Archive | December, 2017

Decorated soldier and pilot Steve Askin People’s Choice New Zealander of Year

30 Dec


Decorated ex-SAS soldier and helicopter pilot Steve Askin died fighting February’s devastating Port Hills fire from the air.


The 38-year-old father of two had been drafted in to combat the blaze that threatened hillside homes. At the height of the fire, the experienced pilot was heading to a pond to refill his monsoon bucket when its cable struck the tail rotor causing the helicopter to crash.

Today, his widow Elizabeth Askin speaks for the time first and pays tribute to the man Kiwis voted the Herald’s New Zealander of the Year People’s Choice winner.

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SUDELL FAMILY TREE (my mother’s side of the family)

29 Dec

Tshepo, the Boere and R100 – Building Bridges in South Africa

28 Dec

Together...Let's Break (Tear) Down Walls (Barriers) and Build Bridges of Understanding

tshepo building bridges, Soweto



“The world’s too small for walls”



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“Together, one heart, one mind, one life, one small step at a time, let’s plant the seeds of hope for a better and brighter future… then together let’s walk towards it.”


SA flag

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Over the Rainbow (1995)

27 Dec


via Over the Rainbow (1995)

Over The Rainbow (1995): Long Walk (March) to Freedom (Rainbows (South African)) by [Lock, Craig]

Better start “working” on that audiobook (version), then, c

“Get crack’n/weav’n, then, c (as my dear mom so often used to say to me!)


Just testing and practicing (as I go back “many moons ago” to the beginning of the long and winding road that is the writing journey


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‘Searching for Sugarman’: 1998 review of Rodriguez first ever performance in South Africa

26 Dec

Evan Milton: Words on music (and miscellany)

Searching for Sugarman“? Yes, I was there. After repeated requests, here’s my ancient review of Sixto Rodriguez and his first ever concert in South Africa: way back in 1998 – as chronicled in the BAFTA and Oscar-winning documentary about the search by Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom for the mythical “Cold Fact” troubadour. Please forgive the inevitable dryness that main body newspapers of the day demanded of their music writers. Also, if you will, please imagine the moment with the Rodriguez’s”picture”, back in 1998 – how different that would be on a concert stage now. Read on, and climb on up on his music…

Rodriguez live in Cape Town 1998-03-08 - Sunday Argus Rodriguez live in Cape Town. 1998-03-08 – Sunday Argus

“Sugar Man” Rodriguez sings it to adoring crowd (live at the Belville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa on Friday 6 March 1998)

This review by Evan Milton first appeared  in the Sunday Argus on…

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25 Dec


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A moving tale of the lives of ordinary South Africans today. It also tells the stories of the transition to democracy in the New South Africa, as seen through the eyes of some of the diverse people, who make up this fascinating and vibrant country.

Here is a short extract (abbreviated and edited) from CHAPTER FOURTEEN: ALEXANDRA TOWNSHIP

Paul Mashatile, communist, hunger-striker and leader of the township youth.

A smiling, ambling man, with a pen clipped neatly in his shirt pocket greeted me, apologised for being 2 minutes late and suggested we take my car to go to his office. This turned out to be a dingy pair of rooms off a corridor lined with bundles of blankets; the building doubled as a shelter for refugees from the recent fighting. Paul Mashatile showed me into his room. A couple of ANC posters hung on the walls, empty bottles…

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The Power of Music (together with sport) to Effect Change

22 Dec


via The Power of Music (together with sport) to Effect Change


The Israel and Palestine problem???

Shared by “totally unmusical dreamer” c

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Slice of Life: Cyril, he’s a man of the people

20 Dec

Jackie Stewart: The dear friends I lost

18 Dec


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I seem to remember Jackie Stewart saying in an interview that after a attending a funeral (together with Helen) of friends, colleagues or associates they knew who died racing , he’d go into his garden and sit on a bench to contemplate the loss. And every time he made a notch on the wooden bench. By the time he retired in 1973, he had 80 notches (I think he said).



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Yemen’s Forgotten War

15 Dec

The International Correspondent: Journalism for Peace (Peace Pursuit)

A Yemeni child at a medical centre on the outskirts of the capital Sana’a.

A Yemeni child at a medical centre on the outskirts of the capital Sana’a. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen Children’s Crisis

Violent conflict in Yemen has taken a devastating toll on children. They desperately need food, clean water and protection.

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Videos (with Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Representative in Yemen):….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..2.2.839…0i13k1.0.gtXH6hhFkpw

STOP the war, Iran and Saudi Arabia …and THE WORLD!

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