Kinders van die Wind

7 years 6 months on …

Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Deuce

This morning I woke up to the sounds of Laurika Rauch’s song Kinders van die Wind (“Children of the Wind”). Lance du Plessis, my radio interviewer, was broadcasting from the KKNK Fees (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) in Oudtshoorn.


It brought back many memories.

In 1981, my last year in Stellenbosch, and my Prim year at Helshoogte, Laurika had supper with us one Sunday evening in the res eetsaal. Against the university rules “No alchohol allowed in University residences” we went and bought red wine directly from the farm Oude Libertas for the evening meal!


After all, I was the Prim and having Laurika to supper was something special for the house. Maybe singing on Sunday nights was also against the rules – I can’t remember! Playing tennis on Sundays was definitely a No-No!

Those were 6 years of good memories from Stellenbosch.

The following year, 1982, I was the nothing, just a troepie doing my two year’s National Service at the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn.


Those were 2 years of bad memories from Oudtshoorn (and later Youngs Field Wynberg and 1 SAKK Bataljon, Eersterivier).

Tonight, Sunday night, Laurika is singing at the KKNK 20th Anniversary Celebrations in Oudtshoorn. 

Ek ken ‘n ou, ou liedjie, van lewenswel en wee

Van lank-vergane skepe in die kelders van die see.

Swerwers sonder rigting Soekers wat nooit vind

Deon Dorrington RIP

7 years 6 months on …



The power and impact of modern communications is awesome. Technology such as TV, Cell Phones, WWW, Internet and all the various applications that go with it, impact on our daily lives and the manner in which we live, work and play.

In the past few weeks, we have seen all these things in action, whether we watch sport, Oscar Channel, the disappearing Boeing or the “War” in Crimea! The World is truly in our livingroom!

I have been amazed, for one thing, at the number of different occupations that have been made available by modern-day technology to the youngsters of today.

I am amazed at how we can stay in touch with our friends and relatives and how easily we can find long-lost friends, relatives and acquaintances.

The Global Village in which we live also means that we can be found, monitored and discussed, There is no place to hide!

And so it was that I received a message on my website this week from Gerald Dorrington, a school friend from The Strand. I have not seen him since we left school forty years ago.

It is with great sadness that I read the following message:

‘Hi Ed An incident yesterday made me google Deon Dorrington and found him mentioned in your blog. Quickly scanning your blog, I realised that our paths may have split at Helshoogte koshuis 1978 when it was my final year there. Deon passed away yesterday of a suspected heart attack at Montagu hospital. He had long been poorly, having already lost both legs to diabetes. Yesterday he was hospitalised with bladder/kidney problems, taken for X-Rays and then we got the news. He is survived by 1 son, Eugene (26), and ex-wife of about 20 years ago.I sure intend to read more of your blog. All the best. Gerald Dorrington (brother of Deon)

I shall always be grateful to Deon, because it was he who made it possible for me to travel to the United States as an exchange student at the tender age of 18. He played an organ for a weekend and together with my class mates (and Mr Danie Schoeman, my Afrikaans teacher) they raised the funds to pay for my trip which has impacted my life since then.

Read the story on one of my very first blogs, OKlahoma is OK,  by clicking here:


Our dearest brother and uncle passed away suddenly on 18 March. You will be deeply missed by Dad (Gene), Edwin, Gerald & family. —- Rest in Peace —-Funeral service Mon 24th March 11h00 Montagu DR Church





The M Factor

7 years 6 months on …


Yesterday I published the following status on Facebook:

mmm Must be in the letter M … Mandela, Mangena, Madonsela … Gives one hope for the Morrow! Smile the Beloved Country!
With people like the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, around, I believe we can sleep easier at night. However, I hope she is going to bed with a revolver and a cricket bat under her bed!
In an interview on ENCA News last night, the lady was asked if she was glad that it was all over now.
She gave a rare smile and answered in the affirmative. I wish I had a picture of that smile. I think I also saw a tinge of sadness there!
What a lady of courage and fortitude and morality! I wish we had more of her ilk.
We have so much to be grateful for, including Thuli Madonsela.
The years to come will highlight her contribution to the development of our fragile democracy.
Thank you Thuli from a grateful South Africa. Indeed, SMILE the beloved country.
Read this wonderful article by Thuli in The Oprah Magazine:

I Put it to You …

Tuesday 18 March 2014

7 years 6 months on …

Advantage CBD

The stories are happening at an alarming rate. World news that is, and with the benefit of modern technology, it all unfolds right in front of you in your living room.

