Biodegradable body bags, vulture restaurants and bone meal

The issues of biodegradable body bags, vulture restaurants and bonemeal crossed up during a walk around the 'dog field' with fellow, ageing, dog walkers.  The dogs were playing and sniffing, we were walking, and talking, as usual. The subject of writing wills came up. Wills led to instructions we had left regarding the disposal of …

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Are the zebras going to attack us?

  For context, I need to tell you that I recently moved from Durban (‘my city’ for more than 50 years) to Amber Valley, a large retirement village on the Karkloof Road just outside Howick. Coincidentally, my Mansfield grandparents retired from Johannesburg to Howick in the 1950s. From the Karkloof Road, this 1 000-plus home …

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“The sardines have NOT arrived!”

A friend of mine in Leisure Bay, Libby Goodall, yesterday sent me a short video of a shoal of 'sardines' floundering in shallow water at Pennington Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The video of the shivering/shimmering fish dragged my memory back almost 50 years to a similar sunny mid-June day in 1970. A year …

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The fishermen’s wall – Umngazi River Mouth

The rivers in the Transkei are different to those in KwaZulu-Natal. The difference lies in the sugarcane farming along the KZN coast and the natural grasslands along the Transkei coast. Most KZN rivers and their lagoons are silted up by the soil washing off the sugar cane lands. The rivers in the Transkei are not, …

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Peter the cockroach killer

The Principal of the University of Natal during much of the 1960s, Professor Owen Horwood, and I had a less than cordial relationship and we had several run-ins. (For background, Horwood later joined the National Party (apartheid) Government as the Minister of Finance. He was married to Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's sister. Quite a …

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