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Grand Chess Tour – first leg: Ivory Coast – Congratulations to Magnus as the winner.

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The trophy – and you can see why the elephant-head has been used.

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Coat of arms of Ivory Coast.

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The participants at the Grand Chess Tour at Abidjan,  Ivory Coast.  all photos: credit to: @ Grand Chess Tour’s twitter account.

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I love my country – and I love everything about the truth. I hate it when people lie about things. I hate lies. Just be honest, always. It doesn’t matter WHAT, just be honest. These ten lies were posted on a Facebook account and I believe in the truth of it as I’ve read it myself in a book on the Internet Archive site – quite a while ago. The book was about the history of South Africa since the early 1700s till roughly a few years ago. Dr Verwoerd wasn’t mentioned in it, obviously, but these facts of course. This is why I’ve decided to blog it here, they are true facts. If you use certain search engine terms, you will find the book too. Look it up, read it. Be informed. 

10 lies of apartheid loaded on DR VERWOERD by the British (Lord Renwick’s predecessors)
1) 1809 BRITISH Act established the Native Pass Law of British Government. It required that black people had to wear a Pass book. Dr Verwoerd was not even born.
2) 1865 Sir Shepstone Theophilis prohibits any black resident of Natal any voting rights. L Bruwer
Dr Verwoerd was still not born.
3) 1894 Cecil John Rhodes  prohibits Hendriks to play in the National Cricket Team.
Dr Verwoerd was a one year old baby boy.
4) 1905 (Date could be wrong) Cecil John Rhodes  give instructions that many black and White British people should be separate in school. L Bruwer
Dr Verwoerd was just a boy of 12.
5) 1913 British Country Act 2 bans any black man to own any land.
Dr Verwoerd step just out of his teens and is a 20 year student.
6) 1925 British Minister H. W. Samson implements the Act on “Labour Demarcation” to white and black to be separate from each other.
Dr Verwoerd hitting his 32nd year and still have had no political aspirations
7) Morality Act of 1927. In Natal no intimacy between white and black.
Dr Verwoerd was 34 and still not in politics. L Bruwer
1936 Separate representation was instigated by the UK’s one and only minion General Jan Smuts.
Dr Verwoerd was just 43, an Editor of newspaper and still has nothing to do with politics.
9) 1945 “Native Urban Area Act” prohibits many blacks to be not longer than 72 hours in white areas.
Dr Verwoerd now 52 and began his political career. Hopelessly too short a period in politics to have ANY decision making power in the Parliament. He became Prime Minister in 1958.
LIE NO. 10
10) the term “APARTHEID” was first used by Dr DF Malan. Dr Verwoerd used it secondly. Therefore he was not the ‘architect’ of “Apartheid”.

Amira sings

Amira now lives in South Africa and what a great place for her to be! This girl is just amazing! Just the right music for a good chess game.

Now over to chess – for a change! The 2019 Grand Chess Tour is this year in Africa – for a change! Magnus is playing too. I hope to follow this tournament this year.

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The Côte D’Ivoire Rapid&Blitz, the 1st stage of the 2019 , is held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from May 8-12. Ten 2700+ GMs headed by Magnus Carlsen will compete for a total of $150,000 prize fund over 9 rapid and 18 blitz rounds.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (Cover) by Wouter Kellerman (flute) ft. Charl du Plessis Piano Trio

Beautiful music! Now for the chess game!


Say no more… just watch and keep on watching.

I really like the voice of this South African artist: Helena Hettema. She sings the song about her uncle on a farm in ‘Africa’ – he’s in trouble and can’t uphold his payments with the bank and in his letter, he asks to send Mannetjies Roux his greetings. Mannetjies Roux is a legend in South African rugby. You can see him in the video clips near the bottom of this entry. As a rugby-lover myself, I enjoyed watching these clips and wonder if the Springbok team will ever be the mighty ‘power machine’ they used to be a few years ago. I’d seen quite a few games on Loftus Versfeld and haven’t seen the brilliant rugby from the team after the 1995-team of Francois Pienaar. I hope anyone reading here disagree with me as that will give me some hope. Helena sings the very famous and popular song: Send Mannetjies Roux my greetings.

Greetings to Mannetjies Roux

My uncle’s car is an old machine,
He fills it up with diesoline,
And he sings on the roads when he comes to see me,
My uncle is old and I’m just about thirteen.

My uncle drinks coffee and my auntie tea,
I ask about the rain and he says ‘yes, no!’
And he drinks sweet coffee with one eye closed,
And he talks of the try of Mannetjies Roux.

Oh send us just a little rain,
My uncle has a tankful of diesoline,
And bless my mum and bless my dad,
And my uncle on his farm in Africa!

My uncle struggled on the farm,
Because the sun was too hot and rain was little,
The clerk from the bank just nodded his head,
Because my uncle, yes my uncle, was deep in debt.

Oh send us just a little rain,
My uncle has a tankful of diesoline,
And bless my mum and bless my dad,
And my uncle on his farm in Africa!

And in the morning, if you walk through the fields,
Then, you hear my uncle with his car with its ‘clack, clack clack,’
But my uncle, yes my uncle’s eyes are both now closed,
And in his letter he sends his greetings to Mannetjies Roux.

Oh send us just a little rain,
My uncle has a tankful of diesoline,
And bless my mum and bless my dad,
And my uncle on his farm in Africa!

Mannetjies Roux – the rugby player

A true legend

Mannetjies Roux interview – telling how he heard about this song the first time – very emotional.

With this beautiful Afrikaans song about a Summer Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas 2018 and a very happy New Year! May you all be blessed!

These are the lyrics of this song, translated. This is the only song about Christmas in Summer. All countries in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate Christmas in Summer.

Enter in quiet peace filled night
beneath the Southern Cross
Lend now your ear this starlit night,
to whispers from the past.

Do you hear how softly the bells
are chiming, in ancient dialect
Even the evening’s starry silence,
on precious history reflects.

Can you also feel the warmth of His love,
as we celebrate the day
God loved us so much He sent his son,
no other gift as great.


Christmas nears, Christmas nears
Bow before the King
Grant by Your grace in this great land
A bright summer’s Christmas Lord.

In the meantime, I did follow Carlsen’s chess game online and now the London Classic is on. To be honest, I didn’t have time to follow the Classic this year in so much detail as before. I almost went there this year, but bad weather totally got me to change my mind.
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Image: twitter
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Image: Lennart Ootes – London Classic 2018