30 August 2012

Bonjourno Napier

The Soapbox
It’s that time of year again! Many of us are walking around, sniveling, with runny noses, swollen eyes – all indications that the canola is in full bloom once again. Low flying planes are also in evidence, a reminder that crop spraying is also taking place – something else adding to the upper respiratory tract irritation. But all of this is bearable simply because it heralds the imminent arrival of SPRING! Many visitors are left breathless (sometimes literally) by the beauty of the Overberg at this time of year. It is truly a time of renewal. And that goes for the town itself. One sees many a home getting a fresh coat of paint, many a garden replanted and a spring in the step of many a resident (pun intended.)

Businesses in town also go through an annual rebirth at this time of year. The local OK is stocked like never before, Gunners has a new owner…and a new look! The old “Good Food Café’ has a new coat of paint and a new name – we all wait in anticipation to see what ‘Wild Thyme’ brings to our village. Pascal’s of Napier is in the process of setting up a new cocktail lounge and wine bar and refurbishing the “back room”, Reneesance is moving back to the main house with a gorgeous looking garden taking shape and the hotel is about to re-launch, offering visitors and residents a whole new experience. Dave from Dave’s Country Kitchen is moving off to Struisbaai around mid September to offer fresh fish and chips to all and sundry and the Red Windmill will continue the tradition of an eatery, deli and nursery all under one roof. As we slowly pack away the winter blankets, tentatively try on last years short pants and revel in the warm sunshine, let’s take a moment to remember how lucky we are to have so much choice in our little village of Napier.

Oh…and tonight’s a blue moon. I am told it is quite unusual- to have two full moons in one calendar month – and when it happens, the second is referred to as a “Blue moon”. Therefore the saying “Once in a Blue Moon” - a rare occurrence.

Readers Views

Anna Chadwick says…Thank you for latest Natter…….. I'm still laughing at Frank's hilarious doggie barking competition … I'm afraid that our family includes a "two block's away barker". Sorry Napier!

Mark Smith re the Gymnogene article:
“I agree, the Natter is certainly informative and often amusing. Please will you help me with some information on the shooting of birds of prey. I remember the article and meant to follow up and offer help. I am a fan of wild birds and am very willing to assist with removing of snares, patrolling of areas where the birds are being shot and any other help that is needed.”
If anyone has any info regarding the above request, please let the Natter know and I will pass it on to Mark Smith

Monique Bentall re the alcohol abuse article in the last Natter:
“Once again thank you for an interesting and informative Napier Natter, which I always wait for each week.
I would like to add to your Soap Box article. I have the privilege, so I thought, to have one of the loveliest Victorian homes on the main street of Napier, situated next door to Saver’s Lane and the local bottle store. I bought my home some 7 years ago, after having a home in ‘Tamatie Kraal’ for 2 years. The house was viewed on a Sunday and at that stage, I did not frequent the main road, so had no idea of what awaited me.

It has been, to say the least, a difficult road I’ve had to walk with the “main” patrons of the bottle store next door. Many residents had negative comments about my “ugly, unsightly fence” when I erected it. Little do they know what it’s like living next door to a bottle store? I have had my entire fence on the bottle store side broken, I have had abuse thrown at me when I’ve asked patrons to move on, and have had to phone the police on an almost daily basis to remove patrons who have either fallen over drunk and are defecating and urinating directly through or on my fence. A lot of these patrons are women with children who are totally unperturbed by their parents behavior, As this behavior is often all they know, they will doubt also be patrons in a few years from now.

These people congregate outside the bottle store from 08:30am until 6:00pm when the bottle store closes. The owner rarely if ever comes out to ask them to move on, and they are served alcohol whether they are sober or in a drunken stupor, unable to walk. For me this is indeed a moral issue - these people are drinking the cheapest wine available - I’m sure often toxic in the quantities they consume.

