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Friday, 18 July 2014
Earth Mother

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The plaque near this sculpted tree stump reads:

Earth Mother

As a young camphor tree sapling, the tree was toed with barbed wire forming a boundary fence - there are still vestiges of the barbed wire sticking out of from the body.

The sculpture thus symbolically represents the abuse suffered by women and our beautiful earth.

Created by Dina Cormick in 1991.

I think that by “toed” the author of plaque means “tied”, and that “sticking out of from” is a second typo. 

Posted by bigblue on 18/07/2014 at 09:27 PM
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Phoenix

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Yesterday we went to see the Gandhi homestead at Inanda (now a museum and educational centre). This is where Gandhi lived for 21 years, where he developed the concept of Satyagraha, where he became politicised, and where he launched a global anti-colonial struggle that shook the British empire.

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According to our tour guide Gandhi’s original house was torn down at the instigation of agents of the apartheid government in 1985 but was rebuilt after 1994. The steps down to the garden are the original steps.

The building that housed Gandhi’s printing press is now a base for a mobile clinic that serves HIV-positive orphans.

It was an interesting visit. The displays and materials were informative. They explained his influences and also the influence of Gandhi globally. Tribute was also given to two other “sons of Inanda”: John Dube, (founder president of the ANC) and Isaiah Shembe (founder of a religious sect). 

Despite this the museum had an air of neglect. It also felt too parochial and constrained for a person of Gandhi’s stature. Sadly, twenty years after the fall of apartheid this museum doesn’t seem have the attention and resources of those addressing “white” concerns.

Posted by bigblue on 16/07/2014 at 07:21 AM
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Monkey

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Now there’s a monkey crossing my path. This is the alpha male; the rest of the troop are somewhat behind.

Posted by bigblue on 15/07/2014 at 07:12 AM
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Monday, 14 July 2014
Lovebirds

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Two of the charming people that I met this past weekend. 

Posted by bigblue on 14/07/2014 at 06:18 PM
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Meerkat

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I observed the meerkat taking turns to be the lookout,  or sentinal. Meerkat are apparently in the mongoose family, but are social and live in large groups, unlike mongeese who are solitary.

Posted by bigblue on 14/07/2014 at 07:38 AM
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Sunday, 13 July 2014
Mongoose

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One of the many animals that I saw today.

Posted by bigblue on 13/07/2014 at 07:48 PM
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Cycling on the promenade

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For the second time, in as many cities, I felt a pang that I did not bring my bicycle with me. People were cycling, skateboarding,  rollerblading,  scootering, walking and jogging up and down the beachfront.  There is even a place hiring bicycles cheaply here (so I may go back again).

It struck me that (unlike Brighton or other places in the UK) there is no segregation. There is no designated lane marked out for cyclists. Pedestrians seemed comfortable sharing the space with others. Cyclists also cannot get annoyed and ring their bell when pedestrians step into their designated lane (as there is none). Everyone was just happily coexisting in the same space.

Posted by bigblue on 13/07/2014 at 06:32 AM
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Saturday, 12 July 2014
Indian Ocean

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It is winter in the Southern hemisphere and I haven’t been into the sea, but it does look inviting.

Posted by bigblue on 12/07/2014 at 10:02 PM
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