Monday, 4 May 2009

Change of venue - change of Continent...

So what could I possibly have been doing in the last 5 months since my last post?

Well, I would bore you with the details, so I will skip them, and rather refer you directly to a new Blog... Yes another...

I now find myself back in London. Living in Wimbledon and having just moved into a house share and finally having a room of my own, I feel I can start sharing my experiences once more.

So follow me, join me, and experience London with me at Living in London... (Name has a ring to it, don't you think?)

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Homecoming Revolution Christmas evening

I was very fortunate to be invited to the Homecoming Revolution year end Christmas party, held this evening in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

It was not only an opportunity to catch up with old friends and acquaintances that I first met in London in 2007 at the 2nd London Event last October, but also a very fulfilling experience spending time with other South Africans who have retuirned from prolonged periods spent overseas.

Homecoming Revolution (HCR) managed to secure Ben Zander as a guest speaker, and he spoke of the ideals, energy and passion that South Africans exhibit on a daily basis and in the most routine of circumstances, and how he has enjoyed experiencing South Africa on each of his previous 8 visits to the country. He was truly inspiring, energising "Homecomers" as we mostly were, and giving a very positive message from the point of view of an outsider (an American citizen) It was also the first opportunity I have ever had to sing a Christmas Carol, with an international conductor at the piano!

It was a very memorable event, reminding me once more of the invredible things that await the returning South African. There are many negative messages being distributed around the world with regard South Africa and the "situation" here.

But there is no other place on earth just now that affords one to make a very real difference.

I am very appreciative to the HCR team for the invite, and look forward to working with them again next year.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

An outstanding apology - and some big news

Yes, this is an open apology to the good people of Johannesburg...

Last Saturday I washed my car... and ever since it has absolutely poured with rain in Johannesburg - the kind of rain you would usually find in Cape Town - not on the Highveld.

And so for the last week I have been hiding - fearful of what my rather drenched neighbours might say - or do!

Actually that's not true....
YES - it has been raining, but no, I haven't been hiding. I have been working on a small project - something new... And it is just starting to develop and grow, and so I hope you will share it - even let me know what you think.


If you have followed the last 107 posts to this blog, then I am hoping you will join me at my new website - www.livinginjozi.co.za! I have recreated this blog there too (except I am having some technical problems... I can't understand my new code language!!!), and over the next few weeks will be migrating from here to the new website - hoping of course that you will move with me!

I do hope you will go and visit - and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Make a difference with a shipping container

If the billboards around where I live are to be believed (and they are just an advertising campaign) then a child dies every 6 seconds in the world from hunger. Indeed, a recent study has shown that 2,500 children die in Africa alone on a daily basis just due to a lack of access to clean water.

So where am I going with this?
Well, just as I chellenged my fellow bloggers to promote the cause of the Blogger Bakeoff, it would not be appropriate if I myself did not promote the cause on my blog.

And so here I am... promoting.

The fact is that I have been hungry today. Very hungry. It was my own fault - I hadn't had the opportunity to eat all day. But then I went to the kitchen and made myself a sandwich. And there is the difference, or at least the difference that Breadline Africa want to make. Every $10,000 that they raise can be used to convert a shipping container into a bread kitchen for an African community - a community that don't have that same opportunity to go and make themselves a sandwich when hungry.

So what am I saying...
Well, by clicking on the little box on the right, you will be taken to the Blogger Bakeoff website, where you can make a donation in Dollars, Pounds, or more importantly in Rands. And even if it is just R5 or R10 - it is more than nothing.

So make a big difference with a small action.
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