The EM Diet

A childhood friend is writing a lovely book on his mountaineering exploits and the journey he has made from climbing the mountain outside our town to climbing bigger and more famous mountains all over the world!! Flatteringly, he asked me and a Pommy work and climber friend to proofread his latest draft. Being a techno-boff,Continue reading “The EM Diet”

Courage and Principle

I said the book was coming. Now it’s here! I’m on page 121 236 and I’ll report back soon. I finished and will have to write a summary. What a saga! Twenty years of telling people one simple fact: What these developers are proposing will completely ruin Vetch’s Pier and Vetch’s Beach! And very fewContinue reading “Courage and Principle”

New Book Coming!

Johnny Vassilaros is a courageous mensch. And an author. And I can’t wait! If you love Durban, get your copy. Write to – littleboatsandbigfish@gmail.com – Foreward by Advocate Peter RowanI have known Johnny since 2003. I have spent many long hours with him, in meetings, in consultations, in Court proceedings, in open debate and inContinue reading “New Book Coming!”

We’re Famous!

Us Blands have published a book. One of us was the author and one was the photographer. OK, it was tenth-cousin Hugh that actually did both! Mind you, I do play my small part in keeping this particular trappist monastery afloat by testing eyes there mahala every second month! Who’da thunk I’d ever help theContinue reading “We’re Famous!”

New Best Book Ever

I have not been this excited about a book since Tramp Royal, by Tim Couzens. Well, Trader Horn’s The Ivory Coast in the Earlies, and then Tramp Royal. My own The First Safari by Ian Glenn just arrived and it’s beautifully made; a real old-fashioned book, hard cover complete with elegant dust jacket, map, realContinue reading “New Best Book Ever”

An Inordinate Fondness For Beetles

Asked what could be inferred about the Creator from a study of His works, British scientist and naturalist JBS Haldane replied: “The Creator, if he existed, had an inordinate fondness for beetles”. I have just re-read the delightful book Jayne Janetsky gave me in 1999 and learned again: – Every fifth species of known animalContinue reading “An Inordinate Fondness For Beetles”

Colonel Freddie Hodgson

I suddenly thought of old Freddie and wondered where his books were. He came to me for his eyes and sold me a book he’d written: From Hell to the Himalayas. Later he added to it and published a second, thicker edition. Made me buy one of the new ones too! A charming and persuasiveContinue reading “Colonel Freddie Hodgson”