I must say I enjoy reading all your stories. Some of them are just so funny. Stoeptalk has me in stitches.
Fred - mate - so nice to see you are alive and kicking. Fred used to be our Boerewors man when I lived in Reedy Creek, Gold Coast, Australia.
Fred disappeared and then we moved back to Melbourne. Guess what Fred, nobody can make Boerie like you. We gave up trying to buy the yucky stuff in Melbourne because it was just NOT right. In fact, it was nowhere near right. I've turned vegetarian anyway. HA HA HA. Hope you and yours are well Fred.
I left South Africa almost 24 years ago and what a culture shock I had when I arrived in Melbourne. Anyway, I've since "got over myself" and I just love the country. I am now living in a beautiful country town called Paynesville, surrounded by lakes and rivers and then the ocean. It's awesomely beautiful. It's Paradise - it's Heaven in a Biscuit. It's the boating and fishing capital of Victoria. I will post some photos soon. In the mean time have a look at the Paynesville web site
for some lovely pictures.
Paynesville is about 3 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne and the weather is just wonderful. Unlike Melbourne's 4 seasons in one day and hotter than you can bear in Summer. Like I said, it's perfect.
Hope you are all well and happy in your part of the world. Stay lucky and .... as Fred always used to say on the 'phone "Have a Naughty Day". Teehee.
Thank you for such a nice "Happy" mail Sharon. Hope to hear more from you - Ed
I thought I would let you know how I have been getting on.
Mixed fortunes to date I'm afraid.
I tried the versatile biltong recipe from the web site first which gave a great consistency after 3 days but the flavour was too Worcestershire Sauce and not enough coriander for my taste.
I tried another recipe I found online on another web site which was a disaster. The meat was marinated mainly in coriander and brown sugar with minimal salt. It was still very wet at the end of the marinade period. I probably cut the meat a bit too thickly, and had a bit too much in the dryer.
Anyway you can guess the end result:
I tried to control it with vinegar but in the end the batch had to be thrown away which was a big disappointment.
I have just put my third batch in this morning using the Connoisseur Biltong recipe from your web site. It is looking much more promising after the marinade and I am hopeful for a good result.
I used about 1/2 cup of roasted biltong seeds for just over a kilo of meat. Is this about right? The coating looks similar to the pictures on your site but it was a guess!
I would love to hear your views, and any tips would be appreciated!
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Interessante storie van Rapport - ingestuur deur Nico Botha van Australia
Jul 15 2006
Daar sal vandag in Suid-Afrika waarskynlik 'n skare mense wees wat sę die Springbokke was eintlik gelukkig om gister 0 teen Australië te kry.
Daar sal vandag in Suid-Afrika waarskynlik 'n skare mense wees wat sę die Springbokke was eintlik gelukkig om gister 0 teen Australië te kry. Wel, die Aussies reken die Springbokke was eintlik gelukkig dat die telling teen hulle nie nķg groter was nie.
"Ons het baie punte op die veld gelos. Beter afronding en beter opsies kon ons nog verder laat wen het. Vanaand se oorwinning gee ons selfvertroue vir ons volgende kragmeting met die All Blacks, maar ons het nog harde werk wat voorlę voordat ons ons heel beste spelpeil bereik," het afrigter John Connolly gesę nadat die Aussies die Bokke sy grootste pak nog in die Drienasies-kompetisie gegee het.
Aan Springbok-kant is daar gekla dat die Nieu-Seelandse blaser Paul Honiss die Bokke ingeloop het.
'n Sigbaar oorblufde Jake White, afrigter van die Springbokke, het na/ sy span se nederlaag meer klem geplaas op wat hy glo was 'n vrot vertoning deur blaser Paul Honiss as 'n puik vertoning deur die Wallabies.
"Dit is die meeste strafskoppe wat ons nog vir onkantspel afgestaan het sedert ek die afrigter is. En ander strafskoppe in ander afdelings van die spel het dit baie moeilik vir ons gemaak om terug te veg nadat ons met 20-0 agtergeloop het.
"Ek het agterna gehoor van die televisie-kommentators het gesę Honiss het 'n swak dag beleef. Ek stem saam met hulle," het White gekla toe hy oor sy span se skok-vertoning uitgevra is.
White het later erken dat hy die man is wat die Bokke se nederlaag op die ken moet vat deurdat hy verantwoordelik is vir die Bokke se verdedigings-patroon.
"Ons verdediging vanaand was nie goed gewees nie en almal in die span insluitend ek moet die skuld daarvoor dra. Ek sal moet gaan sit en kyk waar dit verkeerd gegaan het en indien veranderinge aan ons opskiet-verdediging gemaak moet word, sal dit moet gebeur.
