A movie worth watching: Crash

My boet watched this movie on the aeroplane the other week and said it was worth watching. So I took it out and watched it on the weekend. And its every bit as good as he and Roger Ebert, the famous movie critic, says it is. One of those movies that gives you the occassional goosebump (even us hardcore men).

CrashEbert describes the movie as follows: “Crash” tells interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. All are victims of it, and all are guilty it. Sometimes, yes, they rise above it, although it is never that simple. Their negative impulses may be instinctive, their positive impulses may be dangerous, and who knows what the other person is thinking? The result is a movie of intense fascination; we understand quickly enough who the characters are and what their lives are like, but we have no idea how they will behave, because so much depends on accident. (read Ebert’s full review here).

So take it out and review it for yourself. My star rating: **** and an eigth.

5500km roadtrip and I’m back home!

I’m home! Can’t believe how the holidays flew by, but they always do. I can now admit I have seen most of the different landscapes South Africa has to offer. I have driven through the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape, the Free State and Kwazulu Natal. Our journey took us to Bethlehem in the Free State, Selati Game Farm near Phalaborwa, the Kruger Park, Richards Bay in Natal, Cintsa Mouth on the Transkei coast and Jeffrey’s Bay on the Wild coast.

A lot of places to visit in 10 days, but we packed in all we possibly could. I won’t babble on too much about my holidays, but just let you know some of the highlights:

  • Kruger Park – seeing Lion’s mating! Can you believe it was the lioness instigated the whole thing. The alphamale just sat there as the lioness approached him and gently brushed herself against him. Then he got up, wham bam, thank you mam! All over in about 10 seconds. Then the lioness rolled over and lay there very satisfied.

    The foreplay
    Lion porn

  • Badplaas (the smallest dorpie imaginable outside Nelspruit) – “misplacing” my wallet at Badplaas garage and only discovering it was gone 6 hours later in Richards Bay, Natal! Bleakness!
    WalletNever fear though, a kind man picked it up and handed it in. Not at the garage, where it would have probably disappeared, but at the hotel next door, where he handed it over to the security manager of the complex. The security manager, Mr. Linde, phoned me on my cellphone, after tracking me through my business card in the wallet, and offered to have the wallet DRIVEN to me in Richards Bay by his sister. We were leaving the following morning so instead he couriered it to me in Cape Town, with every cent still inside, 252 bucks!I am amazed as to the honesty and goodness still found in some South African people. What a start to 2006!
  • Cintsa Mouth – staying in the most scenic area in a wonderful, friendly backpackers. Soaking up the sun and drinking too much beer with foreigners.
  • Jeffreys Bay – searching for accommodation for 2 hours in the late evening, not to find anything. Eventually, we tried our luck at what looked like a beach mansion offering accommodation, but looking very closed. We phoned the number on the door, and were told to wait for someone to come show us the place. We waited, and someone came. Screeching around the corner with a beer in his hand, “Gavin” threw us the keys and said cheers. No paperwork, no checks to see if we were dodgy Capetonians. We were given the whole mansion to ourselves for a night, for only 140 bucks each. 4 people in a 7 bedroom mansion. A most bizarre scenario, but a quality find.Check more of my road trip pictures at Flickr

Hello Holidays!

So the time has finally come where I can happily say, “I’m off!” It’s been a long year, but a good year, our company has grown from a massive 2 employees to a whopping 4, that means we’ve doubled in size! Our services are becoming more and more specific and we can focus on what we enjoy and what makes us the money. Visit our company website early next year, www.gravit8.co.za, to find out more.

I’m off on a roadtrip with my lady, Xenia, and mates Mike and Cailey. We will be visiting Bethlehem, Nelspruit, a private game farm, Kruger and a bit of Kwazulu Natal. Can’t wait! Boerewors and braais, game drives and dirt roads, sun cream and swimming pools, and of course Castle and Windhoek.

So to all of you have a Merry Christmas and a huge New Year’s bash! Unfortunately, no more posts till the 9th of January most probably. But don’t miss me to much, catch you all in 2006!

Ten Four – over and out


Hand of Hope

Its quite a picture, definitely blog worthy. But there is another motive behind this post. I went to SA Top Sites and looked for the sites getting the most hits.

Liverpool FC: Official Site for South African Fans and Supporters of Liverpool FC was on top with an average of 3023.75 unique visitors a day. I get that one, sport, blokes, English Football Premier League, theres a lot of interest. What surprised me though was the website with the second most daily visitors, 2285.75 unique visitors a day, So Close: Life after infertility. With twins. In South Africa. That’s a lot of visitors, viewing a website on life with twins!

So getting to the point I hope this photo appeals to you, it’s to do with babies, miracles, and pregnancy. So enjoy it, I hope it brings me some trafficย ๐Ÿ™‚

Hand Of Hope

It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably will never see it.

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by a surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr.Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via a C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby.

As Dr.Bruner completed the surgery on little Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed, hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. In a Time Europe article high-lighting new pregnancy imagery that shows the formation of major organs and other significant evidence of the formation of human life Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile. The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, “Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins, “The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.” Little Samuel’s mother said, “they wept for days when they saw the picture”. She said, “The photo reminds us my pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person.”

Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 per cent

World Aids Day: 1 December 2005

World Aids Day Thursday marks World Aids Day. You cannot chose to escape this day here in Cape Town, South Africa, you can no longer turn a blind eye and hope it will go away. An estimated 4.5 million South Africans were living with HIV in 2000. An estimated 6 million people are expected to die of AIDS related illnesses in the next 10 years.

More media attention has been reported on Mbeki’s controversial statements on HIV and Aids then the tremendous work non-profit organisations and individuals have been doing, trying to combat this disease. But they need our help!


Find an HIV AIDS support organisation and make your pledge to help the hundreds of thousands of people infected or affected by HIV AIDS in our country.

If you don’t know where to find one. Support the organisation our company supports:

The Westlake United Church Trust in Cape Town South Africa.

The luck of the Irish

Grrrrrr….. firefox has just crashed on me again causing me to lose a whole post! Is anyone else having problems with the new Firefox?

This last weekend my girlfriend and I, and half the Saffa community in London, traveled to Dublin to watch the Boks take on the Irish at Lansdowne Road Stadium. Initially our plan was to watch the game at a traditional Irish pub, as we had no tickets. We took the chance though and luckily found a punter within a few minutes of arriving at the stadium.

Even though we lost to a much more impressive Irish team the experience was worth every euro spent. The atmosphere in and around the stadium was electrifying. South African flags flew all around Dublin, and Guinness was being consumed by the barrel!

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