What was to have been a week’s foray into the Karoo was truncated when, on a hike up a section of the Bloupunt trail in the Montagu mountains, I injured my knee. We always stay at the Montagu Country Hotel (winter specials), an art deco establishment inside and out, with 1940s furniture, paintings, objets d’art and a wonderful septuagenarian pianist, Kosie Hanekom, who plays during dinner hour every night except Fridays, which is his bridge night out. He told me this time that his bridge partner’s wife had left him for his best friend, and now they celebrate as a threesome.
Kosie models his playing on Charlie Kunz, an old favourite of my father’s, who was himself a pianist. I already had one of Kosie’s CDs, but he insisted I have his latest. “It’s more laid back,” he explained.
Please bring back former Springbok rugby coach Peter de Villiers, otherwise known as Snor.
His biography is a wonderful reminder how colourful rugby was under his reign, even if we did howl with despairing anguish every time one of his men kicked the ball away, as if it were a burning coal, into the hands of a grateful opposition.
Tina Joemet-Pettersson would have made a much better SA Air Force colonel than Ruth Ndayi.
For one thing, had the fisheries minister been a colonel, she would definitely not have worn pink slippers to go shopping during her lunch break, which is what Lieutenant-Colonel Ndayi did in Pretoria a couple of weeks ago.