||Issue No. 331 -- 30 May 2005
Quote/s of the Week
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Where are they now?
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Feeling a bit miserable today... over the weekend I developed a sore throat which is now a fully fledged cold. Yes I know it isn’t serious... but why do colds make you feel so horrible?
We are off to waterski this afternoon... not sure if I will ski but I want to as I want to be able to ski the course before we leave for the US.
Snowball is off to the vet tomorrow to have his teeth cleaned and for a biopsy on his ears. White cats apparently are highly susceptible to skin cancer around their ears and nose. I was in the vet last week and saw a dear white cat with no ears at all. I decided that I would rather Snowball lose part of his ears than all of them because we didn’t notice deterioration. So... hold thumbs that he is OK please.
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These from me...
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. - Marianne Williamson
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength. - Henry Ward Beecher
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. - Walter Elliott
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Each week we will feature a question and answer sent in to the Company for Immigration. We hope these will help answer any questions you might have regarding any part of the coming home process. If you would like to send in your own question, please feel very free to do so.
We will also be featuring a great amount of information on the SAW Website (www.saw.co.za) under the Coming Home section. You can also find out info by visiting our newly relaunched site, South Africa Online (www.southafrica.co.za) and checking out the Coming to SA section.
Here is a bit more info...
Whenever and wherever South Africans meet, the surest way to start a lively discussion, is to ask someone for an opinion about emigration from or remigration back to South Africa. In 2002 we (i.e. the non-profit immigration service, Company for Immigration, and the trade-union, Solidarity) realized that the return of South African expats had become a fact and that their inputs are essential for the growth and development of the country. We are neither interested in a debate about the reasons why people leave or come back, nor about the merit of their decisions. We prefer to provide a practical service instead:
offering advice and assistance to prospective remigrants;
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A vitalquestion this week:
Danie, Bellville asks: Is there any special financial incentive from Government for South Africans abroad who wish to return to South Africa?
Answer: Sadly, no. Such rumours seem to do the rounds, but to our knowledge no such schemes exist.
Alana & Annatjie
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The Good News - 27th gold medal for SA at Chelsea Flower Show
27th gold medal for SA at Chelsea Flower Show
The South African exhibit at the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show has won a gold medal, making it the 27th time that the country has won gold during the 30 years that it has been competing at the show. The exhibit by the team from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens covered an area of 84 square metres and was entitled "African Dream".
The 2005 Chelsea Flower Show, which cost £4 million to put together and took some 800 people three weeks to build, hosted more than 600 exhibitors and consisted of 54 show gardens covering 4,5 hectares. The show has been held every year since 1826 and took place this year between 24 and 28 May at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. It was attended by around 157 000 people.
The South African exhibit was designed by David Davidson, who has been responsible for the South African entry for the past eleven years. It was designed to show how indigenous South African plants - many species of which are today coveted by gardeners all over the world - can be used as striking garden subjects. These include strelitizias, aloes, cycads, grasses, succulents and proteas.
The centrepiece of the exhibit is a 3m high sun deck made of carved wood and woven copper from which water cascades into a copper water feature in the shape of the indigenous water lily. This is surrounded by a collage of images representative of the diverse South African landscape, including the African bushveld, cultivated landscapes and elements of luxurious lifestyles.
This year the Kirstenbosch team was enhanced by the assistance of three aspirant young horticulturists sponsored by a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Tourism Department and Old Mutual. They are Phakamani Xaba, 28, from the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty's Bay, Shireen Harris, 31, from the Free State National Botanical Garden in Bloemfontein, and David Dlamini, 22, who works at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Gauteng.
An interesting fact about South African flora is that the Western Cape is a unique floral kingdom, which is quite significant since there are only six floral kingdoms in the world. However, more important is that it has by far the largest number of floral species of all of the six kingdoms, despite covering the smallest area by a long way. Comprising less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, the Western Cape is home to nearly 20% of the continent's flora, which makes it no wonder that it has been added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
South Africans will also get a chance to see the award-winning exhibit at home; in Gauteng in July and September, followed by Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town in October.
For more interesting and exciting news about developments in South Africa, subscribe to the International Marketing Council's regular BrandSA newsletter by visiting www.imc.org.za/goodstuff.htm or www.imc.org.za/subscribe.asp.
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Feedback on last week’s issue
This from Colin Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again to everyone who makes this publication possible… it’s fantastic.
I read the article on South African team launches first new America’s Cup boat [SeaSailSurf]
The South African Team Shosholoza has become the first team to launch a new generation America’s Cup Class boat, built to Version 5 of the class rule. At a ceremony in Valencia, Spain on Thursday evening, RSA 83 was christened 'Shosholoza' by Rita Barberá, the Mayor of Valencia.
This is GREAT for South Africa…. What’s sad for me, is that the Sponsorship is not mentioned once, without this , this boat would not be making this trip. T-systems has sponsored R100, yes the biggest sponsorship towards South African sport. Of course I mention this, because I work for T-systems.
