Cars n Aeroplanes

January 2010: Have you checked my white horse? Well, white VW kombi – WHICH . . was towed into the garage while on holiday two days before new year. Today I towed it again – to a clutch place. I’ve been driving Trish’s ole man’s 1980 Opel Kadett. He handed me the keys, his visionContinue reading “Cars n Aeroplanes”

Design Excellence

We were talking bathrooms and cupboards and renovation projects. My friends are carpenters, like that Galilean ou, so they were vying for the gold medal. There was Steve in Brisbane: and Brauer in Tshwane: If I was to enter the fray, I needed to lay down some groundrules if I was to stand a chanceContinue reading “Design Excellence”

Late Night Bedroom Experiments

Peter Brauer wrote an email – it becomes this, my first guest post: Subject: My latest Clinical research at its best I’ve been asked on numerous occasions whether eye problems can result in general fatigue and lethargy – “If I read till late at night I feel fatigued the next am”. I’ve not been convincedContinue reading “Late Night Bedroom Experiments”

Rugby Taifuu

Everyone has heard of Kamikaze, Karate and FuckuOkies, and they know you shouldn’t mess with these Japaneeziz ous; So when Sonny Bill bumped into one of the Japanese jockeys that verpletter’d the Oirish, he was thankful he was wearing dark-coloured trousers. The thing is these little okes – like this real live one with SonnyContinue reading “Rugby Taifuu”

Sheffield Beach Tribal Gathering

When I found them they were huddled together like Vaalies on a beach. Oh, wait! They WERE Vaalies on a beach. I should have taken a picture of Brauer’s beach outfit: A double-padded fluffy anorak. Sort of a Tshwane Tshpeedo. And a hoed. We soon scurried off the dreaded sand in search of lunch. InContinue reading “Sheffield Beach Tribal Gathering”

1966 and all that

I was reading about 1966 – when the Beatles got blasé and the British pop music invasion of the USA waned. Yankee marketers stepped in: Pop abhors a vacuum, and just as the originals (The Beatles) ‘disappeared’, a full-page ad in Billboard promoted a ‘different sounding new group with a live, infectious feeling demonstrated byContinue reading “1966 and all that”

PBHS Complaint

We’re hosting a young man from Pretoria Boys High in the 2015 rugby season. One of the u/14 rugby squad on tour to KZN to get their asses whipped by Westville Boys High. I feed them steaks (they ‘have to eat steak Dad, they’re rugby players’) and send them to bed early – the gameContinue reading “PBHS Complaint”

‘Samiracle

Its amazing that old oke in the middle is still ALIVE! In that photo you see 150 years of contact lens practice, lecturing, innovation and expertise. It’s clear from the way their specs are carefully centred that these okes KNOW their contact lenses! Sid Saks on the left started practising as an optometrist around 1958,Continue reading “‘Samiracle”

Botox Ballies Blues Band

I sent this cartoon to Reed & Brauer: BTW, ‘ASILO’ on the wall means ‘ASYLUM’. Steve Reed wrote: I love it. Over here in Aus, the national broadcaster has a competition called ‘Exhumed’.A fitting term for those of us, like yourself, who played in a band as a younger person but wanna give it one lastContinue reading “Botox Ballies Blues Band”

Take a Moment . .

. . . to actually stop and think WTF and HOW TF and holy guacomole! An oke from Pretoria who had the misfortune to be sent to Pretoria Boys Hah – and thereby dip out on a decent, co-ed, normal, non-pervy upbringing* – has just sent his car (which he happened to be involved inContinue reading “Take a Moment . .”

DIY Bush Wedding

I don’t do DIY. I was going to say except for our wedding, but on reflection, I also did that the way I do everything: Stand back and watch as others do it all, encouraging and applauding while trying to save money. What I did do was buy the booze and fill Mike Lello’s IsuzuContinue reading “DIY Bush Wedding”

Road Safety and the Elderly

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, I wrote reasonably: Subject: A PBH solution for the PHBrauers of the world I’ve been very worried about people driving Audis into school walls, but I feel a bit better now, as a Pretoria Boys High (PBH) boykie has put his mind to a solution for the big Audi /Continue reading “Road Safety and the Elderly”

50. That’s fifty. Five zero. FIFTY! Eish!

Aitch doesn’t mess around. Suddenly a big marquee was pitched on the front lawn. What’s that for? I ask. We’re having a party, says me wife. Oh. OK. So tip-toe’ing discreetly past my half century mark is not going to happen? Nope. So I help the guys lay down a dance floor; and I carryContinue reading “50. That’s fifty. Five zero. FIFTY! Eish!”