Pinotage is nie my baas

Pinotage isn’t my boss…

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…but when it talks, I listen.

Taken at Beyerskloof, November 2008. Their 2004 Pinotage Reserve is probably my favourite SA wine, despite spirited competition from Diemersfontein‘s Pinotage range. However, I think it’s fair to say that I am applying myself to the task of searching for new contenders on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.

It’s hard work, but someone (me) has got to do it.

Village population set to rise

Just a quickie – some fantastic news has just come in from the pretty seaside village of Port Elizabeth, population 18 (+3 goats) that Ironman Pammie Jane is up the duff, in the club, renting out the guest room and has a metaphorical bun in the oven. All at once.

Yes, despite my desperate attempts to put her off parenthood, mainly by truthfully describing my experiences of er… parenthood, Mr and Mrs Ordinary Life have embarked on a journey which was once described to us as “completely life-changing”. Oh yes. That one falls neatly into the category of “a bit of an understatement”.

Never mind, eh? Many congratulations from all here chez 6000.

Have a drink on us. (Oh no – you can’t now, can you?)

littleworld update

Incoming from Nicole – who commented on the original littleworld post:

I received a (short and sweet) reply from Anita Scott, Customer Service Head at Woolworths to the email I sent her about this issue.

“Dear Nicole
 Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I will respond to the customer.”

Her email was sent at 11:30am on Thursday 18th June. Please let me know if you actually do hear from her.

Keep up the good work!
Nicole.

Thanks, Nicole.

I can safely say, 25 hours on from her email to you, that no-one from Woolworths has got in touch with me.
I’ll keep you updated.

Cape Town Aerial Panorama

I love this photograph, taken by Bruce Sutherland who has taken many of the pictures for the Cape Town City World Cup 2010 site.

And, although it’s lovely at the size you see above, you really must click here for the full 2576 x 1323 version.

Now – why would you want to live anywhere else on earth? Really.

Vuvuzela update

Sense has finally prevailed and FIFA has made its judgement on the ‘noisy’ vuvuzela issue which has been upsetting people who don’t want their South African football served with a side order of atmosphere.

FIFA have no plans to ban or stop fans from blowing noisy vuvuzelas at the Confederations Cup or next June when South Africa host the 2010 World Cup finals.
That was the word from FIFA president Sepp Blatter speaking at a special media briefing ahead of the crunch Confederations Cup Group A clash between Bafana and New Zealand at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night.

In reply to a fed up journalist who complained about the “terrible noise” that the unique South African vuvuzelas make and suggested that they should be banned, the FIFA president smiled and said he agreed that the “trumpet” used by local fans was a noisy instrument.
“But,” he added, “That is what African and South Africa football is all about – noise, excitement, dancing, shouting and enjoyment. This is a celebration.”

Wow. Blatter talking complete sense. Incredible. He needs to chat to Julius. They can learn together.

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Julius. Excited.

Of course, we still have some locals in denial over the actual World Cup – still under the impression that a Plan B or Plan C will come into effect and move it to Australia or England – so I think there may be some difficulties with getting the “Vuvuzelas are OK” message across.
But as I said in my earlier post on this issue, the vuvuzela is set to become the trademark of the World Cup next year. They were there when SA was awarded to World Cup in Zurich back in May 2004  and they will be blowing all the way to the final in July next year.

So if you don’t like them: sorry for you.

* along with a huge amount of over-reporting of any negative issue with a possible sensationalist angle.