My little boy is not so little any more.
Today is his fifth birthday and that long, dark, chilly day at Cape Town Medi-Clinic seems a long long way back.

We’re very lucky to have such a great son and his sister is very lucky to have such a loving big brother. I guess that basically, what I’m saying here is that we’ve decided to keep him a bit longer.

Happy Birthday, Alex.

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Great shot…

Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira from Graham Beck pops a cork into a glass from 15m (45ft):

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I have tried this at home several times and it’s more difficult than it looks. Especially when you have to drink the contents of the bottle before you can have a go with a new bottle. That only realistically allows for 5 or 6 attempts per evening, of which only the first one generally finishes nearer the glass than it started.

This is number 2 in a series of… well… 2 at the moment of fun videos found on YouTube which were filmed at South African wine farms.
(for those who may have forgotten, here’s number 1.)

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Fashionable to be rude

Have a read of David Carr’s column for the NYT, presented almost without comment, except to say that sadly, this kind of behaviour really is becoming more and more noticeable:

You are at a party and the person in front of you is not really listening to you. Yes, she is murmuring occasional assent to your remarks, or nodding at appropriate junctures, but for the most part she is looking beyond you, scanning in search of something or someone more compelling.

Here’s the funny part: If she is looking over your shoulder at a room full of potentially more interesting people, she is ill-mannered. If, however, she is not looking over your shoulder, but into a smartphone in her hand, she is not only well within modern social norms, but is also a wired, well-put-together person.

Add one more achievement to the digital revolution: It has made it fashionable to be rude.

On the plus side, it might actually force people at parties  to be more interesting to overcome this new social phenomenon.

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Driving South on the D130

Weather good, traffic not too heavy.
Just heading through some charming little towns down the country lane that is laughingly named the D130.

Amazing to see the pride the locals take in their villages and roads down here.
This one looks a bit tight with a difficult turn just after you go in, but it’s so beautifully presented and clean.

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11 for 3

No – this isn’t some dodgy cricket score – it’s a reminder that you can get 11 days off for the price of just 3 (if you booked some time ago, this is).
Oi! Don’t look at me like that – I did warn you about this back in January.

Anyway, I’m taking full advantage of this outstanding offer, starting today.

Don’t panic: despite the fact that I will be out of range of any modern communication devices for some time, normal life, such as it is, will continue on the blog with daily posts and fun for all the family (terms and conditions apply). The only difference that you may notice is that comments may take a little longer than usual to clear. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t comment, it just means that when you do, your comment may take a little longer than usual to clear.

If you are travelling during this holiday period, please stay safe: I need as many readers as possible in May. If you plan to drive dangerously or die in any other way, do make sure that you tell your friends and family to visit 6000 miles… regularly to make up for your lost visits.


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