Growing old gracefully
This from Des Cowie
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah (on her show) for Dr.Angelou's 74th birthday.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day... like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first, she said. The audience laughed so hard they cried.
Dr. Angelou also said: "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree Lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your Parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People Love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Choice Coach – Grounded in the Earth, Reaching for the Sky
A walk in the park (extract from my journal)
I started out today knowing that I need to write a Grounded/Reaching, since it is the 30th of the month and I have not yet written one this month. I had an idea of what I would write, but decided to first head out for a walk in the park. So glad the gym was not open, it being Memorial Day. I might have gone there instead, which would not have been anything like my walk was.
I headed out intending to walk up the hill, but was attracted instead to the staircase. I usually think of that as too steep, but the wonderful assortment of azaleas that flanked it drew me to it, and in close-up they were definitely worth the climb. Salmon and pink, lavender and what in the US is called purple but in the UK would be called mauve.
My heart and lungs were laboring by the time I got to the top, so I walked fairly slowly past more azaleas and on to the path that leads to the lilacs. On the way I reflected on the partnership between the Creator and mankind. The Creator made the plants, but often it is the eye and the hand of man that creates specific groupings to show off each to its best advantage. In this park great care is taken to place plants where they will complement each other. Deep red-copper behind rich dark green, with in front of them a gorgeous gold-leaved privet so brilliant that it looks from a distance like a flower-bed. A feast for the eyes. Then to the lilacs. The latter species are still in full bloom, the variety of colors is amazing, and the scent was very strong as I walked past them.
As I approached one of the larger tree groupings there was a cacophany of sound - from birds whose cry I could not identify, except that it was clearly a danger signal, and that it seemed to come from several birds. As I drew closer I realized that a crow was at the center of the attention, and that the much smaller birds were frantically trying to drive it away. I did not see the nest, but at this time of year there are probably young in it - no doubt a tender morsel for the crow were he to get to it. Two or three black birds, about a third the size of the crow, in fact looking a lot like miniature crows, kept up their scolding as they followed. It had flown down from the tree and was casually walking away, appearing to pretend that it did not notice the repeated dive-bombing from the anxious parents. I have seen crows attack something. They can be vicious. Yet these smaller beings were fully prepared to take on this monster, to risk their own safety, in order to protect their own.
I could still hear the scolding as I crossed the road toward the Viet Nam Memorial, and I only later realized the parallel.
The memorial seemed an appropriate destination on this day. My own British heritage remembers its war dead on November 11, but my county of adoption, the US, celebrates it on the last Monday in May. This goes back to the US civil war, and it often startles me to see poppies sold in the spring. Yet it allows our frail elderly veterans to march in the sunshine, instead of in the rain and the cold, and this is good.
Our local Viet Nam Memorial is magnificently designed. I walk past the 280 posts, each bearing the name of someone from this area whose life was taken by that war, touching and silently thanking each one, wondering what might have been in their lives, in their families, had they lived. What children would they have had, and grandchildren, what benefits might they have brought to the world? For myself, whose chief war of childhood memory is World War II in aftermath, I think back to the losses there, less vividly portrayed. I wonder if we will create such a memorial for those who are dying today, and tomorrow, in Iraq. I wonder if our park will have space for all the memorials for all the dead in all the wars to come if something does not change. I am thinking not of the politics of the wars, "righteous" or otherwise, just of the tragedy of the dead, and of the bereaved who must go on.
At the end of the line of posts I cross to the little pond in which the water circles continuously, and am reminded that it symbolizes that life, in its entirety, goes on even when individual lives leave it. This little body of water falls from the fountain, flows on its way, and eventually sinks below the surface of our sight. Yet it returns. On its journey, some of it evaporates. Some of it is drunk by the birds that scattered as I approached. Some of it is splashed onto the surrounds as they bath. Yet it all returns. It sinks into the ground, it evaporates, it eventually becomes clouds, or rain, or moistness of the air that we breathe, and it contributes to life once again. It is not lost, just as life is not lost. It contributes to the existence of life on our planet.
So does every life in many ways, however sadly short. We live on in the memories of others. We live on in the changes we have made to the world, to our surroundings, to the people we know, or pass briefly. I have heard it said that every person with whom we are in contact is changed for ever, however minutely, by that contact. We do live on.
Perhaps we, as humans, are the only ones who get to choose whether our contribution is beneficial or not. Perhaps we are the only ones bidden to consider how we would live if the whole known universe teetered in the balance between good and evil, with our next act, our next thought, being what would decide which way that balance would swing. If we were to think that way... how would we live? Would we care? What would our next choice be?
From the water garden I walked across to the AIDS Memorial Garden, a quiet, almost hidden place at the far end of the park, nestled against a surround of trees. Here are remembered, some with names and some not, people who died another kind of death, people who are mourned as deeply, and were loved as strongly as those remembered at the other memorial. Deaths differ. Lives differ. Choices differ. We all do the best we can with what we think we have, and we all make our contributions.
