Igloo Ice: Unsung heroes

There are a lot of people helping out the VWS right now, and a lot of it is being publicised on social media. Fair play, I say. You deserve credit for your efforts and in the commercial world, publicity is your credit.

I noted that the firefighters were requesting ice from people. It is overwhelmingly hot in Cape Town today, and I’m sure that people are emptying their freezers as we speak. But that might not be enough, so I emailed Igloo Ice in Montague Gardens to ask if they could help.

I got this back:

Hi 6k,

We have donated ice to Tokai and someone has come to collect more from Kommetjie. There are more scheduled collections for this afternoon.

We have also offered to donate a bakkie load of ice to the Hout Bay fire department but they have told us they are fine for now.


Kind Regards

Harry Georgopoulos
Igloo Ice Cape Town

I don’t think Igloo Ice do social media, so you probably won’t see their name and brand plastered all over your Facebook and your Twitter. It’s people like them that are the unsung heroes in all of this.

I realise that this isn’t a huge blog with the pulling power of certain others we might name, but just from me: next time you’re considering getting in some ice cubes, crushed ice, solid water blocks, dry ice, ice baths or polystyrene containers for your party, company or event, remember that Igloo Ice were the ones quietly helping out the Cape Town firefighters behind the scenes.

You might like to consider sharing this post to let others know as well.

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We Put This Thermometer In The Sun In Cape Town. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.

It’s a hot day in Cape Town. This happens fairly regularly around this time of year, this being Cape Town and it being summer. Today was meant to get to 38 or 39ºC, depending on whom you chose to believe. But when we hung a calibrated and certified thermometer out of our lab window, we got a temperature of 41.1ºC.

This was in the shade, but it was obviously not in a Stevenson Screen – the official vented white box, 1.5m from the ground, which provides the standard conditions (in the shade, out of the wind, away from surfaces radiating heat etc) for measuring weather. But we don’t have a Stevenson Screen. We were just messing around hanging a thermometer out of a second floor window while we should have been working eating our lunch.

And then we hung it in the sun. Now, to be in the sun, it did have to be a bit closer (within 30cm, perhaps) to a wall which had also been in the sun, but still – if you were where the thermometer was at 12:46pm this afternoon, this is what you would have been experiencing:



So no, despite my scientific leanings, this wasn’t scientific.
But our quick and dirty experiment does seem to indicate that Cape Town is bloody hot today.

Drink much, stay safe.

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Invoked today…

In this tweet about the Muizenberg Fire:

This 1988 song about drug addiction:

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Amazingly, TIL that Fergie and Jennifer Love-Hewitt (amongst others) sang backing vocals on the chorus to this song. And because you’re now trying to remember the other songs that Martika did (solely for pub quiz purposes, of course), let me help you out with I Feel The Earth Move, Love (Thy Will Be Done), and the utterly dreadful Martika’s Kitchen.

I think I still have the album on cassette somewhere.

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Donate to VWS

After the last 24 hours, with seemingly the whole of the Cape peninsular ablaze, the amazing work of the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) has been highlighted once again. They’ve now been out fighting the huge fires for well over 24 hours, battling high winds, smoke and temperatures in excess of 40ºC today.


The VWS rely on donations from the public and businesses to meet their annual running costs, and if you want to help them out with a once-off donation, here are the details you need:

Bank Deposits or EFT Payments can be made to:
Volunteer Wildfire Services
Branch: Foreshore
Branch Code: 108309
Account Number: 1083321226

If you make a donation, please use your name as a unique reference as well as sending us an email so we can thank you for your valued contribution.
Email: finance@vws.org.za

Alternatively, you can make a credit card donation via their Givengain page – again, they ask that you drop them an email if you do that to “keep track of incoming funding for the auditors”.

There are other longer term ways to support the VWS, including adding them as a beneficiary on your Woolworths MySchool card or pledging money each month, via their pledge page (which also has their equipment wishlist on it).

Good cause alert: please give what you can.

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Lego Beagle coming soon?

More beagle news? Sort of – but this is actually Beagle news, with a capital B. And that’s because it relates to the ship that Charles Darwin did his stuff on. Proper nouns FTW.

It’s now been 180 years since Darwin’s voyage to South America and those infamous Galapagos finches, and as history shows, he went there on the HMS Beagle, a ship so named because it chewed everything it got hold of and continually ran off with people’s socks. Darwin wasn’t actually meant to be looking at birds and animals: he was the ship’s geologist. The naturalist on board was, of course…?
Exactly, you have no idea because he didn’t come up with anything particularly spectacular in the field evolutionary theory. 1-0 to the Darwin bloke.
(For completeness, the ship’s naturalist was Robert McCormick, and he never ended up on the back of a ten quid note.)

Anyway, one of the ports of call on the voyage of the Beagle was Santiago in Chile (another was Cape Town, but that’s not important right now). And it’s there that Luis Peña, a Professor of Opthalmology, has created a 2,024 piece Lego replica of the HMS Beagle and he’s hoping that with enough support, Lego will actually produce and market an official Beagle kit. It’s simple and free to support his quest to get the most famous ship in the history of scientific exploration in the form of small, interlocking plastic blocks: you just click here.


Luis’ project has already attracted 4800 “signatures”. If it gets to 10000, Lego will officially review it and consider making the kit. I think that’s quite cool.

You can read more about Luis Peña and his interest in Darwin and the Beagle here.

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