Go! Go! Go!

Last year I think I saw all of 2 races in the F1 season.

Of the 6 races this year I have missed 2 because I forgot to PVR them, but having the F1 calendar uploaded to my Gmail calendar means I know exactly which race is happening when!

I’m a bit out of touch with the new rules, and I must be honest in that I preferred it when the pit stops included refueling, but its been awesome to catching up.

I forgot how much I enjoy F1.

Oh and I’m still a Ferrari supporter – no matter who is driving them!

Play Cricket For SA Guide-dogs!

Have an awesome day out with your family, meet some guide-dogs and puppies in training, check out all sorts of flea-market stalls and know that all the money raised goes to the South African Guide-dogs Association For The Blind!

Meet us at Delfos Cricket Club, Cecil Payne Stadium in Maraisburg on April 22nd 2012! Contact SAGA if you would like to enter a team!

click on the puppy to make a donation to SAGA
Don’t forget to check out the Twitter hash-tag #SAGApupVolt to see regular updates on my puppy raising adventure!
Follow @SAGuide_Dogs on Twitter!

The Lions Took It!!!

And I was there!!!

I am no rugby buff, I almost never watch unless I’m at a get together and everyone is watching. It isn’t that I don’t like rugby, I just don’t know all the rules or completely understand how to tell what’s happening on the field, so I would rather watch something else if given the choice.

😛

On the last Saturday of November however, my Glugster and I were invited to go to Coca Cola Park to watch the Currie Cup Final – LIVE – with some friends.

I can’t tell you how excited my husband was! He’s a die-hard, born-and-bred Lions supporter, and they were top of the log all the way through the Currie Cup! They’ve had a few shitty years and my Glugster was on cloud nine! In fact, this was the first time in 61 years that the Lions took the Currie Cup on home ground!

The atmosphere was- to use a cliché- electric! To hear the excitement in people’s voices made the hair on the back of my neck stand up- a lot like when I hear a powerful engine go by me… 😀 ! The Lions have a mascot who went around the stadium with an inflatable shark and kicked it and threw it around and wrestled with it much to the crowd’s delight. He also had a giant watergun that he used on any Sharks supporters that were close enough for him to reach with it! We even saw a couple of Lions supporters get hold of a Sharks fan and hold him up for the mascot to drench! The Lions cheerleaders were also pretty cool to watch too, with some acrobatics thrown in to the mix.

It was awesome to be in the stadium with all the fans. It is a huge place and it was very nearly full up with people dressed mostly in red. We had to park a couple of blocks away and people were having braais on the sidewalks and cheering and singing songs and giving opposing teams’ fans some good natured ribbing.

I took my camera along of course and I think I managed to get a few cool shots of the game and the crowd.

My Glugster went home a very happy man indeed when the Lions beat the Sharks by 42 points to 16!

How To Drive In South Africa

In light of the looming world cup and all the tourists we’re supposed to be expecting, I was watching the cars in my to-work and back-home traffic the other day, and I wondered how a tourist- unused to our roads- would handle it. Especially since the traffic may well get even more complicated around stadiums and city centres during the world cup itself.

I thought I’d republish a series of posts I wrote here, and try and help them out.

 

Lesson # 1

Don’t concern yourself with piddly little things like indicators!

They’re only there to go on and off when you lock and unlock your car remotely or to flicker prettily when you’re at a party and playing your music really loudly!

And your emergency flickers are there for when you’re in a hurry and you need to skip a bunch of robots and or stop streets!

 

Lesson # 2

Don’t worry your pretty little head about something as trivial as stopping at a red light.

When the opposite robot (traffic light for any non-South Africans) goes orange- that’s when you put your foot down, thereby really pissing off the people in oncoming traffic who are still going like bats out of hell despite the fact that they should be stopped or stopping.

 

Lesson # 3

Creeping.

For this lesson you will have to master the art of slowly crossing the intersection and then putting your foot down when there’s half a gap in the oncoming traffic. Don’t worry about whether you’re crossing at a stop street or a robot, it doesn’t matter… and don’t worry about what colour the robot is either!

 

Lesson # 4

This one is possibly the easiest lesson of the lot… a “wave”.

No- not a Mexican wave- or even a royal wave- just a regular wave. Its surprisingly simple, in this country, a wave makes everything A-O-K… everyone from bus drivers and taxi drivers to regular motorists and cyclists use the wave when they… well lets just say you can do what you like as long as you wave at the person you just offended.

 

Lesson # 5

Don’t trouble yourself with things like following distances- if you think you can fit, go for it! And even if you can’t actually fit, the person you’re pushing in front of will probably brake to let you in rather than hit you!

You may actually get where you want to go a full 2.5 seconds earlier than if you stick to the rules!

 

Lesson # 6

Plead ignorance… and if you drive in South Africa then I’m sure you’ve come across this more than once.

This is probably the easiest way to get away with road-hogging and its amazingly simple- what it boils down to, is simply not looking at the person you just hogged. This is achieved by pretending you have a blind spot the size of a basketball in ALL your mirrors at the same time.

 

NB: An advanced technique is combining any of these with #4- the wave- if you do happen to glance at the person and accidentally catch their eye.

 

Can you think of any more?