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A Traveller’s Tale South Africa

Past And Present Part II

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In Part I, Val and I had got to the foot of the Sani Pass leading to the independent country of Lesotho and a 4WD trip up the Pass had been ordered.



he road up the Sani Pass into Lesotho is a boulder strewn track causing considerable consternation and excitement amongst those who had never seen a road like this before. In fact, it was reminiscent of the "road" through the Himalayas leading into Ladakh which I'd motorcycled seven years previously. In the Land Rover, we were thrown about continually and I felt that life might well be easier on two wheels rather than four since there's a narrower strip of road to aim at. However, the ride was exciting and we got another stamp in the passport on entering Lesotho at over 9000 feet altitude. To have cloudy skies and to feel cold was a shock after hot days and blue skies and there's a hotel which claims to be the highest pub in Africa - where they serve gluwein. This helped to warm the cockles a bit. We were told that Lesotho is the poorest country in the world (but there are others which claim this unfortunate distinction). Undoubtedly, the village just over the border was very poor. But I can imagine that other parts of the country are

even poorer because "our" villagers were given useful "presents" as well as a few coins even though we were advised not to hand out money better to give them something useful. I'd met this same idea when riding in Mongolia. There we handed out reels of Selotape, plastic food containers, zip up bags and such like when visiting nomads in their yurts. Lesotho is the old British protectorate of Basutoland and the Basutos dress very differently to other tribes in that they wear long, heavy woolen blankets and knee length boots. It can get very cold up here in wintertime and snow is not uncommon. Economically, they rely entirely on South Africa (which surrounds them completely) but, even so, they must have a hand to mouth existence since they don't produce many revenue earning goods to be used for trade. Life must be tough for the ordinary folk of Lesotho. In total contrast to the Basutos are the Zulus of Kwazulu Natal. Here the climate is humid and they dress very scantily - a few maiden aunts averted their gaze at times (but had a quick peek if nobody was looking!).

We stayed at a contrived "hotel" fashioned in Zulu style with our own rondal; but the cynic in me asks how many genuine rondals have en suite showers, kitchen facilities, TV and mosquito nets? We were also shown a "traditional" Zulu village and saw the spear maker, basket weaver, pot maker, witch doctor, dancers, etc. But I can imagine that after the show, the "performers" get into their cars, go home, have fish and chips and watch TV! It's similar to a "typical" Maori hangi feast in New Zealand or a "typical" Indian village in Alaska. Still, the tourists love it and, presumably, believe what they see. Hence to Durban which I’d thought was quite nice 60 years ago: somehow the apartheid had seemed less severe. There were many Indians who’d become traders and businessmen - like the Jews of Europe. In many ways, they’re even more so now. To go to the Indian market is to be bombarded on every side by traders keen to separate you from your money: had they been less persistent, they might have fared better.

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eg fog at the coast and brilliant sunshine a mile inland. Table Mountain with its "table cloth" of fog is a well known image. Consequently, a trip up Table Mountain is taken when it's convenient - not according to a written timetable. We were lucky and went up the cable car next morning in brilliant weather but, even so, a thick blanket of fog could be seen covering much of Capetown itself and crawling up the flanks of the mountain. I'd climbed part way up Table Mountain 60 years ago but had chickened out when I got to the sheer face; the ascent by cable car is much easier! Finally reaching the top was something special and I could tick off another of the many places I still have to visit before I finally pop my clogs (not long now!). Another one to tick off was the Cape of Good Hope (latitude 34021'24" S, longitude 18028'26" E) - the most south westerly point on the African mainland. Val's cousin, Betty, and her husband, Jim, had a short break in Capetown to coincide with our time there and we spent a pleasant couple of days with them. There was a memorable meal when, for the first time on the trip, I ate a local delicacy - Springbok. Absolutely marvellous. This can now be added to my carnivorous list of horse, kangeroo, crocodile, bison, reindeer, musk ox and yak. Anyone for elephant? Eventually, it was time to return home on another boring 12 or 13 hour flight but with many memories and thoughts. What did I think to this very different type of holiday? Would I want to join Saga louts (as opposed to lager louts) again? Did Val like the change in holiday style - after all, it was her idea? Taking the last question first, the answer is "Yes". She'd already decided she didn't like pillion riding any more so the extra comfort; the fact that luggage is collected and delivered door to door; not having to think what to do or where to go made the holiday more relaxing for her. As for me, I'm not so sure. Admittedly, it's very comfortable perhaps too comfortable; you go where you're told - you have no choice; you're only shown the "pretty" bits - you don't get under the skin of the place - you don't "get your hands dirty" (unles you deliberately dig); all the worry is taken out - you don't have to think; others on the tour are friendly and sociable - but can be a bit staid (and some are decidedly dull). Based on this experience, a Saga tour (for me) is very "polite", very "safe", very "familiar" eg the food is good and there's plenty of it: but there's nothing unusual, nothing unexpected, nothing really different. Apart from questions fired at Betty and Jim (and our long suffering guide - who must have been glad to see the back of me), we didn't meet any other "normal" South Africans in order to learn their stories or share their joys and worries. We were sheltered from that sort of contact: and that's something which, speaking personally, I missed. I like to meet real people and hear what makes them and their country tick. Did I enjoy the holiday? Of course I did but, given a free hand, I might have chosen to do it differently. But as Val rightly points out, South Africa might not be the place to go wandering about on your own so, perhaps, being in an organised group is the "sensible" way of seeing this particular country.

