Monthly Archives: March 2012

A flat Amstel Lager

A flat Amstel Lager
Although I'm not keen on it, loads of my friends drink Amstel Lager - its generally a pretty well-known beer in South Africa.

When Kerry-Anne and I last visited Paris together we stayed in a little hotel that had a huge Amstel sign outside it's doors. I found it amazing how something familiar, even a sign of a beer that you're not even partial to, helps make one feel a little more settled.

I just hope that some day someone will invent cans with a 1 month half-life. Not because it would encourage us to drink them faster, but rather that we wouldn't end up with cans like this one.

Sicilia!

Sicilia
Isn't this just awesome? We found this semi-rundown-looking Sicilian houses in one of the narrow side streets of Green Point. Sure, it needs a good cleaning and another coat of brilliant-white paint - but the Italian feel is awesome, don't you think?

The poisonous Frangipani

The poisonous Frangipani
It's well-known to those with green-fingers that, while the flowers are pretty, the white sap that bleeds from Frangipanis is highly poisonous. So, if you're ever tempted to pick these flowers for your wife, girlfriend, or mother, be sure that they know to be careful not to get too intimate with the sticky white sap. Mothers-in-law? Well, that's a whole other matter. :) (Only kidding, I have agreat mother-in-law, btw.)

The cow was cool – but a left arrow?

The cow was cool - but a left arrow?
My previous photo was of a sticker stuck to the rear of this same car. As stated in the title of this post, the cow was cool - but a left arrow on the filler cap? What would have been awesome is a "This way up" arrow. :)

Glass not diamonds

Glass not diamonds
I checked, but alas, they weren't diamonds. They're probably the remnant of a fender-bender or a break-in. Imagine if the glass wasn't laminated - sharp shards of plate-glass would have lain where these relatively-harmless pieces now lie.

No stopping on event days!

Not stopping on event days!
There are hundreds of these signs to be found around the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point - especially in the residential side streets that would be completely jam-packed with cars when a music or sport event is held at the stadium.

Imagine what it would be like for residents if people were allowed to park wherever they pleased. The roads are often so narrow that it would be impossible for residents (and perhaps more importantly, emergency vehicles) to navigate the streets in the hours surrounding an event.

Tired of climbing stairs?

Tired of climbing stairs?
It's easy to become lazy and take the escalator or elevator when climbing the stairs seems too tiring. Assuming that you're physically able to climb stairs, try rather viewing them as a bonus opportunity to exercise - albeit only a little. Who knows, you may even silence your conscience's nagging "you don't get enough exercise" voice. :)

Telephone poles – far too many wires

Telephone poles - far too many wires
Have you ever looked at telephone poles like this and thought about the data that flows across the wires? The modern world is so reliant on Internet communication that these simple wires have in many ways become essential services. I mean you'd probably die if, for a day, you were unable to access your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Google+ accounts, wouldn't you? ;)

Telephone wires in most older suburbs and parts of the city still lie above ground, mounted on poles like this one. Several years ago Telkom, our (often regarded as infamous) land telecommunications provider, started using underground cables to in new development areas. I'm guessing that they're more durable and serviceable. Some day telephone poles like these, with their busy nest of wires, will be a distant part of history - much like candle-powered lamp posts.

2012 Fair Cape Downhill Challenge #2

Skateboard
Yesterday I posted a few photos from SAGRA's Fair Cape Downhill Challenge. I thought I'd post a couple more today. If you'd like to see even more photos click here - you'll find dozens more.

Something that surprised me was the number of woman who I saw competing in the event. Skateboarding, and specifically downhill racing, is traditionally such a guy thing that it's to be expected that one would find almost exclusively guys competing. But it really does seem as though a good number of woman in Cape Town are getting into the sport!

I'd really like to see more woman take part, so if you're keen, visit SAGRA's website for more information or contact me and I'll put you in contact with a few pros. They'll have you racing in no time! :)

Skateboards of the 2012 Fair Cape Downhill Challenge

Skateboards of the 2012 Fair Cape Downhill Challenge
I spent this morning at day 1 of the Fair Cape Downhill Challenge, a downhill skateboarding event held on the super-smooth Malanshoogte road (map) that leads to Durbanville's Fair Cape dairies.

