Saturday, May 30, 2015

Travel & Things, the broadcast. 31/05/2015


Listen the broadcast here:

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, 31/05/2015



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
So you have no excuse!
Call me in studio on: 011 880 5839
Or you can sms on : 44008 (normal rates apply)

10h00-10h15:
The Grand Designs Home and Garden Show
is on at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate,
until 31/05/2015
I was at the opening on Friday
and Sandra Owen,the marketing manager
 joined me on air on Saturday

The Michael Olivier minute 
Food lover and wine guru, Michael will continue to chat about what is new and "hot".

10h15-10h30:
My favourite eco-camp in Madikwe has undergone
some renovations...to make it even more eco-friendly
Caroline Lucas, owner of Mosetlha Bush Camp
tells be about the changes.
BTW, THIS is how you get hot water at the camp...
from a Donkey Boiler.
To book, email info@thebushcamp.com

10h30-10h45:
South Africa institute the unabridged birth certificates
for minors travelling overseas from June 1 2015
Caroline Hurry, editor of travelwrite.co.za,
 chats to me about how will this affect the travel industry,
and what does our Government think it will achieve.

10h45-11h00:
Have you ever come home from your travels
and said " It's so good to be back in my own bed"?
You certainly would if you were coming home to THIS bed.
Alix Koster, sales executive from Hastens,
tells us what makes these Swedish beds so special
AND why they can cost up to R1m!

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Travel & Things, the guest list, 31/05/2015

APOLOGY
Due to a technical problem in the live studio we were unable to bring you BBC World Service overnight.We are working on the problem and will restore normal transmissions as soon as possible!
Apologies for this inconvenience!

Listen a previous broadcast here:

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 is the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that will air between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 31/05/2015



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
So you have no excuse!
Call me in studio on: 011 880 5839
Or you can sms on : 44008 (normal rates apply)

10h00-10h15:
The Grand Designs Home and Garden Show
is currently on at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate.
I was at the opening yesterday,
and I asked Sandra Owen,the marketing manager
to join me on air today

The Michael Olivier minute 
Food lover and wine guru, Michael will continue to chat about what is new and "hot".

10h15-10h30:
My favourite eco-camp in Madikwe has undergone
some renovations...to make it even more eco-friendly
Caroline Lucas, owner of Mosetlha Bush Camp
tells be about the changes.
BTW, THIS is how you get hot water at the camp...
from a Donkey Boiler.


10h30-10h45:
South Africa institute the unabridged birth certificates
for minors travelling overseas from June 1 2015
Caroline Hurry, editor of travelwrite.co.za,
 chats to me about how will this affect the travel industry,
and what does our Government think it will achieve.

10h45-11h00:
Have you ever come home from your travels
and said " It's so good to be back in my own bed"?
You certainly would if you were coming home to THIS bed.
Alix Koster, sales executive from Hastens,
tells us what makes these Swedish beds so special.

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

All images are the copyright property of  and may not be used without permission
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Visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/david.batzofin
Travel & Things has it's own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/travelandthings

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Andy's Acoustic Forum, May 2015

It has been a while since I have heard Andy's dulcet tones.
Time for him to kick off the evening...

My "job" in jeopardy?
One of the acts set up their own video recorder,
luckily for me I only shoot stills.

Let's get the event rocking.
Here is Cherry Pill in action.
Rory Gaddin and Kristel Berkholtz set the tone

I have seen this duo before and I enjoy their style immensely

Country supergroup Alabama said it best...
"You gotta have a fiddle in the band"!

Although both sing, it was Kristel that did most of the vocals

Next up...
Ami, usually part of Margaret's Daughter,
but flying solo tonight

Ami does her material in both English and Afrikaans,
although her set on this occasion was only in English

She kept the audience entertained,
and she seemed to enjoy herself as well

Unfortunately for her, 
she had forgotten to bring merchandise to sell.
However, her material is available online 

Next up, ex-Idols winner Jason Hartman

The "rule" at these evenings is original material and no covers.
Jason decided to do not one but three...
Not really what the audience wants.

He also, seemed to have a longer set than anyone else.
Not really fair to the audience members who had come to see the 
acts that followed him.

Perhaps next time he can go on last,
then he can play until Andy wants to pack up.

Aside from Rory and Kristel,
this was the group that I had come to hear.
They are Beukes and Delany 

Their style is sort of Afrikaans/Celtic...
and included ANOTHER fiddle...

And an Irish "penny whistle"

Foot stomping music at its best!
Pity that THEY did not to get to play longer.

And a bonus...
Derrick Sasson rounded off the evening.
Playing an Ovation, a guitar that I have not seen on stage for a while

Unexpected, but enjoyable to listen to.
The next evening will be on June 24th at Marks Park.


         

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Why I love Africa. Africa Day 2015




25th May is Africa Day...
Where else in the world can you have breakfast
AND watch a herd of Elephants simultaneously?
There is little that can match the splendour of an African sunrise


I am blessed that I can share this country
with both my daughter and my wife


Being able to watch a lion patrolling his territory,
and only three hours from my front door...


Or come THIS close to one of the continent's most elusive creatures


Johannesburg in the early morning light


Where you can meet the most amazing entrepreneurs...
This is Stanford, who I met via Facebook,
he built us the most wonderful hanging wall garden.
Here is the story in full.
http://www.davidbatzofin.com/2015/05/the-hanging-gardens-of-lindenthanks-to.html


We have thousands of kilometers of coastline.
Some more accessible than others.
Parts are overcrowded by tourists and visitors,
while others are almost desolate...
and yet to be discovered by the masses


Where Pearl Spotted Owlets can peer down from trees


And the beauty of driftwood in calm ocean water
can make your heart sing


Where else in the world can one have the opportunity
 to take an image like this?


Johannesburg celebrated the "Year of the Goat"
with a wonderful fireworks display


While I had my own...
Sunlight through a garden sprinkler


Spioen Kop in KZN.
Where on of the most fearsome battles were fought
during the South African war.
Many died and no ground was won or lost.
On the mountain that day were Winston Churchill and Mahatma Ghandi!


Nowhere else in the world can you experience this sight...


And no story about my country and my continent would be complete
without a plate of wors(sausage), coleslaw and baked beans.
The staples at any braai (barbeque).


Earlier I mentioned sunrise...
Sunsets in the bush are spectacular.


If only Africa...if only...
but in reality, this is what we have to endure.


We cry for Africa

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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