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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

So sorry not to have updated the blog for a while.

Date: 9th March 2008

So sorry not to have updated the blog for a while.  I actually set to and wrote at great length and lost my writing twice.  This time I'm going to write it in Word and paste it into the site.

So for the third time, I write again.

I was waxing lyrical about the fact that one can attend so much Theatre here at such a reasonable price.  In the past month I've seen Merchant of Venice and Giselle in the Open Air.  I'd never bother going to an open air show in the UK - Invariably it would be rained off.

Merchant was superb and the actors playing Shylock and Bassanio would have been at home on the English stage - they were brilliant.  This was close to my heart as I played Portia a million years ago when I joined a company in Australia taking Shakespeare to the Bush.  It was potted and often in order to make the quorum we'd see little children with their feet hardly touching the floor - heaven knows what they made of it.  Bit like Felicity Kendal's family touring India with Shakespeare which, I think, her sister wrote up in a book called Shakespeare Wallaj.

Apart from my visit to Siberia ten years ago, I've never been colder in my life than in the Motel Titania at Oberon in the Blue Mountains - 100 miles west of Sydney.

 Giselle had been rained off two weeks earlier and we were treated to an 'extra' show.  Had it rained again, we'd have had our money refunded as the Open Air Theatre at Maynardville shuts up shop at the end of February.  We had mainly understudies - but they were superb and the ballet dancer playing Giselle was out of this world - she moved like a cloud of gossamer.

 Then on Saturday a group of us went to see Swan Lake on Ice performed by the Imperial Ice Stars of Russia - most of them International Champions. Superlatives escape me - our group spent the show gasping and ended up being thoroughly exhausted.  These skaters usually perform on a rink 60m x 60 m and here they were performing on a stage 15m x 15 m. 

Two weekends ago, a dear friend had a Big Birthday and took a group of us for the weekend up to Paternoster on the West Coast.  We had a fabulous time despite a cold front rolling in and hearing the foghorn most of the weekend.  We've been visiting Paternoster for several years and what was once a lovely little fishing village is being totally spoilt by Devolopment.  It's staggering to see the development all over the Cape and here we are fighting Electricity Cuts and Water shortages.

On the way back from Paternoster, we called in at a Fossil Park.  It was amazing.  It used to be an Open Caste Phosphate Mine.  Our guide was telling me how he'd seen 500 million year old fossils being crushed to make phosphate and any employee who mentioned the word Fossil would have been fired on the spot.  Now Nicky is happily working a a guide and the joy he displays in his work is quite infectious.  He is good enough to admit that, had it not been for the mining, the archeologist might never have found this site.  It's actually an old river bed and where animals died upstream, they'd be swept downstream in the floods.  The archeological site was thick with the dismemebered bits and pieces of animals from over 5 milllion years ago.  For example there was the forerunner of the Giraffe - a creature with a short neck and big horns!

My son is coming out for a holiday next week - as I've caught him between girlfriends.  We are going to Sanbona for two nights - it's the sister Game Reserve to Shamwari in which we filmed Safari School where eight of us were learning to be Game Rangers.  Having walked with Rhino and Elephant during the filming of the Series, I think I might find Sanbona a bit tame, but Jonathan has not been to a Game Reserve, so for him it will be a lovely experience.

Jonathan had testicular cancer two years ago and now does what he can for Male Cancer Charities.  Whilst he's here he is going to do a Sky Dive for Cancer.  If any of you would be kind enough to sponsor him this is the sit    and despite the fact that it doesn't have a padlock, it's a safe site

I gave the first of my Talks at the Kelvin Grove Club last Thursday.  It must have been OK as no one left and I'm told that I spoke for an hour.  I'd attended a Keynote course here in Capetown in order to be able to illustrate the Talk.

Now, I've got to work on three more for the Cruise back to the UK at the end of March.  No peace for the wicked

I wish there were some way you could let me know how you feel about reading the Blog and if there's anything else about which you'd like me to write.  I'll have to speak to the Clever chap who devised it

Till the next time.  Take care and be happy.


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