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  • Thai another day (5/24/2019) - Now, I know that I’m putting a target on my back even suggesting a best-ever Thai food restaurant or street eatery, but it is purely my opinion and you’re welcome to disagree or tell me what you think is better.  I’m sure I’m also going to get equally berated about the authenticity of the dishes, …
  • A dark departure (5/21/2019) - So, the phone alarm was set for 4:45am.  An unearthly hour for some, but we were headed to the north of Pretoria to visit a very special venue and a particular favourite of mine.  As anticipated, the phone did its thing and I got myself ready, warmly dressed as it was really chilly, and out …
  • A leisurely lunch (5/16/2019) - Last weekend I was fortunate to go for a casual lunch at The Herb Farm in Blue Hills, Johannesburg.  This is a spectacular setting, both from the view over Johannesburg’s skyline, and the magnificent gardens.  It has changed hugely since my first visit in October 2018, at which point they had just re-opened.  At that …
  • A thing or two about water (5/14/2019) - When you visit a country that you used to call home, it’s always amazing to see how things have changed.  I thought I’d landed on another planet when I made my first trip back to the UK after a 17-year absence, however, these days I’m a more frequent visitor, as many of you know.  Nevertheless, …
  • A British take on the Dead Poet’s Society? (5/10/2019) - A bit of light relief for a Friday. This was the intro on a private school website in the UK that I came across back in 2011.  It was written by the Headmaster, who also provides further entertainment with his Headmaster’s Blog.  Go and have a look once you’ve read this. The link is at …
  • A hidden gem (5/7/2019) - There are all sorts of amazing places to visit, eat and shop in the Lowveldt, but this Easter I found one where you would least expect to find it, in the Thomson Building & General store at the bottom of Main Street, Sabie, close to the bridge. Now, what you might ask, would be interesting …
  • Road tripping in the Lowveldt (5/2/2019) - Well, it wouldn’t be Easter without a little road trip now, would it? So off I set and headed towards Mpumalanga and the Lowveldt where I planned to meet up with friends for a few days R&R.  Little did I realise that leaving Joburg at midday would result in traffic the likes of which I’ve …
  • Girls and trailers (4/16/2019) - This is not a good combo.  It’s even worse when it’s a 4 x 4 trailer and you’re in the middle of nowhere.  But, we all have to start somewhere, so the first trailer we had was a normal, family-type trailer that used for camping, holidays and assorted other stuff.  However, we soon decided to upgrade …
  • The perils of internet dating (4/12/2019) - I can’t imagine who came up with the concept. And even more so, thought this would be the way people would meet other people for romantic and potential life partnering going forward, but that indeed seems to be what it has become.  It really is an experience enlivened with multifarious, and often hilarious, pitfalls.  For …
  • Glamping and cliff hangers (4/9/2019) - “Go camping?” she asked.  “No, glamping,” I said. And so it was that we set off for the Baviaanskloof.  A beautiful and natural area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the Baviaanskloof (Afrikaans for the valley of baboons), is a World Heritage Site of around 200 kilometres in length, consisting of rivers, gorges, mountains and, …