I smoked my first cigarette on my school friend’s 13th birthday, a month before my own. Continue reading Monday Memories – Decisions and Consequences: #3 South Africa
He was one of the few people I met who was open in his contempt for Africans – he usually referred to them as ‘Kaffirs’ – and would pontificate about them and their perceived short comings at length given half a chance. Continue reading Monday Memories – South Africa Pt.3
One day the MD waltzed into my office and explained that he had just come back from Durban and had a brainwave as he passed Blackwood Hodge. Continue reading Monday Memories – Work in South Africa
Before we knew, the spring of 1973 had metamorphosed into summer, the highlights of which were Christmas and New Year celebrations. Continue reading Monday Memories – Living in South Africa Pt. 1
I did my best to keep up as we raced along rutted dirt roads in the cloud of dust thrown up by Barry’s car. Continue reading Monday Memories – Arrival in South Africa
We were, I now know, incredibly naive. The landlord strung us along throughout the winter. He even came to discuss our plans whilst I was at work in the pub, but still would not give us an answer. Continue reading Monday Memories: 1972/3 More Naivete and South Africa beckons.
I suppose it is a truism that the most of these one can have is nine. I just reached my seventh. Seems like a good time to look back at the others and see what I was doing. My first, … Continue reading Double Digit Birthdays
This month I’m linking to a post from a blogger in her seventies who participates in a voluntary project rebuilding homes for people who lost everything as a consequence of wild fires. I’m also linking to regional newspaper coverage of … Continue reading How Volunteers Respond to Disasters #WATWB