Then, back through the lilacs, back through the azaleas. On this slightly different route, as I walk through the "pinetum" - an area planted with many varieties of towering conifer - I see that here there are newly planted varieties of azalea, those with poster-bright colors, vivid orange, brilliant gold and yellow. These showy, probably newly developed plants are breath-taking. They would overwhelm their more subtly colored cousins elsewhere in the park, yet both are beautiful, and both make their contribution.
Again, I am reminded that life is a partnership. We are provided with the materials, but what we create with them... that is our choice. Someone worked long and hard to breed those vivid colors from the quieter, more natural ones. We may take what we have and choose to use it to try to make the world more beautiful, or more loving, or more safe, or we may put our energies elsewhere. Some people throw what they see as junk to the side of the highways, others use it to create sculpture, to develop something beautiful. In the same way there are different attitudes towards our follow occupants of this planet. Some see those who are "other" from them as junk and would prefer a world in which they do not exist. Some see the potential, and are willing to work to develop it. Some see the other-ness as beautiful in its own right.
Both my feet and my thoughts have been rambling, and then they return home. I journal, and my journal becomes my Grounded/Reaching. The other topic will await another month.
SPECIAL TIMES THIS MONTH
Dates and descriptions obtained from www.interfaithcalendar.org/ unless marked with ##.
Do not be confused by the fact that some celebrations occur on different days according to different religions. For example, celebrations for those of the Orthodox Christian faith, some of whom adhere to the Julian calendar and some to the Gregorian calendar, often differ from those of most western Christian faiths. For more information about the history behind this confusion, see www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article7070.asp.
Celebrations marked with one asterisk actually begin at sundown the previous day. Those marked with two asterisks may vary by date according to location. Also, because the Islamic calendar is moon-based, some dates may be off by one day, depending upon location.
31 - Feast of the Visitation - Catholic Christian - Celebration of the visit of Mary, newly informed of her pregnancy, to her cousin Elizabeth. ##
3 - Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian occasion to pay homage to Christ's all encompassing love for humanity.
4 - Immaculate Heart of Mary - Catholic Christian honoring of Mary, mother of Jesus.
9 - Ascension - Orthodox Christian recognition of the departure of Jesus from earth after the resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity.
13-14 - Shavuot * - Jewish celebration of Moses' descent from Mt Sinai with the ten commandments. Plants and flowers are used in decorations.
16 - Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib - Sikh time of remembering those who have suffered for the faith.
16 - Ganga Dussehra ** - Hindu Hindu honoring of the sacred river Ganga (Ganges) which flows from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal.
19 - Pentecost - Orthodox Christian observation of the day when the God the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind.
19 - New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian (Church of the New Jerusalem) annual commemoration of the vision document, "The True Christian Religion", by Emanuel Swedenborg
21 - First Nations Day - Canadian Native People (Indian, Metis and Inuit) most sacred day on the summer solstice.
21 - Litha * - Wicca/Neo Pagan celebration of the sacred marriage in which energy of the gods is poured into the service of life.
23 - Buddha Jayanti ** - Hindu
24 - Nativity of John the Baptist - Christian celebration of the role of John in baptizing Jesus. Continues a pre Christian Midsummer's Day celebration. Special interest for Hispanic tradition.
26 - All Saints - Orthodox Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. In general, saints are persons with reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status.
29 - Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian The martyrdom of Saint Peter and Saint Paul recognized.
29 - St. Peter Day - Catholic Christian day honoring of the disciple chosen by Jesus to give leadership to the church.
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I have published this weekly newsletter over a hundred times, but beginning this week, I'm celebrating a new focus on YOU.
More tips. More resources. More ways to develop mindfulness in the way that YOU find most enjoyable. After all, everyone likes to have fun. My intention is to help YOU create a perfectly enjoyable mindfulness practice that's effective for YOU.
Thanks for your continued support. I am deeply grateful, and look forward to connecting with you each Friday as we play with mindfulness.
Mindfulness and Mystery: Sleuthing Toward Interpersonal Awareness
We love mysteries. We enjoy using our minds to gather clues and solve problems of all kinds. Whether it's the latest crime show on television, a news story, your company's top-secret product launch, or where you left your glasses, you are captivated by questions that have significance for you.
In fact, we can learn a great deal by becoming mindful of the types of mysteries that fire up our brains. By using multiple intelligences theory as a framework, we can create greater awareness of the areas that naturally appeal to us as playgrounds for mindfulness.
For example, if you find that you are frequently intrigued by dramas--gossip, soap operas, office politics, novels, or shows like "Survivor" or "The Bachelor"--pay attention to that. What it tells you is that you have a natural inclination to flex your interpersonal intelligence, or "people" smarts.
You seek clues to help you understand and anticipate the motives, reactions, and choices of others. You have an ability to see personality traits clearly and recognize behavior patterns, and you apply this knowledge to new situations and characters.
