Monthly Archives: January 2009

Jesse Jordan Band — Sunset Concert this Sunday

The Jesse Jordan Band will be playing a sunset concert in the Helderberg Nature Reserve on Sunday 1 February 2009. We’ll be there.

Rusty Grin

Rusty old car

The IT industry and Chuck Norris

A selection of IT related Chuck Norris facts that arrived by e-mail.

  • Chuck Norris invented C++ after roundhouse kicking C – TWICE
  • Chuck Norris is the Domain controller
  • Chuck Norris has the IP
  • Chuck Norris is mailer-daemon
  • Chuck Norris has Windows XP on his Apple MAC
  • Chuck Norris never gets the page cannot be displayed error
  • Chuck Norris CPU doesn’t have a fan
  • Chuck Norris can write DVDs on floppy drive
  • Chuck Norris invented the internet
  • Chuck Norris can paste pics in Notepad
  • Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked his 14400k modem & that’s how we got ADSL
  • Chuck Norris’ dot matrix printer prints photos – in colour
  • Chuck Norris’ PC speaker gives him 7.1 DTS surround sound
  • Chuck Norris monitor has no glare… no-one glares at Chuck Norris
  • Chuck Norris can edit PDF files
  • Chuck Norris rips CDs with his hands
  • Chuck Norris has a yahoo account with hotmail
  • Chuck Norris has an Intel CPU on an AMD motherboard


Slanted apartment block windows

Otherworldly Sunset

Setting sun over silhouetted rocks


A rocky outcrop


We have the misfortune of having a crowd of cicadas move into our neighbours hedge. They make an incredible racket all day long.

This one was sitting on our garden wall the other evening so I tried taking some shots of it. Not having a proper macro lens I used my 50mm f/1.8 with a close-up lens. This was the best shot I could manage.

I’ve tried to record the terrible sound they make but despite it being a horrible assualt on human ears, the sound recorder on my cell phone doesn’t record it. All you hear are the background noises in absolute silence. I virtually had the phone in the hedge so it must be something to do with the pitch of the sound they make.



Visit to the Rupert Museum

Museum ticket

Mela and I paid a visit to the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch yesterday. It isn’t a museum at all but an art gallery, currently hosting two main exhibitions; sculpture collections by Rodin and Stellenbosch’s own Dylan Lewis.

The first hall we passed through contains the work of several South African artists; painters like Irma Stern, Jean Welz and Maggie Laubser; and the sculptor Anton van Wouw.

Elliot Malekethu with bicycle, bucket and bananas

I was particularly attracted to the portraiture of Laubser and Welz while two of Irma Stern’s works stood out, possibly because they differ greatly from her others in technique or medium. I was fascinated by the incredible detail in van Wouw’s bronzes and amazed at their small size. I had become so used to seeing large outdoor statues and sculptures that it hadn’t occurred to me how small and delicate many sculptures were.

From this hall one moves through a short corridor to the next hall. This corridor contains several large works by local artists. Some of these are quite abstract but the one that struck me most and is perhaps my favourite of all the works I saw yesterday, is a huge, almost photorealistic work done in pastel on paper. The artist is Keith Dietrich and the piece, titled Elliot Malekethu with bicycle, bucket and bananas is a wonderfully detailed portrait of an albino African man in the uniform of a Zionist Christian Church member.

Next up was the Rodin exhibition that has an entire hall dedicated to it and consists of his sculptures, texts on the wall painting his life history, some of his sketches, an audio-visual presentation playing on a large screen and three wonderful old photographs of the man himself. As a photographer these possible held more appeal for me than the sculpture’s themselves.

I found the smooth curves of the sculptures fascinating and had a strong desire to reach out and run my hands over them, but I didn’t think that the gallery staff would take kindly to this. I was again struck by the small size of the works; The Thinker is only 37.7cm tall while I had always thought it to be near life-sized, from photographs I had seen. One of the most striking aspects of this exhibit was not the works themselves but the shadows they cast on the floor and walls. At this point I had to disregard the no photography rule and take a photograph of the shadow cast by the work Pas de Deux.

Shadow of Rodin's 'Pas de Deux'

The final exhibit we saw was the Dylan Lewis one and this differs markedly from the sculpture we had seen before. The works are mostly larger, life-sized in many cases and have a rougher finish that evokes no desire to touch the pieces. Some of the works are rather abstract and appealed to me less than those whose subject is clearly recognisable. The works, or perhaps single collective work, that appealed to me most are a number of leopard heads held up at various heights by posts. Here again I was overcome by the compulsion to make photographs and sneaked a shot of one of these heads.

Leopard head sculpture by Dylan Lewis

I should point out that while a leaflet we were given in the car park indicates that photography is not allowed, I had telephoned some weeks ago and been told that as long as they were for myself I was welcome to take photographs; I had simply not confirmed this with the staff on the day.

Gabled Corrugations

We stopped off at Spier yesterday to visit the craft market and the gabled tops of the stalls against the sky appealed to me.