Monthly Archives: July 2013

Seeing South Africa by train

Guests from Australia who stayed recently at Liz at Lancaster had been around South Africa on the Shongololo Express.  Shongololo is a colloquial South African word for a millipede.  These creatures have hard segmented exteriors and coil themselves into a spiral when threatened – hence their name which comes from the Zulu ukusongo meaning ‘roll […]

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Walking in the city – explore Joburg on foot

In The Practice of Everyday Life the French scholar De Certeau has a chapter “Walking in the City”.  Here he asserts that the ‘city’ is brought into being by official bodies and large institutions who produce systems like street grids, planned urban spaces, precincts, maps etc. And it is these strategies which organize the city’s spaces into […]

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Time to hit the Parks and CBD art galleries

    My walking buddy isn’t around this Saturday so I’m going to get an early start and hit the Parks art galleries. There is a lot on with some interesting walkabouts as well.  In Birdhaven at In Toto there is an group exhibition entitled Cache including work by Michael Meyersfeld, Jane Eppel, Robert Hodgins, […]

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The soft life in Africa

   A  friend received this e-mail from a friend in Zim and sent me this picture and story which I thought was delightful.     They had  been away at a game park and on the first evening, while sitting  in front of the fire in the bar, in walked a fully grown warthog.  He […]

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