Archive for May 2010

“Once in a lifetime – Make sure you can say ‘I was part of it'”

Saturday, 29. May 2010

I can say ” I was” – queueing yesterday after work at the Sandton FIFA ticket office for two hours to just make it about halfway to the entry. By then we finally got some information which tickets were available. Heading for the opening game I had to learn that only category tickets were available – far too expensive.

Luckily I left then, getting ready for Grant’s farewell party. On the way there ticket chaos was on the news, telling that they did shut down the ticket center alltogether, since the system was frozen.

Poor guys, who did queue for more than 24 hours.

2010 Language School

Thursday, 27. May 2010

Thanks to Sepp every South African now knows at least one German word (unfortunately in this case Swiss German doesn’t differ from German German ūüėČ ).

One of the most read daily newspaper recently headlined on the front page “District NEIN”, referring to the world cup areas (stadiums and fan zones) and the specific regulations while the event.

So what is it about countering the efforts establishing soccer world cup fever?

If you didn’t know, the world’s largest brewery is South African, but guess what beer is sold in the FIFA zones: Budweiser (not the real stuff, but the US).

Hawkers usually emboss the street picture. And you won’t belief, there is a traffic congestion on the highway, and minutes later there is a crowd of hawkers with right on spot offerings, from the world cup support items these days to more or less cold drinks, etc. etc.. If there is major construction work, within shortest period of time there will be women cooking and selling food on the street. And at any place where regularly show up people there will be fruits etc. offered.
Guess what, hawkers are not allowed in and around the FIFA zones.

Some of the disadvantaged South Africans show considerable entrepreneurial spirit. As in any large city around the world parking is an issue, finding a space first, and finding the car untouched secondly. Same is true for the big cities here. So there are people spotting out places and guarding your car for a tip in return – one or two Rand, if you are very generous and circumstances very odd – five. Guess what, forbidden around the zones.


And it goes on and on.
Smoke, eat, drink, or sleep in any Controlled Access Site¬†…….. –¬†¬† Nein !
Bring any animal except guide dogs¬†………………………………………..¬†–¬†¬† Nein !
Use abusive or otherwise objectionable language¬†…………………¬†– ¬† Nein !
Play loud or offensive music¬†……………………………………………………… –¬†¬† Nein !
Lie, sit, stand, congregate or walk, in a way that cause
an obstruction to anyone¬†…………………………………………………………. –¬†¬† Nein !
Consume beverages from a glass container¬†…………………………..¬† –¬†¬† Nein !
Affix, place, arrange, or create any advertisement of
whatever nature anywhere within a public open space¬†………… –¬†¬† Nein !

M at work

Wednesday, 26. May 2010

Finally
Monique has
rediscovered
her access to
canvas, brush and easel.

It makes me happy
seeing her at work.