Sunday's action starts with practice runs between 09h30 and 13h00 with the race starting at 14h00. If you think downhill skateboarding may be your thing, stop by the event - I suspect you'll be convinced. :)

EDIT: See my follow-up article and more pics here.

Startled kitty-cat

Startled kitty-cat
In my previous post I showed you a photo of a cat that I snuck up on while it was having a dispute with a cat on the other side of a gate. I stuck my camera in under the gate and got this photo of the cat that was (allegedly) being extremely disagreeable.

A skinny white cat

A skinny white cat
This kitty was having a dispute with another on the other side of the gate. It must have been quite a disagreement - as you can see from the "hey, who are you and where'd you come from?" expression on her face, she never even saw us approaching. Isn't she cute? :)

Windhoek Lager

Windhoek Lager
I don't drink a huge amount of beer, but when I do, it's normally Windhoek Light. The bottle in this photo is its big brother Windhoek Lager, both children of Namibia Breweries and named after Namibia's capital city, Windhoek (translated literally as "wind corner").

Oh, and by the way, nope, that wasn't my bottle! :)

Into the gutter, down the drain

Into the gutter
Street drains were always a terrible irritation to me as a kid. We use to play games in the street and it seemed like drains were huge ball-magnets with the power to draw tennis or cricket balls quicker than a boy's legs could carry him.

Fortunately it looks as though these drains have a bar to prevent such objects finding themselves meters below the ground in the storm-water drainage system. :)

Green things

Green things
I decided to be a little creative by taking this photo against the sun so that the green leaves were beautifully illuminated. However, after taking the shot I forgot to take a moment to work out what plant this is - and now I can't really make it out from the photo. Do you have any idea? Please leave a comment if you do! :)

H8M Fire hydrant close by!

H8M Fire hydrant close by!
In yesterday's post I asked if anyone knew what the H28FT sign posted high up on lamp posts means.

Based on a few comments and an email it seems that consensus is that the sign indicates that there's a fire hydrant 8 meters (or, as in yesterday's post, 28 feet) from the lamp post. In retrospect, based on the shape of the sign I guess should have been obvious. :)

An H28FT lamp post sign

An H28FT lamp post sign

I've been wondering what the sign really means. I wondered if H28FT perhaps indicates the lamp post's height - but why? So, like any web-savvy person would do I did an image search for H28FT and found... ladders. How very strange, and yet possibly appropriate.

Do you know what these signs are/were used for? Do they perhaps indicate the height that the crane, used when changing light bulbs, should pick the workmen up to reach the light fixture?

Ugly barbed wire

Ugly barbed wire
Barbed wire on its own is unsightly. Add Cape Town's wind, and (of) its citizens relaxed attitude towards littering, and we get untidy and downright ugly. Don't you just hate the look of barbed wire fences covered in black and white plastic bags?

Perhaps government should introduce a new public holiday called Clean City Day, a day when everybody is compelled to spend at least two hours cleaning litter from public places.

See this article about last year's Clean Up day in Johannesburg, organised by Pickitup. Imagine this on a national scale!

The stairs are closed – you can’t sue us!

The stairs are closed - you can't sue us!
A nice big sign just in case someone missed the large fence placed in front of the stairs.

Don't you just hate that society has become so opportunistic that we're forced to spend money on signs that state the obvious to indemnify us in case somebody does something silly and decides to sue us because we never warned them? Sure, there are many cases when signs are absolutely necessary - but often they're just a waste of money.

Parked cars and narrow roads

Parked cars and narrow roads
Green Point is a fairly old part of the city, so its roads tend to be wide enough - most of the time. I've noticed though that areas developed in the last 10 or 15 years are sometimes so narrow that it's actually not possible to park a car in the road with enough space for another to pass by.

Fortunately Kerry-Anne and I live in a suburb that was built when 1000 square metre plots and super-wide roads were the norm. I'd hate to live in modern security estates with their narrow roads and uniform housing.