Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunrise on an East London Beach. Eastern Cape


On a recent media trip to East London, I decided to get up early to capture
some of sights leading up to sunrise.


The Wild Coast must be one of the most beautiful places in
South Africa.
Combining surf and sand, and not to mention freezing cold early mornings.
What I had not factored in was just how cold it was...
and how late the sun was ACTUALLY going to rise!


Looking almost like liquid mercury,
the wet sand after the receding tide left these stones exposed


The wind whipping the spay off the wave tops.


Slowly the sky starts to lighten...
Will my time on the beach be worth the effort? 


I wait in eager anticipation.
Aside from a few Gulls and Terns,
I am the only human on the beach


I am truly blessed that I get to witness the birth of a new day


The sun starts to break through the clouds.


Sun, sea and spray...


And FINALLY, at 07h30,
(after I had spent 45 minutes waiting)
the sun rises majestically into the African sky.
Was it worth braving the weather for?
HELL YES!
While others slept, warm in their beds,
they missed the opportunity to witness this marvel of nature.




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a Canon SX60HS.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Ultimate Challenge. Week 1


Think on this...
We always have choices in life. Sometimes we choose "correctly", 
other times we might make an incorrect choice. 
Both options teach us lessons. What we choose to learn determines how we grow. 
I "discovered" this fork in the road while out on a run recently. 
It was a light bulb moment for me...
THE CHOICE IS MINE. 
What has been YOUR moment? 

Well, not only on me...
as I find that training alone is not conducive to consistency.
One week in, and my current weight is 200gms heavier
 than when I started this Challenge.
I considering that I was travelling for the entire week,
I am not too unhappy with that.
However, now that I am back at home,
it will be easier to control what and when I eat. 
I am hoping to lose .5 kg a week over the 8 weeks.
But slow and steady wins this "race"...
In order that I do not scare the children, or small animals,
I will refrain from posting ANY of the before photographs
that I had to submit for this challenge...

This is what I want to look like in my final challenge photograph...

 BATZ BUDDIES are rising to the occasion.
And Dad (David) and Daughter(Jayne) have joined forces
to support and encourage each other
 (and the other teams) to do their best.
I will be seeing my "team mate" at the beginning of June.
New images will be posted then.
I do know that Jayne is working very hard to get back on track
after 3 weeks in Europe.


Jayne is working with this team
and from what I have seen on Facebook,
they are an incredibly supportive and motivated group.

Follow me as I tackle what might well be the toughest
fitness challenge I have volunteered for.
The challenge starts on May 16 and will run for 8 weeks.


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a Canon SX60HS.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ryan "Busta" Boltoon's Battoo tour is almost done. The penultimate update.


This is Busta's sidekick...
This is an "unofficial" posting on how the tour is progressing.
I have "borrowed" Battoo images from Busta for this posting.
Check out the updated schedule in the body of this post
and get YOUR Battoo done for a good cause.
Or you can just donate...


At least someone seems to be having fun...
The tour can be followed on the tour page,

Bat-cifer battoo flash

Dive battoo

Scary Bat-gina.

Cricket- battoo

Batman logo battoo

Skull battoo

Hot rod Bat-fink battoo

Creature from the Bat lagoon

Cheeky little Bat-thulu battoo

Radioactive battiki

Voodoo battoo!

Bat-tenkamun mummy battoo

South African Tattoo Tour 2016
The Bat Outta Hell Charity ‘Drive’: March 10th – June 1st 
The goal of the tour is simple: AWARENESS. 
Busta will be travelling across South Africa in an effort to raise awareness
 for Bat conservation, the tattoo industry and the arts.

The Battoo...
This is the standard bat tattoo design that will be used during the tour.
The design can be altered to any size and colour, 
and a few changes can be made to the original design, for example: fangs, bows or hats. 
As Busta travels from studio to studio the ‘Battoo’ design will be passed on to the tattoo artists
 he will be working with on his travels. 
The minimum charge for the Battoo will be R600, 
with 50% going to a Bat conservation charity 
and 50% going to the shop/artist. 
Shops and the public can donate to the charity without having to get the tattoo
 – the goal is to help educate South Africa about Bat conservation, 
and change perceptions about this misjudged creature.
Each shop will be given the line-work bat design which they can also use
 to make paintings, sketches and any artwork of their choice –
 these works will be put on exhibition once the tour is completed.

The ‘end of tour’ exhibition will be held at Carfax, Johannesburg on the 4th of June. 
There will be a limited amount of blank Bat Boxes (homes for bats), 
which artists can work on and customize for the exhibition. 
Tour t-shirts and limited edition screen print posters will also be up for sale.
All artwork will be auctioned off/sold on exhibition night.

Bat conservation organizations that will benefit 
from funds raised during the tour:


Anyone can donate, 
even if you DON'T want to get a tattoo.
Please deposit you donations into this account:
Tattoo Charity
FNB
Business account
# 62592051115
Branch – Cresta, 254-905
Ref- Battoo16 + your name

Itinerary of participating tattoo shops
Clients can either book an appointment with the participating shops
 over the course of the tour or through the Golden Tiki

May
Johannesburg
Empire Tattoos:   www.facebook.com/Empire-Tattoos- 18+19
Fallen heroes:   http://www.fallenheroes.co.za/ 20+21


Contact details:
Busta Boltoon
Instagram - @busta_boltoon
082 953 4025

Busta, quoting  Rolling Stones & Gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson:
 ‘And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full 
of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, 
which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down…. 
Don’t stop here! This is bat country.’

Tour sponsors:
Ryan would like to thank the following sponsors, 
without who this tour would not have been possible 
The Captain’s Beard, Hellfire cinnamon whisky, 
Artsplash Printing, 
Serv-u-med Medical supplies, 
Moog Machines, 925 Tattoo supplies, 
Complex Chaos vape juice, 
Freedom hair, 
SnapPlugs

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Travel & Things, the broadcast. 14/05/2016


Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00
This was the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that aired between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 14/05/2016

1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi


10.00 - 10.15.
I chatted to Beryl Porter about her Walk&Talk Tours.
www.walktours.co.za


10.15 -  10.30
Ever been to Prince Albert?
Ever tried the cheese from Gay's Guernsey Dairy?
Owner,Gay van Hasselt told us what we are missing
http://gaysguernseydairy.yolasite.com/award-winning-cheeses.php

10.30 -  10.45
Nivashnee Naidoo, MD of Fair Trade Tourism
brought me up to date on their initiatives.
www.fairtrade.travel

10.45 - 11.00
Have you ever used Uber?
Busi Sizani, Marketing manager, Uber Cape Town
tells us about this service that is taking paid transport to a new level.
www.uber.com/cities


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