All the world is a stage to you, and you are fascinated by the players and plots.
If you enjoy observing dramas, you might as well use them as triggers for mindfulness, right? So, for example, you could select a particular cue to notice and heighten your awareness of when, how, and why it appears.
If you choose a gesture like someone putting their hand on their forehead, you could use this as your secret prompt to pay attention to what follows immediately AFTER that. An exclamation of exhaustion? A self-critical statement? A swear word?
You can do this during your conversations with others, but it's also easy to do when you are watching people in any setting--at a party, in a movie, on television.
What can you learn about this person in particular and people in general by paying attention to this gesture? What are the subtle differences between people using this gesture, and between instances when the same person uses this gesture?
Remember, to develop mindfulness we need to notice new things, draw distinctions, shift our perspective, and stay focused on the moment.
Watching FOR a gesture instead of merely watching gestures in general allows us to pop into mindfulness mode whenever we notice our selected trigger.
Paying attention to the various emotions and words of the player helps us draw distinctions.
Looking at how different people use this gesture depending on the circumstances teaches us to shift perspective.
Spending even a few seconds of mindful attention whenever we see that hand-to-forehead gesture gives us a simple, brief, appealing opportunity to be fully present in the moment.
Whether your interpersonal intelligence is highly developed or not, you can improve the way you pay attention to the world around you by engaging in this easy little game. Just pick a gesture, and start noticing when it appears.
Nobody needs to know. It's your secret mission. It will take only a few seconds here and there.
You will find that this is a remarkably powerful way to improve your ability to shift your focus instantly, heighten your awareness of visual cues, deepen your understanding of how emotions are expressed, and start seeing yourself as someone who PAYS ATTENTION.
Start sleuthing your way toward greater mindfulness by watching the dramas unfold all around you. You'll be maximizing the mysteries of life!
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You might be given a particular gesture to watch, or a sound, or an area of the body, or an aspect of nature. You just never know what your next mission will be, but you can be sure that it will help you learn how to pay attention while you're right smack in the middle of the Real World.
This ecourse includes a month of emailed assignments, but you can spread them out and take as long as you like. You're likely to have so much fun with each one that you'll take a week or more on each mini-mission.
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Ready For A Real-World Mystery?
I have been captivated by a news story about a man who was found on the Isle of Sheppey in southeast England, dressed in a neat suit, drenched to the skin, and completely distressed.
Since he appeared on April 7th, he has been unable or unwilling to utter a word, and cannot remember who he is or what happened to him. However, after drawing several pictures of a piano, he was led to one at the hospital. He promptly sat down and proceeded to perform a four-hour concert of classical and what appeared to be original compositions.
The press has dubbed him "The Piano Man" and there is a great deal of speculation about his compelling story. Despite 1000 tips from around the world, police have failed to solve the mystery.
Who is he? Where did he come from? Why can't he remember who he is? Why was he soaking wet that night? Was he trained as a musician, or is this a new talent that has emerged?
What do YOU think?
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There are plenty of ways to be mindful. Let's start with the ones we like best!
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse offering specialized mindfulness training to individuals and groups in Portland, Oregon. Her work has inspired thinkers in over 100 countries. To subscribe to her free ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, please visit http://www.massageyourmind.com.
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One Man’s Australia – Russian roulette holidays
On October 8, 2004 26 year-old Schapelle Corby was arrested at Denpasar Airport, on Bali, after Customs officers found 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in her bodyboard bag. Corby had flown to Bali from Brisbane, via Sydney, with some friends and a family member. She has consistently denied any knowledge of how the package came to be there.
On May 27th, 2005 she was sentenced to 20 years in prison and $13,000 fine. She joined 46 other Australians who are in Asian prisons for drug smuggling, of whom three are under sentence of death.
Unlike the other 46, Australia has erupted in a furore over her sentence. Some Australians believe that she is innocent. Others believe that she is guilty but has received a grossly unjust sentence in the same court that sentenced Bali bombers to as little as 2 years imprisonment.
All Australians agree that she could never have been found guilty in an Australian court where the prosecution would have been required to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt. In the Indonesian court she had to prove her innocence - which she could do only by identifying the person who had placed the 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in her bodyboard bag.
By Australian standards there were shortcomings in the procedural and forensic handling of the case. The plastic bag containing the marijuana was handled extensively by Indonesian Customs officers with their bare hands. It was not fingerprinted. There was no analysis of the marijuana to establish where it was produced. There was no video footage taken of the body board bag search and Corby's arrest to establish what happened and who said what.
The Australian Government submitted a letter to the court certifying
* That she passed through the Domestic and the International Terminals at Sydney International airport on a day that the Australian Federal Police were watching a cocaine shipment being removed from a passenger's baggage and carried out of the airport by corrupt baggage handlers in the same team that handled her baggage. No arrests were made for the purpose of gathering intelligence for wider arrests at the time of a subsequent and larger shipment - which happened in late April 2005.