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Some bulbs are best lifted each year such as tulips and to make this easier you could try planting them in large pots and sinking them in the ground. After the leaves have died down, lift the bulbs and let them dry out. Store somewhere cool and dry and replant in October/November for a spring display. If buying new bulbs, plant as soon as possible and before they start growing. For instance, most daffodils will start producing roots by late summer and other bulbs by mid-autumn. One exception is snowdrops. These are best bought ‘in the green’ which means the leaves are already growing and they are then planted and left to spread. Bulbs should always be planted with, at the very least, 2-3 times their own depth of soil above them or even more if the soil is very light. If bulbs become overcrowded, lift them in the dormant season after the foliage has died down. Clean off the soil, leave them to dry then store in paper (not plastic) bags to await replanting.

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• Divide herbaceous perennials & rhubarb crowns (lift with a fork & chop into pieces with a spade. Re plant with plenty of well rotted compost or manure • Plant spring cabbages & harvest apples, pears & nuts • Clear up fallen autumn leaves regularly • Ensure plant pots have good drainage, consider standing pots on feet • Pot up tender plants such as Fuchsias & Pelargoniums, place these in the glasshouse for overwinter protection


If you are lucky enough to have a pond, large or small, at this time of year check all the pond plants and remove all dead and dying growth. Cover the pond with netting to stop leaves from falling into the water and sinking to the bottom. Too much rotting vegetation in the water will create methane gas to the detriment of fish and other wildlife as well as a disgusting, smelly layer of sludge in the bottom that you will have to deal with, sooner or later! In early Autumn, if you have clumps of marginals and bog plants, they can be divided and cut back the leaves of waterside plants. If you have a pump to run a fountain or waterfall, now is the time to clean and service it and store it until Spring. Feed the fish before Winter hibernation. If we have a severe winter, be ready to cover the pond completely during really freezing weather, or at least try to ensure fish can get oxygen by keeping a small area ice-free by using a ball or floating bowl. If the pond is covered with a sheet of ice, pour boiling water into the bowl until it can be lifted out. Having said all that, I've actually seen goldfish frozen in solid ice for weeks, only to start swimming around perfectly happily when they thawed out - so what do I know?!

November • Sow sweet peas in a cold greenhouse • Plant wallflowers without delay • Lightly prune roses to prevent wind rock • November is the best month to plant tulip bulbs. Bury holly leaves with bulbs if squirrels are a problem (wear your gloves though!) • Resist pruning hydrangeas - the dead flowers will protect bulbs from the frost • Clean out bird nesting boxes - wear gloves to avoid any parasites.

