Day 252 – Here it comes…

I’ve been predicting this for a while.
It’s not like I needed a crystal ball and some fake psychic powers. I just had to look around me.

Jury’s out as to whether this is our final, (final, final) warning or whether we’re about to head into some sort of new, stricter lockdown, but since no-one actually heeds any of the warnings anyway, we might as well just admit defeat now.

As pointed out by a 6000 miles… reader, even the Plett Rage event is going ahead. Literally thousands of 18 year olds thrown together for several (or more) days of high energy, high alcohol, high other stuff partying in one of the small town major Covid hotspots in the Southern Cape.
And it’s not just going ahead – it’s sold out:

What – as the question goes – could go wrong?

I’ve got no more answers for you. At this point, we’re just doomed.

Happy Holidays!

Day 244 – Soapie goat theft

Remember 2016?

The Rio Olympics: Hoorah!
The height of the Zuma years: Boo!
Corona was just a fancy beer: Hoorah!
Trump won the US election: Boo!
I went to Norway and Mauritius: Hoorah!

Oh, and that stolen goat ended up in a local soap opera, playing an extra “in a scene depicting rural settings”.

I think that’s the pivotal moment that most people will recall from the year. The Groot Kaas of news stories, sweeping all before it as we headed into the festive season.

I have to say that goat would have seemed a little more out of place in a scene depicting urban settings. Even I would have spotted that. But it takes a true farmer to spot a stolen goat in a scene depicting rural settings. Goats – well-known as masters of camouflage – are right at home in scenes depicting rural settings.

The thing is, there might actually be a bit of truth behind the farmer’s claims. Because one of the vehicles allegedly used in local stock thefts belonged to the production company that makes Isibaya. And stock is an important part of Isibaya, given that there are a lot of rural scenes to film in the Thukela Valley where the feuding Zungu and Ndlovu families are based.

A number of Gauteng farmers say they feel affected by the stock thefts and want the cops to investigate whether the Isibaya manager may also be responsible for violent farm robberies and murders that have accompanied past stock thefts.
They are demanding compensation from Isibaya and a public statement on the matter; reportedly, a protest to the soapie’s Joburg studios on Thursday is being planned.

…the plot thickens.

Isibaya’s producer Kutlwano Ditsele denied any involvement in crime and said they were conducting an internal investigation.

…but then he would say that, wouldn’t he?


I have never watched an episode of Isibaya.

Day 241 – Libertador O’Higgins

It sounds like a made up name, doesn’t it?
Something you might find in an off-the-wall comedy skit show.

But no.

Crazy name, crazy guy, crazier legacy!

(Not to be confused with Bernard O’Higgins (?–1564) who was an Irish Roman Catholic bishop. He served as the Bishop of Elphin from 1542 to 1564.) (Obviously.)

I discovered Libertador O’Higgins in Chile thanks to there being an earthquake near there last night:

It turns out that Libertador O’Higgins is a region of Chile, just south of Santiago and named for… well… Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

And who was he?

Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme (1778–1842) was a Chilean independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. He was a wealthy landowner of Spanish and Irish ancestry. Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817–1823), he is considered one of Chile’s founding fathers, as he was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.

He was Captain General of the Chilean Army, Brigadier of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, General Officer of Gran Colombia and Grand Marshal of Peru.

I think that we could have guessed the Irish ancestry bit.

… the illegitimate son of Ambrosio O’Higgins, 1st Marquis of Osorno, a Spanish officer born in County Sligo, Ireland, who became governor of Chile and later viceroy of Peru. His mother was Isabel Riquelme, a prominent local; the daughter of Don Simón Riquelme y Goycolea, a member of the Chillán Cabildo, or town council.

You can read more about his role in the Chilean Independence movement and his time as Supreme Director of Chile – and his part in Peruvian Independence – on that link above.

But this was the bit that got me: he has a really, really impressive array of stuff commemorating him, including (but not limited to):

– an administrative region in Chile (which had an earthquake near it last night)
– a major road in Santiago and a National Park
– a Blue Plaque and a bust in Richmond in London
– plaques, busts and statues in Sydney, Guatemala City, Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, Bogota and Cadiz
– Chile’s highest award for a foreign citizen
– an unorchestrated opera
– 3 ships, a submarine and an Antarctic research base
– a set of stamps in Chile and one in Ireland
– an actual football team

Yes: An. Actual. Football. Team.