I now hear that a new “off sales” will be opening in September. This then is a total of two bottle stores and a wine shop on the main road, two bottle stores in Nuwerus - and this does not include the illegal establishments that sell alcohol. Do we honestly need so many bottle stores in this town?

Marah Project Update
Thanks from the Marah project.
Thank you to all those kind folk who have dropped off wrapping paper, ribbon and lovely ‘goodies’ with which to fill our gift boxes for older people at Christmas. We are very grateful for all the donations. Thank you also to those who are helping financially towards the purchase of chocolates to make these gift boxes special.
A big thank you to Mark & Steven at PASCALS for receiving and storing the goods donated so far. Your help and support is much appreciated.
Should anyone want more information about the project, please call me, Jenny, on 028 423 3439.

A watchful eye
Napier Framework in place for Effective Neighbourhood Watch
A skeleton framework is in place for an effective neighbourhood watch routine in Napier. Metaphorically speaking it is rather akin to a LEGO assembly – okay, okay, for those of you who go back a bit longer – let’s say, akin to a Meccano structure. Wow! Remember Meccano?

You can construct, deconstruct and move… take a “bridge” from here and put it over there where it will be more effective, build new “roads” where needed and then sit back and watch a plan come together. Get the idea?

The plan is not cast in stone, it is pliable and positively flexible to adapt to input from any one or all residents of the town. Then, for those who are committed to an existing community-watch structure and want to continue their dedication in that manner they can maintain contact with Jacobus Gabriels on 073 22 81 998. This plan does not intrude on any existing structure. It is designed to put an all-encompassing successful surveillance “watch” system in place.

There will be no marching around in the middle of the night. Suspicious behaviour is not confronted head-on but reported to the SAPS.

Central to the overall plan is an alert and ever-watchful populace in a village ingeniously divided into manageable areas [currently seven of them]. Each area resorts under an “area representative”. Each street has a “street representative” who reports to the area representative. All homes in a given street report to the “street representative”. The area representative reports to an overall “co-ordinator” who, in turn, reports to the South African Police Services through the Community Police Forum and any other umbrella body concerned with the overall wellbeing of the town.

Three of the [initial] seven “area representatives” needed are already in place. Others are being sought as we write this. The area representatives will canvass their respective areas for street representatives. Get it; the LEGO blocks – the metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts of the Meccano set – are being put into place.

The plan now being positioned has resulted from the work of a concerned group under the chairmanship of Mr Peter Borgstrom. The group next meets on September 5 and all who read this or become aware of the plan are invited to submit comment to the area representatives.

Here follows a list of names of the area representatives already in place. More information, for instance, the final boundaries of the “areas”, additional area representatives will follow as and when these become available:
Area 1. Tamatiekraal, Neville Cowan, 37 Krag Street, Telephone 028 423 3669, Cell 082 95 58 670, email, neville@cowanproperties.co.za.
Area 2. Central town bounded by Sarel Cilliers, Church/Kerk, Protea and Kort Streets, [still to be indicated]
Area 3. Bounded by Hoog, Kuys, Grobbelaar, Plein, Steyn and Church Streets, Patrick Seeton, 6 Plein Street, Telephone 028 423 3865, Cell 072 44 33 571 email pdos@orcawireless.co.za.
Area 4. Bounded by Sarel Cilliers, Bodorp, Reservoir, Cecil, Plein, Grobbelaar, Kuys Streets, John Macdonald, 12 Plein Street, Telephone 028 423 3439, Cell 073 11 96 816 eieio@orcawireless.co.za.
Area 5. Bounded by Sarel Cilliers, Rooilaan, Hillside, Reservoir, Bodorp [still to be indicated]
Area 6. Bounded by River Road to furthest extent, Reservoir, Hillside, Rooilaan to intersection with Sarel Cilliers [still to be indicated]
Area 7. Town centre again [abutting Area 2], bounded by, Sarel Cilliers, Kort, Hertzog, West [still to be indicated].
Remember, a neighbour can get to you first. Keep your eyes peeled.
• Information compiled and distributed by Patrick Seeton, 6 Plein Street, Telephone 028 423 3865, Cell 072 44 33 571 email pdos@orcawireless.co.za. This article will be made available in Afrikaans.


