The New World (Day 1)

(c) 2015 Edward C Lunnon / 8 years 9 months ill … / Physical: Deuce – Mental: Deuce

Monday 15 June

 
I spent most of Sunday night up and about – an upset tummy is not what you want on the night before your departure! All yesterday’s lovely steak gone and all my pills gone!

Not a good start on our way to the Northern Hemisphere!

Anyway, feeling a bit jaded as we do the last minute packing and head off to the PE Airport at noon – Phillip at the wheel and Sean to join us at the airport.

More later  …

FiVe Years Later: From Vuvusela to Vitriol

(c) 2015 Edward C Lunnon / 8 years 9 months ill … / Physical: Deuce – Mental: Adv Ed 

  
Five years ago to the day, we watched the opening game of the 2010 World Cup between Bafana Bafana and Mexico. We were at the Brazenhead in Stellenbosch where we watched the game played in Johannesburg on TV with hundreds of other Matie students. The “gees” was at an all-time high in the Land.

Later that evening we drove through to the Peaches in Paarl where we spent the night.

It was the start of a few weeks of a New South Africa.

Now, five years later, we have a New FIFA! Vitriol, scandal, bribery, corruption, arrests, resignations, extraditions, prisons, …

Was our hosting the World Cup rigged? What was the $10 million really for? Was it a bibe?

And the legacy? Wonderful memories and costly stadia that are unused and falling apart.

We are still paying for the party.

The construction firms who built the stadia have been fined for collusion and price-fixing – they are paying for the party.

Blatter and Valcke and the other top dog FIFA executives are the only ones who have been smiling all the way to the bank.

Will they still pay for the party?

In’s and Out’s

(c) 2015 Edward C Lunnon / 8 years 9 months ill … / Physical: Deuce – Mental: Adv ED

Last Wednesday, I started writing a blog in the hospital radiographer’s waiting room (see In the Waiting Room). 

I didn’t finish it because i was called in for an ultrasound of my hip, which has been giving endless bouts of pain. An hour and a half later, and I had been IN and OUT. I would get the results the next day, which proved all clear!

So now, it’s pins, patches and pills for the pain. And so far, two pain-free days!

So, it’s been that kind of week – a time of in’s and out’s!

Me at  the radiographer, and this morning, me OUT at the Valley Market IN Port Elizabeth’s Baakens Valley. Together with thousands of others, I went to experience PE’s first artisanal food market – an authentic market experience where unique and creative kinds of food are available, from exotic paella and gourmet burgers to artisanal chocolate and fresh fruits and vegetables. It wasn’t a quick IN and OUT!

It’s a great start to a new monthly experience, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity – Love Story, run by none other than the wife of King’s captain, Luke Watson, and friends. Long may it prosper, and may the Baakens Valley soon also prosper with all the development earmarked there.

                

Sepp Blatter, no introductions needed, was also IN and OUT this week. Danny Jordaan was IN as Mayor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality. Watch this space as to when he will be OUT! Nkandla is still IN and many would wish that No 1 was OUT! Panayiotou is IN and not OUT, and $100 million was given OUT by the SA Government but never went IN to the West Indies Development account. A number of FIFA executives are OUT of FIFA and IN prison.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, was IN again, and the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Milliband, and that of the Social Democrats, Nick Clegg, are OUT.

Sr Gill, my carer IN the Hospice, is soon to be OUT – as a result of austerity measures and retrenchments! It will be a sad day when she leaves at the end of June. We went OUT to the Hospice fundraiser which was IN the Feathermarket Hall. It’s always a good evening of music, and in addition I got to make a brief plea for donations which raised an additional R12000! Thank you all for taking the money OUT of your wallets and purses and putting it IN the Hospice baskets.

“Neil Diamond” sang IN the Old Grey Hall so I went OUT to that. Isaac continues to come IN and OUT on Thursdays and Annette, Jane Woodin, Liz Findlay and I went OUT for coffee at the new coffee shop IN the Valley. I’ve forgotten its name – forgetting is not ruled OUT at this stage of one’s life and is definitely IN mine at the moment!

All in all, I’ve been IN a lot lately and not getting OUT as much as in he past. It takes some getting used to!

I’ve been IN considerable pain and not OUT of the woods yet. IN a way, I was hoping they would find something at the hospital so that they could take it OUT.

So I’m IN the storm – let’s ride it OUT! 

PS The best of all: the electricity hasn’t been OUT all week so we’ve not been IN the dark for a while!

Oh Danny Boy (new verse)

  

Oh Danny boy, the people they are calling

From north to south, for you to step aside

The free ride’s gone, and all the top guns dying

‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and must resign.

And don’t come back when DA runs the the Metro

and  when the City’s rushed and on the go

‘Tis We’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow

Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, you have to go.
And if you come,that Memo’s twittered virally

And you are dead, as dead you well may be

You’ll come and find the place which you were buying

Ten million and the ANC killed PE.

In the Waiting Room …

I’m sitting in the waiting room at Greenacres Hospital.

I’ve been here before. MRI scans, CAT scans etc – not my favourite place! I think of that horrible tunnel! Chunk chunk chunk bang boom cheeeet …

Now its Ultrasound on my hip!

Surrounded by hordes of people each with his/her own battle, otherwise they wouldn’t be here!

I wonder what each is thinking … It gives me time to think too … It’s been a tumultous week!

But now must go … I’ll continue later …