03 March 2006

One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.


Sterkfontien Dam is unbelievable- the largest dam in the world! (Have you seen a bigger one?!) It even has little waves- like a small ocean. Complete with its own islands it can easily be mistaken for part of the sea! Swimming in it is like swimming in the calm ocean and the water is so clean you can drink it- well if I catch Bilhazia then discount that statement! There was some swimming competition on and groups of youngsters were swimming around- looked real easy but after trying I’m glad I didn’t attempt the Midmar without training. The thing about swimming is that you can’t just stop and rest- unlike the Argus!

The Drakesburg Mountain Range- a stunning three hour odd drive from Joburg and Durban. Such amazing beauty right in our backyard. The Cascades hike at the Royal Natal Park is slightly strenuous but well worth the effort- an icy, thunderous and stunning Tiger Falls greats you at the end! Not for the feint-hearted but an almost backbreaking waterfall massage really hits the spot! If you hike with a bunch of radicals, make sure they take you along the river on your way down. Its fun walking through semi-rapids in your jeans and hiking boots: a real sense of adventure, especially if you discover secret waterfalls hidden behind precariously balancing boulders of elephantic proportions which the valiant climbed under;p

The ‘Mighty Two’ took a real beating on the muddy roads- not a good idea to take a ‘Mayfair Cleva’ type vehicle into the wilderness- rather leave it to brave the lanes of Fordsburg! But it did us proud and came out looking like quite the off-road junkie- lets hope there’s no permanent damage though!

Good night and good luck- an interesting account of how the media brought a US senator to task. Interesting in the sense that it shows how the powerful use their influence and might to deceive the masses. But what was more interesting and I thought could relate quite well a bit closer to home, is how when a person who challenges those with a bit of power and influence and brings them to task for erroneous actions, the pseudo-powerful use whatever dirt they can find to discredit their challenger and in the process sweep the whole issue on hand under the carpet… get my drift? Well, what I learnt: it’s flippin important for an independent and objective medium, be it the media or others on a smaller scale, to look out for the truth and have the guts to disseminate it adequately…

The Argus thing seems quite jinxed- had a puncture after doing about 20kms on my first day of proper training! Well, what’s the worst that can happen? I’m pretty confident that I will be able to complete the race but the days following may turn out to be quite excruciating! Wish me luck*

Think I’m getting the hang of this photography/art fad- check out the blog for this week’s piece! The 3rd in a row.. Taking suggestions now- thanks to MJ for pointing out that the first quote did not acknowledge Rumi or whoever it was, but I wasn’t sure who said that. I have enough pics- need some inspirational/motivational quotes…

For those who didn’t vote, I ask you, ‘Why’? Your not voting has a more negative effect than making a flawed yet educated decision. You live in this country, you enjoy its’ benefits- if you don’t like things, pack your bags and get the hell out! But if you have a conscience and hope for good, stop whining like a donkey and start taking smart and practical steps to ensure that this change happens in out lifetimes…

2 comments:

saaleha said...

aww...oulik man.

Bilal said...

Thanks- these are kids in Nablus, West Bank, Occupied Palestine...