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March 2005

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What did you drag across the world?

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From the editor


Keerbergen
Belgium
February 27, 2005

Hello everybody!

It's Sunday afternoon, always a nice and quiet moment in the week when everything has been done and we can just sit back and relax.

Looking outside it is still snowing a little. Where it comes from I don't know! There is more blue than grey in the sky.

The days are getting longer now and it won't be long before spring is here!
Outside in the garden the spring bulbs are shooting up all over the place and most of the trees and bushes are in full bud.

But it is still cold. Cold enough for the snow to stay on the grass and the water in the bowls outside to freeze over and to stay frozen during the day.

Inside it is nice and warm. June and Miss Muffet are in the lounge watching East Enders on the TV, a log burning away in the fireplace, its flames leaping up into the chimney slowly disappearing to meet up with the snowflakes above.

Tomorrow will be the last day of February and we will be in the last month of the first quarter of this year.
How time flies! The other day it was still Christmas!

This month has been one of the coldest in years they say. Driving around in Holland last Friday I heard them say on Radio 2 that the Government asked people not to go to work or school because it was too dangerous to drive! Apparently most of the municipalities in Holland have run out of salt!

No, not your ordinary household salt but the coarse salt they use to spread over the roads to melt the snow and ice. They do this with big trucks during the night. But because of the unusually cold weather and the amount of snow that has been falling the manufacturers of the salt cannot cope.
That put a smile of lots of children's faces I bet!
On the right is a picture of what our road looks like.
You can click on it to see it big!
 

And so it is March! We are very much looking forward to this month. Apart from being busy with all the usual things we will be taking a break towards the end of the month and are planning to go to Switzerland for a week to a ski resort called Anzere. This is in Wallis, the most southern province of Switzerland and close to the Italian border.

It will be nice to be all together; Derek, Jeanine with Luke and Jake and Gwen. It's a pity that Tony and Catherine can't make it. It will take us about 10 hours to get there counting a couple of stops and taking the weather into consideration.

Next month I will tell you all about it and perhaps show some pictures as well.

So here we go with this month's newsletter.

We have had a lot of nice contributions this month for which we are very grateful and, I am sure, our readers will be too.

Keep on writing!

Till next month,

Lo



PS: I have one more Biltong Buddy available in Belgium. For those who are interested please mail me at lo@biltongmakers.com or call +32 (16) 53.96.25.
But, be quick. It will be gone in a flash!!



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Food for thought


Real success

There are as many definitions of success as there are people who pursue it. Real success is what feels right to you, what you know in your heart that it is.
If you have to compromise your most deeply held values to achieve success, that isn't success. If you have to make yourself miserable to achieve success, that isn't success.

Real success comes from bringing to life the best of who you are. It has nothing to do with acquiring trinkets or exercising power over others.

Real success comes when you use each moment to express a purpose that is uniquely you. Success is a gift you work to give rather than a position you strive to attain.

You can never be happy by accumulating things you don't truly cherish, no matter how many of them you may have. Happiness is yours when you simply let it be, with no conditions and no requirements.

Move on past the disappointment that comes from following a dream that is not yours. Be the best of who you are, and live the joy of real success.


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Story of the Month


There's a car wash in Alexandra township...........

An ordinary car wash, with the usual peripheries of pressure cleaners and hydraulic hoses. And for a mere R25, you can drive away with a full-house, a complete wash that includes a valet.

But unlike many other car washes, this particular one tells a story, in fact it tells many stories. Tales of good times by Mzansi's movers and shakers, including soccer stars, radio personalities and CEO's that have patronised it.
The mural on the wall tells the story of Steven Bantu Biko, through the narration of a group of young graffiti artists called Mzansi Street Effects.
But of all the stories the car wash tells though, there's a particular one that stands out most prominently; the tale of Mphane Tlhoaele and Chris Moseneke, the men behind the car wash.