* That 25 baggage handlers have been suspended while investigations continue (and will doubtless face arrest and court one the cases against them have been developed).
* That the baggage handlers were neither under cctv surveillance while working nor subject to checks when arriving at or departing from work. All that they required was their swipe card to open the gate between airside and the car park.
There are many elements of this case that simply don't add up. Taking marijuana into Bali on its own doesn't add up. It is far cheaper there than in Australia. On the other hand it makes sense to produce it in Queensland and market it in New South Wales, leaving a suspicion that this could have been a case of a domestic shipment that went wrong when the Sydney baggage handlers failed to remove it from her body board bag when they unloaded the Brisbane - Sydney flight.
I started my working life being trained as an aircraft mechanic by South African Airways and went on to a commercial pilot's licence and a PhD in engineering. I flew for 35 years until an industrial accident cost me my aircrew medical rating. Nowadays I am an aircraft mechanic again with the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.
One of my early memories is of working on the turn-around of a BOAC aircraft at Jan Smuts when we were called by a puzzled cleaner who had struggled to lift a toilet seat. And well he might. Underneath the paint it was solid gold.
Smuggling gold into South Africa did not make sense.
Enquiries revealed that the aircraft was scheduled to fly from London to Bombay, departing some two hours after the Johannesburg aircraft. The Johannesburg aircraft had developed a technical snag and the aircraft were swapped.
Also during my time there was the Oppenheimer jewellery robbery - at that stage the biggest ever in South Africa. The jewellery vanished without trace.
Some years later UK police identified some being sold. Diligent enquiries commenced which eventually led back to a well-known charter airline flying a 4 engined Avro York out of Rand Airport. The jewellery had departed South Africa in its wheels.
I always counsel people against holidays in Asia. I have gone there fairly frequently but only on business and then with one modest suitcase which I secure with plastic electrical cable ties. Once they are fastened, they can be opened only by being cut.
A long association with commercial aviation has made me cautious I guess.
And so it begins!
Yesterday the Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois defeated the Liberal Party Government and its NDP remora in a 153 to 150 vote split.
The vote was a procedural motion put forward by the Tories and BQ asking a Parliamentary Committee to recommend that the Government resign.
All fair and well. Sounds reasonable.
So it was voted on and the Government was defeated. At which stage you expect the Government to at least make the motion of going to the public for a renewal of their mandate. After all this amounted to a motion of no confidence in the ability of the Government to perform their duties.
Which at the moment appears to be doing nothing and promising millions to do less.
Suddenly the Third World face of Canada took over.
I now understand why it is that so many African countries love Canada. After all they seem to have learned all their lies, thieving and deviousness from the current Liberal Party. No wonder then that Martin seems to find it more important to talk about aid to Africa than the skullduggery taking place at home.
Even more important was the Liberals reaction to the vote.
Oh. No! Says Mr. Martin. We won't resign. This was only a procedural motion and doesn't amount to an expression of no confidence in the Government.
Of course not Mr. Martin.
Feel free to hang on to power at all costs. After all you haven't stolen all of the taxpayers money yet. And then there is that little promise you made to the NDP. And the other promise to the Ontario Liberals. And the promise to ….who was it now? Some group or other that the Liberals rely heavily on to shore up their rapidly slipping support.
Mind you Mr. Martin, are you sure that you should be promising all this money to all and sundry out there? After all won't that leave to little for the Liberal Party and its leeches to siphon off for their own nefarious purposes?
And given that the Ontario sheep still seem to be adhering to the propaganda line and blindly supporting the Liberals is there really a reason to try to bribe the electorate?
At least that was the line according to the local Liberal supporting newspapers. Within hours of Martin reneging on proroguing Parliament they went into full overdrive in the mind washing stakes.
Out come the old "Harper (the Leader of the Conservatives) is an American loving, National Health Hating, anti-abortionist, fundamental Christian - with a hidden agenda"! It is the "Hidden Agenda" part which is so ludicrous.
The political platform of the Conservatives is out in the open for all to read, digest and have an opinion on. Oddly enough it is probably, this being Canada, a pretty left of centre view. In fact only in Canada would this party be labeled Right Wing.
Only in Canada would a party that lies and steals and generally treats the electorate as mindless fools be preferred over another party merely because they are perceived to be "clones of the Americans"
Having said all that I was interested to see that there was a massive shift in public perceptions this week. Even the Toronto Star had the figures prominently displayed. Which given their hierarchy in the Liberal propaganda machine is a pretty good indicator that there are some serious problems and the Liberal Party knows it.
From loudly proclaiming that the Liberals had more support than the Conservatives there was a rather muted comment to the effect that the latest poll showed that the Liberals had dropped dramatically and now trailed them, while even support for the NDP had increased to levels close to the Liberals.
