3 November 2011

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
Lindy Warren from Village Tourism raised a very important issue with the Natter - that of re-cycling. As nation, we are not big recyclers, not if we are compared to Europe and the USA. Maybe this is because we have vast open spaces for landfill, maybe because recycling is seen as a low priority when compared top other issues we as a nation face - or maybe just because we await government to take the lead.

But is this not something we as individuals should be taking action on? Should we not, each and everyone of us, be educating ourselves as to both the importance/necessity of recycling as well as the methods available. Should it not simply be a lifestyle adjustment? The Natter would very much like to hear your opinion on the matter.

Send us an e-mail and tell us what you think? Is recycling just a fad? Or is it a must for the sake of generations to come? More on this subject to come...

Hard copies
Some folk have approached me with the issue of not being able to get the Napier Natter as they do not have e-mail. To remedy this, there will be printed copies of the Napier Natter available at Pascal's of Napier, at no cost. Just pop in and ask for your copy!!
Natter Online
You can now read 'The Napier Natter' online!! Go to www.napier.co.za and click on 'The Napier Natter' link. All the back copies of the Natter are also available

For the birds
Sasol Agulhas birding, Agulhas National Park, 4th to 6th November 2011
The Sasol Agulhas Birding weekend is a unique opportunity to experience the vast wealth of birdlife in and around this National Park.
For further info, please contact:
Angela Altendorfer (028) 4233095 / 072 2835282 A/H
Eddie Cassani (028) 4233095 / 084 3705255

Guest speaker will be Don Pinnock, an associate of Southern Write, an association of top travel writers and photographers in Africa. He is a former editor of Getaway magazine in Cape Town, South Africa He has been an electronic engineer, lecturer in journalism and criminology, consultant to the Mandela government, a professional yachtsman, explorer, travel writer, photographer and a cable-car operator on the Rock of Gibraltar. His present passion is the impact of humans on planetary processes. As a criminologist, he was one of the co-drafters of the Youth Justice White Paper for the ANC government. He is a specialist in adolescent deviance. Don has a PhD in political science, an MA in criminology, a BA in African history and has published a post-doctoral study on gangs, rituals and rites of passage. He has held lectureships in Journalism (Rhodes) and Criminology (University of Cape Town) and completed his PhD research at SOAS, London University. He was Writer in Residence at South Africa's Antarctic Sanai 4 base in 2005/6. He was a founder, with Andrew Muir of the Wilderness Foundation, of Usiko, a rehabilitation organisation for high-risk youths, and Umzi Wethu, a residential programme for Aids orphans. His books include The Brotherhoods: Street Gangs and State Control, Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Passage, Natural Selections, African Journeys, Loveletters to Africa, Writing Left (a biography of Ruth First) and Blue Ice: Travels in Antarctica and The Woman who Lived in a Tree and Other Perfect Strangers. His first novel, Rainmaker, was written out of a need to empower young people labeled coloured. It was a finalist for the 2009 European Union Literary Award.

Patricia Pinnock will also be giving a talk. She is an internationally published, award winning novelist and poet. Her works have been translated into five languages. She is probably best known for her ground breaking novel, Skyline, which won the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize and the French Priz du Marais. Patricia's novels are characterized by beautiful interiors, textured landscapes, delicious food and opulent drama. But they also have a deep philosophical underpinning. She was born and educated in Rhodesia and came to South Africa when she married Don.

2012 around the corner!
Time to start planning the summer holiday season.
Napier will be hosting plenty of events to keep all and sundry happy over the festive season. Pascal's of Napier will be hosting a super New Years Eve dinner and dancing this year. Vernon Barnard, last seen in Rock around the Clock, will be returning to Napier with a terrific year end party, "Those were the days", a run down of hits from 60's, 70's and 80's - guaranteed to keep you on your feet. Pick your favourite decade and dress accordingly - prizes to be won!
Limited number of tickets will be sold so please ensure you buy your tickets well in advance. For more info please speak to Mark or Stephen on 028 423 3146.

Houses to Rent
Long or short term rental
Option 1: Jubilium Street - 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, option of separate cottage, double garage, large plot for horses. R4500 per month neg.
Option 2: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large plot, also fenced in, great weekend spot [both properties], lovely large lounge entertainment area. R3800 per month
Contact Ilze on 028 423 3440 or napierfarmstall@telkomsa.net

The last laugh

LEARN CHINESE IN 5 MINUTES

That's not right ------- Sum Ting Wong!
Are you harbouring a fugitive ------- Hu Yu Hai Ding?
See me ASAP ------- Kum Hia Nao
Small Horse ------- Tai Ni Po Ni
Did you go to the beach? ------- Wai Yu So Tan?
I bumped into a coffee table ------- Ai Bang Mai Ni
I think you need a face lift ------- Chin Tu Fat
It's very dark in here ------- Wai So Dim?
I thought you were on diet ------- Wai Yu Mun Ching?
This is a tow away zone ------- No Pah King
Our meeting is scheduled for next week ------- Wai Yu Cum Nao
Staying out of sight ------- Lai Ying Lo
He is cleaning his car ------- Wa Shing Ka
You smell bad ------- Yu Stin Ki Pu

Quotable Quotes
Never interrupt someone, doing something, you said, couldn't be done. - Amelia Earhart
We are the only animals that let our kids come back home - Bill Cosby

This Day in History (3 Nov)

  • 1534 - English parliament accepts Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII church leader
  • 1783 - John Austin, a highwayman, is the last to be publicly hanged at London's Tyburn gallows.
  • 1871 - Henry M Stanley in Tanganyka say's "Dr Livingstone, I presume?"
  • 1883 - US Supreme Court decides Native Americans can't be Americans
  • 1931 - 1st commercially produced synthetic rubber manufactured
  • 1954 - Nobel for physics awarded to Max Born & Walter Bothe
  • 1979 - 63 Americans taken hostage at US Embassy (Teheran, Iran)
  • 1992 - Bill Clinton (D) wins US presidential election over Pres Bush (R)
  • 1992 - Carol Moseley Brown elected 1st black female in US Senate
  • 2007 - Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan. He suspended the Constitution, imposed State of Emergency, and fired the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The Napier Natter appreciates your feedback, comments and idea's. Keep them coming.
Until next time
Mark

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