Wednesday, May 1, 2013


MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! This is TIA – TANGO – INDIA - ALFA… MAYDAY! South Africa, country code ZULU – ALFA… Location - southern tip of Africa. There’s something seriously wrong here. It’s Wednesday 07h30, a normal weekday, but the streets are empty; the trains are empty; no busses or taxis on the road and no people queuing for transport… Did the rapture occur? MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

Oops sorry… It’s International Workers’ Day… Cancel mayday call… Ignore! Disregard!


There was this blind man on an airplane and while he was up in the air, the pilot died. This man felt the plane rocking more than normal so he went up to the cock-pit and asked what was wrong and got no answer. He reached down and felt the pilot's pulse, and then moved him to the floor and got on the radio and yelled, "Mayday, mayday, I'm a blind man, my pilot is dead, I can't fly and the plane is upside down."

Someone answers and says, "Okay sir, now you said you were blind. How can you tell that the pilot is dead and that you're flying upside down?"

The blind man said, "Well I felt for his pulse and he had none. And the way I can tell that the plane is flying upside down is I can feel the crap running down my neck!" [Source]


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Operation Vula, its Secret Safari, and Zuma’s band of comrades - Dec. 2013
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Heritage Day Photographs (Voortrekker Monument) - Sept. 2013
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The Yellow-Bucket Marula Tree: A Mystery Solved! - Oct. 2013
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Pretoria’s Monument for Victims of Terrorism - July 2013
Many people (including myself) had almost forgotten about a noteworthy monument in Pretoria that stood at the entrance of the old Munitoria building on the corner of Van der Walt and Vermeulen Streets (now renamed Lilian Ngoyi and Madiba Streets). When the Munitoria building was demolished on 7 July 2013 nobody could tell me whether the monument was still standing or not, so I decided to go look for myself.

Remembering The Battle of Delville Wood - July 2013
14 July marks a day when the South African 1st Infantry Brigade got engaged in the 1916 (WW1) Battle of the Somme, in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed, making it one of humanity's bloodiest battles. One specific encounter during this battle, known as The Battle of Delville Wood, is of particular importance to South Africa. The posting includes a comprehensive article (with pictures) compiled and written by Petros Kondos.

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