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2 years ago

On a wing and a prayer

Ian Weinberg · I have always had this passion for flight and flying. One of the highlights of my earlier days  (when I was still a ravishing brunette) was to take to the skies of Africa in my Thunderbird, a small plane-microlight hybrid. On one occasion towards the end of my active flying caree ...

2 years ago

Africa’s Lost Children — Part One — Exodus

Claire L Cardwell ·   · October 1976 · Ash ate its way along a cigarette, following the glowing line that preceded it. · In the half light two men lay in wait. Parked in a dusty dark green sedan, they were almost conspicuous for being so well camouflaged. · “I hate it when you smoke in the car, J ...

2 years ago

Sooner rather than Later

Claire L Cardwell · Instead of being asked 'Why did you move to South Africa?' I am being asked 'When are you leaving?' · For the last six months or so I've been broken hearted. · I am once again heading for exile. · The reality is that Africa has changed. · People no longer look into your eyes a ...

3 years ago

Why it's actually healthier in the LONG run - when is a good choice to look at a family member and....

Claire L Cardwell · And decide to divorce them.  You will simply not have anything further to do with them ever again. You actually don't care about all the money they have openly helped themselves to - that's YOUR MONEY - you know the stuff that you worked your flaming butt off for and stuck it in ...

3 years ago

Africa Awaits

Gert Scholtz · Here I am, trying to tempt you to travel to and visit the southern tip of Africa. Voted by many as one of the most beautiful countries in the world, its natural wonders are diverse and there is a rich expanse of places to see and visit. Not only do five friendly Bees come from he ...

4 years ago

Bonding the free-way

Ian Weinberg · It started off as one of those perfect winter’s days in Africa. Following the early morning chill, it was warming up under a glorious blue sky. I picked up my ride to the airport. The traffic was unusually light for rush hour. I was travelling to the Buddhist Retreat Centre in th ...

4 years ago

Panorama of South Africa

Gert Scholtz · The beauty of South Africa is in the smiles of friendly faces, the mosaic of cultures, and the complex history that has shaped this land. Most of all, it is the natural splendor and wildlife that sets it apart. South Africa's landscapes are made up of valleys, mountains, forests, ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - How did it all end? or What Did Kitty Do Next?

Claire L Cardwell · Did either movie win any awards?  Did we go to the Oscars?  Well all I can say is dream big! Write it down, make a plan, revise that plan as many times as need be and go for it! · About Claire Cardwell · I think it's vital to talk about all aspects of Architecture - whether it b ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - Happy Ever After?

Claire L Cardwell · So I am at a cross roads in my life.  What should I do? · I've got seriously itchy feet and an urgent wanderlust.   · The question is where do I go next?  South West or North West? · I am sad today.  It's been a crazy two weeks.  I still haven't met Azriel yet and the shit has ...

4 years ago

Surely you know women should be seen and not heard.....

Claire L Cardwell · Oh yeah and 'You shouldn't mind your pretty little head about that one dear, it's men's business and we men will sort it out.' · Sexism (not just by men on women, but women on men and every conceivable combination of somebody having an issue with someone because they are differen ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children Part Four A - Kidnapping my Kidnappers.

Claire L Cardwell · About Claire Cardwell · I think it's vital to talk about all aspects of Architecture - whether it be planning, construction, design or green building. I have written 3 E-Books & over 110 articles. Please feel free to let me know if you have any queries regarding architecture, pl ...

4 years ago

The Smoke that Thunders

Gert Scholtz · There is one place in Africa I would visit again and again. The Victoria Falls. More than once I have been there and on each visit I experience the scenery and adventure of the environment anew. · The Falls · Thick mist greets me first, providing a prelude to the raw power of th ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - Part Seven - Prelude to a Kiss

Claire L Cardwell · Or should I say, he found me. · Wandering in the woods in my favourite place in the sky, I came across a man sitting at the banks of a river.  Behind him was a small white building.  White curtains billowed in the breeze. · He turned and looked at me, I was lost. · "Fancy a Fuck? ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - Part 6 - Meeting my Brothers and dealing with the Nigerians and Winnie

Claire L Cardwell · James - My Twin · It wasn't long for me in Africa before relatives started walking out of the woods.  One of the first was James, James Blond.  Pictured with my third cat - Mulan the Warrier Princess.  Since I didn't use the flash, I don't know where her laser beam eyes came from ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children Part Five - Home at Last

Claire L Cardwell · When I was in my late twenties, I worked in Publishing, I had a diploma in Journalism and had learnt short hand.  I hung out at a pub in Hammersmith by the bridge called the Blue Anchor.  I met Glen.  We fell in love. · A summer of fun followed.  By nights huddled in blankets and ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - Part Four - Cold Years in a Teenage Wasteland

Claire L Cardwell · The winter years started when I was five years old.  Standing in a large indoor dock with a Navy Cutter in it I was finger printed, hand printed and photographed and measured.  After we sipped coffee and an hour or so later my UN Passport was swapped out for a United Kingdom and ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - Part Three - Exodus and Insurrection

Claire L Cardwell · Durban - August 1977 · Ray Kennedy tapped the phone with the end of his pen.  It was old, green and ugly.  It's rotary dial and squatness looked like eyes staring at him. · He glanced out of the window and saw his son, Noel walking with his half sister, Kitty on the beach. · The ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - Part Two - Re-birth, Death and Loss

Claire L Cardwell · I woke a while after dawn.  Silver tendrils of sunshine played with the dust motes in the cabin.  The air smelt of tar, diesel, old wood and brine. · The boat was gently chugging as she crossed the glassy sea. · Pulling into a river mouth surrounded by steep cliffs the boat pulle ...

4 years ago

Africa's Lost Children - Part One - Exodus

Claire L Cardwell · Mozambique - October 1976 · In the half light two men lay in wait.  Parked in a dusty dark green sedan, they were almost conspicuous for being so well camouflaged. · Ash ate it's way along a cigarette, following the glowing line that preceded it. · "I hate it when you smoke in th ...

4 years ago

Travels Far and Fortunate

Gert Scholtz · All journeys are an encounter with unexpected places and people. I am fortunate. Business travel has given me the chance to visit destinations on and off the tourist track. Surprise events, new cultures and detours that bring discovery of the world, of people, of places and somet ...

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