"Vanaand was 'n bewys dat indien dinge verkeerd loop, kan dit sleg verkeerd loop.
"Ons sal egter nie boedel oorgee voor die stryd teen die All Blacks nie. Ons moet eenvoudig opstaan anders gaan dit nog donkerder word," het White gesę.
Die Bok-kaptein John Smit, wat gisteraand lelike trapmerke op sy gesig gehad het, het sy span se vertoning as bitter teleurstellend beskryf.
Gevra oor wat hy in die kleedkamers aan sy spanmaats gesę het, het Smit gesę hy het gedink om eerder tot vandag te wag voordat hy almal nader trek en oor die nederlaag gesels.
"Somtyds is dit beter om eerder 'n rukkie te wag totdat alles behoorlik insink en 'n mens 'n beter idée het waar alles verkeerd gegaan het.
"So'n nederlaag maak seer, baie seer, maar ons sal dit agter ons rug moet plaas en so gou as moontlik daarvan vergeet.
"Dit het net vandag gevoel of alles teen ons gegaan het. Daar was bitter baie vreemde beslissings en veral by die afbreekpunte is ons kwaai gestraf. Ek het wel baie hande in die losskrums gesien, maar dit was beslis nie alles Bok-hande nie. Dit is frustrerend was 'n baie frustrerende toetswedstryd gewees," het Smit gesę.
Die Bok-afrigter en kaptein het voorts gesę hulle weet hulle gaan slae kry by die huis oor gisteraand se vertoning.
Maar volgens White is daar nie veel wat hy kan doen as die spelers nie op die speelveld die regte dinge doen nie.
"Hopeloos te veel duikslae is gemis. Spelers het hul rûe op die bal gedraai en lugskoppe kon nie beheer word nie. Dis nie dinge wat geoefen kan word nie. Dit was nog nooit maklik om weg van die huis te wen nie. En as 'n mens foute maak, is dit nog baie moeiliker om suksesvol te wees," het White gesę.
Connolly het gisteraand gesę sy span se oorwinning oor die Bokke is 'n soet sege wat die gevolg is van harde werk die afgelope week na/ die Wallabies se nederlaag verlede naweek teen die All Blacks.
"Ons is gelukkig en gaan vanaand lekker fees vier. Maar die volgende veertien dae voor ons volgende toets wag nog baie harde werk. Ons kan nog heelwat verbeter en het nie naastenby na ons volle potensiaal gespeel nie," het Connolly gesę.
Volgens die breier was die Aussies geensins bekommerd oor die Bokke nie. Ook nie oor hul kragtige skrumwerk wat baie spanne laat bewe nie.
"Nee wat, ons was voor-af vol moed dat ons ons man sou staan en het geweet wat ons wou doen. Met rustyd was die grondslag gesę en daarna het ons net verseker dat ons die bal hou en hulle op die agtervoet hou," het hy gesę.
Australie" se kaptein, George Gregan, het gesę gisteraand was 'n trotse oomblik vir Aussie-rugby.
"Die Bokke is 'n trotse rugbynasie en om hulle goed te klop en te keer dat hulle enige punte aanteken, is 'n trotse gebeurtenis. Dit gaan vorentoe baie vir ons selfvertroue beteken en ons Drienasies-veldtog is weer op koers," het Gregan gesę.
Die Wallaby-kaptein het voorts gesę die ree"n wat die oggend van die toets begin val het, het sake op die speelveld bemoeilik, maar nie onmoontlik gemaak nie.
"Die bal en veld was glibberig, maar nie te moeilik om te bemeester nie. Ons het gedink dit gaan veel erger wees as wat uiteindelik die geval was."
I never do forwards, but I HAD to pass this on - just love it, and realise how much I miss our gorgeous country, fabulous flaws and all!
Enjoy ..... much luv,
You are proudly South African when ................