Theirs is a meeting of minds that occurred 7 years ago. At the time, Chris was trying to make ends meet as a club DJ while Mphane was experimenting with a water bucket on the street.

 
Armed with nothing but a high school education and a common dream and vision, the two started plotting their way out of unemployment, which led to the creation of Eksclusive Boyz Kar Wash.

Situated on 12th Avenue, overlooking a chicken outlet which occupies the site where world-renowned trumpeter Hugh Masikela was born, the car wash drew an impressive clientele that boasts the likes of Bob Mabena, Brian Baloyi, Stanton Fredericks and a string of other top names in soccer, music and the business world.

Having achieved this initial success, the Boyz wanted to inspire other talented youngsters from Alex to pursue their dreams. The two then had the brainwave of displaying artworks by young undiscovered talent from Alex.

A string of coincidences later, the Boyz met Robin Binckes who wanted to expand into the township market with his tour operations - whose wife also happened to work for a law firm that has interests in art. The rest reads like the proverbial "fairytale ending".

Today, Eksclusive Boyz is not only a car wash, it's also an exhibition space for young artists and an entertainment theatre for sport fanatics. And even though the successful duo currently employs 11 people and the Eksclusive name is taking off in the business world, they remain modest about their achievements and their feet remain firmly planted in Alex.
According to Mphane, their success came from having a dream and the strength and courage to follow it through. This is a philosophy the Boyz still live by, as they plan to start Alex's first Internet cafe, coffee bar and entertainment theatre.

With a little more time, dreaming and planning, the Eksclusive name will be franchised to the rest of Mzansi. And while we wait with bated breath, they leave us hanging with that old cliched saying, "What the mind can conceive it can achieve".

-Reprinted with kind permission from the Castle Lager website-



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What did YOU drag across the World?


What did we NOT take with us when we left South Africa?

Did we not want to take everything, thinking that if we got rid of something we might not be able to replace it wherever we went to?
Then, once on "the other side", we either realized how lucky we were to have taken all those "special" things or how stupid it really was.

I for one remember that is was very difficult to part with all the things we had gathered over so many years.

But some of the things .......really!!

I can just think of the SEVEN braais we took! There was our Cadac gas braai (with every conceivable attachment!), our Weber, spitbraai, large cast iron braai, another (smaller) Weber, our gas bottle with the large cast iron top......just to mention some!
All we have used in the end has been perhaps one or two of them. The rest stand in the garage collecting dust!

And that is just some of the many things we could have left behind.

In this part of our newsletter we are inviting you to write in telling us what YOU took with you when you left.
These may be things you really need right now or things that you could have left behind and were really totally uneccesary to have taken along.

We will have a small competition for the person who writes in with the most unusual item that they dragged with them across the world!

For the next six months we will see what you come up with.

The person with the most unusual item (and we will want to see a picture of it!) will get a small prize.
What this will be we will still think about!

So, here we go with the first entry:



This one is from Nico Botha in Australia
We bought a very old antique french bed, in France, then packed it all up moved with it to South Africa, and that with my inheritance furniture is now here in Australia.
I have three braai dromme, a smoker, a 4x4 Camper Trailer,about 20 fishing rods from RSA a few cast nets, enough ander kakkas for camping and even our Venter Trailer the 6 ft Venter Camel here in Australia!
If I have to list all Skippy's kakkas, the newsletter will be just a bit too small to list everything!


Your bit next month!



And ............ your bit next month!





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Our Home Biltong Makers


To those of you who are reading this newsletter for the first time we can proudly say that our Home Biltong Makers are the best you can possibly get!

Just read what so many happy Biltong makers all over the world have to say about them and how easy it is to make your own Biltong!

    Yesterday afternoon, after three days, I tested my first batch.
    Brilliant!!
    This is the first time I've had biltong since 1986 so you can imagine how pleased I am!
    "I thought I'd died and gone to heaven!"


    We can't go without biltong for too long!
    I make a batch and by the time we've eaten it, the next one is ready.
    "It's definitely worth its weight in gold!"


