26 March 2013

Hello again Napier

The Soapbox
I was looking at some of the beautiful artworks by renowned artist, Joshua Miles, who lives just up the road in Baardskeerdersbos – and realized a sense of giddy pride at the fact that he lives right here amongst us – and we have such easy access to his gallery and his creations. Of course it is not only Joshua Miles residing in our area – we also have the likes of Helen Xenos-Vale, Ulrich and Emma Riek, Linda Reyburn, Weyers du Toit and many other artists. We have numerous contemporary galleries in Napier exhibiting many styles of art and sculpture. And when did you last take the time to stop off and take a gentle stroll through the Bredasdorp gallery and indulge your senses in the works of art world icons, the likes of Pierneef, Gregoire Boonzaaier, Maggie Laubser, Jan Vermeiren and others.

Now, of course, I’m not suggesting we can all afford to have the works of such artists adorning the walls of our living rooms. But the mere fact that many of these artists live here and exhibit their works here, means we have access to seeing and enjoying them without having to necessarily buy or own them (although I’m sure many of us would like to!)

The same, of course, goes for music.
The fact that venue’s such as Pascal’s of Napier and Suntouched Inn regularly host musical evenings, whether cabaret or classical, or folk and light rock, we in Napier do get to enjoy live performance of a high standard.

So whosoever says that there is no culture in the countryside, does not know what they are talking about. Granted, in terms of choice we are limited, compared to those who live in the city. It will be a very long time before we can hope to see Les Miserables or Dirty Dancing in Napier. But what we do have, is generally of a high standard. (and you can park very close by and not be hassled by a car- guard.)

It will be a sad day when Napier can no longer sustain art and music of the caliber we are used to and take so for granted. Without your support, they will go somewhere else!

So what I’m really saying is, support local culture – in all the diverse forms!

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route
Saturday 6th April and Sunday 7th April - All welcome!

Readers comments:
The Natter edition about small town gossip has certainly had a strong response.

Herewith one from Barry Hattingh:

"I agree with Mike from THE FOX, that it is so unnecessary for people to gossip.
I personally despise it, as the person/s responsible for it, are usually very unhappy with themselves and life in general.
It is also usually a sign of intellectual immaturity, as well as feelings of inferiority, and that poor soul does this gossiping in an attempt to garner favour from a selected sad few.
Sometimes it can also stem from a false sense of superiority.

Mike, from what I can gather, this should not affect you too much - you are by far, a better and stronger person, and definitely more honourable.
Good luck with your and Louise's next venture - I am confident that it will be as successful as this one is."

This one from Sue Morley regarding the horse meat scandal in the last issue of Napier Natter.

"Mark - I'm horrified about what you say about eating animals, it's not at all funny.
And now I feel sick, very sick at the thought of killing beautiful beasts, cutting them up and putting the remains on a plate. YUK ... "

John Cook sent in this contribution by Alexander Dalrymple

"When you think of all the things that might so easily have been found in hamburgers, I suppose that we (or at any rate those who eat them) should be grateful that it was only horsemeat that was found. From the reaction in the press, you might have thought we were back in the days of Sweeney Todd.
Several cartoons reproduced in Le Figaro caught the spirit of the age. A grocer holds a packet out to a customer and says ‘Look at this packet… it’s a food that has been designed, cooked and digested. No need even to eat it.’ The bemused customer asked ‘What is there left for me to do, then?’ The grocer replies ‘Take it and put it straight into the toilet bowl’ The customer says ‘What a saving in time and effort!’
In a Swiss cartoon, a man eating prepared and microwaved lasagne (‘100 per cent beef’) finds a horseshoe in it; in another, one cow in a stall of cows says to his neighbour at the trough, ‘Ah, there’s a change. Today’s there’s fish.’
Yes, but what fish, that is the question? A report in Le Figaro next day informed us that much of the fish that is sold is mis-labelled. For example, 28 per cent of what in Ireland is labelled as ‘cod’ is not cod; in the United States it was found that only 7 of 120 fish labelled as red snapper was actually red snapper. DNA testing showed that swordfish is often really shark; and shark is often sold as something called veau de mer, sea-veal.
The problem with all this mendacity is that it increases mistrust in society, so that no one believes that anything is what it seems or claims to be. After readingLe Figaro, I happened on a blind beggar, in his sixties, in the Paris Métro. He stood just round the corner from a platform, holding his white stick in one hand and a little cup out to passers-by with the other. Dark glasses made his eyes invisible.
My first thought was that he was a fraud and I passed him by. Then I reflected that, even if he were a fraud, such begging was not much of a life. I approached him from the side and put some money into his cup. He thanked me and it was obvious that he had no idea where I was. He was indeed blind.
Generalised dishonesty gives us an easy pretext for indifference and lack of compassion."

