Saturday, November 22, 2008
Today First City Regiment exercised their freedom of the city of Grahamstown. The statue is of an angel standing over a wounded soldier. I posted a photo of it a couple of years ago.
In 2003 England defeated South Africa at Twickenham in a game in which South Africa at a time had only thirteen men on the field and most of the game we only had fourteen men on the field. They defeated us by a large score (53 - 3) and it hurt like hell
Therefore it is with a feeling of pride that I congratulate The Springboks for today giving England their biggest defeat ever at Twickenham. Not only did we give them their biggest loss ever at their National Stadium (42 - 6), but we also ended our tour of the UK undefeated for the first time since 1997. What makes it even sweeter is that for twenty minutes South Afrca only had fourteen men on the field. How about that.
There is a reason why South Africa is the Rugby World Champion.
South Africa is the only team other than Australia to have won the Rugby World Cup twice (1995 and 2007) and the 2007 world cup was won against England in the final. By then the English were still the World Champions.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Not being an American and being tired of the crap surrounding American politics I made an effort not to follow the recent elections in the USA. The elections happened without me even knowing about it, but for some reason I switched channels one night while surfing channels on my television and there was Barack Obama making his acceptance speech. I would have switched channels again had it not been for the way he spoke and what he said; for some reason it grabbed my attention and I followed his speech to the end.
At last here seems to be an American to grab people's imagination and that is a very good sign for Americans and the rest of the world. I am looking forward to a change in the way America does business. Now if you guys can only take another step in the right direction and impeech George W. Bush for invading Iraq illegally.
Congratulations, America for getting it right.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
I took this photo on the morning when we were returning from a line of observation we had taken in as early warning to the main force. Exercise Para Bellum was an excellent learning experience for me, but it seems soon the CTC will be concentrating more on peace keeping and - enforcement training with SADEC.
On Sunday evening 26 October I drove out to the training area with 8 SA infantry Battalion in the 10 (one zero) vehicle as the commander of Alpha Company as part of Exercise Para Bellum. We drove to our Waiting Area and were barely in position when we experienced our first rain storm since we have been here. I was soaked and found myself sleeping in the emergency exit of my Ratel next to the engine. This photo was taken the morning afterwards.