    Well all I can actually say is that it has been a prayer come true!!
    Bringing South Africa to my doorstep!
    "What a great machine!"



And so we can carry on!

If you want to read more about what so many happy people have to say just click here!
You can have a look at the Biltong Buddy here.
Details on Rockey's machine can be found by clicking on this link.


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This month's special offer !


Well, since it is almost our 10th birthday we will have some special pricing on a number of items.

  • The semi Industrial Biltong Slicer will cost R 975.00
    instead of R 1495.00
  • The heavy duty Industrial Cutter will cost R 3995.00
    instead of R 4459.00
  • The 30kg Biltong Drying Cabinet will cost R 4995.00
    instead of R 5995.00

These prices will be valid until 31-03-2005



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Tip of the month


Here are some really useful tips!

  • The next time you boil potatoes in their jacket just add a little lemon juice. The potatoes will boil snow white and your pot won't have any marks!
  • The next time you have people in your house who smoke just put some salt in the bottom of each ashtray. The salt will absorb the smell of the cigarette ash.
  • Add two aspirins to the water in a vase and your flowers will keep much longer.
  • To remove scratch marks on a CD just rub some peanut butter on it with a soft cloth.
  • Some of the things you can do with a can of Coke!
    • First of all you can drink it of course.
    • Then you can empty a can of Coke in the toilet, leave it for an hour or so and your toilet will be sparkling white!
    • When your battery terminals are corroded just empty a can of Coke over them. The Coke will eat away the corrosion.
    • To remove grease stains from clothing put some Coke on them. The Coke will help to break up the grease marks.
    • Just imagine what it does to your stomach!!
  • Tired of all the dog poops all over the garden? Just pick them up and put them somewhere you want your dog to do his business. After a while he will go only there.
  • Are your towels "hard" after being washed? Wash them in warm water and soap and add a handful of salt (dilute it first). Don't use a softener. Rinse well and add a little ammonia with the last rinse.
  • To take ink out of carpets just put some buttermilk on the spot and rub it in with a clean cloth until the stain has gone. Wash afterwards with warm water and a little ammonia.
  • Get rid of insects on animals by washing them with the water you boiled potatoes in. Repeat a couple of times.
  • Cockroaches - Put some cloves in all your kitchen cupboards!
  • A smelly cat box? Just mix the cat sand with a little baby powder.
  • In the Kitchen:
    • Lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda works better that CIF or Handy Andy
    • Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda makes a very good disinfectant.
    • Lemon juice and citrus soda takes the "elbow grease" out of cleaning a burned pot.
  • Try keeping copper and brass clean by rubbing it occasionally with a mixture of salt and vinegar
  • Chewing gum problems? Rub it with an ice cube until hard and remove. If it leaves a mark rub it with a little turpentine
  • Crayon marks on wall or clothing? Just brush it with some toothpaste on an old toothbrush
  • To clean artificial flowers put them in a paper bag with some salt. Shake well. The salt takes all the dust and dirt of the flowers.
  • To prevent weevils in flour, pasta rice etc. just put a little white candle in the container.
  • To clean your microwave oven just heat half a cup of vinegar in the oven. No need to boil it! The vinegar will loosen all the dirt. Afterward just clean with a soft cloth.
  • Moles? The easiest is if you have dogs. Just throw the poops in the mole hole!
  • To take care of moths just put some orange peels in between your clothes.
  • Remove nicotine stains from your fingers with a little lemon juice.
  • Old soap recipe:
    • 4 kg beef fat
    • 1.5 liter bottle of water
    • 1 kg bicarbonate of soda.
    • Melt the fat till it becomes oil, add the water and the bicarbonate of soda and stir on and off for three hours. Cool and cut in shapes.
  • To keep your fridge smelling fresh just put a piece of coal inside. The coal will absorb all the smells.

