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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pays-Bas

How does it feel to be below sea level?  I don't feel any different. Maybe if I take up running after the Jabulani ball I'd find out but for now it's good to take in the sights and sounds and meet people that ...live below sea level. I must say, I always took it for granted that everyone lived at or above sea level. Remembering feeling very clever in class as I listened very carefully to the teacher explain how many metres (there we go again with metric measurements!) above sea level our town was.  It was like the higher above sea level one is, I thought, the better it was for you. Well, doesn't seem like these people are any worse off, but mind!  I've only been here less than a week. Let's inspect them closely....

pic: wiki

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hallelujah on the Bus to Joburg

TV just doesn't come close to real life. I have been 'feeling it' from near the coast but finally travelled up to Joburg yesterday.  At first I didn't even realise that the bus was so full because of the football fans travelling to Joburg (who can blame me, they were not blowing vuvuzelas or wearing team colours as I see on TV).  Anyway, somewhere along the way I figured it out and managed to spot the Japanese fans at the rest stop that were heading to the coast for Saturday's game.

Anywho, how was there a 'hallelujah' on the bus? Well, for one reason or the other, the dvd system wasn't working. So the driver downstairs, whether by habit or just chance, I don't know;  had a sermon playing in his driver's cabin. Our energetic stewardess kept openning the door to the cabin and we ended up catching most of the sermon even up in the top deck.

Now, you know Christians are usually embarrassed to listen to sermons/pray/preach in public. I don't know why.  I could pick up sighs and groans from other passengers who dared to be audible.  As the preacher on the radio kept interjecting the words, 'HALLELUJAH!' and 'THANK YOU JESUS!'  A little child near the front picked it up as well.  'HALLELUJAH!'  'HALLELUJAH!'  She repeated innocently.  That seemed to break the tension and folks gave a hearty laugh.  The sermon went on, folks went back to what they were doing and the driver's cd ended a long while later.

Long after, my phone rang, to my Waka Waka ring tone.  Somebody else picked up the theme and played his own Waka Waka for the bus to hear, albeit not as loudly as the sermon had been. It seems on this bus, Hallelujah! won the day though. We may not all be soccer fans but many of us are religious people. Being tolerant of others does not mean being humiliated everytime something Christian shows up in public.  thank you little girl on the bus for reminding us that every once in a while it is OK to say Hallelujah! in public.

Hallelujah for the good weather. Hallelujah for the soccer tournament and all the good it has/it will bring.  Hallelujah for meeting new people from all over the world. Hallelujah for Mzansi. Hallelujah for Africa. Hallelujah for the world.

Go Bafana Bafana!!!  Go Africa, let the cup stay here (it's a bit dodgy though that we have such few teams, it will be difficult to overcome but do it! Go Africa! Go Bafana!)

Hallelujah!

pic: cdn.wn.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't Give up Bafana Bafana

It was a disappointing game but as they say, not all days are Sundays.  Don't give up Bafana Bafana! Play hard, win hard.  Make history!  I didn't quite understand the red card decision given out to Khune.  Very controversial decision in my book. Am I being biased?  And then a penalty awarded to a player that was offside?  I am confused here. 

Keep the spirit alive Green and Yellows! It's good to see flags fluttering on cars and the sea of yellow on football Fridays. Mooi to see the fantastic commercials on tv and those heard or radio.  Bafana keep the spirit alive!  Ke Nako!

pic: kirstyroad.blogspot.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Dutch at the World Cup

It's no secret, I'm all for the African teams, especially hyper after Ghana's win yesterday and anxious for Cameroon to win today's game. However, the Dutch are Folkert's people so I wish them well too (only as far as they don't win against African teams, lol).    

Now this fan above makes me think, isn't orange the only fruit named after a colour, and a royal family for that matter? Ah well...

Zamina mina eh eh! Waka waka eh eh! Zamina mina zangalewa this time it's Africa!

Oh oh oh oh oh! Now wave you flag! Just wave your flag!

pic: News24.com (June 14 2010)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It is HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow! I'm not even South African but I'm tearing up! I am so proud to be in South Africa as the World Cup starts. And a quarter of an hour into the first ever FIFA concert (and in the best place of all: SoWeTo!) all I can say is, JR says it all, "show them, here we go!" Make the circle bigger, bwalo likule Tchalosi! Ah, just missed the Black Eyed Peas' first song of the concert because of the commercials, this is why there should be a policy for cable tv for all! Big up to SABC, I watched the first SA democratic elections on SABC (I think it was CCV and TV1 then)....and the World Cup Rugby....and the African Nations Cup. MZANSI FO SHO

....that tonight's gonna be a good night....

let's watch this!

image: viviennemackie.files.wordpress.com (ah, the image has runoft fr now)

pic: News24.com (June 14 2010)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mandela at the World Cup

We'd all like to see the Madiba attending the openning of the games. If he decides to go, I hope he'll be placed in a sound proof compartment, this is going to be, happily of course, the loudest World Cup ever. I got a vuvuzela, the old school kind( the 2 and half foot, blow till your cheeks pop kind) and now I'm so jealous of my neighbour. She got a teeny one with twice the blare. Really, twice the blare.

Agh, I should have waited, it's always better to wait, a la 'good things come to those who wait.' Ah well, old school is good,original.

Now what happened to Drogba and Ferdinand? Fractured elbow, injured knee. So they join Beckham as liason for their respective teams. Pepani. Zamina mina eh eh waka waka eh eh! Zamina mina zangalewa it's time for Africa, anawa ah ah! Not bad Shakira and Freshly Ground. Old song but never gets old. For those of you hearing it from Shakira and Freshly Groudn for the first time, look for a movie called Sudan. It's about the war between the Brits and the Sudanese and there's a part in it where the Sudanese fighters were singing it, so yeah, it's not specifically about soccer.

Thursday, June 3, 2010