Coming up…

I always promise to tell you when I put sponsored posts on the blog. But often, part of the conditions of getting paid for putting a sponsored post on the blog is that you can’t tell people that it’s a sponsored post.

Of course, I won’t let this apply to stuff I’m asked to review: full disclosure for those, right there and then – always.

But sometimes there are posts where all the contributor wants to see is a link to their product or website in an otherwise uninspiring blurb, which you are sent and asked to publish for a phat phee.
There are going to be a few of those coming up over the next couple of weeks, so if you think that something looks a bit weird or out of place, don’t panic: it’s probably just one of those posts. Check down below the blurb, next to the date – I usually tag them under ‘black label fund’, because you must rest assured that if it’s made it onto 6000 miles… front page, I am at least getting some beer money from it.

Science doesn’t pay well. But no science doesn’t pay at all.

Thanks for understanding.

Cape Town beagle warning

Today’s weather is utterly perfect in Cape Town, but local beagle owners are warned that the forecast for the rest of the week is much less peachy – and Monday in particular looks like being the antithesis of today’s glorious sunshine and calm conditions.

Thus, local beagles may present tomorrow with flappy ears, damp fur and muddy paws. It is recommended that beagles take a basket day and spend the daylight hours dozing somewhere safe and warm indoors and the nighttime hours… er… also dozing somewhere safe and warm indoors.

Goat owners are urged to take the usual precautions.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

It does exactly what it says on the tin title.

There are some lovely images here, including (but not limited to) a rhino in a tutu*:

Outstanding. Go see.

 

* Rhino in a tutu, I know, I know: it’s serious. 

Saturday morning

If the weather forecast for Cape Town is to believed (and hey, it’s only wrong half the time), this morning is set to be properly chilly.

May I therefore advise you to curl up with a nice warm device (careful now), some coffee and a cryptic crossword, courtesy of 6000 miles… resident crossword compiler?

Clue of the month for me has to be 16 Down:

Small elf that is shot egotistically.

Because using a narcissistic sniper has always the best way to get rid of human-shaped supernatural beings from Germanic mythology and folklore.

Enjoy!

Good cycle service

Sadly, SA is not noted for its customer service. Or rather, it is, but not in a good way. That’s why when I have some good customer service, I like to tell people about it.

So said some witty, intelligent, handsome individual some time ago. And not much has changed in the intervening period, so let me tell you about what happened this morning.

I’m not really into cycling.

Actually, maybe it’s more accurate to say that I’m not really into cyclists.

Or cycling.

But look, the kids have got bikes and it’s a good way to get them out and about into the fresh air and all that important healthy stuff. Especially down in Agulhas where they’re less likely to be run over.

My daughter’s bike was a recent Gumtree purchase. No point in spending a ridiculous amount of money on something she will not be using seriously or every day, and will likely grow out of in a couple of years.

When we went and checked it out, all that was wrong with it was the front derailleur wasn’t working. I didn’t think it would take too much to sort out, the guy knocked a couple of hundred Rands ($1.15, 86p) off for the inconvenience, we shook hands and the deal was done.

But all the usual mendy things that I tried, didn’t work. And so, with my trepidation, I cycled – on the pink and lilac kids’ bike – down to the local bike shop.

This place.

I think they could see that I wasn’t a serious cyclist by the way I arrived on a pink and lilac kids’ bike.  But they were very professional and wheeled me out the back into a very organised, very clean repair shop set up in a garage and Brian sorted me in no time at all. Seized cable, apparently. Which I could have got to in the end, but I would have spent so much time, effort and petrol in finding out what the problem was, how to fix it and getting the bits I needed to do the job, that… well… let’s just say that the R130 ($0.84, 47p) bill was worth every last cent. And I’m still R70 up.

Bingo.

And I felt so proud wheeling my – now completely functioning – pink and lilac kids’ bike all the way back home. All I was missing was the little glittery tassels on the ends of the handlebars.

Anyway. The long and short of it is that I heartily recommend Cycle Teknix in Kenilworth (021 761 0099) for their amazing, prompt and friendly service.

Fine work, fellows.