24 November 2016

Hello Napier

My Soapbox

Nudity is not something that sits easy with many South Africans, especially people who have grown up in the so called 'platteland', with a good solid Calvinist foundation.

'Somebody' mentioned to me the other day that 'somebody' had told them that 'somebody' was a little offended by the golden "Oscar" statue outside of Oscars Hairdressers on Sarel Cilliers.

I had to smile.

We had just come back from our trip to Florence in Italy and there things are a little different. It’s almost impossible to walk a block without seeing a classical renaissance nude statue, usually right on the street or in the centre of one of the many squares. Often in churches and cathedrals ... Standing 10 or 20 foot high. Nothing whatsoever left to the imagination.

Often there would be a large group of school kids and their teacher, pointing and discussing in detail the attributes of Renaissance sculpture.

And it all seemed so normal and acceptable. Apart from the occasional juvenile giggle, they seemed to simply take it in their stride. Nudity was part of their everyday lives – it had to be, it was everywhere.

A couple of years ago a local South African artist was commissioned to sculpture a tall male nude which was then erected in front of a block of flats on the Strand beachfront. It caused such an uproar, petitions were signed, meetings were held, threats were made – eventually the owners were forced to remove it and relocate it to a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Now I wonder - did Michelangelo ever have that problem with his "David".

Napier markets
Remember to support local!! Fresh produce, home bakes, gifts, & much, much more
The Napier Market – open Friday 2pm to 5 pm and Saturday 10am to 2 pm
My Skat Napier Market – Saturday mornings

Christmas Carols Service
Sunday evening 27th November at 7pm in the NG Church Napier
Everybody most welcome

Going to pieces
Anne & Peter have a number of Jigsaws that they have completed . They are 1000 piece "Wasgijs" and great fun for both adults and youngsters.
If you would like one please give them a call on 082 375 3627.

Full moon Market at Wokini
17th December 2016
Join Wokini for a moonlight market. Cash Bar plus food stalls, craft stalls and more !!
Bon fire, Music and fire dancer!!
Freeeeeee entry
For more info call Bonnie or Danielle
082 5543327 and 082 3201664

Supporting your community
So many parents are approaching Nuwerus Napier Aftercare to look after their children when the parents are working away from home that new space needs to be created to accommodate them. Rienie Simons and Beverley Doveton are heading up a project to turn an existing store-room into another classroom.
A group of people, members of the English ward of the Napier Dutch Reformed church (NG Kerk), have now decided to launch a project for taking care of this upgrade and to do other necessary repairs, etc . Should you be so kind as to want to support this endeavour, donations should be made at the DR Church office where Jenny will give you a receipt as proof of payment. Jenny suggests a Thursday. Management of all funds is subject to audit. 028 423 3457. No 77 Sarel Cilliers Street , Napier

Marah Community Project
Christmas will soon be here! Therefore we are busy collecting small gifts suitable for the gift boxes we deliver to folk over the age of 75 years in our community at Christmas time. Pretty ribbon with which to secure these boxes is also needed. Please leave any donations towards this community Christmas project at Pascal’s or visit the Napier Market where you will find a large box into which you can put your gifts. Should you need further information please contact Jenny on 028 423 3439

Famous people celebrating birthdays on 24 November

• 1946 - Ted Bundy – Serial Killer
• 1864 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, France, painter (At the Moulin Rouge)
• 1942 - Billy Connolly - Actor

What happened on 24 November in History
1615 - French King Louis XIII married Ann of Austria. They were both 14 years old.
1859 - Origin of Species by British naturalist Charles Darwin is published
1952 - Agatha Christie's Mousetrap opens in London
1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of murdering President Kennedy, is himself shot dead in a Dallas police station
1991 - Freddie Mercury dies aged 45 - just one day after he publicly announced he was HIV positive

"Fear cannot be without hope - nor hope without fear."
Nov 24 1632 - Baruch (Benedict) de Spinoza, Dutch rationalist philosopher.

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly.
Andy Rooney

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

Wishing you all a splendid and heartfelt Christmas season and may all your wishes come true in 2017
Mark

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