Thursday, August 31, 2006

Why South Africa is great

Just a few things that make South Africa an enjoyable place to stay.
Take a look at the last item on the menu, everything is cheap in Africa!

When you arrive at Jo'burg airport you are greeted with the following sign. Makes you feel really safe, doesnt it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

ICCC 38 - Guaranteed to be a blast

While the 37th ICCC conference in Cape Town was well worth while I may give the 38th a miss.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Taller people are smarter - The stats prove it

An excellent article out of "Stuff" that indicates what we have all always known.

"While researchers have long shown that tall people earn more than their shorter counterparts, it's not only social discrimination that accounts for this inequality – tall people are just smarter than their height-challenged peers"

And we all know that statistics never lie.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Goodbye Africa

Well my holiday has finally come to an end. I am about to fly out of Jo'burg and while I will be sad to leave Africa I will not be sad to leave this s*#t hole. I have no idea how anyone could ever live in this crud hole. Just a short (20 hrs) flight and back to Sydney and my PhD, actually Jo'burg seems more appealing now.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Conference Time

Well the holiday had officially ended and I have had to switch to conference mode. I gave my talk yesterday and it went alright, not amazing but I am relatively happy with it. I had quite a reasonable crowd as well which was a pleasant surprise.
My aim of eating one of every animal in Africa is going quite well. So far I have had: Springbok, Wilderbeast, Warthog, Snails, Kudu, Ostrich and maybe Oryx.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Photos from Africa

While in the city of Swakopmund in Namibia Aleisha and I visited a snake park and the owner was kind enough to let us play with a Rock Python. As it was a nice day he told us to take it outside which ended up drawing the attention of the locals and creating quite a scene.

In a small town on the northern edge of Botswana we set up camp only to have a rather large Warthog wander on in and decide to go to sleep in the middle of our camp site.

On the last day of the tour we had a Township tour in Cape Town where one of the locals took a liking to me. The tour was informative although it did feel a bit like a game drive.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I have managed to get a few photos from the microlight trip that I did over Victoria Falls. There aren’t too many with me looking at the camera as I was kinda busy taking in the amazing scenery! I will try to get some more photos up if I can.
We spent today exploring the sights around Cape Town city centre. It looks like the weather may be nice tomorrow so we hope to head up Table Mountain. On Thursday we have a full day wine tour booked and on Friday Aleisha fly’s out and I actually have to do some work!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Cape Town - South Africa

Well our 25 day tour has now finished and we have arrived in Cape Town. After 26 days of perfect weather Cape Town has decided to be wet and cold. Hopefully it will clear up some time this week so we can see Table Mountain. After much searching we still have not managed to find a single freckin computer that actually works in Africa, so still no pictures sorry.
Cape Town is a LOT nicer than Jo'burg as we dont fear for our lives during the day, just at night. We went to Robben Island today for a tour and had mixed feelings. It was interesting to see where Nelson Mandela had spent 18 years in prison but there was absolutely no information about the apartheid regime which surprised us.