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A thank you to Murray Witherspoon (Marketing) and Sally Berriman, (Rector’s P.A.) for the help and friendliness on my visit to Michaelhouse. The buildings and grounds are really superb, even with this exceptionally dry winter, but without the people to match, the buildings are just awesome structures with no spirit. I just got the feeling […]

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Oakford Priory – Verulam

I visited Oakford Priory near Hazelmere Dam and was able to photograph parts of the school and the Priory and the memorials commemorating those Dominican Sisters who served there. Sadly there seems to some dispute over access to the site and the buildings are in need of repair. I was mentioning my visit to a […]

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Maputaland Trip

I have just finished my Maputaland trip which took me through Hluhluwe, Mbaswana, Mangusi, Pelindaba, Ndumo, Ingwavuma, Josini, Ubombo and Mkuze. These towns stated as small trading posts to serve the local communities and have in some cases become strong commercial centres. There is little of architectural merit in the towns but they are changing […]

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Spam – Beware iNyanga’s curse

Due to the hectic amount of spam received on the blog section, I have closed the comment facility until I have a decent spam filter. My iNyanga has put a curse on all people who spam this site – beware !

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Addington Childrens Hospital

I revisited the Addington Childrens Hospital whilst the International Architects Congress was on and the exterior of the hospital has been beautifully restored. Well done Rodney Harber, and all those involved in funding, restoring and caring for this great building. The interior has a lot of work to be done which I gather is dependent […]

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Glenwood High School – Delville Wood Memorial Service

I was fortunate to be invited to the Glenwood Memorial and what a moving ceremony. Kevin Jordan, the science teacher organized a really memorable commemoration with DVD’s, pipes, school buglers playing the last post , a moving song “The Green Fields of France” and personal information on the Glenwood men who fell in this battle. […]

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Delville Wood – Picardy – France

I have recently had the privilege of visiting the South African Delville Wood Memorial in France, one of the great battlefields of the 1916 Somme offensive. It is of particular importance to South Africa in that so many men of the S.A.Infantry Brigade gave their lives here, in a brutal encounter. Very few of the […]

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Stainbank Nature Reserve

I completed a photo shoot at the Stainbank Nature Reserve in Yellowwood Park this week and met up with members of the Wilderness Leadership School based in the park. This organization does great work in teaching people the true meaning of ecology, and its objects include protecting the wilderness areas and providing responsible guiding and […]

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Caversham Mill

I visited the Caversham Mill in the Natal Midlands yesterday to meet up with a very distant relative, Jack Mudd who grew up in Caversham, and whose Grandmother lived in one of the old wood & iron homes behind the Mill. The Mill, which was built around 1852 has had many owners and over the […]

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Durban Gun Batteries

Whilst I am often on the beach front, I have often walked past the Natal Command fa├žade but never noticed the two gun emplacement positions directly adjacent to Pirates Lifesaving club. These Batteries were two of many gun emplacements constructed during WWII to protect Durban in the event of attack(which never happened).The other emplacements were […]

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