Archive for July, 2006

A Random Walk through the week

July 28, 2006
Last week I played Thursday. We were 2 games all, and he was
leading 7-2 in the final game. Scary stuff.Lots of nifty footwork
from him, especially on the backhand, had me worried. But pressure
began to tell, I think. 9-7 to me in the end.
And Thursday will have to try again.
The1Rod will be even harder to beat.
We have to play on Friday this week due to other committments,
but isn't there already a Man, Friday? 


I almost did not leave the house on the weekend. It was like

that period around Christmas and New Year when you forget

what day it is. I had to wait for a courier delivery on

Saturday morning, then played with my boys until their bedtime.

I also did the laundry and cooking. A regular house spouse.

I worked that night. A bit. What happened the next day?

Ah, yes some friends came for breakfast.

Their daughter kindly looked after the boys while we had

adult conversation. It was difficult at first.


In the years B.C. (Before Children), adult talk seemed

much more engaging. For a long while it seemed that all

I could talk about was babies. A little bit less, recently though.

Now I can talk about squash&exercise,

traffic problems in Cape Town, work, jolling.

Back in the day, I used to wonder if there was anything

worthwhile talking about besides Quantum Mechanics.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!


Late on Sunday afternoon we went to see my mum. 


On Monday morning we had coffee and delicious

pastry at Limone (?) in Green Point. 


On Tuesday evening, as I stepped out of the

car at my brother's house, I had the fleeting

sensation of expectation that my father was there.

It was the house where he died, so I suppose I was

playing tricks on myself. In a theory of consciousness

(assuming there is such a thing) this could be

explained as a random hallucination that

got through the filter. 

  Wednesday morning in the lift I offered a woman

twenty bucks for her coffee, but she said no.

There are some needs money can't buy.

And she wouldn't accept Mastercard (R) either.


Israel is not the 51st State

July 27, 2006

No, that title belongs to the UK, that bastion of liberal, peace-loving values.


“Fighting escalated on both sides as the much-vaunted peace conference in Rome broke up after failing to reach agreement to call for an immediate ceasefire.
Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, backed by Margaret Beckett, the British Foreign Secretary, resisted calls from 13 other countries, as well as the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, for such a ceasefire. “

This from a so-called Labour government!

Rule Britannia!

Waist Removal

July 27, 2006

I weighed myself today. I am down to 77kgs (ok, it was in between 77 and 78kg). This is fighting fit. It is what I weighed when I was playing league squash. You could say I have regained my figure since having children:)

Zen and the art of Galactic Hitch-hiking

July 25, 2006

I laughed heartily from the beginning of the movie ‘The Hitch-hiker’s guide to the Galaxy’. Maybe it was muscle memory coming into play from my time spent in the Athlone Library in the 1980s reading Douglas Adams’s classic. Ah! Athlone. Ah! Adams. Those were the days.

Anyway, the point was? Oh yes, Douglas Adams, whatever he was – author, mystic, space alien – was also, in my opinion, a Zen Master. In the movie (I do not recall the details from the book), Arthur says to Trish, a million miles from Earth, or rather where it had been an hour or two previously, something like:

“You know, our planet has just been destroyed by ugly aliens. I’ve just been saved by an improbable event of unimaginable proportions. I find you in a spaceship piloted by a guy who whisked you off last night to see his spaceship, and…”

“Yes?” she says.

“And you and I, what do we end up talking about…? Our relationship”.

Good Morninnnng South Africa!

July 24, 2006

It’s just past 09h00, and I am up and running. Looking forward to engaging wth a new client this week. I was up till the wee hours this weekend preparing. Last weekend was a bit more debauched. I left the ku de ta club to reach home at 03h00 on Sunday. I had intended to be back by 01h00, since I would probably have to be up by 07h00, but the time slipped by. Funny how that happens. Maybe someone spiked my drink…

Yippeee, yay! It’s Squashie Day…

July 20, 2006

That’s right folks, it’s Thursday. That means a post-work workout on the squash court.

I’ve been a bit sluggish this week, but things are looking up. I don’t know whether it is related but I have been avoiding sugar lately. In fact, I am also not gonna have my cup of coffee before the game either. I have been following a bit of Patrick Holford’s advice on controlling my blood sugar level.

An interesting fact he mentions: from the 1980s to the 1990s, the amount of fat eaten has decreased (due to the fat free fad), but the number of obese people has increased. On the other hand, sugar levels have risen from an average of 47kg per person per year to 57 kg per year. Gad! They even put sugar into bread.

Anyway, here’s his website if you’re interested:

Thought for the day

July 17, 2006

“A department of transport official stated that the taxi recapitalisation project would not be derailed…”

Business Report, 17 July 2006

Bafana Bafana III – Noah

July 12, 2006


Bafana Bafana II – Jody

July 12, 2006

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Bafana Bafana

July 12, 2006

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The pictures above were taken a year apart, on 18 June 2006 and 29 July 2005, respectively.