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Monthly Archives: April 2010
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 Old – Robben Island (left of pic, where Madiba was incarcerated for many years),
Something New – Greenpoint Stadium, all ready for the 2010 Soccer World Cup!,
Something Borrowed – perfect Autumn weather,
Something Blue – a small slice of Table Bay . . .
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.
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:
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!
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
Persistence is imperative.
. . . 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