Is Everything Real?

Reasonable question.

Synth-pop perfection from Nineteen Eighty-Thr…. Wait… No!

This is Turin-based synthpop, darkwave group The Frozen Autumn, and this was first released in 2002!

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Wonderful echoes of OMD and Ultravox, and even a touch of a-ha in some of those keyboard riffs.
Wonderful echoes of Robert Smith in that hair.

Apparently, according to their Facebook, there’s a new, remastered 6-track EP of The Frozen Autumn stuff coming out soon. Based on this loveliness, I might just give that a go.

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Will Penny jumped out of a plane over the Southernmost tip of Africa, and got this shot:

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Wow. That’s Struisbaai under his left hand, L’Agulhas by his right hand, and Suiderstrand (under the shadow of a cloud – boo!) along the coast to the west (left of the picture). For the sake of completion, Arniston is far right of shot and Soetvlei is just above his left boot.

But – I’m over analysing. It’s just an amazing photo.

More details of the jump: Facebook.
More pictures: On his Instagram.
And some pictures of that time I flew over Agulhas.

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Julius: Then and Now

Julius Malema, writing about a proposed City Press boycott in 2012:

Our forefathers thrived for many years under difficult moments because they cherished free press and freedom of expression.
Banning newspapers simply because we disagree with them and boycotting them on the basis of believing that our conception of truth is absolute really poses a real threat to our democracy.
Even when we expressed utmost anger against a BBC Journalist in a Press Conference incident which we later apologized for, we never took a decision to ban the BBC or the Journalist from our Press Conferences, because we need to protect everyone space to disagree.

Julius Malema, speaking about a proposed New Age/ANN7 boycott today:

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Does Julius Malema pose a real threat to our democracy?
Julius Malema seems to think so.

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Bizarre Guardian FunSponge Animal Rant

I was whizzing through the Guardian’s “comment is free” section – the professional version of the Southern Suburbs Tatler letters page – when I saw this story:


It’s an image that does, admittedly, pose a number of questions.
What do you see? Is that really a grimace, or is a grin?
But enough about the Dad; what about the horse?
Do you see a photobombing mare, or do you see a distressed equine, longing for sweet, merciful death?

Writer and all round black hole for any sort of joy or happiness, Catherine Shoard, has no doubts:

I’ve barely fed a horse carrots, let alone sat on one, but even I can see in her face a combination of anger, hunger and confusion, rather than the larky desire to promote some lols on Instagram.

Yep. That’s probably it, Dr Doolittle.

The whole article reads like some sort of grave warning of the end of days and the downfall of society should we “continue to” take pictures of, or poke fun at, animals. It also reads as a gigantic pisstake, and – much like my reaction to the horse photo above – I’m rather confused as to what is actually going on.

According to Catherine, it’s all to do with us becoming more “species-ist” “as the planet warms”. Right.

I’ll give this another read this evening once I’m home have publicly ridiculed the beagle.

UPDATE: And then, this morning, an unsolicited tweet from a guy who blocked me immediately afterwards:

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Oh yeah? What credibility would that be, Pieter?

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Water woes

After the implementation of tougher water restrictions at the beginning of the year, with no significant rain having fallen in the interim, and with the local dam levels still dropping (down to 46.6% this week), it seems that the City of Cape Town is about to get tough with people wasting water.

Of course they are.

Somewhat predictably, there is (sigh) “outrage” over the whole situation though, with residents angry firstly that reported leaks and burst pipes are not being attended to, and secondly that anyone flouting the restrictions seems to do so with complete impunity.

Resident Rob McIver says mayoral committee member for utility services Ernest Sonnenberg should ensure his own department is in order before threatening citizens with fines for water wastage.

And Rob McIver isn’t wrong.

Sonnenberg replies that the city are getting there – it’s just that they’ve got a lot to do:

“The City services a pipe network of close to 11 000km (the equivalent distance from here to Australia), to which 650 000 households are connected, so a certain degree of resource optimisation is required.”

Quite why we are exporting water to Perth is a bit beyond me.
I thought it was just racists we sent over there.

Anyway, just because the city is allegedly slow to repair leaking pipes doesn’t mean that it’s ok for people to ignore the water restrictions currently in force. Two wrongs and all that. But the idea the city is going to fine people who break the rules is laughable. Everybody is at it, with no concern whatsoever over any sort of prosecution. From the kids’ school, through the wife’s work, to our office park, to Wynberg “Maximum Evaporation” Boys High School, who spend all day, every day watering – especially if it’s hot. The entire population – not least the City itself – would be on trial almost immediately.

So, if Ernest really was… earnest… about getting legal with the naughty people, why hasn’t he started already? He’s had five weeks of opportunity, 5 weeks to make a stand and show that he’s serious about saving water. But nada.

It hasn’t happened yet, and I for one am not holding my breath.

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