9 February 2013

Hello Napier

The Soapbox

Did you know:

  • The Napier Brewery has bought Reneesance and will be moving their operation there in the near future. They are also possibly looking at the hotel as a distribution center.
  • What was the Laubscher house, across from the Agri, is now being converted into a 5-star boutique hotel.
  • Because they are insecure about their own business, Pascal’s owners refuse to share telephone numbers of other businesses with patrons – and regularly physically abuse their staff.

The above are just a few of the rumours floating around town. I am positive there are many more I have not heard yet. Whether there is truth in all of them, I cannot tell, but I very seriously doubt it. It seems that the more far fetched a story is, the faster it spreads. Now we all know small towns are renowned for gossip-mongering – yes, that is exactly what it is! Gossip mongering. Nothing like a juicy story while sipping a cup of coffee or over a cold beer. However, it is so seldom that anyone takes the time to go to the source to find out the facts – obviously fiction is more interesting than reality.

But how often do we actually sit down and think about the repercussions these stories can have. Is our existence really so small that the telling of what we often know to be un-truths, half truths – or even truth in a malicious wrapping – become so all important and central to our lives.

What is it that makes us so inclined to revel in sordid gossip – is it jealousy of others success, or perhaps just plain and simple boredom. If it is that, why not rather volunteer at the Nuwerus Nasorg – the kids need help with their homework in the afternoons.
Or join a society!

Some people have approached me regarding the irregularity of the Natter. I have always made it clear that the Natter is entirely dependant on contributions from the local residents. If I receive nothing from you – I will not publish a Natter. The Natter was intended as a community information tool – but without input from the community, I will be left with the conclusion that the Natter is no longer relevant.

All contributions are welcome and I especially appreciate comments and opinions regarding the Soapbox issues. Also, any business hosting an event, please let the Natter know so we can share it with the village. (If you are not listed below, it’s not a conspiracy; it’s just that you did not let me know!)

I have also been taken to task regarding the Napier Link Up, the database for non-formal businesses in our area. (See Napier Natter dated 18 Sept 2012.) This has not been published yet because the response to my request for names and details was very poor indeed. Again, there is obviously no real need for a database of this kind.

Valentines in Napier
Red Windmill invites all ladies to an old-fashioned HIGH TEA, at 3pm on Valentine's Day, Thursday 14 February. Avon lucky draw. All inclusive, R55. Booking essential.

Wild Thyme – Mexican Chili-Chocolate evening @ R160 per head for a 3-course meal. Thurs 14 February.

Pascal’s of Napier – The Minnie and Johnson Show – R190 per person includes a 2-course meal. Sat 16 Feb @ 7pm. Booking Essential.
Details at www.pascals.co.za

Like clockwork…
We would like to respond to the article was published in the Napier Natter on the 6 July 2012. We at Suidpunt Horlosies do monitor the clock but there seems to be a misunderstanding...
The clock is mechanical..... and does not work with electricity. It works with weights that need to be wound twice a week.

The lights are linked to a time-clock that can be set at whatever time you want the lights to go on... usually its set from sunset to sunrise. If there is an power outage the time-clock should be reset again but that sometimes does not happen and then you find the lights on in the day and off at night. Please contact us if you need more info on the clock.
Louis and Lonelda – Suidpunt Horlosies, Bredasdorp

Wheels for William AKA “Napier Postie”
Willem Pedro is our postman and has been with SAPO for more than 30 years. Have you seen him delivering your mail after 6 pm on very hot days and wondered if he was working “overtime”? I did and, on enquiry, he explained that some days were just too hot to pedal up hill and down dale on his trusty steed!
Having taken my pedal drive company car out recently I can assure you getting around Napier is no mean feat - without the basket of mail.
Is it not time that SAPO provide him with motorised wheels or at least a mountain bike with gears! Sadly not so, thus it may just be up to the village to find a way of improve his lot and means of transport. Anyone able to sponsor a mountain bike, or donate a poeggie/Vespa please contact Lindy at 028 423 3834.
If you see Willem puffing up the hill offer him a glass of chilled water and a blaaskansie with a friendly word.

