Bathing Bishop

We went to Intaka Island Nature Reserve this weekend, and it’s something I’d completely recommend to families with kids. Ours (and their friend) loved the boat trip, loved climbing on the old steam engines and enjoyed the walk through the reserve. Although they also got into ticking the birds and other animals we saw off their list, the whole sitting quietly and still and watching thing wasn’t for them so much. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t get many decent photos or perhaps I’m just looking for an excuse. Anyway, in a very average collection of pics, at least this one of a Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix) bucked the trend a little.


Maybe I need to go back again with a little more time and a little less child – there were some amazing birds there: Reed Cormorants, Purple Heron, Pin-tailed Whydahs and even a Little Bittern and chick, (which I didn’t quite get to see but spoke to a lady that did).

That’s almost the same, right?

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The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is the biggest in the world, and the 2014 edition was captured by Knate Myers, who timelapsed this short film:

As with many of these timelapses, it rather mesmerising, isn’t it? And that last shot shows the incredible scale of the whole thing.


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Loadshedding Schedules – November 2014

Latest information and schedules for:

Areas directly supplied by Eskom  

Cape Town Loadshedding Region Map
Cape Town Loadshedding Schedule (from November 2014)

Ekurheleni Metro

Ethekwini Metro

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro


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Loadshedding is back…

…and it makes blogging very difficult. My metaphorical coal silo has collapsed.

More tomorrow.

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Lab Safety

If this worked, it would be great…


The fact is, however, that only around 1% of all laboratory accidents result in the victim developing superpowers.

The other 99% end in horrible and debilitating infectious disease.

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