Entries tagged with “Christmas”.

The Sweet Service Award goes to Wizardz, and its assistant Yumnah, who assisted me in the layout and first print run of my first book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet’. I had a deadline for the launch for 20 December, and I was in Yumnah’s hands to get the copies printed and bound by the day before. I received a message on the 15th already, telling me that the books were ready for collection at the Garden Centre branch. This was unexpectedly good service. In a very quick turnaround time, the staff was also able to print a small amount of menus onto the photograph of the book cover, which meant that I did not have to wait for them or return to fetch them!  (more…)

It is almost impossible to summarize the goosebump specialness of being in the company of two creative geniuses on Saturday afternoon, at Salon58 No 11, with the theme of ‘Trace’ – style and fashion icon Jackie Burger and Michelin-star chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Langeberg Municipality, and to its staff member Kobus specifically, for repairing a stolen DB board at the Wahnfried theatre in McGregor, within a few hours of the theft being reported to the municipality. The award nomination comes from Wahnfried owner Michael MacKenzie.



imageIn the past ten days our Blog has been down, due to a severe hacking attack on our Blogsite.

A vicious hacker who has sent numerous messages to our site has caused such strain on the host company server that they have had to close it down, as it has affected the speed of operation of other websites in the same block. We are aware of the perpetrator, who has been posting about a legal battle we are entering into about a Blogpost I wrote almost four years ago. We will hand this information over to our lawyers. 

I apologize to our regular readers for the resultant absence of our daily blogposts. 

I wish you a belated Merry Christmas/Frohe Weihnachten/Geseënde Kersfees.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog. Cell +27 0825511323. www.chrisvonulmenstein.com Twitter: @ulmenstein Instagram: @chris_ulmenstein


imageSeason 2 episode seven got into a Christmas spirit, and was carried through into all three challenges.   The contestants received their own ‘Christmas present’, in that they were told that none of the six contestants would be eliminated at the end of the episode.

However, the incentive was to be the episode winner, to win the Butchers Block kitchen equipment to the value of R10000 as well as accommodation vouchers to the value of R15000.


imageClever Capetonians stay far away from restaurants over the Festive Season, given poor past experiences with service and food quality. It seems that many locals are brave enough or naive enough to go out during the (more…)

imageHow does Chef Jenny Morris do it? In one week she has launched her new series of Jenny and Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy on Food Network, launched her new ‘World Atlas of Food: 100 countries,  a world of flavours’, and has launched her new Jenny Morris Giggling Gourmet range of wines made (more…)

City of CT Racism a1 Whale CottageI had seen a news report about Mayor Patricia de Lille taking a stand against allegations of racism in Cape Town, and did not take any note of it, the R-word being a very sensitive one (increasingly so, I feel), which can potentially lead to abuse and other criticism.  I changed my mind when I saw a series of advertisements in the latest Atlantic Sun, and as I was on the receiving end of an extreme attack of racism in Green Point last week.

Mayor de Lille appears to have reacted to allegations by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa that Cape Town is ‘racist‘, obviously implying that ‘White’ residents of the city are racist towards residents of other population groups in Cape Town.  She launched the ‘Inclusive City‘ campaign and ‘Cape Town against Racism’ advertising campaign on Human Rights Day on 24 March.

The advertising campaign is visible in the Cape Town freesheets, being a series of three full- (more…)

City of Cap Town logo 2The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town , for the collection of refuse on Christmas and New Year’s Day, despite these being very special public holidays.




Christmas 2014 Whale Cottage

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