The Pink Pimpernel

Who is the Pink Pimpernel? Is the Pink Pimpernel an anti-hero? We may never have satisfactory answers to these pertinent questions but let's set some of the fundamental issues straight. Unpacking the Kamfers Dam debacle requires a gambol back in ...

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The Pink Parade & human frailties

Is 'Conservation' trailing an elongating shadow as the sun sinks on common sense? - If we consider this year's 'partially-failed' Lesser Flamingo breeding attempt & the subsequent rescue of abandoned chicks, en mass, ...

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Rainbow’s gold

"It's just after nine", said the clock on the wall. "It's off we go; tally-ho - hi-ho", sang Mrs Nutter, to herself, mostly. "Where to?", said I, with great patience, humility and ...

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Ticking the Tweeters

We share our home with a geriatric, milky-eyed Yorkie. He tolerates his own company - halitosis & flatulence his bedtime mates - much to the dismay of most everyone else in an ...

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Birdlife’s #BBD2018: ‘Preparations’

Birdlife's Birding Big Day [#BBD2018], juxtaposed on our local 'Wider Gauteng Challenge', lends some black & white authenticity to what is usually a colourful year; at least it should do, but doesn't always. We're committed ...

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A bird in hand – Zaagkuilsdrift

We were pulled-over by an admin account sailing at full-mast with an old bangerful of bookclub friends. Foregoing the usual how-de-dos & the other social subtleties that hint at good-breeding, we 'paid ...

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Easter in the N. Cape

The Easter weekend is South Africa's traditional weekend for a pilgrimage to the coast or to family residing further afield. The ensuing chaos is a SANRAL [South African National Roads Agency ie: ...

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Marion Island – the ugly truth

Imagination is the genesis of creativity - an original idea with value. "The path to least resistance leads to crooked rivers & crooked men" [Henry David Thoreau] I picked up a copy of ...

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Up the sharp-end without a scope!

By some quirk of fate, we found ourselves in the company of others facing an unpalatable truth. We'd left the spotting-scope on the lee-side of chaos, two fuel-stops further west. ...

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A big cat diary

Over the years we've nailed our share of Big Cat sightings to our totem. We've seen them in action too; a fast-tracked byte to the protein bar. Even so, 2017 was ...

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Makalali Main Lodge – reviewed

  The Good Traverse rights on 27000 ha [reclaimed bushveld] offers all-year access to the Big 5 including Black Rhino. Spacious rooms have an outside shower, an outside patio [two chairs ...

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde.