20 November 2012
Great response to the last Natter – many of
you liked the article by Kate Sexwale. I did err in
stating that Kate was Tokyo Sexwale’s daughter
– she is in fact the daughter of Tokyo’s
brother. I trust that does not detract in any way
from the content of the letter.
I would like to once again thank all of you who take
the time and make the effort to contribute opinions,
articles and thoughts for inclusion in the Natter.
You help to make a newsletter that is worthy of reading
and that, hopefully, sometimes, puts a smile on readers
faces. Please keep your contributions coming!
Kathy Hardy's "O, to live in the country"
contribution elicited a response from Manyanaflora
Farm in the form of an article by Bill Bonner (Daily
Reckoning, Oct 30 2012) that is worth presenting in
How a certain Greek man disappointed economists
The great storm continues to soak us, buffet us, and
find the leaks in our souls. Yesterday, there were
almost no cars on the roads... only a few people in
the office...and only a few restaurants still open.
"You better make sure you have provisions stocked
up," said a nice man on the TV. "Because there are
almost certain to be power outages... and given the
size of this storm, it could be days... or even weeks...
before power is restored."
We stopped by the liquor store on the way home. A
group of four women were seated at the table in the
center of the store. Otherwise, the store was empty.
The streets were empty, too.
"Hey, a customer!" one said.
"Good to see you," said another... "We've
decided to drink our way through the storm. Wanna
join us?" We bought a case of wine. Better safe
Yes, dear reader, this is a storm of Biblical proportions.
According to the TV reporters, not since the days
of Noah has so much rain fallen. If the water rises
to the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore, we will have
to look for an Ark...
But you have probably heard enough about the great
storm. And you're probably wondering what we had in
mind. Yesterday, we promised to tell you why economists
and policy were jackasses. We can't remember what
we intended, but this blank it is easy to fill in.
Let's begin by looking at an economic disaster area:
Greece. It has a per-capital GDP of about $29,000
compared to nearly twice as much for the US. One out
of four Greeks is unemployed. Half of young people
are jobless. And the country is broke. Only the kindness
of strangers in France and Germany keeps the lights
An economist would use a technical term to describe
it - 'basket case'.
But let's look more specifically at a Greek... let's
look at Mr. Stamatis Moraitis. Recently, he was the
subject of an article in the New York Times. A remarkable
man, he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in
1976. Given 9 months to live, he decided to economize
on his own funeral. In the US he figured it would
cost $2,000 to put him in the ground. In his native
Greece, on the other hand, he could be planted for
less than $200.
This seemed like such a good deal, Mr. Moraitis could
barely to take advantage of it. But as it turned out,
his penny pinching seems to have saved his life. Thirty
six years later, he's still alive.
Yes, the Greek beat cancer. The poor grave diggers
got no tip. The undertaker delivered no bill. The
children got no inheritance. There being no deceased,
his house was not put on the market; so, no sales
commission was earned... no remodeling was done... no
new kitchen was ordered... and no moving company was
In short, Mr. Moraitis cheated the economy out of
a boost. Not only that, but reading further, we discover
that Mr. Moraitis lives on a poor island, Ikaria.
Not only that, he seems to have disappointed economists
at every turn. He didn't build a new house; he moved
into a small, cheap, old house with his parents. No
new furniture. No new appliances. No new granite countertops.
The man is practically an anti-consumer. He makes
his own wine and tends his own garden. No wonder the
Greek economy is so weak!
Despite having terminal cancer, he sought no medical
treatment. No chemotherapy. No radiation. No drugs.
In short, he threw no bones to the housing industry.
None to the health industry. None to Home Depot. Nor
to Best Buys. Nor any other buys.
Pity the poor islanders. Ikaria is a small place,
with just 10,000 Greeks. A bum economy. And nothing
to do. No malls to go to. Few jobs; unemployment on
Ikaria is about 40%. Want a fancy restaurant? Forget
it. Want a fast car? Nowhere to go with it on the
So, what do residents do? Well, they tend their gardens.
They drink a lot of wine. They visit with each other... often
until late at night.
The New York Times:
... their daily routine unfolded... wake naturally,
work in the garden, have a late lunch, take a nap.
At sunset, they either visited neighbors or neighbors
visited them. Their diet was also typical: a breakfast
of goat's milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and
bread. Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos),
potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike
green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables
their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat's
milk. At Christmas and Easter, they would slaughter
the family pig and enjoy small portions of larded
pork for the next several months.
Local women gathered in the dining room at midmorning
to gossip over tea. Late at night, after the dinner
rush, tables were pushed aside and the dining room
became a dance floor, with people locking arms and
kick-dancing to Greek music.