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Citius, Altius, Fortius, - "Faster, Higher, Stronger". The motto of the International Olympic Committee. We’ve all seen the magnificent efforts of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes over the past few weeks. These athletes have trained so hard to achieve the results we have seen on television or at an event, if you were lucky enough to get a ticket. Has the sight of Jessica Ennis’s abs and athletic curves made you wish your body looked a bit like hers or does the speed of Wiggo’s bike make you wish yours went just a bit faster for longer?

physiology has hardly changed in the past 10, 000 years and our hunter gatherer forebears were probably healthier and fitter than most of us today, they were healthier because their diet consisted of meat, eggs, fish, nuts, berries and vegetables and they had to go and find it. There is no biological requirement for us to eat dietary carbohy-drate, an optimum range for most people is between 100 to 150 grams per day especially if that carbohydrate source is from eating a ton of colourful vegetables and fruit and not from grains.

Inspirational or Not? – So have the world class athletes inspired you or inhibited you? Do you think they were fan-tastic and you want to be a bit like them or do you think ‘I’ll never ever be able to do anything like that’ and dismiss getting involved in some physical activity? If you liked watching the athlete’s achievements but are over- weight, unfit, have health issues and can’t see how they relate to your life, it’s never too late to make a start towards being healthier, fitter and having a better quality of life. So you if you do want to get healthier and fitter – great but what does that mean?

Fitness therefore can be seen as the body’s ability to withstand, recover from and adapt to stress-producing agents that act upon the body or the ability of being physiologically capable of handling challenges that exist above a resting threshold of activity. Fitness is achieved through exercise but exercise is more than just activity, if we want to be able to live a quality life into our old age, we need to be more specific than just walking, going for a jog or taking a class at the gym. These are all good activities and should be encouraged but there is conversely no need to wear our bodies out and risk injury by pounding pavements for hours or doing never ending sessions on the treadmill or exercise bike at a low intensity in the gym, life is too short to waste time doing pointless exercise!

Health and Fitness – Are routinely referred to as if they are almost one and the same thing but they’re not. The popular assumption is that as fitness rises, the level of health rises with it. Unfortunately no direct link between the two conditions exists, they are entirely different situations. Our bodies are dynamic organisms, constantly breaking down and building up again, health and fitness are transient and changeable. Health can be seen as a physiological state in which there is an absence of disease; good health can be seen as being in a balanced state between breaking down and building up. Each day your body must face numerous challenges, such as exposure to the various elements, muscular exertion and the presence of pathogens in the environment, if it is not equipped to deal with these challenges and cannot adapt successfully, then survival may not be assured! The best way to stay healthy is to ensure your lifestyle includes the consumption of food that nourishes your body as it was designed. Our

What To Do About It - Nutrition is the single most important thing to improve your health. Good nutrition is all about eating natural unprocessed food; lean meat, fruits and vegetables, there is no such thing as essential carbohydrate – the body can make all the glucose it needs from protein, vegetables and essential fats and although you may consume 2000 calories or more from these sources, the calorific cost of converting them is so much higher than if those calories came from refined carbohydrate. The cost to the body of converting those carbohydrates to stored energy is virtually nil, so it is stored as fat. Carbohydrate increases blood glucose levels requiring ever higher levels of insulin to be released that may eventually lead to Type 2 diabetes. CONTINUED PAGE 40

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struggle to seek even a half share. The difference is quite stark. When it comes to children, of course each party has a financial obligation which cannot be severed under any circumstances. In the UK, the Child Support Agency retains jurisdiction in respect of child maintenance matters, although many couples just reach a direct agreement. If the party with primary care of any children feels that they need additional financial help from their ex-partner, then they may make an application under the Children Act 1989 – and this is irrespective of whether or not they are married. So, if we take our example couple above, but assume that the children are of school age, Joan could ask that she be allowed to remain living in the house, so that the children would have somewhere to live. She would, however have to sell the house when the children turn 18 and there would be no guarantee that she would receive a share of the sale proceeds. This future financial danger is doubled, as Joan will not have the option of falling back on Steven’s income or pension. Any application under the Children Act is deemed to be an application for financial help for the child and not the parent. There are still yet further dangers for cohabiting couples. The main and almost only asset that can be made part of a legal claim is the property. Such a claim is made under Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996; if a claim is made a declaration can be sought from the court as to each parties share in the home, or ultimately an Order for Sale can be obtained.

