Cape Town 2019

It’s fantastic being back in Cape Town! A location that stole my heart during the first visit in 1987. The beautiful coastal city is surrounded by incomparable Table Mountain. I arrived on May 2nd after a series of flights beginning in Catania Sicily and passing through Rome and Addis Ababa Ethiopia – including two plane…

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Hot Oregon Summer – Berlin Next

Gardening and Wildfires It’s been a restful, contemplative summer in Oregon working in my garden with deer, wild turkeys, annoying yellow jackets, and a stray Goth-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with a record-breaking heat wave resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“.…

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Lindiwe Mazibuko New DA Leader

Lindiwe Mazibuko unseated incumbent Athol Trollip and became the new Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader at elections held behind closed doors at parliament this morning (see October 11th and May 18th posts). “A signal that the 31 year-old had won came from the sound of ululating that followed a burst of applause from behind the…

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ANC Wins Local Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Pretoria, South Africa reported that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party won the majority of local elections last week. None of the major cities in South Africa changed hands. Discontent over a lack of jobs and basic services lifted support for the ANC’s main opposition party, the Democratic…

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