R.I.P Linda Grewar

Linda Grewar was a Kingfisher paddler from back around 1990. She and Bernie Garcin paddled really well – a number of mixed doubles podium finishes on the Dusi, Fish and Umzimkulu. Then she buzzed off ‘overseas’. In May 2016 Bernie gave me Linda’s address, so I wrote  to her: Hey Linda! – LONG time noContinue reading “R.I.P Linda Grewar”

R.I.P Ernie Alder

Dammit n SHIT!! Ernie died! Fuckity fuck. It’s bullshit. He wasn’t ready. He wasn’t finished. He wasn’t even close to wrapping up all the things he still planned to do. Damn! Too soon. A very special human being. The wake will be held in Ernie’s Pub in Kingfisher Canoe Club on the banks of theContinue reading “R.I.P Ernie Alder”

Brief Power and Glory on the Umko

I was an Umkomaas Canoe Marathon Official once. Kakhuis Field Marshall for the start of one Umko. Appointed by the uber-command of KCC, it was my job to reduce the toilet-paper-in-the-bush syndrome around the start near the Hella Hella bridge. I had relayed farmer Barry Porter’s unhappiness at the phenomenon to the heavies, they wereContinue reading “Brief Power and Glory on the Umko”

That Institution

As we were going to have a small wedding out in the sticks, we held a Pre-Nuptial-Party at Kingfisher Canoe Club back in 1988 to celebrate with friends who couldn’t make it or who hadn’t cracked the nod. Who to invite and who to discreetly ignore is one of the things that makes the lead-upContinue reading “That Institution”