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Questions and Answers


Here we have again some of the many requests we receive from our readers all over the world.
If we have not given an answer and you can help these people could you please mail them?
(Please copy us in on your mails (info@biltongmakers.com)so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)



QUESTION

Hi there,

I am a little bit of a Biltong Hunter. The past years, if I managed to get something big, I would make a big batch of Biltong and then freeze it.
This year I was thinking (if I'm lucky enough) to freeze the raw meat in smaller packets and then defrost is when I want to make Biltong.
My question is: "Is it wise to make Biltong from meat that has been frozen and then defrosted?

P.S. I find your site very informative

Regards,

John Cook
South Africa
john@mida.co.za



QUESTION

Hi,

I am desperately searching for skaapwors recipes. Can anyone help me?

Thanks a lot

Jean Malherbe
France

(Please email your answer to the editor at info@biltongmakers.com)



QUESTION

I would like to know where I can purchase wooden Potjie Pot lid handles. This is a wooden handle with which you can lift the lid of a Potjie Pot.

Mandy Davies
South Africa
mandy@convenience.co.za

(Please let us know as well-Ed)



QUESTION

Hi,

I live in London and my flat is like most flats in London where the windows and doors, etc are closed most of the time. Will the Biltong Maker stink out the flat?

Cheers
Steve

(Please email your answer to the editor at info@biltongmakers.com)



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Recipe corner


Fruity Pork Curry

Ingredients
  • 1 kg boneless pork thick rib, cut into cubes
  • 15 ml cooking oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 25 ml curry powder
  • 3 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 250 ml apricot juice (like Liquifruit)
  • 50 ml lemon juice
  • 50 ml chutney (hot fruit chutney adds extra bite)
  • 1 green apple, washed, cored and sliced
  • 75 g dried apricots
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 ml salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Method
  • Brown meat in heated cooking oil in a heavy-based saucepan.
  • Add onions and garlic and sauté till transparent.
  • Add curry and fry for 1 minute.
  • Heat tomato, apricot juice and lemon juice and add to meat with remaining ingredients.
  • Cover with lid, lower heat and simmer for ± 1 hour.
  • Remove lid and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or till thick, or thicken sauce with 1 level tablespoon cornflour mixed to a smooth paste with a little juice or stock.
  • Serve with rice.
Serves 4

(With kind permission from Pete's web site)



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Around the World


My "dreamtrip" back to Africa
By Nico Botha

We all know what it is like to go on a "Dream trip" back to Africa and let the memories just take over!
It happened to me a short while ago .....................
Here is my dream story.

My slip-away to the Eastern Cape.

Ja-nee to dream of the braai before you left for the new destination, the smell of doringhout op die vuur, daai Karoo skaap tjops en n daai glasies Nederburg Baronne, and a lekker potbrood, a thick stuk biltong, met 'n ½ duim "heart attack" beesvet oppie biltong!
That my dear friends got me thinking of The Eastern Cape, my part of South Africa we all know it as the Malaria Free region.

My brain started ticking away and soon I started to .....................

Remember how you said good-bye to Charles Glass, how the manne squash the blikkies into a toothpick, or a drop goal over the neighbours fence! The cheers and goodbyes to the mates and the dog that is staying with the brother, the memories of the vendors at the traffic lights and the old man with his sign for a few coins to make it to Solly Kramer or Rebel Liquor store. Homeless but as happy as a Makweta living on food from the village while being circumcised to be without his voelvel!

The sound of an oncoming polise van siren, vol blou ligte soos 'n chrismas tree in summer, full speed oppad na 'n accident down the road, and a quick prayer, you hope it is not family or a pel! How lekker the moer-in you get for the Taxies oppad to the townships so overloaded, cutting into your lane just to stop ahead of you to pick up more passengers. They are so overloaded, because they cannot count! They even allow groceries on the roof racks, en daai vet ou tannies must move to get her groceries before they take off just to stop 100 meters up the road. Daar is baie bekkies wat uit daai een salaries gevoed moet word. Poverty is killing Africa.