They spend their days in the sun and their nights
in merriment. They beat cancer. And they seem to live
a long time; Ikaria has one of the highest concentrations
of 100-year-olds in the world.
But their economy is not growing.
Kitty from Tamatiekraal says:
"Hi Mark, just a comment on the Kathy Hardy piece.
We do not live in a village... NAPIER IS A TOWN....
Thank you also for the letter written by Kate Sexwale.
A sentiment truly felt by many... Keep it coming."
To Market, to
Napier comes to Arniston - Sunset Market
Wednesday 19 December 4pm - 7pm
Most people driving through Napier in December to Arniston have little idea how rich are our offerings of food and crafts - and this is our opportunity to showcase what we can do! And before they leave to go home, perhaps they will come through and sample our delights!
Those who have been at the sunset market in the past couple of years have had great fun in the grounds of the Munus Hall in Arniston, late afternoon to 7pm. Visitors, who have had a fine day (usually!) in the sea and sun, enjoy finding last minute Christmas presents, scrumptious edibles, fresh produce and all the stuff not readily available in Arniston.
This year there is a Church bazaar in the morning at the Munus, and our market can be set up after that.
If you want to market your home made goodies or crafts, please give Carol a call 028 423 3761 - there is a limit to the number of stalls and we will try not to duplicate too much.
Happenings in Napier
The Red Windmill Farm Stall presents
an evening of lighthearted background Jazz with Stanford
keyboardist Andrew Herriot. Favorites like “Satin
Doll, Foggy Day and Slow Boat to China are guaranteed
to keep your feet tapping. R95 includes dinner. Remember
to bring your own drinks. Booking essential. Friday
23 November 6-9pm. Tel 028 423 3576
As part of the worldwide 50 year celebration of the
death of Edith Piaf, Pascal’s of Napier
is hugely excited to welcome back Daniele Pascal in
her new show, “Piaf – a passionate life”.
Daniele starts off her international tour right here
in Napier, where you can immerse yourself in the sometimes
haunting, sometimes heart rendering lyrics and music
of one of the greatest and most famous French singers
ever. Tickets are R225 per person and include a two
course meal. Saturday 15 December.
Only a limited number of seats still available. Book
now- 028 423 3146.
RECYCLING & SAFE DISPOSAL OF ENERGY SAVING
GLOBES (CFLs) & BATTERIES IN NAPIER
Further to the information about the above which was
sent out a few months ago, after an initial hiccup
regarding the placement of the recycling bin which
was donated to Napier by Woolworths, it has now been
placed in the entrance to the OK in Napier. Please
use it to deposit your used energy saving globes (either
in their boxes or wrapped in a plastic bag) and batteries:
these all contain heavy metals and should not be thrown
away with normal household refuse.
The bin will be emptied regularly and the contents
taken to Woolworths Hermanus from where they will
be collected for safe disposal.
Charity Shop needs donations
Please- can you help us!!! The Child Welfare
Charity Shop needs donations of stock.
Since moving to the new premises next to
Absa Bank (heartfelt thanks to Absa management
for making the premises available to us at
no cost!), our turnover has increased tremendously,
and, stocks are running low at a time when
our customers are frantically searching for
everyday items, and, affordable gifts for
We will accept anything you have to offer-
any household items, bedding, curtains, magazines,
books (selling particularly well!) and, our
Klerekas would love to have your unwanted
clothing especially childrens wear, which
is desperately needed. Whatever results from
your Springclean, declutter effort or scaling
down exercise we and our customers need!
Donations can be left at the Shop or Klerekas
on Fridays from 1 to 4.30, at the Child Welfare
office in business hours or, please, phone
John Cook on 0845885747, and he will arrange
to collect whatever you have, big or small.
Do browse the articles for sale on Friday
afternoon- you may just find the treasure
you have been seeking, or, a book to while
away the weekend.
Raffle of quilt for the Marah project
The lucky ticket number for the quilt raffle will
be drawn on the 27th November at Pascal’s of
Napier at lunch time. Winner will be notified.
Anything to sell or swap?
Let the Natter know and we’ll find a buyer or
The roundest knight at king Arthur's round
table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his
size from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan
island, but it turned out to be an optical
She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved
A rubber band pistol was confiscated from
algebra class because it was a weapon of math
The butcher backed into the meat grinder
and got a little behind in his work.
No matter how much you push the envelope,
it'll still be stationery.
A dog gave birth to puppies near the road
and was cited for littering.
A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France
would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up
in a tie.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like
Don't join dangerous cults: Practice safe
Think on this
People will talk about you when they envy you and
the life you lead. Let them. You affected their life.
Don’t let them affect yours. Anon.
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart
and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten
Everything that irritates us about others can lead
us to an understanding of ourselves. - CarlGustav