26 March 2013
Hello again Napier
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
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!
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
This one from Sue Morley regarding
the horse meat scandal in the last issue of Napier
"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
"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
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."
"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
Please contact Mark at 028 423 3146.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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