The selling of the house, packing the few boxes that you wanna ship to your new homeland, and the promise to the in-laws you will phone at least so often! Selling stuff, giving some away and even see your stoepstoelle making it to the township! Walking through the baby rooms and remember how you used to comfort the children when thunder or lightning woke them in the middle of the night.

Farewell to our African kids.

Dit is nie 'n birthday party nie, maar eerder n goo-bye party virrie maatjies en pelle! Wat saam skoolgegaan en grootword het!
Die kinders se farewell party to all their mates, and the promise they will keep in touch! The sound of kids laughing, playing and running in the garden. All kaalvoet en lekker nat gesweet en vuil! No adults really talk almal nursing 'n brulpadda in die keel! After all some of them went to school with you, and they have been your mates for the last 40 years!

The last visit to the local home bakery for a melktert, koeksisters en boere beskuit.
And a peppermint crisp tert! That is past the norm of just lekker! I see this as part of our South African upbringing! It is a right to over-induldge in this type of food!
Will pay top dollars tonight for a lekker klompie koeksusters!!!

Forgetting were you are, you just keep slipping away all the way back to Africa!

Then the thoughts of; what if we battle to settle in, and the difficulty of finding work and accommodation and making new friends? What will we do if the kids do not cope, how will they perform at school, and the Aussie lifestyle? Will they be happy and will the kids miss the nanny and the quiet life in a rural environment?

Then you remember ..........................

The last night in South Africa, all the loose ends tied up, and the kids settled.
Have a last play with the Bat Ear foxes that they have as pets, and you walk into the dark en piepie against the old melkhout tree, and you look up at the clear sky and wonder if you are making the right move! I walked away into the dark and see how the house settles and the lights go off and the family all go to bed. The very last time here in Africa.

Then you walk down the passage at boeties home and you hear your mother quietly crying as she is parting from grand children, a son and a daughter-in law, and the family bond. Ouma used to be so close to the grandchildren, she was one of them en ook net so stout!
But who am I to say a big person should not be as a child more often?
The reality of your decision then makes a moerse impact on your life, and you say to yourself: "Be strong, and remember, you are a boy from Africa, and have the morals and values we as a nation are so proud to have!"

Ons is mos Bok supporters!

We sing the anthem with a passion en drink Charles Glass lagers as if every one is the only one left! Let's not even talk about a Klippies en Coke loopdop after a braai!
En after losing to the Wallabies, we promise we will donner them up the next year!
That brought a big smile to my face!

Rugby Mania

Die kinders moet buite speel en die chips and snacks for half-time are prepared under a strict rule of NO NOISE!
Or !!!!!!!!
Eve, the kitchen maid has mastered the task of moving her 140 kg plus like a Russian ballerina, dancing in the ballet "The Dying Swan" or, as I call it, Die Kop-Afkap van die Lokasie Hoender! She knows a sudden death awaits the bugger making a noise during any rugby match! She is still alive!

Waking up on D-Day

After rolling around most of the night and drinking a tank of water, and raiding the fridge for an all-night last time snack, and you scan with your eyes all the lekker goeters you are so keen to eat or sample, you wake up long before the rooster even wakes up the rest of his gang and make yourself a cuppa, just to discover somebody else is up, and has beaten you to the kettle as it is semi-warm!

Then with your coffee mug you walk to the stoep and find your brother just sitting there looking at nothing .....................feeling just as kakas as you do!

The gardener came and started his tasks as if yesterday will be mates with today and nothing will change in his life! A simple lifestyle, and very happy too!
Just ours that is so complicated, and I wonder where it all would end!

The stoep became too small for me and I went for a walk in the garden.

The walk in the garden, the smell of freshly cut grass, the smiling black face of the gardener, and the nanny and the kitchen help! The African birds all singing my last wake-up call, and the wild guinea fowls calling their mates with the sadness in their calls.
Even the tame bosduif stays on the roof!

