8 March 2013

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
One of the benefits of living in a small town is that most of the produce we consume comes from the area we live in, is traceable and seldom pre-packaged.
So we know exactly what it is we are eating, right?
Well, here I am, contemplating this very though as I sit quietly, chewing the tasty kudu biltong that I’ve been hiding in the top drawer of my desk.
A meat scandal of the scale currently being experienced in Europe could only happen there because of the European predilection for pre-prepared meals, right.
Think I’ll have another stick of biltong!!

But of course every scandal has a lighter side – the jokes that inevitably make the rounds. I found these on the internet:

Do you approve of horse meat – yea or neigh.

Horse walks into a bar. Barman says 'sorry mate, we don't serve food in here'

What do you call pasta with minced horsemeat – spaghetti bola-neighs

Food scandal for vegetarians: radish found to be up to 100% horseradish

They've only just discovered the horsemeat in lasagnes - because the cheese on top was mascar-pony.

My mate had to go to the hospital after eating a Tesco Lasagne - doctors says he's in a stable condition.

Tests were done on the Spur Buffalo Wings – they found tiny traces of chicken!!


The article on “Small Town Gossip” in the last Natter certainly elicited many a response from the Natter readership, both in print and verbally. Herewith a few of them:

How To Stop a small town Gossip (From Neville Cowan)
Mildred, the local gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals,
kept sticking her nose into other people's business.
Several members did not approve of her extra-curricular activities,
but feared her enough to maintain their silence.
She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon.
She emphatically told Frank (and several others) that everyone seeing it there
would know what he was doing!
Frank, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny.

He said nothing..
Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house,
walked home .... and left it there all night.
(You gotta love Frank!)


From Mike at the Fox:
“I would like to echo Marks words on gossip in this village. I am sick and tired of hearing nonsense spoken about The Fox and would like to find out who is spreading these stories. There seem to be far too many people in Napier who have nothing better to do then sit around over coffee, wine or a beer and gossip, …….so to set the record straight.
NO The Fox is not bankrupt.
NO The Fox is not in liquidation. (I think it’s a little hard to go into liquidation when you do not owe anyone money?)
NO THE Fox is not closed.
In fact it would disappoint some of you to know that we have a very successful business, and have had from day one. (Seven years ago)
YES we have put the PREMISES up for sale.
YES we did put The Fox on auction (just another mode of selling)
YES we are planning to move on and YES we have bought another business that is not subject to the sale of the fox.
So please instead of spreading or listening to a lot of gossip and total nonsense, may I suggest that speak to me (if you have the guts) if you want to know the truth.
Mike Williams “


…on the Anine Booysen saga

Rudi Riek says: “This is going to sound very cynical and will most likely be a very unpopular opinion however, with the greatest amount of respect to the girl who passed away recently in Bredasdorp and her family, I believe the hordes of politicians are not here to console the family or even make a change, they are just here to get airtime on the radio and television. Our neighbouring town is being turned into a media circus. The poor mother has been on TV every day for the past week and has not had time to grieve for her child in peace. All it is, is Cosatu / ANC/ DA/ other interest groups using this tragedy to further their own interests and it disgusts me.

If a girl gets raped every 4 minutes in our country, why now all of a sudden is Bredasdorp getting used as the media hotspot? They have caught the guilty persons, I wish the media and politicians would just go home and rather attack the problem on a national level instead of working up emotions in our little towns.”


Neville Cowan says
: “Recently, at the height of the Anine Booysen saga, we had a prospective client – a single lady - who flew into Cape Town from Pretoria, (by plane, as her arms are not strong enough J) and came to our village with the idea of purchasing a property.
She stayed a night in here, and we spent the following day with her, viewing properties and introducing her to Napier
She very much liked a particular cottage and she requested we supply her with a house plan, as well as with an “Offer to Purchase” - and off she went, back to Pretoria. A few days later we followed up with our client and only to be told that she had bad news for us - she as no longer going to buy the cottage and move down to Napier?

When we asked for a reason, her reply was that she already lives in a crime area, with electric fencing, security concerns, etc, She added that her daughter,
living in the UK, also agreed that the Overberg was not a safe place to live, the “Bredasdorp” Booysen murder highlighting that. The daughter felt her mother would be making a bad choice?

It is such a pity that this sort of crime is taking place in this area and of course, and around our country as a whole.”

The Marah Project
Supplying gift boxes to older people at Christmas time.
If you perhaps have Christmas presents which you have not used and they are just filling up your cupboards please donate them to the Marah project. That will help us fill our gift boxes at Christmas time. Please leave them at Pascals or call me on 028 423 3439 and I will collect them from you.

Don’t forget we would like to help keep old folk warm this Winter by supplying knee blankets. If you are able to knit, crochet or stitch a blanket please donate it to this community project. It would really be very much appreciated. We aim to distribute the blankets in June.

SAARP Social Calendar - March Outing
On 18th March – Its Bowls and bowling at the Napier Bowls club at 10h00.
Dress for comfort and wear soft flat soled shoes, bring a hat, slap on some sun block and get ready for an abundance of laughter and vitamin D.
Cost is R55. Please book AND pay at Media House by 12 March 2013.

SAARP Social 26 March 2013. Napier Retirement Village @10.00
Adele Steynberg of Dementia SA will be our speaker.

Napier Happenings

Elvis Blue – NG Kerk, Napier
Elvis Blue (SA idols Winner ) brings his new album “Journey” to the Overberg.
Date : 9 March 2013 - this Saturday !!!!
Venue : Dutch Reformed Church, Napier
Time : 19:30
Bookings : 083 275 0321 (after 15:00) or at the door

Roger Lucey – Live in Napier.
Suntouched Inn 16 March 2013 @8.00pm
R70 per person cover charge

Sunday Soiree At Pascal’s - Magdalene Minnaar
SUNDAY 7 April @ 6.00pm
This well known SA soprano has just returned from an 8 month international run, singing the lead in “Phantom of the Opera.” Her awards include the Mimi Coertze Bursary Competition (winner) and the UNISA Voice Competition (song prize).
Straight from KKNK, Magdalene will bring her new show “Songs from the Silver Screen” to Napier for 1 performance. Pre- booking essential
R110 per person Includes a light meal.
See details on www.pascals.co.za


Sunday Soiree At Pascal’s - The Ewen’s Trio
SUNDAY 21 April 2013 @ 6.00pm
The Ewens return to Pascal’s with a new selection of classical music.
Tickets are R100 each - of which R30 per ticket goes to hospice.
Includes a light meal. Pre - booking Essential.

Patatfees
Well, Napier is set to celebrate the 20th Patatfees during the long weekend of the 14 – 17 June 2013. A huge thank you to all the locals who are giving up their time and expertise – free of charge – to make this event a special one. Check out www.napierpatatfees.co.za and www.facebook.com/napierpatatfestival for details of what you can expect that weekend. (They will be updated regularly) The “Dorp-Life” will also include regular updates on the program of events for that weekend, as will the Napier Natter and www.theoverberg.com

Napier Residents Association - Notice of AGM
In keeping with Section 12 A (d) of the Constitution, Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Napier Residents Association will be held:
Date: Tuesday 26th March 2013
Time: 17h30
Venue: NG Church Hall, Hoog Straat, Napier

A few final thoughts….

And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching. - Kahlil Gibran The Prophet (1923)

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. - Susan B. Anthony.

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. - Henry Miller

Best wishes until next time.
Mark

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