One needs lots of time to follow it all. And I have lots of time. As the CBD progresses, I am spending more and more time at home. The TV and the internet has become my window on the world.

Its been civil war in Syria, the take-over of Crimea by Russia, the disappearance of the Malayan Boeing 777  and the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Theories and more theories abound.

But another story for us is the ongoing fight with our medical aid. It’s not a unique fight.

Because of a change in Pera’s employment status, we have moved from one medical aid to another. Despite assurances that my medication would be covered, we have now for two months being fighting to get my Carbilev and my Lyrica tablets paid for by the medical aid. These meds are my life-savers and after seven years, we have got the dosage, timing and frequency down to a fine art. Now the new medical aid says NO, we won’t pay for those, you need to take generics.

We haven’t even got to the physio, bio, massaging, exercising etc etc yet!

The fact that degenerative brain diseases are not included as PMB’s (Prescribed minimum benefit illnesses) does not help at all.

So I put it to you, those of us with these illnesses are being discriminated against, and so we have another fight on our hands.

It’s easy dealing with CBD. It’s hard dealing with beaurocracy.

Blood test for Alzheimer’s

‘The Herald (South Africa)’ – 2014-03-11
RESEARCHERS in the United States have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90% accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.
The test looks for 10 signatures of fatty proteins called lipids, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine.
It could help families of people developing the cognitive disorder make early decisions on how best to care for them and might also aid the search for treatment, the authors said.
Several years of clinical trials are likely to be needed to assess the prototype technique, the first blood biomarker to predict the tragic degenerative disease. Alzheimer’s, caused by toxic proteins that destroy brain cells, is an incurable and fatal degenerative disease.
About 35 million people have the disease, a tally that is expected to reach 115 million people by 2050, according to the World Health Organisation.
“Our novel blood test offers the potential to identify people at risk for progressive cognitive decline and can change how patients, their families and treating physicians plan for and manage the disorder,” Howard Federoff, a professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington, said.
Attempts to develop drugs for Alzheimer’s had failed, possibly because they were tested when the disease had progressed too far, Federoff said. – AFP

The Ides of March

Tues 11 March 2014

7 years 6 months on …

Advantage CBD

Physically, the CBD appears to be racing on   …   left arm, left leg, right arm, memory, mind … and mentally it’s taking its toll too …

I’m not getting anything done and that frustrates me. My arms are becoming just too heavy to lift.

There’s pain, discomfort, twitching, spasms, weakness all rolled into one.

That one being me and my body (or should I say my body and I!).

I must admit I’m an avid Channel 199 follower and I’ve even taken to Twitter! It’s become clear to me just how important language is; the right word, the wrong place, the wrong word, the right place, and once uttered it’s out and can’t be retracted!

I must admit I’m spending more and more time in front of the TV – it’s my eye on the world and keeps me sane. Right now there’s so much on the go, besides Ch 199.

A missing Boeing, a War waiting to happen, wet coal and load shedding, cricket that rains out …when is the Nkandla report out?

So I put it to you, and I’ll come back to that later, but what interests me, who ratted on the bullet in the restaurant and through the sunroof?

Wednesday is my 200th ED IS IN WED interview on AlgoaFM. My thanks to the radio station and especially to Lance du Plessis for indulging me for four years now and in so doing raising the awareness of people living with illness. My thanks to all the listeners for tuning in, writing and calling. You are the wind beneath my wings!