Sixty

Wow. Morten Harket is 60 years old today.

Thank goodness for Amazon same day delivery.

He’ll never know that I almost forgot. And now he has a lovely new toaster as well. It’s all good.

Happy Birthday, Morten!

Not getting done

I have several jobs that need to get done. Nothing urgent, but they need doing (they’re arguably even more pressing after yesterday’s write off).

They’re not getting done.

And then I saw this:

It resonated.

The thing is, most of these things that need to get done could actually fit into the “minor chores” category rather neatly. Which in itself means that the four horsemen above can also work against one another.

Seriously, you’re properly lucky to be even getting a blog post today, such is the lack of energy and impetus around these parts at the moment.

I was a stand-in teacher today

A 7:30am call from the headmaster informing me of sick teachers and – as a consequence – a shortage of staff, saw me racing to school to join Year 5 on their visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

And, despite the rain and the fact that there were 27 (twenty-seven) 10 and 11-year-olds excited to be out and about away from school for the morning, it wasn’t such a bad experience.

I mean, I couldn’t do it every day (and I have the utmost admiration for those who can and do), but I survived with barely a scratch, before heading home for a late-midday brandy, and then a post lunch brandy ahead of my regular afternoon brandy.

I’m fine. Fine.

Thanks for asking.

Cardiothoracic surgeon advertises on local church railing (badly)

I’m not sure exactly who you need to get in touch with if you want a new heart, because this ad doesn’t seem to have any contact details on it.

Let’s hope that the surgeon in question – whomever they may be – is significantly better at their primary employ than they are at appointing advertising agencies.

A 2-for-1 deal with a plastic surgery practice would also seem advantageous.

This was my first thought

Images and videos of the protests last week in Cape Town were shared widely across social media, but if there was one image that was more widely shared than any other, it was probably this one:

And while most people’s thoughts on seeing it were about the power of the protest and the sheer numbers of people present, I was wondering how legal it was.

And it seems like it might not be very legal at all. (Apologies for the Business Insider link.)

They mention the fact that Parliament is a National Key Point (although the photo is not taken over Parliament). They mention the fact that the pilot is flying over a crowd (not good practice, because a kilo of drone falling from the sky is going to sting a bit, minimum). They also point out that there was a NOTAM (NOtice To AirMen) (did you just assume my gender?) (let’s not go there) in force because of the World Economic Forum meeting at the CTICC.

I hadn’t considered that one, but it’s probably the most serious of the alleged infringements.

The reason I didn’t really go much further with my thoughts about the photo was twofold: firstly, that (as with every other aspect of life here) no-one cares about the laws and they’re never enforced anyway, and secondly, that I genuinely thought it must have been taken by a professional operating from a helicopter, because (to my eye at least), it seems to have been taken from well above the 120m ceiling allowed for drones. And yes, I know that’s just another law to ignore, but if I was a news person (which was who I had assumed had taken it) and I wanted this shot, I’d have used a chopper, not a drone.

It’s more bad press for drones and it’s going to highlight the lack of sensible admin around flying them. We have yet another dysfunctional government body to blame for that one, together with a misleading media. For example, this line:

Drone pilots have long complained that the SACAA is not issuing pilot licences fast enough. With an application process that can take up to three years… only an estimated 1% of those who operate drones in South Africa are doing so legally.

…is confusing. You don’t need a licence to fly a drone if you are a hobbyist. Whatever the guy who took this photo is guilty of, it’s wrong to assume that he needed a licence to fly his drone (although a little common sense may have been beneficial).