Carpe Diem

7 years 11 months ill …
Physical : Advantage CBD / Mental: Advantage CBD

Robin Williams

I recall the week:

EP returned to Currie Cup after 13(?) years out in the cold, and the boys and I returned to the Nelson Mandela Stadium to see my old home Prooooo-vince beat the EP Kings.

Grey played and beat Framesby. The Anglo-Boer War has still not ended! I recall my first game vs Framesby there in 1984 – 30 years ago!

It’s always nice to socialize in the Rector’s garden: this time to end the school’s home rugby fixtures. The Stapletons continue their hectic dinner party schedule and we are fortunate to be included on their A or B or C list – whatever it is! Too many ill people are pushed aside by their friends!

I’m grateful to everyone who still remembers me – this week I had lunch with ex-pupils, Investec’s banker Gavin Loon and SAA pilot Barry Buchman. It’s always good to catch up and find out what is happening in the real world.

I also spent a full day in bed – it makes life a lot easier and eases the spasms. But it plays havoc with the mind and easily puts me into a downward spiral! That ever-lurking evil of depression moves in when you allow it.

Robin Williams succumbs to the demons and takes his own life! We lose yet another one of a rare breed. It would appear that Life is not for human beings! Very few, if any, make it unscathed!

Good Will Hunting, Mrs Doubtfire, Good morning Vietnam, Dead Poets’ Society …

Talking about societies, Helshoogte Residence at Stellenbosch gets its new primarius for 2015 in Nicholas de Villiers. In 1981, I became the tenth prim and the first English-speaking one.

I have been very sore and the spasms and tremors continue relentlessly. But today, after an extra session of massaging, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy, I feel much better! I even went for a run around the block! Let’s hope this continues …

In the words of the late Robin Williams:

“If you are that depressed, reach out to someone. Remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem!”

Lifeline – 086 132 2322


Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

Make your lives extraordinary…seize the day!

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ED is in week EnDing Mon 6 August 2012

5 years 11 months on … Advantage 

  • Mon 30: New cell phone for Sean
  • Tues 31: Visit from Sr Gill (Hospice); Eye examination by Dr Dean Barclay –  central serous retinopathy;  massage by Julian; Le Clos beats Phelps 200m Butterfly
  • Wed 1: AlgoaFM; Gym; Sean and I  watch Charlie T and Darron Mann walk on coals
  • Thurs 2:  Haircut; SA Rowers get Gold!; Guest speaker Rotary West @ PE Golf Club
  • Fri 3: Water problem in metro – supply pipelines from dams break; Visit to hydrotherapist
  • Sat 4: Rugby vs Framesby (Phil played 4th and 3rd team, both won!); Drinks @ Pavilion; Supper @ Stapletons
  • Sun 5: Sold “Rusk” to Tyler Botha; Gym