They were all imbedded in my brain, and I miss the birds and animals!

My last trip to the Airport.

The trip to the regional airport, the booking of the seats, handing in the luggage, and the last cuppa at the airport cafe, and it is a conversation of silence! The feeling as if "death" has come early!
Ouma's eyes are as thick as a 3rd year Uni student after the Intervarsity game and a lekker night out with the manne! Sommer soos 'n lekker babelaas.
The firm grip of the brother's handshake, a brulpadda in your throat pisses on your voice box and you cannot say a word! This is the boet that was your fishing buddy, jagmaat, camping expert, Land Rover Discovery Maniac, and Godfather to your kids!
He is the one that shared your life, he is the one that held your hand when our father died at a very young age! He is your brother. We will both have to adapt to a new life where we need to make friends to replace one another.

Then the moment comes where the airport bugger announces that they want to fly and they are awaiting your arrival at the airport transit lounge!
The quick promises to ma, broer en skoonsus, to keep in touch!
The devil then starts telling you to re-think your move!
Wake -up Mate!!!!
Then you hear the Australian motorist hammering his horn, to tell you that the traffic lights have changed twice and you are still miles away, in Africa!
Then you drive home, open a beer, and re-cap your memories of another world, and share your thoughts with your family, and you see the pain in them, all missing the Homeland. This is the year we will be going home, and I cannot wait to smell the rains in Africa and walk along a beach on a windy day.

The Xhosa tribe has a saying: The footprints of your feet, and the shadow of your body are the protectors of your soul while wandering here on earth!

Kyk waar loop ek nou rond!

Then you phone home, speak to ma, broer en sus, and you walk tall for you are a kid at heart. A person with ethnic values, a supporter of the belief that "We did the right thing", and our kids are blossoming in their new environment. Yes we did make the right decision after all to migrate!

They are true blue Aussie kids now but a sign on them says "Made in South Africa". They sing both the anthems with passion and love and know more about the African animals than most adult Aussies will ever know! Bush kids I call them, with a love of the open plains and weekend fishing and camping trips! They love the African documentaries on TV and if the Aussie story teller sukkels to pronounce a type of animal, they laugh, and help them by saying the right pronunciation.
After all we teach our kids a different life form and they will one day teach it to my grand children.
My son has a shirt with animals on it, a few sizes too small but we are not allowed to throw it out, it is his comfort zone! How nice!

Our Promise

Keep dreaming all you ex-pats, as the rains in Africa fall to wash the earth, and create new life! We must always remember who we are, where we are from, and never run our homeland down. I am sure that we have all experienced some good as well!
Enjoy a braai, a beer a good friendship and a loopdop!

Be kind to one another.

Today I went to bed early hoping to continue my dream .............. but the mozzies kept that away with a bite and robbery of my precious African Blood.

Keep dreaming!

Nico




The following we received from Isabelle from South Africa

Those of you who wonder about the creation… tee hee!!

In the beginning God created day and night. He created day for rugby matches, going to the beach and braais. He created night for going jolling, sleeping and braais. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came and it was the Second Day.

On the Second Day God created water - for surfing, fishing, swimming and braais on the beach. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came and it was the Third Day.

On the Third Day God created the Earth to bring forth plants - to provide food, malt and yeast for beer and wood for braais. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came and it was the Fourth Day.

On the Fourth Day God created animals and crustaceans for chops, boerewors, steak and prawns for braais. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came and it was the Fifth Day.

On the Fifth day God created an oke - to go to the rugby, enjoy the beach, drink the beer and eat the meat and prawns at braais. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came and it was the Sixth Day.

On the Sixth Day God saw that this oke was lonely and needed someone to go to the rugby, surf, drink beer, eat and stand around the braai with. So God created buddies, and God saw that they were good okes. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came and it was the Seventh Day.

On the Seventh Day God saw that the okes were tired and needed a rest. So God created Chicks - to clean the house, bear children, wash, cook and clean the braai.