This Act is governed by what lawyers refer to as “Trust” law and when it comes to assessing a co-habitant’s rights in a property, the rules of trusts have to be examined. Essenti ally, there are three ways that a non-legal owner of the property can build up an interest (assuming that they aren’t named as joint owners on the Title Deeds): 1. By paying money towards the mortgage, carrying out any improvements upon the property, or by making any other contributi on towards the capital value. This creates what is known as a Resulti ng Trust – i.e. that party’s share is equal to the amount of their fi nancial contributi on. 2. By establishing that there was an agreement between them that the home was meant for both of them equally. In these types of cases, conduct throughout the relati onship is very important and if the necessary preconditi ons are present the court will “construct” a trust – in other words, the nonowning party is enti tled to a (not necessarily equal) share in the home. 3. By the non-owning party spending money on the home in the belief that they have been promised a share. It is however diffi cult to establish the above so co-habiti ng couples ought to ensure that they specify the ownership of property at the outset. If both parti es to the relati onship are purchasing a home and they consider that the home is owned equally, then they simply need to ensure that this is refl ected in Title Deeds at the ti me of purchase. If the fi nancial contributi ons towards the purchase are unequal, again this can be recorded against the Deeds. If co-habiti ng couples wish to go a step further and regulate all fi nances and assets, then

they could consider entering a simple “LivingTogether” Agreement, which could deal with the usual fi nancial elements such as who will be responsible for paying the mortgage etc., or they can be very specifi c, covering items such as, who will keep the pet should they separate. Of course, these precauti ons do not change the law when it comes to a cohabitee’s enti tlement; many believe that those who have been in a meaningful and long lasti ng relati onship should not be denied the right to fair fi nancial future, especially where there are children. If one party in an unmarried couple dies without a Will, the survivor has no automati c right of inheritance – so, if Steven in our example above were to die without a Will and he was not married to Joan – Joan is enti tled to absolutely nothing. The making of a Will is therefore extremely important for unmarried couples. Aft er consultati on, the Law Commission did in 2009 make recommendati ons to the Government that new laws should be put in place to protect cohabitants and the Cohabitati on Bill 2009 was drawn up. However, there is much debate with many arguing that the sancti ty of marriage should be protected and to grant cohabitees the same rights as married couples would be to water down the importance of marriage. We consider that given the current lack of cohabitee’s rights, the best acti on is to be aware of the issues raised in this arti cle, so that each party can think about either entering a Living Together Agreement at the outset, or alternati vely ensure that the relevant declarati on is made in relati on to any property purchase. Sheena is Head of the Family & Matrimonial Department at Osborne Morris & Morgan Solicitors who have offi ces in Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard.

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The first thing is to keep calm. It is important to know exactly what’s going on before you act. Was this an isolated incident or is it something that has been going on for a while? Talk to your child’s teachers and find out as much as you can about what led up to the bullying behaviour, what triggered it, who was involved, and so on. Discuss what happened with your child. Why did they act in the way they did? Bullying behaviour is often caused by other problems in a child’s life. They might have been retaliating against another child’s aggression or teasing. Low self-esteem, unhappiness, stress, boredom and jealousy are also triggers. Whether it’s a one-off or a long-term problem, you need to tell your child that all bullying is unacceptable. Encourage them to think how the other child must feel – a role-play exercise may help. Explain that if it doesn’t stop now, the situation could become worse and lead to suspension from school or even police involvement. Set out clear consequences that you will implement if the bullying continues, but give your child chances to show improved behaviour. Set goals and reward them when they succeed. Try to keep the atmosphere in your home as calm and relaxed as possible. Children will copy what they see and need to learn appropriate ways of dealing with anger, such as taking ten deep breaths or going to a quiet place to cool off. To boost their self-esteem, find an activity or sport that your child enjoys and give them lots of praise and encouragement. You could divert their excess energy into jobs around the house – tidying up, watering the garden or walking the dog – anything that gets them moving in a positive way and earns them rewards. Keep in touch with school to check that your child’s behaviour is improving. If you think the situation is getting serious, don’t be afraid to ask for help – your doctor or the school can suggest

Useful telephone numbers and websites Bullying UK: 0808 800 2222 Beat Bullying: 0208 771 3377 Kidscape: 08451 205 204

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Scarlet poppies grow wild all over Western Europe wherever the soil has been disturbed. The battles of the First World War churned up such vast areas of earth that millions of poppies germinated and bloomed, often around the bodies of the fallen soldiers. A Canadian surgeon called John McRae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields in which the poppies symbolise the deaths of those who fought. It is a haunting memorial to those soldiers who have died in any war.