All’s Fair...
The Caledon Country Fair takes place from 7th to 9th September, starting at 13h00 to 17h00 on Friday; Saturday 09:00 to 17h00, Sunday 09h00 to 14h00.
This will be held in the beautiful, rugged Caledon Wild Flower Garden set against the backdrop of the imposing “Venster” Rock and surrounding mountain range. Fair entrance: R30 adults R10 children, under 6 years free

As Caledon is a farming town, this is a fair with a FARM FEEL and COUNTRY LIFE exhibited in all its facets:

  • Flower Tent, artistically displaying Fynbos scenes and artistic layouts
  • Farm produce stalls, selling all the bounty of the surrounding area:
  • Stone ground wheat; Olives; Honey; Lavender; Goats cheese; Dairy products; preserves and jams; biltong; Herbs; dried and fresh fruit/vegetables
  • Fynbos varieties; Various trees and garden plants on sale
  • Food stalls, again offering the Boerekos, Cape Malay influence; and heritage delicacies
  • Arena with on-going events, such as:
    - Sheep shearing display
    - Dog obedience and skills
    - Energetic Xhosa dancers
  • Slithery Snake show
  • In the Flower tent an Eagle encounters show for Raptor enthusiasts
  • Children will have a Fun Fantasy section all to themselves
  • Petting zoo for children to learn about; touch and experience.
  • To keep the young bulls occupied, there will be paintball battles (Fee additional to entrance).
  • Tractor parade and vintage cars from Villiersdorp, to see up close and personal.
  • Local artists are holding an interactive Art workshop/exhibition and competition
  • Crafts on show and for sale- pottery; leatherwork; beautiful Quilts on display from Riviersonderend Quilters.
  • Refreshment tent with the wine tasting where one can sit, eat, and charge the batteries under cover
  • Some Fast/slow foods to lunch on while strolling around, or making it a picnic in one of the garden’s Lapas away from the crowd.
  • Christian Motorbike Association (CMA), Boland Chapter ending off the week-end with a combined worship service in a tent.

Cape Aghulhas Muncipality Update – 22 Aug.
Water problems in Napier
The problems with water provision in Napier were caused by the pump at borehole 9 used in conjunction with borehole 10. Initially it was thought that the water problems were caused by leakages within the network and a leak detection company was contracted but they found no leakages. Borehole 9 was then found to operate below capacity and was sent for repairs. Unfortunately the pumps at boreholes 6, 8 and 15 were already removed for maintenance. The Municipality went to Riversdal to get these pumps and re-installed boreholes 6 and 8 last night, with bore hole 15 re-installed this morning. The reservoirs were taken out of operation to get water in the network as soon as possible. Borehole 9 will be cleaned and its equipment will be sent for repairs. Certain areas are suffering from low pressure due to air in the network. If you still experience problems, please do not hesitate to contact the Municipality. We apologise for any inconvenience but trust that you will appreciate that unforeseen problems do occur and that the Municipality endeavoured to repair the problem as soon as possible.

Draft Housing Administration Policy
Cape Agulhas Municipality is presently awaiting comment on the draft housing administration policy, which is available for public scrutiny at all municipal offices and libraries, as well as on the website www.capeagulhas.com
The draft housing administration policy describes the integrated approach to human settlement development, housing database, housing allocation policy, pre-emptive right, as well as regulating informal settlements, land invasion and evictions from land. The public and interested and affected parties are invited to provide comment or input on the proposed policy no later than 21 September 2012.

