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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 84 of Level 1, 13 December 2020.

 

Sunday 13 December 2020, Day 84 of Level 1, Day 263 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a busy weekend, now being able to catch my breath again, and grateful that the President’s Speech has been postponed to tomorrow; for a warm day at about 22C, with glorious sunshine; for a walk through Camps Bay this morning, surprised about the protection I received from managers of businesses across the road as well as our security company, when a drunk/tikked homeless woman threatened to hit me with a brick 😱; for having been invited by owner Judi Fourie to attend the opening of her wow Fideli’s Deli, next door to her Pilcrow & Cleaver on Parliament Street, formerly a branch of Kleinsky’s; becoming the new outlet’s first customer, buying an Argentinian mini cake to bring as a gift to my lunch hostess; for a lovely lunch out in Durbanville at the home of Lorraine Adam, whom I met in our Tourist Guiding class in January, meeting some of her friends; for another Camps Bay walk on my return home, shocked at the volume of litter; for a lovely online Hope @ Home concert from Berlin by Daniel Hope; for the launch of a beach clean initiative by okja, offering a free coffee for every bucket of litter picked up on Camps Bay Beach, to be launched tomorrow 👏; and for being happy and healthy but tired. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Opening of Parliament/SABC2 Sweet Service and Cape Wine Trails Sour Service Awards!

ParliamentThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Opening of Parliament, and the SABC2 coverage of the President’s State of the Nation Address last night, the best one hour comedy show which the TV channel has ever broadcast!  It was an entertaining mix of the cellphone signal being blocked in the House, no water provided, regular TV black-outs, ‘scrambled’ audio which made it impossible to hear President Zuma, the Speaker, and other speakers speak, the continuous raising of questions by members of the House, the eviction of the EFF by armed police from the House, and the voluntary walk-out by the DA.  Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys Continue reading →

Top UK wine journalist criticises wine writers for ‘ripping off wineries’ in charging for wine writing!

wine glassesJamie Goode is a well-known award-winning ‘wine journalist‘ and wine judge from the UK, writing his Wine Anorak blog for the past 14 years.  Uncharacteristically he has lashed out at ‘wine writers ripping off wineries’, describing this as a ‘disturbing trend‘!

Goode wrote on his Blog last week: ‘A rant. I don’t rant often, but I’m driven to do it today. As a wine writer, I’m alarmed by the recent trend for other wine writers to behave parasitically by charging wineries to reproduce reviews.  I’m Continue reading →