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Friday, June 29, 2007

The 11th Hour

Thank god that the movement against global warming is picking up speed. I have never had much time for Hollywood-type actors and actresses, but I am changing my viewpoint on some of them. Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest to add his weight to the movement against global warming with his movie entitled "The 11th Hour".

"Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity ... We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet." said DiCaprio.

Good for you, Leonardo. I would also like to point out two points here since there has been a large amount of idiotic thought processes I have had the misfortune to read about thus far on the internet. Firstly, it does not really matter what DiCaprio's motivation is, he is making a difference and might sway the right people at the right time. Secondly, if global warming is "a load of hogwash" why is nobody making movies about that? You may also ask yourself the question why is the world weather patterns changing at great speed? I really would like to know the alternative explanation, backed up by scientific proof of course.

Are you making a difference that your kids can be proud of or that they at least will not be ashamed of?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Surfing RSA

The sun was setting and I walked to the end of the pier in Port Alfred from where I observed a group of about a dozen surfers bobbing in the water on their surf boards and catching some good waves every minute or so. I took a few very good photos. That reminds me, in 1999 the movie "Shark Attack" with Casper van Dien was filmed in Port Alfred. In South Africa we have the most Great White sharks in the world.

West Beach Port Alfred

I took this photo as the sun was setting. This beach is packed in summer time.

Port Alfred Marina

The marina in Port Alfred looks even better at night. The houses here cost an arm and a leg, but are worth the prices.

Kenton-on-Sea Beach

This is part of the beach at Kenton-on-Sea.

Pub with a View

About five kilometres North of Kenton-on-Sea is a pub and restaurant called "Stanley's". This is the view from the outside tables.


On Saturday I drove the fifty-odd kilometres to the South of Grahamstown to the beautiful seaside towns of Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred to take some photos. On the way I noticed these two rhinos visible from the road and got some good photos. This area has many game parks and the famous Shamwari is located just 65km from Grahamstown.


I took this photo a while ago when this Oryx was in our base as part of standby for a possible operation. The Oryx is the work horse of our unit when we are used in the Air Assault role.

Farewell Ehab

A while ago my housemate Ehab Nazih was killed by three armed men who invaded the safety of our house in El Fashier. They made off with certain valuables and in the scuffle he was killed. My condolences to his family and the best of luck to Ahmed and the other guys who are still in the house. Fortunately I was in South Africa when this happened.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Strikers in Grahamstown

On Wednesday I took a couple of photos of the public service workers striking in Grahamstown.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Secret

I recently watched a DVD entitled "The Secret" and after watching it I went to the distributor in South Africa and bought it. I also applied to become and agent to sell this wonderful product and my application was successful. What I can assure anybody is that to watch The Secret is a huge step towards changing your life for the better. I definately recommend The Secret.

The following might explain it better ...

The Secret DVD

The Secret is a feature length production that reveals a universal secret, said to be as old as mankind, but known only by a fortunate few.
What is The Secret, exactly? "That principle can be summed up in three simple words: "thoughts become things," proclaims writer Mike Dooley. Put it another way, it’s The Power of Positive Thinking and how it can be applied to attracting more money, better health, and relationships; in short, happiness.
Passed down through centuries to reach YOU. It’s the key to virtually everything: wealth, health, relationships, love, happiness – everything you've ever wanted.
For the first time ever, leading scientists, authors, and philosophers disclose the secret of success that transformed the lives of Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein and many more of history's greatest achievers.
When Dilana Howell, the founder of Going4Gold, first stumbled upon The Secret she was overwhelmed by its powerful message. She immediately contacted the producers of The Secret in the USA and secured the rights to distribute this groundbreaking movie throughout Africa. With her vision to equip the people of South-Africa with the tools necessary to achieve financial empowerment, The Secret provides invaluable inspiration for anyone searching for true success.
The Secret reveals amazing real life stories and testimonials of regular people who have changed their lives in the most profound ways. It also shows you how to apply this powerful knowledge to your life in every area from health to wealth, to success and relationships.
"You need to see it. As a matter of fact you need to buy the DVD and watch it numerous times! Totally awesome movie and it could change your life"
"You will be blown away by it and agree that it's probably the most important movie you've ever seen"

If you have made the decision to purchase this DVD feel free to contact me at

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Green on Camouflage

It is a heartening fact to see our soldiers doing what needs to be done when the chips are down. Here some of our troops are helping at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth. This hospital is always busy and was hard hit by the strike.

Selfless Service

As I have said in earlier posts South Africa is suffering from a large strike now and it has befallen us to go to the rescue at major hospitals to help perform critical tasks. Today I visited our troops and was impressed by the way they were tackling the acts labour they had to perform. This includes everything from working in the kitchens, laundry and mopping floors to the disposal of waste and other tasks that is critical for the successful functioning of a hospital. I hope the strike comes to a speedy and satisfactory end soon.