SAARP Social Club Napier
The activities for 2013 are being planned and so are the outings. The program will be filled to the brim with fun, enlightenment and visits to places you may have heard of and yet never quite reached. The Club events kick off 2013 on 26 February at the Napier Retirement Village at 10h00.
Hard to imagine that this time last year the club was just seeing the light of Napier and now has 57 members.
Membership forms (for new and renewing members) are available at Napier Media House or at the venue on the day.

Lifts offered & wanted (Napier Car pooling)
Who would have thought that a random suggestion to keep a book for such purposes of listing lifts and deliveries/collection would become so popular?
Since August a number of folk have been lifted, others have done the lifting and more still have had goodies collected or dropped off.
Hamster cage to George, ironing press fabric from the city, jams from Dassiesfontein are some of the notable ones. The destinations vary as do the requirements, however grateful thanks to all who get involved.

Please consider using this service especially if you are able to assist in providing a lift or collecting a parcel. We have many residents who travel afar, and would delight in sharing your journey and costs.
Put your name, needs and offers down in The Book at Media House!

ART EXHIBITION AT ‘the gallery’
New works by acclaimed woodcut artist Joshua Miles
Friday, 15th February from 17h00 onwards
Join us for a glass of wine or three and meet the artist!

On a high note…
It was mentioned in an earlier Natter that Joan Wilken, a renowned South African opera singer, is residing in Napier. She is now offering piano and singing lessons right here in the village. If interested, please contact her for more details. All ages welcome 076 151 0188
She can also be heard t the “Nagmaaldiens” on the 10th Feb at the Napier NG Kerk.

The Marah 2013 Project
We are aiming to once again provide gift boxes to folk over the age of 75 years this Christmas. Therefore, we need to start collecting now. If you could donate any of the following we would be very grateful: shoeboxes [not boot boxes. The boxes with removable lids are easier to cover], wrapping paper large enough to cover a shoebox and items with which to fill the gift boxes. All donations can be left at Pascal’s of Napier or please give me a ring on 028 423 3439 and I will collect.

We are also eager to provide knee blankets for the older folk this winter so if you enjoy knitting, crocheting or sewing, please make a blanket and donate it to this community project. We hope to distribute the blankets in June. Any spare wool will also be very welcome.

Trivia Questions (Answers below)
1. February was called Solmonath by the Anglo-Saxons. What does this mean?
2. What is the birthstone for February?
3. If you were born on the 6th of February, what would your zodiac sign be?
4. What is the flower for the month of February?
5. Which awards show normally occurs at the end of February?
6. Which fruit is recognized in the month of February?
7. Which legendary character is recognized on the 12th of February?
8. Which famous rocker was born on the fourth of February?
9. In the USA, which animal predicts the weather on 2 February?
10. Which criminal was associated with the St. Valentine’s Day massacre?

Be Aware
E-mail scams are becoming more and more sophisticated and it is very easy to be fooled by e-mails supposedly sent from banks. They often request you to log on with your secret code and any info you input is relayed to alternative addresses, often resulting in scammers being able to access your bank accounts. Be very aware, never enter details like pin codes on line. If you are not sure of the authenticity of an e-mail, rather telephone the bank and check. Be safe rather than sorry. Oh…and the millions of dollars you are owed by the the United Nations... forget it!!

Texting codes for seniors. Now Seniors have their own texting codes:

* ATD- At the Doctor's
* BFF - Best Friends Funeral
* BTW- Bring the Wheelchair
* BYOT - Bring Your Own Teeth
* CBM- Covered by Medicare
* CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center
* DWI- Driving While Incontinent
* FWIW - Forgot Where I Was
* GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
* GHA - Got Heartburn Again
* HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement
* LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out
* LOL- Living on Lipitor
* OMSG - Oh My! Sorry, Gas
* TOT- Texting on Toilet

Answers to Trivia Quiz.
1. Mud month
2. Amethyst
3. Aquarius
4. Violet (sometimes Primrose too)
5. Academy Awards
6. Banana
7. Paul Bunyan
8. Alice Cooper
9. Groundhog. Known as Groundhog day.
10. Al Capone

Points to ponder

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't. - Earl Wilson

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. - Will Rogers

Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath. - Lord Barbizon

I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night. - Marie Corelli

Luck affects everything. Let your hook be always cast. In the stream where you least expect it, there will be fish. - Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman Poet)

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Wishing you all a gossip-free week!!
Mark

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