Tucked away even more discreetly was the figure that showed that the PQ would walk Quebec if an election were held tomorrow. Which given that the Adscam inquiry was started supposedly over an attempt to STOP Quebec seceding has proven to be a spectacular failure of doctrine. Mind you it was a spectacular success for all the people who were given millions of tax dollars.
Of interest is that Paul Martin is actually Paul Martin Jr.
Paul Martin Sr. was also in the Canadian Government and he too tried to be the PM for many years. In fact many people feel he was one of the people who should have been PM and would have been a very good, and dare I say it, ethical PM.
The story is that Senior imbued Junior with the same lust for the top position as he had had and that Junior has tried for many years to get there only to see his triumph crumble in the end. In fact he may turn out to be one of the shortest reigning PM's as well. This is probably why Martin is so desperately clinging on to power.
Memories of Joe Clark and the Conservatives being turfed out of power after the excesses of the Mulroney years must surely be a constant, and bitter, reminder of how a new PM can pay for the mistakes of his predecessor.
Not that it is working. In a poll conducted by the Strategic Counsel Martin was considered the most dishonest leader of all the political parties in Ottawa by 63% of the people polled. Even worse 54% said he was the most hypocritical.
Presumably the electorate is beginning to realise that theft and dishonesty is still the same no matter who indulges.
Now all that remains is to get them riled up enough to actually get up off the coach and go cast a ballot.
The final straw however must be the political comment I read where the Canadian Government was compared to the Zimbabwean one.
For Canadians to even contemplate that shows how far down the Liberals have slipped in contempt.
Or how similar in tactics the Liberal Party has become in its effort to hold on to power at all costs.
Given the Liberals love affair with Africa I will be kind and merely say that imitation is a pretty poor form of flattery in this case.
A serious warning
Most of Australia is still reeling from the guilty verdict handed down to Schapelle Corby, the attractive young Queenslander who was caught with 4,1 kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag on her arrival in Bali. Emotions are running high, quite understandably, with people even calling for intervention on the part of the Australian government, and calls flying left, right and centre for a boycott of Balinese and Indonesian products and tourist destinations.
Like most people, though, I do not have the full evidence brought against her, so I am not going to speculate as to her innocence or guilt. Fact is that the drugs were found in her bag. That, apparently, the bag was not checked for fingerprints is, if true, a gross oversight. Personally I do not think her defence team quite came up to scratch, either; and the rather clumsy efforts to introduce "evidence" from Australia, as well as hints of interference from the Australian government certainly did not help her case.
From what I heard when the verdict was handed down, it is clear that there was a distinct perception on the part of the Indonesians that outsiders were trying to force their hand. The result was, quite predictably, a hardening of attitude on the part of the three judges. If the emotion-driven calls for boycotts are heeded, this hardening will merely intensify, with dire consequences for other Australians who find themselves in a trouble with the Indonesian judiciary down the line. Such actions on the part of Australians and their government will also strengthen the case of Islamic fundamentalists in Indonesia, something no-one would like to see at a time when Canberra and Jakarta are on rather tentatively good terms.
In any case, it doesn't really matter how many Australian tourists boycott the popular Indonesian resorts, because tourists from other countries will not feel the same, necessarily, and will simply snap up the accommodation left open by the absent Australians.
South Africans, especially the poor and those at risk economically, know only too well who gets hurt most by sanctions and boycotts – the innocent. Punishing a small businessman in Bali for what his country's judiciary did or did not do, is just plain senseless, and certainly will not change Indonesian law or the way it is implemented.
If the proposed talks to arrange an exchange of prisoners with Indonesia are successful and Corby does get brought home to serve her prison term of 20 years, all Indonesian eyes will be very firmly fixed on what happens to her. Any, to them, unreasonable reduction in the term of her sentence will, once again, result in a hardening of attitude. So it will not be, as I have heard muttered on the streets here, a matter of "bringing our girl home and freeing her", as that will have the direst consequences for relations between Australia and Indonesia, and ordinary tourists will draw the shortest straw, indubitably.
Of course those with a cynical bend will point out that, were Corby not a pretty young woman, perceptions this side of the ocean may well have been different. I can understand the cynics – one only has to note the relative silence surrounding the fate of the so-called Bali Nine who were caught in possession of heroin, a much more severe offence. But be that as it may, what has happened to Corby should serve as a very clear and strong warning to anyone travelling, and especially those travelling to countries with known severe penalties for drug smuggling. Rather than having to try and overcome the charges, ensure that you are not charged in the first place.
Most international airports now have the facility to have one's luggage shrink-wrapped. Use this option, because then it is so much easier to prove that your bags have been tampered with. Travellers should also use really sturdy cases, because luggage take a battering at the hands of baggage handlers, as anyone who has seen them in action will be quick to concede. Many people also lock their cases and bags, but with locks so flimsy they often get broken in transit. Not good! Ensure that your bags are locked really well, even bags that you take on board as carry-on luggage.
