14 June 2005

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

After meeting Madiba last weekend, the rest of week seemed pretty mellow… I understand that he was overhead telling the other politicians, “Guess what? I met Bilal” :-p
All the loafers have gone and left me alone! Wanted to do lunch on Monday and the regulars have all left the country! Ended up going to Medschool- what a sad place! Everyone there seems to take the whole study thing way too seriously… But ZakP rocks!
But managed to hook up a nice crew and we did an Akhals lunch on Tues- that place still amazes me: retards behind the counter, they never answer the phone, always grumpy and rude, posters from the 80’s still up on the walls, the place is dirty and it always takes an hour longer than you expected to get your food; yet they still so busy! Just imagine if they tried any common business etiquette- they business would improve phenomenally!

Our division had a day of team building on Wednesday- in the true accountants’ spirit; we spent the day playing bowls and croquet at the Zoo Lake Bowls Club! Really more fun than I had imagined- the poor old buggers would probably turn in their graves if they had seen how we played their games! These bowling clubs seem to be the last vanguard of apartheid- which person of colour, in his right mind, would join a bowls club? The only people there are whites who probably don’t realise that apartheid is over! But, to give them their due, the hosts at the club tried very hard to accommodate us- eventually they realised that it’s no use trying to explain the rules to us…

Had no intention of making this a movie review column, but I watched a really interesting movie- Hotel Rwanda: a gruesome depiction of a nation consumed in ethnic strife- the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis by the ruling Hutu tribe in Rwanda during a hundred-day bloodbath in 1994. It shows a devastating picture of media-driven mass murder left unchecked. A journalist in the movie, after capturing some really gruesome footage of the massacres, remarks that, ‘People in the West will watch it on the news and say, “That’s so horrible!” and go on eating there dinners and just forget about it!’ Think that phrase applies to people in the South as well!
As Arundathi Roy said, In 50 years time, people will read about the atrocities of this century and ask, ‘Where were all the good, caring people when all this was happening?’ How are we going to answer that question!!

SABC1 has a talk show every Sunday morning- Chatroom. They were looking for a Muslim to come on and discuss ‘Criminalising Alcohol’- I seemed to be the only available person- went and really made a fool of myself! Don’t know when it’s going to be aired, but if you happen to have the TV on, please switch off and just forget you saw anything! It’s amazing how certain things make so much sense in your mind, and then when you try verbalising it, it just comes out like gibberish…

Went for my second ever Audit lunch on Friday after Jumah- don’t know why they don’t just give us the money and let us spend it ourselves! The amounts that these lunches end up costing are disgusting! It seems to be a vicious cycle- the corporate’s just charge each other exorbitant fees and past the costs down to the man on the street- so it’s always the poor who suffer while we spend loads in customer relations and marketing, etc…

The Beards called a meeting in Azaadville for the planning of the Youth Conference in July- I understand that I was supposed to stop at the Meeqat before entering Azaadville and don the proper garb :p The meeting was a bit exciting- we had Battle of the Muftis, Part 3 and Master B, peace to the force did bring! But seriously, there seem to be good intentions from all sides and hope that this thing is successful and beneficial…

So far this year I’ve been to the Burgs, Cape Town and Durban but hardly had chance to spend much time in Newcastle! Went for the weekend to show face and clock card- also needed to check for my passport before we go to Mozambique in July. Seems like the past 5 years in Durban have really made me vulnerable to NN cold- it was freezing! When you walk out fajr time, your whole body literally freezes… But it was good being home:) The clan had a big reunion braai on Saturday night- members from Durban and Ermelo were around and it was a nice get together… In the words of a wise person- Enjoy being with the family, it’s a blessing- even when it doesn’t seem like!

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