26 February 2014

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
So, we say goodbye to another Napier ‘institution’.
 The Dorp Life (previously the Village Post ) has been printed for the very last time and I imagine a general lack of support and interest is to blame. A huge amount of work and effort goes into any publication of this kind, but without the support of the local community, there is no real chance of success.

A very big thank you to Jeanette and Barbara for all the effort and hard work they put into it, and I, for one, am very sorry to see it’s demise.

Something else that requires effort and input is the annual Patatfees.
All are invited to participate in the planning of the Napier Patatfees 2014.
Where: The Napier Country Hotel
When: 27 February 2014
Time: 18:00
Your input would be hugely appreciated. Many people complained last year that they were not ‘in the loop’ during the planning phase – here is your opportunity to be involved.

A big congratulations to Mike from the Pie Shop.
Mike’s latest book in the form of a novel has just been chose for publication in the UK.
We can’t wait to read it Mike!  (Any truth to the rumour that Brad Pitt will play the lead role in the movie version?)

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 27th March 2013
Time: 17h30
Venue: NG Church Hall, Hoog Straat, Napier
Section 12 A (d) states: “A notice of the date, time and place of the AGM shall be given at least twenty one days before the meeting, in such manner as the Committee deems adequate. A copy of the minutes of the previous AGM, and of the Chairman's report and financial statements shall be presented at the meeting.”

Jim Hislops ‘Wheatfields and windmills’
This wonderful book relates not to the Napier countryside, but to the title of the book Jim has written about the original Free Burgher farms in Observatory, Cape Town – then and now. Written in informal, but informative style, it consists of approximately 75% photographs, old and new, colour pictures and maps, and 25% informative reading, and may bring back memories for those who lived or studied in the area. I know several people had mentioned that they would like a copy when it came out but I can’t remember all the names. If you might like to order a copy, or know somebody who might, please let me know by e-mail louise@49er.co.za or text or phone 073 196 2157. If you would like to find out more about the book, please contact Jim on jim.hislop@johnbrownmedia.com or 083 950 9586. The cost should be about R250 depending on the print run, hence the need for some idea of the numbers of people interested.  

On a High note...
A concert that will be presented as part of Overberg Art Music is a performance by Joan Wilken (soprano), Deon Lamprecht (organ) and a vocal quartet.  It will take place in the D.R. Church in Napier on 22 March at 7 pm in aid of Youth Outreach to Kaokoland.  The entrance fee is R 80 and tickets are available at Discovery 24 Real Estate in Bredasdorp, Instap Mini-mark in Napier, and at the door.

The programme includes arias from The Messiah by Handel, the Laudate Dominum by Mozart, the Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod, and Panis Angelicus by Franck, as well as organ works by Bruhns, Mozart and Widor.
Deon Lamprecht (083 468 6086) deonlam@gmail.com
Joan Wilken (076 064 9671) joanezw@gmail.com

Thank you
A big THANK YOU to all folk who generously donated goods, money, time, effort and petrol to the Marah project. On the 20th December 2013  80 Christmas gift boxes were delivered to folk over the age of 75 years in our community. Thanks for helping to bring some Christmas cheer to older folk! Thanks also to Bill Koen and his helpers and the NG Church for providing the tables on which we could pack.  We also appreciate the support Pascals and the Handicraft Clubs gave us all year. Grateful thanks 

Pascal’s Diary
Please note that Pascal’s rof Napier - restaurant and accommodation - will be closed from 25 March until 15 April for our annual break. A very big thank you to all our loyal supporters for helping us go from strength to strength.

Upcoming Events – book early to avoid disappointment!
Details will be added to www.pascals.co.za and Facebook.

Sat 3 May 2014 - Robin Auld, a South African legend.

Sun 9 Jun 2014 - Brad Liebl – Classical, Lieder and songs from the musicals. Click here for full biography (.pdf)

Fri 11 Jul 2014 - Emile Minnie – the funny man of cabaret is back!

If any local businesses or institutions have anything special planned, please let the Natter know for possible inclusion in a future edition of the Natter.

Click here to download the latest Community Police Forum newsletter (.pdf).

LIVING LIGHTLY - PUBLIC TALK - Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre - meditateinsa@gmail.com

With internationally renowned teacher, Gen-la Kunsang, Buddhist nun and the Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition. She has helped thousands of people improve their lives through meditation and her kind hearted example.
Date: Thurs, 27th February 7.00-8.30pm
Venue: Kelvin Grove, 144 Campground Road, Newlands
In this talk, entitled Living Lightly, Gen-la will explain how to overcome anxiety and develop a light, flexible approach to life through changing our understanding of the world and our relationship to the things around us.
The talk will be based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatsos highly acclaimed book, Modern Buddhism, and will be introduced by a guided meditation so you can experience for yourself the peace and freedom of a positive and undistracted mind. There will also be a bookshop and a refreshments are provided.
Everyone is welcome to this inspirational PUBLIC TALK, bringing great meaning and benefit to daily life.
For more info & bookings: http://meditateinsa.org/cape-town-thursday-27th-feb-public-talk-in-newlands/ Or phone: 021 685 3428

Last thoughts

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. - Anthony J. D'Angelo

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. - Helen Keller

If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is. - Charles Bukowski

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. - Charles Bukowski

Idle Thoughts:
 I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it.

I had amnesia once - or twice.

I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart. Now what?

Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

All I ask is one chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

They told me I was gullible and I believed them.

Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.

One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

Is it me--or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?


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