The whole point of the exercise is twofold: to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to tamper with your luggage, and to protect yourself against such tampering. And if, on arrival, you find any signs whatsoever that your luggage is not in the same condition as it was when you last saw it, make a point of notifying customs or police immediately. If anything suspect is found in your bags, immediately offer to have your own fingerprints taken and insist as much as you can that the suspect items be dusted for fingerprints. Even if the police cannot find any fingerprints, the fact that yours are not on the item, on top of your volunteering your own prints and the fact that you were the one to bring the matter to the attention of the customs officials can only count in your favour. Hoping that they will not find whatever it is that you did not pack is not a safe or healthy option – you may be gambling with your life, literally. That Corby did not get the death penalty is a huge let-off for her and her friends, family and countrymen. It could just as easily have gone that way for her.
My own suspicion is that Corby was an unwitting "mule" (an unsuspecting carrier of smuggled drugs), at best. Had she taken the necessary precautions, she may very well have been back home already. Of course, there is the possibility that she knew what she was carrying, but that's merely the other option.
Let's face it, the world we live in nowadays is not a safe one, nor is it one in which, sadly, we can trust those we should be able to. If the drugs were indeed placed in Corby's bag by someone other than her, it could very well have been by a baggage handler here in Australia. Remember that, apparently, Australian marijuana is considered to be of far superior quality to the Indonesian hash, so it would fetch a better price. We can no longer assume that the people in whose care and charge we place our luggage can be trusted; on the contrary, it is safer to assume that they cannot be.
And, as the Corby case has also proved, you cannot rely on the testimony of friends or family travelling with you, because police, prosecutors and judges know very well that people DO lie under oath, and with other evidence missing, your friends' or family's testimony will not carry as much weight as that of witnesses for the prosecution, as Corby has discovered. This is sad, even sickening, but it is a fact of the world, and happens all the time all over the globe.
So, for your own sake and for the sake of those who care for you, please make every effort to safeguard yourself. Don't become another Schapelle Corby; don't risk putting yourself and those who love you through the same anguish. Above all, don't think because you come from a developed country that you will automatically get better treatment than the citizens of your destination country – chances are, rather, that the opposite will be true and that you will be seen as a threat to the well-being of those people, as Corby has been made out to be.
I can only hope that justice will prevail in Corby's case – whichever way that may go. I have not seen or heard enough evidence to convince me of her guilt. But let her relief not come at the cost of thousands of other innocents down the line…
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Greetings One & All in Yeboland!!!
Eish! this month was truly jam packed with events. Like usual...we are not going to cut and paste all the graphics and goodies in the e-mail... although we know it makes thing fancy wancy we are just going to give the text format for events happening in New York.
Hope you all are gearing up for the summer.....don’t worry about the six-pack guys... a cooler box does the trick as well.
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Promoting the Cultural Diversity of SA
Link to Events in YeboLand!!! - http://www.sacultureinny.org/events.html
Print out the Below Events and Plan your Calendar!!!
DRUMSTRUCK, the world's first interactive drum-theatre experience, direct from sold-out engagements in Johannesburg, South Africa and Sydney, Australia, makes its American debut off-Broadway at Dodger Stages Stage 2 (340 West 50th Street, NYC) directed by David Warren. DRUMSTRUCK began preview performances on May 12, 2005 and the official opening date will be announced soon.
"This show is a must-see, a not-to-be-missed experience." Sunday Independent (Australia)
"A joyous bout of cultural bonding that will go a very long way to building theatre audiences of all ages." The Star (Australia)
"Living embodiment of tradition.." Business Day (Australia)
Tickets to DRUMSTRUCK are available at the Dodger Stages box office (340 West 50th Street) and by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, or online at telecharge.com.
Ticket prices are $61.00 (Tuesday-Friday and Sunday Evening) and $66.00 (Saturday Matinee and Evening and Sunday Matinee). Performance times are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm & 7:00pm. A limited number of $25 student tickets will be available, day of show only at the Dodger Stages box office, with valid student I.D. For more information, check out the web site for DRUMSTRUCK.
DOZI – SA Performer
6/7 London UK Zulu Bar - Leytonstone, London East Rene Gauche firstname.lastname@example.org
6/9 North Carolina / Charlotte RiRa Irish Pub and Restaurant - Charlotte Christo Visagie Christo.Visagie@springs.com
6/10 North Carolina / Raleigh Mac's Tavern - Cary Deborah Blackman email@example.com
6/11 Georgia / Atlanta The Calvany Assembly of God - Atlanta Hansie en Hilda Dirksen firstname.lastname@example.org
6/12 Texas / Dallas Holiday Inn Select - Dallas Justin Luyt en Monja Smith email@example.com en firstname.lastname@example.org
6/15 Texas / Houston Westfield by the Railroad - Houston Jaco Steynberg email@example.com
6/16 Florida / Key West - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details;
6/18 Florida / Ft Lauderdale Kalahari bar - Ft Lauderdale Dee Hofmeyr email@example.com
6/19 New York i-Shebeen Madiba - Brooklyn Mark Henegan firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 7:00pm onward Cost: $20.00 a ticket
In 1999, he recorded and released his first album "Mercy", a Zulu gospel album, which received a SAMA nomination for best newcomer. This album was followed by "Op Aanvraag", Dozi's first Afrikaans CD, in 2001. which reached double platinum status, selling in excess of 100 000 copies. Next in line, released in December of 2001,was the second Afrikaans album,"Storm op die Horison" which gained platinum status within the first year of release. In February 2003, "Siyaya ….. Ons gaan", was released and moved up to gain platinum status in September 2003. Very soon, people were singing along with songs like, "Ma se song" , " Staan net 'n bietjie stil" and "Maybe my Baby". The album " Siyaya …Ons Gaan " was nominated for a SAMA award in 2004, in the category for best Afrikaans album.
