Sunday, December 23, 2007

Getting into the Xmas spirit

Teddybok enjoying the street performers in Covent Garden Piaza while doing some last minute shopping.

getting into the xmas spirit (by Dave Reinhardt)

PS 100th posting!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

WORLD CHAMPIONS - the happiest little Springbokkie ever

It was a tense night but at the final whistle, the William Web Ellis Trophy is returning to African pastures.

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An emotional moment as captain John Smit and Teddybok meet eye-to-eye, Springbok to Springbok.

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John Smit receives the trophy from Sarkozy

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SA Pres Thabo Mbeki hoists the trophy high

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Percy Montgomery gets some face time with the Willie Web Ellis Trophy

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During the anthems, the seriousness of the occasion is not lost on us.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hard luck little man

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So, this poor kid is obviously coming to terms with the All Blacks semi-final defeat. You meet all sorts on the Spanish Steps, after all, it is the place to see and be seen.

Viva amabokkebokke, VIVA.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I'll be back

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The legend is that if you throw a coin into the Trevi fountain, you'll return to see it again. Hope so, because it is quite beautiful.

Ein minuten bitte

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Living in the UK means I get to see lots of churches and cathedrals, both at home and across Europe. But this one is undoubtedly the most spectacular of the lot ... which might be part of the reason why Martin Luther ended up famously saying "Ein minuten bitte" (as paraphrased by Eddie Izzard)?

Eddie Izzard: Martin Luther was a German fellow who pinned a note on a church door that said, "Hang on a minute!" Actually, he was German so, "Ein minuten bitte!"

When in Rome...

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Rumour has it that photography is banned because the rights to reproduce imagery of the Sistine Chapel have been ceded to the company responsible for the restoration work. But none of the locals paid much attention to the rules, so neither did Teddybok.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Colosseum

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No doubt this is one of the most impressive (remaining) buildings of the ancient world. Sight lines are enough to make the designers of the Emirates Stadium jealous and the claimed 20 minutes departure time for 50 000 spectators would make Transport for London envious.

But at the end of the day, there's that gnawing feeling that this place was built with the proceeds from the sacking of Jerusalem and the destruction of the 2nd Temple - and that's just not cool.

Friday, September 14, 2007

36 - 0

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Teddybok bows before the deity that is Bryan Habana.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Taking high tea

To really understand these English folk, I decided to give up wors, sosaties and a cold Castle this summer evening and trade it for high tea in a posh London hotel (The Langham).

TB takes high tea (by Dave Reinhardt)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

It's all Greek to me!

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With apologies - it's terrible, but there was no way I'd get away with not cracking the joke

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Visiting the Acropolis

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The Parthenon

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Always the rule breaker

Friday, August 31, 2007

Getting the car back to Athens

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We decided to take the longer route to Athens - much more relaxing to read a book in the sea air than to worry about driving the windy Pelopennesian roads.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's a hard knock life

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Watching sunset over the swimming pool at our villa. Sigh.

All the world's a stage

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Epidaurus is one of the most important ancient sites in Greece, with an almost perfectly preserved amphitheatre built 2,500 years ago and still hosting Greek dramas today.

The theatre is one of the best preserved structures from Classical Greece, having lain hidden and protected beneath layers of earth for centuries. Excavations began in 1881 and since 1954 ancient Greek dramas have been staged at the theatre which draws huge crowds for the annual festival, held in July and August.

The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or skene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Famously, tour guides have their groups scattered in the stands and show them how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at center-stage.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Island hopping

We took a ferry to Hydra to experience one of the more 'tradtional' Greek islands. No transport allowed on this island except for donkeys. Not even bicycles!

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On the ferry

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Exploring Hydra's maritime roots

Monday, August 27, 2007

It's a tough commute

Poros is opposite Galatas (on the mainland) and the ferry ride takes about 5 minutes.

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On the mast of the car ferry making the crossing from Galatas to Poros.

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With Poros (clocktower) in the background on the way back to Galatas.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Saturday, July 28, 2007

So near yet so far

So near yet so far for Cadel and for Levi. For me however, after many hours of train rides from London, it was just far. But I do love the Tour.

