Regular readers will remember last year’s infamous Cape Party want to turn the Cape into France Shock! post, in which I suggested that, shockingly, the Cape Party wanted to turn the Cape into France and which was revived recently by commenter Lourens Camphor’s fantastic PERHAPS YOU ARE A BABY!!! allegation:
Check the party emblem and compare the shape of the new Cape Republic to… France:
OK, Normandy is a bit out of proportion, but that Southern coast looks dangerously familiar.
It was because of this concerning similarity that I looked into the Cape Party in greater detail. And look what I found as the very first line in their Vision for The Cape Republic:
The Cape Republic is roughly the size of France
Oh – isn’t that convenient???
So we look like France and we’re about the same size as France. Now all that is needed is an hatred of the British because you once lost a war to them.
The selfish motives of politicians a political system that is as racially divisive and oppressive as the others that have plagued this land since the British Empire forced the Union of South Africa upon us in 1910…
Further evidence: constant references to Cape Provence and suggested adoption of the Swiss system of voting – a country where they speak French and which borders France. In addition, the Cape Party headquarters is in Franschhoek. Need I say more, except for informing you that I actually made this last bit up – they’re actually based in Claremont. Which sounds very much like Clermont-Ferrand, which is in France.
The Cape Party’s performance in last year’s municipal elections was undeniably dreadful, gathering, as they did, a whole 0.09% of the vote in the Western Cape. And thus, we thought (Lourens aside) that this issue was over and done with.
Not so, it seems, because Cape Town’s Llandudno beach has now been annexed. BY THE FRENCH!!!
Yes, in what is described by Steve Turton, Managing Director of UK-based The Line Agency as:
a genuine, absolute mistake
it seems that photos of Llandudno beach, a short sprint down the Atlantic Seaboard from Cape Town CBD, are being used to advertise holidays in Normandy. WHICH IS IN FRANCE!!!
This error was spotted by eagle-eyed (you’ll see what I did there) ex-Capetonian, Bradford Bird.
Billboards displayed in London Underground stations advertising cheap travel to the French north coast have left a UK creative agency red-faced when it was discovered the beach pictured, was actually Llandudno in Cape Town.
The billboard poster produced for the French tourism authority, Atout France, shows a family running along a beach under the headline ‘Sprint finish on the Northern France Coast’.
The distinctive rocks on the spur of land in the background, however, unequivocally identify the beach as Llandudno.
The faux-pas was spotted by former Llandudno local, Bradford Bird, who now works in London as a photographer.
Genuine, absolute mistake, my arse. Sure, there is granite in both areas and both contain a phat amount of silica – durr! it’s granite!! – but in Normandy it’s Barfleur granite, with limited quantities of Rubidium, Strontium, Caesium and Barium. And as Graindor and Wasserburg highlighted in 1962, it’s only around 330 million years old. Cape granite, like that in the photograph, regularly demonstrates magmatic crystallization ages of over 500 million years.
Do you take us for idiots, Steve?
Also, am I really the only one who, when rearranging the letters of “Steve Turton” gets “The Cape Party” (or something ever so slightly similar, anyway)? This is merely the start of a heinous plan by the defeated hoard of Cape Party supporters (both of them) in carrying out their party’s wishes without due democratic process. Just wait until images of Stellenbosch are passed off as the Rhone Valley, Mossel Bay as Calais and that funny little bit of scaffolding on top of the MetLife Centre as the Eiffel Tower.
We are on a slippery slope.
I will utilise this blog post to serve as a record of any further attempts at franco-colonisation of the Western Cape. Please point out any sudden and/or concerning similarities between these two completely separate geographical areas in the comments section below.
Vive le différence! (as they say in Mitchell’s Plain).