Monthly Archives: April 2010

Special Photo for Freedom Day

South Africa celebrated Freedom Day on Tuesday 27th April, in commemoration of our first democratic elections which took place in 1994, resulting in Nelson Mandela‘s election as President. This iconic man has contributed so much wisdom to the world that it begs to be shared. Here are two quotes for today’s inspiration:

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ – Nelson Mandela

This post is 2 days late because Dave and I were in the Western Cape, taking a mini holiday around his last race in Montagu (more images to follow soon). Here’s a special photo that he took from Signal Hill, which is where he proposed to me a little over 15 years ago, on an equally beautiful day :-). In the spirit of the classic wedding phrase, this image includes:

Something OldRobben Island (left of pic, where Madiba was incarcerated for many years),
Something NewGreenpoint Stadium, all ready for the 2010 Soccer World Cup!,
Something Borrowed – perfect Autumn weather,
Something Blue – a small slice of Table Bay . . .

ROBBEN ISLAND + GREENPOINT STADIUM – from Signal Hill, Cape Town

On a personal note, Freedom Day is particularly relevant to my first novel, Out of Air, which is a lively love story set in Cape Town during 1994 🙂 More info is included on My Books page.
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World Book & Copyright Day

In recognition of today being World Book and Copyright Day, I’d like to share some inspiration especially for those who honour the urge to write, regardless of the challenges posed by the process. The following quote is included in Napoleon … Continue reading

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2010 BMW S 1000 RR

While on the subject of motorbikes, I won’t get away without mentioning my husband’s latest set of wheels, the sensational BMW S 1000 RR! As an ex-professional superbike racer, I’d say that Dave is qualified to comment 🙂 and in his opinion this little beauty has set a new benchmark in superbike technology. He rates it as “the meanest, baddest, wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing EVER!”

The ultimate endorsement is that the BMW S 1000 RR is dominating the 2010 World Superstock Races, having won the first two legs straight out of the starting blocks. For an overview of its awesome features, have a look at www.bmw-motorrad.com.

Here’s a quick pic of Dave with his personal darling, the acid green version:


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On the Enduro Trail…

As you may already have gathered from this blog, Dave is an avid enduro rider and racer, participating in South Africa’s National Pro Masters Class and sponsored by Pro Action KTM, as well as Venture Sport, who are the importers of top biking gear such as Scott clothing, Airoh helmets, HGS performance exhaust pipes, TCX motocross and superbike boots, etc. He did them all proud on Saturday, winning gold at the Enduro World X-Country held at Serendipity Eco Trails near Modimolle (previously called Nylstroom). Unfortunately, I forgot to take our cameras along – a mistake I won’t repeat this weekend at Montagu!

Instead, here are a few photo’s that you may enjoy, which Dave took last month on a training trip in Lesotho. One of the things that must be said for this sport, is that it takes the competitors (and us fans) deep into the heart of some spectacular countryside!


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London Book Fair & the Volcanic Ash Cloud

I was delighted to discover recently that South Africa is the market focus at this year’s London Book Fair, which starts today. Apparently the group exhibition director, Alistair Burtenshaw, has said that the objective is “to showcase the opportunities South … Continue reading

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Delight

Delight > Drugs


ELEPHANTS IN MUD-BATH – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

It is freely available – anytime, anywhere 🙂

Quotes to consider:

“We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children, that makes the heart too big for the body” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.” – Emanuel Swedenborg

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.” – Marcus Aurelius
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A Travel Treat like no other!

Travellers, explorers, lovers of photography, lovers of Africa – this one’s for YOU!!! Hills of Africa Travel, leading provider of Africa safari vacations, are hosting a spectacular trip together with top US photographers Peter Hurley and David West. This offers … Continue reading

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World Health Day – 7 April 2010

Full credit to all involved in the far-reaching initiatives associated with World Health Day and high five to Jo’burg for participating in the World Health Organization’s ‘1000 Cities, 1000 Lives’ campaign! This includes the launch of optometry and podiatry clinics, initiation of a community environmental health awareness campaign, implementation of a rodent infestation prevention campaign, and extension of the hookah/hubbly bubbly hazard awareness campaign, among other things.

Although not involved in these projects, I certainly recognize the need for them and salute the effort being applied. Aside from more serious concerns, the hubbly bubbly craze hasn’t escaped our notice and if the hunting statistics of our beloved but relentless Wegie (Norwegian Forest Cat) are anything to go by, then we can vouch for a recent increase in the local rodent population. Jina has been bringing us a rat a night lately – confirming that she for one is committed to the cause 🙂


JINA – Furry darling and formidable huntress
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Persistence

Persistence is imperative.


RED IVORY GROWING OUT OF DEAD LEADWOOD

. . . in support of success.

Quotes to consider:

“Money grows on the tree of persistence” – Japanese Proverb

“Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.” – Unknown

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli
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resources for writers

I’ve recently come across a great online magazine for fiction writers, called Fiction Factor. Among a host of helpful articles and links, it features an advertisement for an ebook entitled Write, Create & Promote a Best Seller, which is packed … Continue reading

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