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Allez Robbie, ALLEZ

Friday, July 27, 2007

Orville Wright said...

"No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris."

He should know, he's the father of aviation. So to be safe, I came by EuroStar.

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Visiting the Opera

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And of course, some icons need no introduction

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Allez allez allez

Teddybok picked a prime spot on Parliament Corner to forget our loss in Australia and celebrate Le Grand Depart.

2007 jul 07 tdf opening ceremony img_4292 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Do youse fancy some Guinness, like?

When R.E.M. announced a series of live rehearsals in Dublin in June - we knew we had to be there. Although Teddybok took in the show, it wasn't that easy to get shots of him there. However, he spent some time out and about in Dublin.

Homage from one great sportsman to another (by Dave Reinhardt)
Paying homage to Stephen Roche, winner of a great cycling triple in 1987, the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the world champs.

Teddybok gets a rainy look at Grafton St (by Dave Reinhardt)
Scouting out shopping opportunities on Grafton Street.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Taking the evening's news

Farewell to Mr Blair. Hello to Mr Brown.

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The peaceful transition of power in a democracy is an amazing thing. Although South Africa has managed it twice since our first democratic election in 1994, it's been much rarer elsewhere in Africa. Even though it may have happened many times here in the UK, it's still something that should be cherished.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sandcastles for grownups

Hanging out with my animalarific buddies at FAISA 2007.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A touch of Moorish influence

Before the Christian takeover of Portugal, this place was run by the Moors.

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The Castelo de Mouros (Castle of the Moors) is located on the top of the hill. It occupies ca. 12,000 m2. Archaeological excavations have shown that the oldest buildings go back to the 8th century, the stratigraphy is almost 6 m deep and contains Iron Age remains as well. The walls are built of red sandstone (grés des Silves) with a pisé-core and have been heavily restored in the 1940s. Protruding towers of albarra-type protect the Northern slope. After the Christian conquest, the castle served as the seat of the alcaide-mor (provincial governor) till the middle of the 16th century, afterwards the towers were used as a prison.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Exploring the Algarve

Even with the ankle-biters, we managed a bit of out and about. Here I am checking out the marina in Lagos.

2007 jun 05 algarve img_3241 (by Dave Reinhardt)

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Sunning it up

A trip to Portugal for a 'traditional' English summer holiday. Villa accommodation, beach activities and fun in the sun.

2007 jun 04 algarve img_3138 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Time to wash off the dust of history and chill out

Hangin' out with the kite surfers on Tel Aviv beachfront.

2007 May 27 israel trip IMG_3041 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Simply breathtaking

There's nothing I could write to describe the Old City vista, seen here from the Mount of Olives.

2007 May 26 israel trip IMG_2958 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Jerusalem Syndrome

The Jerusalem syndrome is the name given to a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences, that are triggered by, or lead to, a visit to the city of Jerusalem. It is not endemic to one single religion or denomination, but has affected Jews and Christians of many different backgrounds.

No really, it's true I tell you. I don't make this stuff up.

We arrived via Jaffa Gate, and paid homage to our little community on the tip of Africa.

2007 May 25 israel trip IMG_2902 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Of course, we visited the Kotel / Western Wall - probably the holiest site in the entire Jewish world.

2007 May 25 israel trip IMG_2837 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker

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Back on the spice route (2)

Avdat is another town on the spice route, a few hundred km from Petra, on the route used to carry spices to Gaza from where they'd be shipped to Rome.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Workin' on my tan

This lovely shade doesn't come naturally you know.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

On the Nabatean spice trading route (1)

One of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen! Petra is literally carved out of the red sandstone hillsides.

The pictures of King Hussein I (d. 1999) and his son, the reigning monarch, King Abdullah II, are everywhere in Jordan.

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The Treasury is one of the most spectacular sights in all of Petra. It stands dozens of metres tall in a dazzling red sandstone glimmer.

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Little stands selling souvenirs are located throughout the site. Don't be tempted by the tourist prices - if you're interested, I have a cousin who runs a newly opened souvenir bazaar... let me take you, it's not far.

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