RECYCLING & SAFE DISPOSAL OF ENERGY SAVING GLOBES (CFLs) & BATTERIES IN NAPIER
Napier Residents’ Association was asked some time ago to look into providing the means of safe disposal of various items including the above. After investigating several options, all of which proved infeasible due to our distance from a major centre, Woolworths have kindly donated one of their very neat recycling bins, with separate containers for both items, for use in Napier. This has been placed in the Agri and we urge you to make use of it. The contents of the bin will be removed periodically and taken to Woolworths in Hermanus, where they will be picked up for safe disposal.

Please note that CFLs should preferably be placed in the bin in their boxes
(either save these when you buy the globes or use the boxes from the replacements). If you don’t have the box, wrap the globe carefully in a plastic bag. It is important that the globes do not break in the disposal process.

WHY BOTHER?
All CFLs contain varying amounts of mercury (the cheaper versions contain more than the more expensive ones) and should not be deposited in dump sites as this leads to the mercury leaching into the soil and ultimately into the ground water. Items containing mercury have to be enclosed in concrete to prevent leaching.

Most batteries of any kind (including rechargeable) contain heavy metals and should not be disposed of with general household waste for the reasons stated above.

Trivial Q & A
(Answers at bottom of page)

  1. Which entertainer who has so far sold a magical 40 million tickets holds the record of grossing more than any other solo entertainer in history with over $3 billion?
  2. Although it is erroneously believed that it was built as a teaching tool for students to understand 3D objects, its real purpose was solving the problem of moving its parts independently without the mechanism falling apart.
  3. What architectural term originated from the 16th century after Renaissance revived Classical construction and created a perception of past styles as a product of barbarous tribal cultures?
  4. Who is the 1st century BC Roman architect who wrote that the figure of a man can be inscribed both in a circle and a square in his best known work De architectura?
  5. Following a famous crime, the United States Congress adopted a statute in 1932 that was dubbed the Lindbergh Law. The legislation made what act a federal offense?
  6. What was the end result of Operation Neptune Spear conducted by the CIA in 2011?
  7. What substance is the most used man-made material in the world?
  8. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, name the two dances that are used to represent a couple of letters?
  9. Citizens of Switzerland are prohibited from serving in any foreign army with what notable exception?
  10. While recovering from wounds received in World War I, Dewitt Wallace had the idea to gather a sampling of articles from various publications; this resulted in the birth of what popular magazine?

Quotable quotes

If you are still amazed by something you accomplished yesterday then today has been a waste. – Anon

Integrity - When you do the right thing even though no one is watching. – Anon

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. – Buddha

Random Acts of Lunacy submitted by Jeremy Impey
A man who shovelled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

An American teenager was in the hospital yesterday recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

A mother took her daughter to the Doctor and asked him to give her an examination to determine the cause of her daughter's swollen abdomen. It only took the doctor about 2 seconds to say "Your daughter is pregnant." The mother turned red with fury and she argued with the Doctor that her daughter was a good girl and would never compromise her reputation by having sex with a boy. The doctor faced the window and silently watched the horizon. The mother became enraged and screamed, "Quit looking out the window! Aren't you paying attention to me?" "Yes, of course I am paying attention ma'am. It's just that the last time this happened, a star appeared in the East, and three wise men came. I was hoping that they would show up again."

When his 38-calibre revolver failed to fire at its intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder: He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

A passenger in a taxi tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, then the driver said, "Please, don't ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me." The passenger, who was also frightened, apologized and said he didn't realize that a tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much, to which the driver replied, "I'm sorry, it's really not your fault at all. Today is my first day driving a cab. I have been driving a hearse for the last 25 years."

Trivial Q & A - Answers

  1. David Copperfield, Magician
  2. Rubik's Cube
  3. Gothic
  4. Vitruvius
  5. Kidnapping - after the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby
  6. Death of Osama Bib Laden
  7. Concrete
  8. Tango and Foxtrot
  9. The Vatican
  10. Readers Digest

A big thank you to all of you who submit contributions.
Until next time

Mark

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