Evening came and it was the end of the Seventh day. God sighed, looked around at the twinkling braais, heard the hiss of opening beer cans and the raucous laughter of all the okes and chicks, smelled the aroma of grilled chops and sizzling prawns, and God saw that it was not just good, it was very good, He had created a great place and HE called it

SOUTH AFRICA


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Smile a While


Our cat, Miss Muffet!......... Sooooo true!



 
 
A Kitty's Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep
The king-size bed is soft and deep
I sleep right in the center groove
My human cannot hardly move!
I've trapped her legs, she's tucked in tight
And here is where I pass the night
No one disturbs me or dares intrude
Til morning comes, and I want food!
I sneak up slowly to begin
My nibbles on my human's chin
She wakes up quickly for I have sharp teeth
And my claws I will unsheath!
For the mornings here and its time to play!
I always seem to get my way
So thank you, Lord, for giving me
This human person that I see
The one who hugs me and holds me tight
And sacrifices her bed at night!



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SportTalk


Cricket
South Africa not complacent, says Smith
By Jane Bramley

The addition of Heath Streak, Dion Ebrahim and Andy Blignaut to the Zimbabwe Test squad meant that Zimbabwe would be very competitive going into the Test series.
That was the view of South African captain Graeme Smith on Thursday, on the eve of the first Castle Lager/MTN Test which starts at Newlands on Friday.

"You could see the difference Heath made to the Zimbabwe team in the last Standard Bank match on Wednesday," said Smith. "And Andy Blignaut is back in the squad too. That will lift the Zimbabwe team's spirits as well as their game."

 South Africa are favourites to win the Test series  Smith said South Africa were taking the two-Test series very seriously. "It's crucial that we get into good nick ahead of the West Indies tour," he said. "We will approach this series as we would a series against any other country.

We want to be clinical and ruthless, and dominate from the start.

"Three of our senior players - Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini and Jacques Kallis - have had a bit of a break, and I hope their batteries have been recharged as a result. We're not going to take Zimbabwe lightly, and we will have to be very focussed."

South Africa are favourites to win the Test series. They are currently ranked sixth in the official ICC Test rankings, well ahead of Zimbabwe, who are ranked 10th. South Africa have won four of the previous five Tests between the two countries, with the fifth ending in a draw.

Three South Africans are close to important milestones in their Test careers. Ntini needs just one wicket to become the third South African, after Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald, to take 200 Test wickets. Mark Boucher is just two dismissals short of joining an elite group of three international wicketkeepers with 300 Test dismissals. The other two are Australians Ian Healy (395) and Rodney Marsh (355). And South Africa's run-making machine, Jacques Kallis, is 167 runs short of becoming the second South African after Gary Kirsten to score 7000 Test runs.

Squads:

South Africa:
Graeme Smith(Capt), AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Nicky Boje, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt.

Zimbabwe:(from)
Tatenda Taibu (Capt), Andy Blignaut, Alexander Cremer, Elton Chigumbura, Dion Ebrahim, Douglas Hondo, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Alestar Maragwede, Bobby Mpofu, Tawanda Mpariwa, Barney Rogers, Heath Streak, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams. - Sapa


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The Competition


The winner of the February Competition

The winner of the February competition is Mark Dupont from Rheims in France.

Congratulations to you Mark!
Your Vivitar Digital camera complete with accessories is on its way to you. Perhaps you can take some pictures with it and mail them to us? We can then publish them in our newsletter for all to see!



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  • The prize for the March Competition

    The winner for the competition for March 2005 will receive the fantastic OmpaGrill barbecue!!

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    A free Biltong Maker!


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    Boerewors in the Benelux


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    We can be contacted by mail at boeries@biltongmakers.be or by telephone at +32 (16) 53.96.25.

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    Potjie Pots in the Benelux


    Click to me me bigger Our new stock of Potjie Pots has arrived.

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    For those who are interested please call us at +32 (16) 53.96.25.


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