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Shine on me you crazy diamonds

Tuesday, 08 July 2008 Our day had ended on the Farm Brazil. Here we met a really special family, Rocky, his wife Karen and their little daughter Jesse (who was asleep at the time). We were invited into there home situated and one of the most picturesque points of the coast. Rocky has been diving and surfing the coast for some 10 years in the Klein see area. He had started out his career at the diving camp called Noup some 30km down the coast from Brazil....

Aletta’s feast

Sunday, 13 July 2008 It had been a long hard slog along the coast, deep sand interleafed with really jaggered rock out crops. Occasionally we would be rewarded with a few hundred meters of hard flat beach. Our running had now frizzled out into a plod, our legs burning from the soft sand. The northwester was still trying to wriggle down our necks and sap every last bit of warmth and energy we had left. The rain would follow in intermitted squalls, relentlessly pounding us with...

Little Jesse

Tuesday, 08 July 2008 I heard excited chatter and shrieks coming from over the dune as we got ready to start our morning run. Looking up I saw a group of people walking towards us, awash with colour and leading the charge was a tiny figure laughing away carrying a bunch of flowers bigger than herself. It was the family from Brazil, Rocky’s wife, little Jesse and friends coming to greet and send us on our way. Dragging behind smiling Jesse was a little painted poster saying,...

At last the sea

Tuesday, 08 July 2008 Port Nolloth originally an old copper belt port, but its now home to a new breed, the hardened diamond diver. Characters larger than life and as you sit and listen to their stories about the coast and look at their weather beaten faces, you can almost count the hard years by the wrinkles on their faces. The newest story that was abuzz in the town was about Budgie who after 20 years of diving out nothing but gravel, was finally selling...

Fenced in

Friday, 04 July 2008 The morning mist was slowly parting as the sea breeze heaved it too and fro across the rolling hills, every now and then hooking on the bushes and tearing into pieces of cotton wool like blobs, reforming and slowly rolling on into the morning sun and dissipating like large lumps candy floss finally frizzling away. From under this the road ahead was revealed as it stretched on into the distance like a ribbon that was unravelled as it scurried from hilltop to...

Namibian sunrise

Tuesday, 01 July 2008 A mind blowing buzz, where am I, what’s going on, then realising the source, I stretched for the confounded device, my cellphone. I struggled to switch off the alarm, but soon realised it was a call. Half asleep I answered; it was Xander my son wishing me well for the start of the run. Thank goodness he phoned as I had overslept. I awoke with this panic, the run day had dawned and I was late. A tap dance through the shower, stumbling...

The next challenge – Madagascar

With out realising it, I am well into the final planning stages of the next Challenge, A solo run of the island of Madagascar, but with a few twists. A date is set 15 December 2009, the training has begun, but for the rest I can’t fill in much because as usual I don’t really have any sponsorship yet. Minor problem – the decision has been made I am going and I will cross that bridge when I get to it. Something really special...

Book Launch Tour

The details of my new book launch tour are now available. Bigger City launch dates: JHB: Wed, 12 August Protea Hotel, Gold Reef City R 320.00 (Catering incl.) 08h00-10h00 Arrival: 07h30 DURBAN: Thu, 13 August Protea Hotel, Edward R 320.00 (Catering incl.) 08h00-10h00 Arrival: 07h30 EAST LONDON: Thu, 13 August Sunset Restaurant, Blue Lagoon Hotel & Conference Centre R 320.00 (Catering incl.) 18h00-20h00 Arrival: 17h30 PORT ELIZABETH: Fri, 14 August Protea Hotel, Marine R 320.00 (Catering incl.) 08h00-10h00 Arrival: 07h30 STRAND: Mon, 24 August Ocean View Hotel R 320.00 (Catering incl.) 12h00-14h00 Arrival: 11h30 STELLENBOSCH: Mon, 24 August Spier R 320.00 (Catering incl.) 18h30-20h00 Arrival: 18h00 CAPE TOWN: Mon, 31 August Atlantic Imbizo, V&A Waterfront R 320.00 (Catering incl.) 12h00-14h00 Arrival:...