Pieter Dirk Uys Sky Diving At Atlantis

Jan Leeming

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Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Date: 11th April 2009


Took the boys to see Uys's show at the Baxter.  Elections and Erections is a very irreverent look at SA politics and politicians with a visit from Tante Evita.  How he gets away with his satire, heaven alone knows but he is incredibly talented and very very funny.  Much of the show was lost on us as he kept lapsing into Africaans.  I've only seen one show of his before - The End is Nigh - and he used far less of the vernacular.  At the interval a woman passed in front of me and I was sure it was Patricia de Lille - and sure enough she was a guest on stage in the second half. However, despite not understanding the whole show, there was enough comprehensible to make it an enjoyable night out.



The main reason for the boys visit to Capetown was to do a Sky Diving course, at Atlantis just up the West coast,  and obtain an Accelerated Free Fall Certificate.  They were incredibly lucky with the weather and 'wind stopped play' on only two days in a fortnight. Knowing the Cape Winds, they might not even have completed the course.  Anyway they did complete the course apart from Seth landing in a bush and Jonathan in a tree, and they've got their Log Books to prove it - and they can now Sky Dive anywhere in the world.  I was asked by friends if I minded Jonathan doing the course - of course I do but he's a grown man and I can't stop him.  However, having just put him on the plane back to the UK and hearing on the news that a Sky Diver was killed in Sandton, has not made me any more joyful about the state of affairs. 

On their last evening, the boys wanted a Sundowner on top of Table Mountain and again they were blessed with the most perfect balmy evening.  We split a bottle of Viognier between us and Seth and I took multitudinous photos.  Seth has got a glorious one where it looks as though I'm holding the setting sun in the palm of my hand.  When he uploads it onto my machine, I'll put it on the site for you.


I have to return to Grey, dreary UK very soon so the week is extremely busy with friends wishing me Au revoir.  Heaven knows what I'm going to write about back in England.  Life here is so much more exciting.

If you are of the Christian Faith, I wish you a Happy and Blessed Easter.

Bye for now,  Jan

P.S.  I've got some lovely photos from our recent travels - scenery, animals and us but it's such a lengthy process to try and upload them here in SA, I'll leave it till I return to the UK - so watch this space.


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