The Photographer

Today I was accompanied by Anwen Evans, a fourth year student at Rhodes University doing a bachelors in journalism and majoring in photography. I hope I got that right. She has been doing a photo project on the daily workings of the SANDF and more in particular 6 SAI Bn. Good luck with the rest of your final year, Anwen.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Combat Ready Inspection

Some of the troops of our unit being inspected after they were placed on standby to assist in relief operations at major Port Elizabeth hospitals to minimize the possible damage caused by the strike South Africa is currently experiencing. 6 SAI Bn has a proud record of readiness mainly due to our excellent D-Day system and these sudden deployments were met with confidence and in a timely manner.

Strike Out

Currently South Africa is being crippled by a general strike which has been ongoing among government employees since last Friday. Their demand is for a raise in pay. Consequently many hospitals are understaffed and struggling to cope. In such situations the SANDF plays a role and thus far we have had to send three platoons to Port Elizabeth to assist in the last couple of days. Tomorrow I will go to visit these hospitals together with a photography/journalism student from Rhodes University so by tomorrow evening I should have some interesting photos to post.

In the photo Capt Sampson, the commander of Charlie Company, has inspection on his troops as they are also on standby.

My List of 10 Interesting Websites

During my year in Darfur I often had to find ways of keeping myself busy so I found myself surfing the web a lot. I have discovered a large amount of good websites that are both useful and entertaining. I have made a list of ten of my favourites for you to visit. Enjoy.

The University of Texas at Austin has an excellent selection of Maps. These were very useful in helping me do my work as a Military Observer.

The Generator Blog will keep you busy for hours to days. From useful to silly.

Subtopia has an amazing amount of informative and maps with statistics.

With Tickle you can learn so much about yourself, including your IQ and what kind of job is suitable for you.

The Atlas at Fresh Logic Studios is very handy for seeing where places are, planning your vacations and anything else that require you to know where places are.

This List on Listible has some amazing online tool links. Going through it will keep you very busy.

Remember the Milk is a great task management and reminder website.

At Win Add-ons you will find an excellent collection of free software. Everything you need is here.

Arts and Letters Daily will keep you busy for hours.

Beyond Weird has some very interesting subjects and resources. You will find at least a couple of them very interesting.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

My Mistake

In my previous post I referred to Blink 182 as being the band performing the Darfur version of "Working Class Hero" while in fact it was Green Day. Thanks to K.M. for correcting me and for providing a link to the video here. Watch it, it's worth your time.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Working Class Hero by Blink 182

Those of you who know something about John Lennon will know about his song "Working Class Hero", which deals with alienation and other issues of our times. The band Blink 182 are now also performing the song, but with specific reference to Darfur. I have heard it twice the way they perform it and it works for me. If you want to hear it buy a CD called "Instant Karma". This CD is an attempt by Amnesty International to help in generating funds to help the people of Darfur. Working Class Hero appears on the CD as well as other great songs and you will do your part for the prevention of further genocide in Sudan.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Feeling the Heat

If you took the time to sign the petition in my previous post then you will appreciate this photo showing member Ayla Kiran handing over the petition with your name on it to the German negotiator, Dr Bernd Pfaffenbach. Read the full report here.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Act Against Global Warming

From 6-8 June, the leaders of the biggest polluting countries in the world are meeting in Germany at the G8+5 summit. Between them, their countries produce over 70% of global warming emissions. But while climate change is the top issue on their agenda, the Bush administration is trying to prevent any serious commitment to action.

Your voice is needed now to tell world leaders to stand strong on climate change. Sign our petition to send a message that the world is calling for action to avert a climate catastrophe.

Please take a moment to sign the petition here.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Movement to Critical Mass for World Peace

I know what you are thinking; "world peace", is that not what beauty pageant contestants say to be politically correct? Yes it is and it still sounds good. It still sounds like something we all want. The problem is the small minority who do not want a world in peaceful existance are actively achieving that because the rest of us just want to live happy uncomplicated lives so unless something involves us directly we do not really make an effort. We are the majority, but while we remain quiet our combined power does nothing to achieve that which we want for our children. If we mobilised we would change the world.

So what do we need? We need to move towards critical mass so to speak. We need to make our voices heard and do so constantly. Only if each of us do what we can can we make a difference. All combined voices turn into a din then into a murmur and ends in a crescendo. That will be the day we reach critical mass and peace has a life of its own. There is one thing I am sure of; a world of peace is imminent. It is only a matter of time so if you partake or not it makes no actual difference. The problem is what will our planet look like when we reach that day? What irreparable damage would we have inflicted on Planet Earth?

So make an effort to propagate a world of peace and a planet that is inheritable to our children, now. Start with your family, join or start community drives, write books, make movies and documentaries and create noise. Later it will become organised and once it becomes organised it turns into a symphony for peace. The day will come when people like John Lennon will be seen as visionaries, but you must carry the torch forward and just do something.

Do yourself a favour and read this article at Sudan Watch for further inspiration.

Peace, love and goodwill to you all.