From Angela

"I would like to thank all the wonderful people of Napier who have been so supportive during my illness and subsequent major surgery. To those who kept in touch regularly, to those who phoned and sent messages to Eddie and me during my hospitalization and to those two wonderful friends who circulated bulletins on my progress to long lists of interested people, to those who visited me at home and brought flowers, gifts, reading material, supplied meals and even cake for my visitors and especially for all those who prayed for me and sent positive thoughts, thank you all! I feel quite overwhelmed by your kindness and extremely privileged to belong to such a loving community."

Willie from River Road says:

"Can u please publish that the person that has stolen my tree at the intersection of Sarel Cilliers, Rooi and Rivier Roads, to Please return it because it was micro chipped and I will get the people out to trace the tree.

I am trying to do my part in trying to get the Town to look decent, and people go and steal my plants, that I personally purchased, fertilized, planted and water with my own water."

What’s happening in April!!

Car boot sale, Easter Saturday 30 March from 9-12 – anyone interested in selling your unwanted goods contact Jane on 082 4255 474

Reneessance is opening it’s doors once again from the 28th March to the 7 April for breakfast and lunch.

Wild Thyme is doing a Greek Easter Fest on Friday 29th March and will also be open on Saturday evening 30 March.

Napier Country Hotel - Potjiekos Competition on Saturday 6th April from 13H00. Big Screen Rugby and dancing. Wine Tasting. For further info contact Greg on O76 0288 707

Pascal’s of Napier presents the fist Sunday Soiree on 7 April at 6.oopm. Well known young soprano, Magdalene Minaar will be presenting her show, “Songs from the silver screen” fresh from KKNK in Oudtshoorn. This will truly be a special show so please book early. Tickets are only R110 per person and include a light meal.
Details at www.pascals.co.za

Birthdays in March
Dorplife turned 1 years old
Riek Creative turned 2 years old
Pascal’s of Napier celebrated their 3rd Birthday
Thank you Napier for your constant support and caring, from all the above businesses!

Wanted…a good home for both black and white Silkie chickens.
Please contact Mark at 028 423 3146.

The SANParks Honorary Rangers Agulhas are hosting a fund raising wine auction at the delightful wetland venue of Bosheuwel, situated between Struisbaai and Elim, in the Agulhas National Park.
The event, which includes a Fynbos walk and a Birding walk, both guided. Lunch of homemade soup and breads is included in the cost of R50.00 for the day's activities.

Plek/Place: Bosheuwel
Datum/Date: Saterdag/Saturday 4 Mei/May



09:00 - 09:30

Arriveer te Bosheuwel/Arrival at Bosheuwel
Oggend verversings/Morning refreshments

09:30 - 09:45

Verwelkoming en Voorligting/Welcoming and Briefing

10:00 - 12:00

Fynbos en VoŽlkyk uitstappie/Fynbos and Birding outing

12:00 - 13:00

Verversings en wynproe/Refreshments and wine tasting

13:00 - 14:00


Bring asb eie verkyker, sonhoed en stapskoene/Please bring own binoculars, sun hat and walking shoes
Tickets available from 028 423 3095/ 072 283 5282 (Angela)/ 084 370 5255 (Eddie)

A few trivial facts to consider:
A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface!

A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood!

A piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein!

Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!

If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!

Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!

A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth!

The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!

Clinophobia is the fear of beds!

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1!

The electric chair was invented by a dentist!

Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!

A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average!

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times!

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks!

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night!

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside!

Think about these...
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. - Noam Chomsky

Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day. - Ching Ning Chu

Man's mind and spirit grow with the space in which they are allowed to operate. - Krafft Ehricke

The only thing wrong with me is that I think there is something wrong with me! – Anon

Any upcoming events or issue’s the village should be aware of?
Please let the Napier Natter have the details for inclusion in the next edition. info@napier.co.za

Wishing you all a Happy Easter. May your Easter Eggs overflow with chocolate!

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