At the end of 2003, Dozi released the album " Rockin' the world". This album was released, due to the massive demand from his fans for the songs that he played for years in pubs and restaurants, when he was just starting out as a musician. Dozi has always had a very wide following, and due to the fact that he was already well known, even before the release of his first album, it was decided to record the " Rockin the world " album. The album consists of "cover" songs of other artists, done as only Dozi can. The album has been received very well and has sold in excess of 25 000 copy's in seventeen days since it's release and thus reached gold status. It is still on the bestsellers list of most of the major record and CD shops in the country.
He performs with his own band and the band members are Stef Kruger on drums and percussion, Theo Klassen on bass guitar, Henning Joubert on guitar and Ricus Nel on keyboard , banjo and concertina. Stef Kruger is also the writer and composer of Dozi's Afrikaans songs. Dozi writes and composes the Zulu songs, himself.
To purchase tickets please contact SATARHEELS@NC.RR.COM
Hugh Masekela and William Kentridge
Thursday, 23 June 2005
Prospect Park Bandshell
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Park Slope Brooklyn
Brooklyn celebrates South Africa with a once in a lifetime event featuring two of the country? greatest artists. This remarkable double bill includes a concert by jazz/world fusion icon HUGH MASEKELA, and a presentation of visual artist WILLIAM KENTRIDGE? astonishing animations 9 Drawings for Projection, projected on a giant screen and set to live music composed by his South African countryman Philip Miller. Presented in collaboration with the Public Art Fund with major support provided South African Consulate General in New York and South African Tourism.
For Additional Info: www.celebratebrooklyn.org or 718-855-7882
Italy - Milano
Temperatures are changing and thus it's time to BRAAI!
The date is Sunday 12 June 2005.
Bring and BRAAI! We'll light the fire around 10:30. Don't forget cutlery, plastic plates and glasses. Please if you have some chairs, bring them along. We'll have our usual sweets table, if you wish bring whatever you like and we'll enjoy it together.
Weather wise we have always been lucky. If on this day it should be cloudy at your place, please do not hesitate to call. Once it rained in many other parts except here.
If you don't remember how to get there, we attach a map.
Please confirm your presence via e-mail saclubmilanvodafone.it, a quick call to Winet (02-98170469) or Louise at 0373 204093. Please rsvp by Friday 03 June 2005
If you do have transport problems drop us a note and we'll see what can be arranged.
If you do change E-Mail please drop us a note.
Regards to all.
Winet and Louise
No humour sent in this week.
2 cups cooked pumpkin, very dry – so steam until all water is evaporated.
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder (not soda)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
oil (for frying)
cinnamon sugar, if used
Put all the dry ingredients in a processor.
If not using a processor, put in a mixing bowl, and mix well.
Add the eggs, and process well until a thick batter forms -- or mix well in the mixing bowl. The batter should almost hold its shape when tested with a spoon.
If the batter is too stiff, add a tiny amount of milk. If by any chance it is runny, add more flour (shouldn't happen!).
Heat oil in a pan, using medium to high heat to start with.
Scoop up heaped tablespoons of batter, and drop into pan, but not too close together. You won't have huge fritters as some of the batter will stay clinging to the spoon.
Fry until firm and golden on the underside, then flip over and fry on other side.
(You could use a non-stick pan and not use oil or butter, but a little oil is preferable).
The fritters will puff up slightly and keep their shape, but will deflate a bit as you take them out of the pan. To test for doneness, press very lightly on the fritters. When done, they will tend to spring back. If still uncertain, press harder: no batter should run out the sides.
Serve warm, either as a side dish, or as a dessert with plenty of crunchy cinnamon-flavoured sugar.
Kaizer Chiefs slapped with lengthy ban [MG]
Premier Soccer League champions Kaizer Chiefs were slapped with a lengthy three-year ban by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Saturday for refusing to play a Caf Cup match last weekend.
Baby Boks to share rugby skills with inmates [IOL]
The South Africa Under-21 squad will be holding a coaching and motivational session with young inmates at Brandvlei Prison in Worcester on Wednesday.
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