The Legal Has Landed!

I was working with Serge in the UBS building in Field Street. Bending over someone with my right eye one centimetre from their right eye, I was gazing deep through their pupil with my ophthalmoscope when the building trembled and I heard a loud, dull thud. WTF? I thought; ‘Hmm’ I said, ‘Sounds like theContinue reading “The Legal Has Landed!”

Tugela Gorgeous; Boats n Boobs

Bumbling down from Ngubevu through the legendary Tugela Gorge. Here’s Bernie Garcin (Bernie and the Jets), Doug Retief (Doug the Thief), Dave Walker (Lang Dawid) and me preparing to spend the night at Fig Tree Sandbank campsite, one of the planet’s most beautiful spots. Three plastic Perception Dancers and one Perception Quest. We tripped inContinue reading “Tugela Gorgeous; Boats n Boobs”

A Crayfishing Oenophile CA LLB

John Newby was an LLB  attorney and a CA accountant, wine connoisseur, boyfriend of the lovely Heather – and a crayfisherman. A very capable and interesting fella. He would shove his scrawny frame into a wetsuit and disappear under the waves among the rocks and emerge with crayfish. Which he would then very generously cookContinue reading “A Crayfishing Oenophile CA LLB”

Eyewitness Account

Thanks to coincidence, luck and connections, I have an eyewitness account to the time my good friend Tuffy fell out of a helicopter! Chris Greeff is one of the most connected people I know. He mentioned that John Lee is a parabat. I said: My two schoolmates did parabats in 1971 (Pierre du Plessis) andContinue reading “Eyewitness Account”

Hairspray

Just been checking some crested guineafowl in Mkhuze and they reminded me of an SAOA Natal Branch meeting we had in our waiting room in Musgrave Centre, way back in the early eighties. Ballin had just had a stylish haircut and waltzed in with his new “do”. I said to Geoff Kay “crested guineafowl” andContinue reading “Hairspray”

Eina! and Skande!

. . and then tragedy. Original message from Etienne Joubert in 2014 – (translation below) Good morning all you Harrismith followers! Who was Paul de Witt . . ?? . .  Skande gemaak vir Harrismith se mense. KAAPSTAD – ’n Predikant en bekende restaurateur in Hentiesbaai is Maandag in die vroeë oggendure deur doeanebeamptes metContinue reading “Eina! and Skande!”

Oy Vey!

I just read a book (this was in 2014) The Traveling Rabbi by Moshe Silberhaft. It was loaned to me by Pauline Shapiro, Montclair character of note. We got chatting – instead of doing her eyeballs – about how Durban had lost most of its Jews and Harrismith had lost all of its Jews. RabbiContinue reading “Oy Vey!”

Uh, Correction, Mrs Bedford!

** recycled post ** updated ** In 1969 a bunch of us were taken to Durban to watch a rugby test match Springboks against the Australian Wallabies. “Our” Tommy Bedford was captain of the ‘Boks. We didn’t know it, but it was to be his last game. Schoolboy “seats” were flat on your bum onContinue reading “Uh, Correction, Mrs Bedford!”

4 Hillside Road, Parktown Joburg

I was looking thru Dan Palatnik’s Digital Garage – well worth a visit – and an old Willys Jeep reminded me of Leibs and Achim who had developed the bad habit of lying under their old Jeeps in the backyard of our communal home at 4 Hillside Road, Parktown. Mainly they were banging out rustContinue reading “4 Hillside Road, Parktown Joburg”

Harrismith Holiday Drive-Inn

I’ve only ever seen one aardvark in the wild. A dead one. And it was in the boot of Redge’s car in the Harrismith Holiday Inn parking lot. So I haven’t seen an aardvark in the wild. Yet. I have seen wildlife at the Harrismith Holiday Inn, though. Once when we had had about enoughContinue reading “Harrismith Holiday Drive-Inn”