Plumstead Post Office: Thank you for a year of very friendly service

Standing in Post Office queues and Bank queues are not the best way we like to spend our spare time.  However at Plumstead Post Office the friendly and efficient staff make up for the fact that you’re spent 10 minutes in the queue. 

Without fail, doing business at Plumstead Post Office is always a pleasure.   They’re professional and are always keen to help with your strange postal request. 

Congratulations to all the staff at Plumstead Post Office.   Keep up the excellent work!

Disappointing Cats Musical at Artscape

I saw Cats last night at the Artscape Theatre, having seen it a few years ago at the same venue.  I love Cats the musical, but unfortunately the comment from many at last nights show (9th December) was that they were bored, most likely because the sound was so bad.  Personally I couldn’t make out the words they were singing.  For such a huge theatre, the sound men didn’t do much to reinforce the voices.  They seemed to think the music needed to be played louder than the voices too. 

I think the cast was weaker than the show I saw a few years ago.  They didn’t project their voices and their acting ability was underwhelming.

To be fair the second half was MUCH better in terms of waking the crowd up because there was more singing. The first half was mostly just dancing.
On the choreography, I think it was the best I’ve ever seen.  They were nimble and danced effortlessly.  

Maybe that’s the problem, too much emphasis was put on the quality of dancing and not on on the singing.

All in all, I’m still glad I went, but I think its put me off seeing it a third time.

Stunning Beach House in Gouritz

For those of you that like to holiday along the Garden Route, and have never visited the Gouritz River mouth, there is a Gem of a little place called Gourtizmond. 

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We stayed in a cabin style house that has 5 bedrooms and is fully equipped for a self-catering holiday.

The house is in the best possible position being the corner plot overlooking both the mouth of the Gouritz River and the Ocean. From a pathway at the bottom of the garden you can stroll through the dunes directly onto the beach and to the river.

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Check out the website at http://www.gouritzbeachhouse.co.za/

YAFAL – Yet another favourite/free application list

Many blog readers have very likely come across a list of somebody’s favourite applications. I’ve learnt a of a one or two new ones this way, but mostly these I have found in my own searches. Some are open source, and some aren’t but they are still free.

Over the years these applications have made my top 10 list because they are slick and get the job done without any frills.

Name (click on links below) Description Screen Shot / URL
Firefox Internet Explorer no longer dominates the Internet browser space purely because it cannot keep up with the innovations an speed of the other modern browsers. Firefox is my browser of choice because of the many plug-ins that make the browser even more powerful. More about plugi-n’s later. firefox
Pidgin The 3 most compelling reasons for using Pidgin over windows Live Messenger is:

2) It free and also advert free

1) It works on Linux too, so you’ll be familiar with it when you use a system with Linux (not common, but its a nice-to-have in my case)

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Winamp Winamp is probably the oldest application on this list.  Its the mother and father of all media players. winamp-bento
AT Notes Electronic Post-it Notes. It has many features additional features, including alarms, sending to remote users. atnotes
My Phone Explorer My Phone Explorer is an amazing light weight application that allows you to control you Sony Ericsson phone from your PC. No other Sony Ericsson software is needed. It competes with Sony Ericsson’s PC Suite. You can sync you calendar, send SMS’s download/upload content to/from your phone and much much more. myphoneexplorer
Free Commander Free Commander a much easier to use alternative to Windows Explorer. For those of you that remember Norton Commander, this will bring a smile to your face. A dual panel is so much more practical than a single one! freecommander
Open Office OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. writer-big
PDF Creator PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application. pdfcreator_monitor
Paint.NET Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. Its not PhotoShop, but it comes close. getpaint
VLC VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats. It plays DVD’s, CD’s and just about any file format without having to download codecs vlc-win32
Free Download Manager FDM accelerates downloads by splitting files into sections and then downloading them simultaneously. As a result download speed increases up to 600%, or even more! It can also download YouTube videos and BitTorrents freedownloadmgr