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from SA
- You produce a R 100.00 note instead of your driver's licence when stopped by a traffic officer
- You can do your monthly shopping on the pavement
- You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car
- You can count the national soccer team's scores with no fingers
- To get free electricity you have to pay a connection fee of R 750.00
- Hijacking cars is a profession
- You can pay your tuition fees by holding up a sign at a traffic light
- The petrol in your tank may be worth more than your car
- More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election
- People have the most wonderful names: Christmas, Goodwill, Pretty, Wednesday, Blessing, Brilliant, Gift, Precious, Innocence and Given
- "Now now" can mean anything from a minute to a month
- You continue to wait after a traffic light has turned to green to make way for taxis traveling in the opposite direction
- Traveling at 120 km/h you're the slowest vehicle on the highway
- You're genuinely and pleasantly surprised whenever you find your car parked where you left it
- A bullet train is being introduced, but we can't fix potholes
- The last time you visited the coast you paid more in speeding fines and toll fees than you did for the entire holiday
- You paint your car's registration on the roof
- You have to take your own linen with you if you are admitted to a government hospital
- You have to prove that you don't need a loan to get one
- Prisoners go on strike
- You don't stop at a red traffic light, in case somebody hijacks your car
- You consider it a good month if you only get mugged once
- Rwandan refugees start leaving the country because the crime rate is too high
- When 2 Afrikaans TV programes are separated by a Xhosa announcement of the following Afrikaans program, and a Pedi ad
- The employees dance in front of the building to show how unhappy they are
- The SABC advertises and shows highlights of the program you just finished watching
- You get cold easily. Anything below 16 degrees Celsius is Arctic weather
- You call a bathing suit a "swimming costume"
- You know what Rooibos Tea is, even if you've never had any
- You can sing your national anthem in four languages, and you have no idea what it means in any of them
- You know someone who knows someone who has met Nelson Mandela
- You go to "braais" (barbecues) regularly, where you eat boerewors (long meaty sausage-type thing) and swim, sometimes simultaneously
- You know that there's nothing to do in the Free State
A tour bus driver was driving a bus full of seniors down a highway. He was tapped on his shoulder by a little old lady. She offered him a handful of
peanuts, which he gratefully munched up.
After 15 minutes, she tapped him on his shoulder again and handed him another handful of peanuts. She repeated this gesture about eight times.
The ninth time, he asked the little old lady why they did not eat the peanuts themselves. She replied that it was not possible because of their
old teeth, and they are not able to chew them.
"Why do you buy them then?" he asked puzzled.
The old lady answered, "We just love the chocolate around them."
Live Well - Laugh Often - Love Much
All about the Tri-Nations
Mallett hits out at White; The Boks 'are not so clever'
By Morris Gilbert
Die Beeld, 17-07-2006
Wellington - The Springboks are said to be brain dead.
This was the "revelation" a New Zealand newspaper, The Dominion Post, published on its sports front page on Monday.
After South Africa's record defeat in the Tri-Nations rugby Test against Australia last Saturday, Spiro Zavos wrote in his column, "The Roar", that the Springboks had surpassed all previous lows with their performance against the Wallabies.
He not only described the Springboks as brain dead, but also had a go at them for criticising New Zealand referee Paul Honiss after the match in Brisbane.
Zavos wrote that the Springboks had to deal, for the first time in many years, with a referee who "accurately and unperturbedly" acted against offside play.
Because Honiss enforced the offside law properly, the Springboks were unable to get their defence pattern working, he added.
| 'Honiss justly penalised them
|| "Paul Honiss may be controversial in New Zealand, but he did not become the country's most-experienced Test referee because he makes mistakes.
"Honiss kept the Springboks on-side and justly penalised them when they did not listen to him."
Zavos felt the Springboks were "as flat-footed as statues" because they suddenly had to defend from an on-side position.
In another report in the same newspaper, the Tri-Nations Test between South Africa and New Zealand on Saturday was described as "a massively uneven battle".
In his reaction to the reports, Springbok coach Jake White said he and his players would be nervous wrecks if they took any notice of reports of that nature.
"The easiest reply is still to prove them wrong on the field. Just think how nice it would be if we beat the All Blacks; just think," White said.
The latest war of words follows the insults the team had to endure in Australia last week.
It was said in Brisbane the Springboks were not clever enough to outsmart the Wallabies in the front row to the same extent New Zealand had done the previous week.
| We should not be fooled
|| However, All Black coach Graham Henry feels the Springboks' huge defeat in Brisbane is not necessarily good news for his team.
"We should not be fooled by their performance against the Wallabies."
"They will certainly play better against us and it will be even more necessary for us to concentrate on our own preparations."
"Who knows which Springbok team will turn up on Saturday," asked Henry.
Click on the left for the latest Tri-Nations log, scorers, fixtures and results and Kiwi, Wallaby and Springbok squads.
Rugby chiefs on carpet in Watson row
The parliamentary sports committee has accused Springbok coach Jake White of being "reckless" in blaming transformation for his failure to call up Luke Watson.
Rossouw could make speedy return
Springbok lock Danie Rossouw could be back on the field for the return Tri-Nations Test in South Africa.
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