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Planning & hosting your own Fireworks party? It can be stressful, what with checking there’s enough food and drink to go around and organising the entertainment. Fireworks are a brilliant way to entertain guests, but whilst they may look pretty in the night sky, they can also be extremely dangerous. Make sure that in between shopping for party-poppers and paper plates, you also have the right safety equipment needed for your display. Gloves and eye protection are a must have, as well as a taper for setting off fireworks at arm’s length - you don’t want to burn off your eyebrows by mistake! Make sure that everybody stands well back, and do not approach fireworks that have been lit - even if they haven’t gone off – as there’s a chance they still could. Store your fireworks in a metal box, away from flames, so that your party doesn’t go off with the wrong kind of bang, and always keep a bucket of water nearby to put out sparklers safely. Last of all, don’t forget to tell your neighbours in advance that you’re having a party so that they aren’t inconvenienced by the noise, and if your party is not on November 5th itself do not set fireworks off after 11pm as it’s against the law and you could be fined! On November 5th you have until 12 midnight. Most importantly, make sure you have fun, enjoy yourself, and stay safe!

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27 Dancing to singer & guitarist Johnny Wheeler Royal British Legion, West St, LB An evening of live music and dancing to the very popular Johnny Wheeler. He'll be providing songs from all of your favourite singers inc. Elvis, Neil Diamond, Sinatra etc. With music from swing, through rock ’n’ roll to ballads. A friendly club with sensibly priced drinks and on street car parking. Non members will be signed in. Call ahead for peace of mind Tel 01525 373972 27 Real Arts and Crafts, Memorial Hall, Woburn Sands 9:30am to 4pm 07770 344914. Craft fair featuring a wide range of high quality crafts including cards, jewellery of various kinds, ceramics, knitted and sewn goods, cakes, jams, pictures, picture framing, silverwork. Goods on sale have been made by the stallholder or a member of their partnership. See www. for full details. 28 Cheddington Craft Fair, Village Hall, Church Lane, Cheddington 10am to 4pm 01296 661845 Cheddington Residents' Association annual Quality Craft Fair with stalls to attract all the family. Crafts are all hand-made and include jewellery, pictures, wooden toys, hand-knitted dolls and babies clothes, decoupage, cards, bookmarks, Christmas decorations and lots more! Refreshments available. Disabled access, raffle, free admission. Meg Grant 28 Leighton Buzzard Railway Halloween Haunting check for details 29 LB Writers launch its Anthology “Tales Terrible and Mysterious from the Buzzard” at Leighton Middle School. 7.30pm. A stimulating and atmospheric evening with selected readings from the book. Mike Moran 01525 370720 or 0792 6083896

WHAT’S ON 31 Family Fun Wednesday, Bletchley Park 10am to 4pm. Designed especially for kids from 4 years and upwards, the day features a range of activities from spy workshops and lessons in how to send Morse code, to interactive displays and guided tours. November 3 Leighton Lions Fireworks Display, Brooklands School, LB 5:30pm to 8pm Traditional display with funfair, musical interlude by local theatre group, hot food, ample parking. 3 Firework Spectacular, Bletchley Park 5.30pmpm to 8:30pm. The annual Blitz Night at the Park returns for another exciting evening for all the family. Includes rousing wartime music, traditional fun fair, food and licensed bar. 6 Open Mic Night at The Carpenters Arms, Slapton 10 Poppy Prom, St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray A concert celebrating the best music from The Festival of Remembrance and The Last Night of the Proms. Featuring South Beds Concert Band, St Mary's Choir and the Dagnall Community Choir. Licensed bar. The event is likely to be sold out, so do not turn up on the night without a ticket. Contact 01525 222283 7.30pm, Tickets £10 & £12 11 Remembrance Sunday – services and parades throughout the area. 17 Promise auction and BBQ, Wing Village Hall, St Mary's church Mentmore is having a promise auction to raise money for the church. It will be a fun night with lots of prizes varying from wine, cakes, experiences and holidays. Tickets are £15 each and the night starts at 7.30pm. Please telephone 01296 668114 or email mentmorechurch@ for further information.

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