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 Gothic-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with record-breaking heat resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“. They occur when…

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Garden Route – South Africa’s Hidden Stretch of Paradise

The Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s “hidden stretch of paradise”. Although I visited some of the places many years ago, the Garden Route is my next South African adventure. Beginning in late October, I’ll be driving the route, and I’m researching the area to decide which direction to take and…

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South Africa’s Cricket Scandal

Today South Africa’s Sports and Recreation Minister, Fikile Mbalula, appointed a special judicial committee to intervene in Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) bonus and leadership scandal. Mbalula is “dismayed by outrageous statements reportedly made by ministry spokesperson Paena Galane about senior soccer officials inflating the costs of airing Bafana Bafana (South African Football Association SAFA) games”.…

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