Keys to a happy life

1. Compliment three people every day.
2. Watch a sunrise.
3. Be the first to say “Hello.”
4. Live beneath your means.
5. Treat everyone as you want to be treated.
6. Never give up on anybody; miracles happen.
7. Forget the Jones’.
8. Remember someone’s name.
9. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
10. Be tough-minded, but tender hearted.
11. Be kinder than you have to be.
12. Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
13. Keep your promises.
14. Show cheerfulness even when you don’t feel it.
15. Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years.
16. Leave everything better than you found it.
17. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.
18. When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone’s day.
19. Don’t rain on other people’s parades.
20. Don’t waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
21. Keep some things to yourself and don’t promote havoc by hurting people you love.
22. Open yourself up. Wrap your arms around someone. Enjoy the comfort and kindness of an
unexpected hug.
23. Leaf through a second-hand book. Savour the smell of the pages : it’s pure nostalgia
24. Play like a child : Jump, fall, run and laugh, as if no one were watching.
25. Revel in the wonder of passing clouds and the ever-changing sky.
26. Eat a peach seductively, saviour the soft flesh.
27. Go for a skinny-dip, Naked swimming is a potent antidote for frayed nerves.
28. Do some gardening. In a world driven by nanoseconds, megabytes, fast tracks and downloads,
gardening is the one thing that singularly reconnects you with earth and essence.
29. Be Silent. Just sit and clean your mind, sit in the silence of thoughts and notice things you never
see : insects under a stone, a busy street scene, passers-by…..
30. Banish sadness, anxiety or anger, which does not serve you.
31.Stop doing, and simply exist. Be aware of the feeling of being alive.
32.Caress your lover. Brush your fingertips over your lover’s arm and you spark neural lightning
storms in the pathways between a trillion synapses, targeting the brain’s reward systems with
heat-guided pleasure-seeking missiles. Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin.
33. Gaze at the stars. Stargazing like poetry is a dark solitary experience.
34. Walk. DO nothing but walk. In a forest. On a mountain. Rejoice in you body. Feel what it’s like to
be at one with the universe.
35. Drink Coffee. Simple cup of arabica steaming, is loaded with the most power.
36. Focus on all the beautiful things in your life.
37. Be grateful for those who help you and love you, and rejoice in knowing them.
38. Become intoxicated with spring pleasures: the smell of freshly cut grass, the soothing sound of
birdsong….
39. SING. Just sing in the shower, sing in your car….
40. Give. Be giving.
41. Go out in the rain. Marvel at the different smells and light. And then enjoy returning home and
being warm and dry.
42. Prepare a meal. COOK !!! Enjoy it….
43. Dance. Sensual, crazy, wild ….
44. Bask in the heat of a crackling log fire. Take comfort in the warmth on your face and hands.
45. Take a NAP. Afternoon snooooooze
46. Play with words. WRITE….
47. Give pleasure to others, with a smile, a word, or a tender gesture
48. Ride a bicycle
49. Pick just one flower from your garden and let it fall in a glass. Simplicity.
50. BREATHE, feel, relax
51. ENJOY a glass of wine
52. SMILE. When you are sad, when you make a mistake, when you are anxious, Smile as you would
at someone who is anxious, who you love, who you want to reassure.
53. LISTEN TO MUSIC. Loud…SOFT…. JUST really listen
54. Walk barefoot in the sand, feel the sand between your toes, the water on your feet….
55. Step outside to admire a rainbow
56. Attempt a cartwheel and laugh outrageously when it all goes wrong
57. Smell the sunshine in a freshly washed sheet
58. Watch a SUNSET….

The end of best club ever: Corner House

This month (July 2007) marked the end of a legendary Club in Cape Town: Corner House. In the 10 years I’ve been in Cape Town its been our club of choice (literally because its so dark in there) and dance till the sun comes up.

The music ranges from alternative, to rock, to some oldies from the 80’s and 90’s. The signature song being “Closer” from Nine-Inch Nails that really gets the crowd going everytime.

When asked by people to describe the place, its not easy to paint a pretty picture. Its not flashy compared to the other clubs in Cape Town… its basically a big dark room with a very rough floor, another room with a ultra violet light and a bar with retro-pictures on the walls.

Clearly the club was in need of some TLC, but the regulars (decent folk like you and me) didn’t really care because its so dark you can’t see and you only go for the music and booze anyway.

To Hassan and his dog, spot: Thank you for years of good fun, your club will be sorely missed. When you open another club please make it known. In fact, if anybody knows of a club that is similar in Cape Town, please make it know.