and inspired the children’s TV series Noggin The Nog.

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, wants them repatriated to Edinburgh to be reunited with the rest of the set discovered on the Outer Hebrides in the early 19th century.

Just as the Greek government wants the Elgin Marbles in London to be returned to Athens, Mr Salmond claims it is “unacceptable” for the British Museum to have 82 of the figures while the other 11 are in the National Museum of Scotland.

Read the entire article here.

…and from South Africa: -click on the image for a clear view

SA cartoon

Cartoon: wonkie.com

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moon

My moon-cinquain

Moon
mysterious secretive
sliding rotating floating
Lonely in the night-sky
Satellite! [c]N 15/6/2009

Maan
misterieus geheimsinnig
glimmend sluipend kruipend
Alleen, verdwaald in die Sterre-hemel
Satelliet! [c]N15/6/2009

My eerste cinquain  en dis baie maklik as jy die reëls volg om jou eie te skryf. Eerste reël: ‘n naamwoord/onderwerp, reël 2: twee byvoeglike naamwoorde wat die naamwoord beskryf, reël 3: drie werkwoorde relatief tot die naamwoord in reël 1, reël 4: vier woorde (gevoelens) of ‘n kort sinnetjie oor jou naamwoord/onderwerp, reël 5: een woord of ‘n sinoniem wat die naamwoord opsom. Skryf en geniet jou eie!

Toka Toka moon

Painting: http://www.nzartforsale.com/3/miscellaneous2.htm

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cosmos

Tortoise's dream

Illustrations also by Joanna Troughton

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Tortoise had a dream….

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He dreamt of a tree which
was in a secret place.
From the tree’s branches grew
all the fruits of the earth –
bananas, dates, coconuts, melons,
millet, yams, cassava, maize,
pineapples and oranges.

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Grandmother Koko has heard about the tree and she told Lion where to find it. All the animals thought that Tortoise was too slow and they wanted to go instead. They all failed, as they didn’t see the obstacles in their paths. Lion was first, then Elephant, Hyena, Ostritch, Baboon and lastly, Giraffe! All of them were warned not to look around but to look out. Despite them going, Tortoise also went to look for the tree, though against a slower pace than the other animals. He didn’t look around like the other animals and was determined to find this tree he saw in his dream. On the next image you can see his obstacle! The most dangerous and deadliest! The illustrations in this book are amazing, I wish I could scan them all in.

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So he saw the scorpion in his path
“Lucky I didn’t look round,” thought Tortoise.
“Omumbo-rombonga,” he said to himself..

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“Have you remembered the name?”
said the animals, as they saw
Tortoise slowly and steadily coming.
“Look behind you,” said Tortoise…

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“Omumbo-rombonga,” cried Tortoise

This book is an African Folk Tale. A plain simple story about a tortoise that dreamt about this miraculous tree. Like many other books  there is a message behind the story. What message does this story convey? – you might want to ask. From my point of view, a couple. Firstly, tortoise shows us determination. He dreamt this dream and he knew he could “follow” his dream. His “dream” was to find this tree he dreamt of and he did it “slowly, but steadily”. He also faced  the most dangerous obstacle of all the animals. All the other animals faced an obstacle that could easily be overcome and despite of it, they forgot the name of the tree. Tortoise’s obstacle was a deadly one and he bravely continued his “dream”, despite this dangerous scorpion. He wasn’t put off by anything, he kept a cool head and moved on. This is how we should be in life. We should follow our dreams and don’t be put off by any obstacle, however simple, dangerous or deadly. You should continue on your journey to reach for your dream. I have a couple of dreams, more than I think I can achieve, but I will slowly and steadily continue following my dreams. Some of my current dreams are: to publish my own book, to start my own school, to play the piano again! To play the violin, to play any flute instrument – again, to write another children’s story, to climb mount Kilimandjaro and to do another sky diving jump! I’ve done it once and it was amazing! I would also like to play one of the big chess “engines” like Anand or one of my favourites, Ivanchuk or Kramnik. Topalov looks too scary, I think he’s got a mind of steel. I think he will give you one look and  you will start shivering and lose the game even before you’ve started! haha…Oh, I forgot, my actual dream is to teach chess during school time only and to kids in primary schools. There should be a chess school and kids should play chess all day long! How’s that one! If I look back at this list of dreams, it seems to me they all are impossible, well – for the next year at least. I think I’m going to wake up one morning, shouting: “omumbo-rombonga!” and see what happens! haha…maybe, just maybe, my dreams will come true at once. The end of this story is brilliant. Tortoise shouted the name of the tree and all the different fruits came down and he shared it with all the animals and then tortoise announced: They all should plant a seed. So, those seeds grew for future generations to have food too. More lessons from this book! Share and care for one another!

chesschoc
The next song – “The impossible Dream” – is sung by Peter O’Toole and comes from the movie:MAN OF LA MANCHA

Lyrics:   The Impossible Dream
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star


Music here. Next you can listen to the  music of by Jim Brickman… Dream come true. This cd was sent to me by one of my chess player-friends in the USA!

Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman

dream

Dare To Dream

Let nothing hold you back from
exploring your wildest fantasies,wishes, and aspirations.
Don’t be afraid to dream big
and to follow your dreams
wherever they may lead you.
Open your eyes to their beauty;
open your mind to their magic;
open your heart to their possibilities.

Dare to dream.
Whether they are in colour or in black and white,
whether they are big or small,
easily attainable or almost impossible,
look to your dreams,
and make them become reality.
Wishes and hopes are nothing
until you take the first step
towards making them something!

Dare to dream,
Because only by dreaming,
will you ever discover
who you are, what you want,
and what you can do.
Don’t be afraid to take risks,
to become involved,
to make commitment.
Do whatever it takes to makeyour dreams come true.
Always believe in miracles,
and always believe in you!
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~ Julie Anne Ford ~

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chess alice
My blog is now 2 years old – taking in account the start at blogger before the move to WordPress – and I want to celebrate it with some blues music of Katie Melua… Far away…Also some chess! I’ve come across this beautiful Alice in Wonderland Chess set and was wondering if someone could buy it as a pressie for me – a blog pressie…hahaI apologise, I had to remove the movie I had uploaded here due to problems it caused for some people in their web browsers. I have the music file of Katie to listen to.
Read on this link on my blog about Alice and my visit to the Old Sheep shop in Oxford. You can also read about the chess game in Alice on this link. The link will open in a new window.

Alice Liddell Alice’s name in real life was Alice too… in case you didn’t know it!…uhm…


Lewis Carrol…alias …Charles Dodgon

Alice Pleasance LIDDELL (1852-1934), inspired L. CARROLL for Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. She was the daughter of the Dean LIDDELL, manager of the Christ Church College from 1855, which he supervised in a tough way. L.CARROLL met her in 1856. In 1862, Lewis and a friend of his offer a boat walk to 3 LIDDELL sisters, during which he established the guidelines of the stories that Alice will ask him to write. But in 1863, L. CARROLL and the LIDDELLS parted.
Read more on the link I’ve given about Alice.

Chess Alice in W

See this link for more info about this chess set.

Read on the given link in the top of this post more about this game.
John Tenniel alice-queen-hearts

Sir John Tenniel: Alice Queen of hearts

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