04 July 2006
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
That plastic bag flying in the wind, doing whirls and twirls, is not ‘so beautiful’, as in American Beauty- it’s stupid! Why? Coz its litter and litter is not beautiful! Litter is ugly and horrible. Often associated with poor areas, (coz they don’t have street cleaners!) litter is what messes up beauty. So the next time some guy in front of you throws dirt out hit window, go road rage on him and teach him a lesson. Not that we want to surpass the extremes set by the Singaporeans or anything- we just want there to be less dirt around us.
Someone usually has to pick it up- and no goofy, you are not creating employment! – you are just making their jobs more difficult…
Menlyn Mall, deep behind the boerewors curtain, advertised a ‘Snow and Ice Festival’- pictured as mind blowing ski slopes and icy white frozen rinks! The reality: a dude with a hose pipe watering an inflatable slope, a frozen corner of the car park and a snow man made of ice cubes! Nevertheless, an entertaining soccer match at the nearest watering hole sufficed to keep all mildly entertained.
The problem with horse riding at a ranch that hires the horses out regularly is that the horses are so bloody confused. They are not used to a particular rider so the signals normally used are not that common to them. The result- a confused horse that is perceived as obstinate! However, a truly breath taking experience as usual! Stirrup Glen, just 30min out of Jhb, offers some quaintly rustic horse trails with intermediate, medium and fast horses- fast being the most fun (or bloodcurdling) of course.
Cited as one of few permissible forms of entertainment by the hard core literalists, the experience is most entertaining and quite energising, so if you have qualms with your standard leisure, be sure to give it a try…
A major relief organisation held an intensive, yet highly informative, Disaster Management Course- it’s not simply rocking up in an area, dropping off blankets and food, and then leaving with a happy conscience- there is a whole science behind properly assisting those afflicted by some calamity or misfortune.
In some cases, supposedly good intentioned acts often cause more harm than good- for example, when a proper analysis of the situation on the ground is not done, a number of things could happen:
- goods that are not needed are procured and distributed, only to find that nobody wants them.
- not enough supplies are acquired for distribution, resulting in stampedes or disruption of already fragile communities.
The Sphere manual, developed by major international NGO’s, UN and the Red C, details exactly how to go about conducting yourself during a disaster or emergency- let me know if you may need it…