Archive | June, 2011

“Get up like those pregnant ladies do . . .”

[Note: This post is a continuation of my previous post “My own dog is barking at me” and is my attempt at lightheartedness and humour, and not a ploy to get sympathy. Feel free to laugh at my antics!] “Get up like those pregnant ladies do . . .” (i.e. use my arms to heave […]

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My own dog is barking at me

Monday morning. I’m following my Monday morning routine of emptying all the bins in the house, for the Monday morning garbage collection in our neighbourhood. Bending over a black garbage bag, my back suddenly “goes”. I’m hunched over unable to move. Or at least unable to move without a great deal of pain radiating from […]

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Things I didn’t know about shark fin soup

Recently I wrote about the effect of shark fishing and shark finning on the Mozambique coastline (see this post). I realized that I didn’t know much about it – what exactly shark fin soup is, who eats it and how it originated. So I did a little research and found some interesting facts about it. […]

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Swartberg Pass: A drive to Hell and back

This past weekend we went on a photo drive to “Hell” and back. Well okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but in my opinion the Swartberg Pass in the Southern Cape comes close. A description from Wikipedia: The spectacular Swartberg Pass runs through the Swartberg mountains (“black mountain” in Afrikaans) which are a mountain range that runs […]

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Sharks getting a raw deal – on the dark side of Mozambique

This post is part of the Mozambique 2011 series. The previous post in this series is Chicken run to Pomene. This blog has previously featured shark stories focusing on the large number of big sharks off the South African coast, and the dangers they pose to bathers, surfers and divers. Now it is time to […]

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Living with an anorexic cat

Since I’m on the topic of cats (see last post), I thought I’d continue with another post about them. I am writing this not just to tell Lucy’s story, but in the hope that it will help other cat owners whose cats are losing weight for no apparent reason. Lucy, our cat, was a skinny […]

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The Tribe of Tiger by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

My “book reviews” to date – though they are more “random thoughts on books” than actual reviews – have fallen into two basic categories. Recently published books to which I had a very strong reaction – mostly of the not so positive kind – and my all-time favourites, which tend to be obscure books, often […]

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