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FIRST GOLF GAME

I don’t know why on earth I thought I would enjoy playing golf. Maybe it was because I’d seen somebody hitting a golf ball on the back field of our school, and it seemed to go incredibly far before dropping … Continue reading

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LIFT TECHNIQUE

I don’t often use a lift (or elevator if you are American and prefer long words to short ones). But, after some heavy grocery shopping today, I decided to use one to get the bags down to my car without … Continue reading

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FIRST CAR

My first car was a 1950 Nash. I never got to drive it. In July 1960 my father was driving it through Kimberley when his Nash broke down. At the time I was working in the diamond mines, aged 17. … Continue reading

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HEAD FOR HEIGHTS

Do you have a pathological fear of heights? Me neither. But I do have a healthy respect for dangerous heights. I would rather approach the edge of a vertical cliff doing the leopard crawl than a brisk jog – especially … Continue reading

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THE MINES AND ME (6): DELIVERANCE

Everything seemed so routine the last night that I worked underground. Only one thing differed from the usual – my resolve to drill and blast three ends instead of the usual two: I wanted my varsity vacation job to end … Continue reading

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THE MINES AND ME (5): REVENGE

I can clearly remember the time I was roped in to help re-open De Beers Mine, which had been left to moulder for many years. Everyone has seen a picture of Kimberley Mine, also known as the “Big Hole” which … Continue reading

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THE MINES AND ME (4): DENNIS

One of the more unusual characters that I met in Kimberley’s diamond mines in the early sixties was a young man called Dennis Knox. Like many of the miners, he had done something else before starting to work underground. He … Continue reading

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NOBODY PHONES

Now that I’m old nobody phones – except that nice man from India who thinks there’s something wrong with my computer. He always asks after my health, then tells me that Microsoft have detected something that is slowing my computer … Continue reading

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NO PLASTIC BAGS

You probably know that today is International Plastic Bag-Free Day; and you probably can’t get yourself too worked up about it. I’ll tell you how you never need to buy one; but first a few facts about plastic bags: They take … Continue reading

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Winter is here

Today was the first real day of winter in Cape Town. But not all trees agreed.   This one nearRondebosch Common decided that it is now spring. These ones on the Franschhoek Pass feel that it is autumn.   And this one … Continue reading

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