Albert Fell

‘Just two schoolboys and me,’ I told the lady at the entrance to Albert Falls dam recreation area. OK, two adults and one pensioner, she said, totting up the fee. And sizing us up at a glance, bitch. Oh well, she was spot-on – they are in matric after all. They were after bass and […]

I Used To Know The Answer .

It was quite clear to me the answer was NO. Now I’m less sure . . ——-ooo000ooo——- Yet again I was caught by an April Fools joke on my birthday, Tommy the perpetrator this time; so I was pleased to see one of my heroes also fell for one back in 1832: Charles Darwin wrote […]

Duelling Banjous

As we left Mother Mary today – at the Retirement Village, not the old-aged home, says Dad; He used to call them old aged homes and be very anti but now suddenly they’re OK and they’re retirement villages cos he has just made an offer on a cottage there, deciding at age 96 that it […]

A Cure for Texting n Driving

Do not text and drive. It’s called Distracted Driving and it’s dangerous. Especially now. My old man aged 95 and eight months in the shade took himself off to Wartburg and got his drivers licence renewed for a further five years. He will still be driving legally on a street near you at the age […]

African Greybeard

I’m coming down to Durban to buy a parrot. Where’s Overport? asks the ole man. Then the ole lady phones, all worried – as ever. Can you tell us how to get to West Road in Overport, Koosie? I say I’ll try, phone you back. I need to hatch a plot. I phone back and […]

A 1928 Chevy and a 1922 Swanie

The one is still fully original: The other has had various titanium and plastic parts fitted, and electronic, leather and wooden accessories attached*. Both were seen at LindiLou’s Tarr Roses Open Day. . *Titanium knee, plastic knee, titanium specs, plastic spec lenses, plastic lens implants, electronic hearing aids, leather hat & shoes, wooden walking stick.

The three (early) stages of life

Steve Reed in Oz pointed out the symbolism of this pic (taken by Jessie’s friend Minenhle): She’s sixteen; The jungle gym has been left far behind; The pushbikes have been abandoned; Jess looks ahead to the brave new world of being 16 and really MOBILE!! I just hope she’s not heading for that garden bench […]

Senior Citizens Hippy Revival

Just returned from a gathering in Harrismith where my sole function was to bring the average age of the attendants down to a respectable level. Pierre’s joint 60th along with Jill Venning and Mark Raz Russel. Pierre builds, Jill farms, Mark runs Finlay’s general trading store – and the golf club – in Harrismith. At […]