Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow

It's winter in Cape Town, which means erratic weather and (usually) lots of rain. Yesterday we went from slightly overcast to rain, to rain with sun, to sun, to overcast, to heavy rain, and then, finally, to more overcast in about nine hours. It makes it incredibly difficult to dress for the day because - between the TV weather broadcasts and predictions the night before, which are almost always wrong when it comes to the Cape region, and the actual weather, which reinvents itself every 30 minutes - you are usually either overdressed or underdressed when it comes to being warm and weatherproof versus freezing and damp (or one of many other unholy combinations).

(And don't get me started on the little man who controls the aircon for the entire building and who usually chooses to make it freezing when it's warm outside and freezing when it's cold outside, unless he's decided to make it rather warm when it's warm outside or - the pleasant exception to whatever rule he lives by - warm when it's cold outside.)

Yesterday, however, between bursts of weather erraticism, while the rain was on one mission and the clouds on another, we were treated to a brief display of beauty that spanned our entire view of the city: a magnificent rainbow.

Cape Town Rainbow

Cape Town Rainbow

Cape Town Rainbow

Above: The full span of yesterday's rainbow.

Cape Town Rainbow

Above: Closeup of the right-hand side of the rainbow.

I've included the closeup above for astute readers who may have noticed on the previous picture that the right-hand side of the rainbow deftly curves past the LG building and lands directly on the SARS* building. I'm not sure whether this is ominous or auspicious but, nevertheless, there you have it: irrefutable proof direct from the universe - Cape Town's equivalent of Fort Knox is most definitely somewhere in the SARS building.

*For any international readers, "SARS" stands for South African Revenue Service (the South African equivalent of the US's IRS) and not Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, although the symptoms are similar and we appreciate the irony.

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Blogger kyknoord said...

You know, I've always thought Trevor Manuel looked like a leprechaun.

Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:42:00 AM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

Can't say I see it, but now that you've brought it to my attention the two will forever be linked in my brain...

(::Sounds of Mandy giggling during the next budget speech.::)

Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

I think it's the way he always looks so pleased with himself, as if he knows where the Kruger millions are hidden, but he's not saying.

Thursday, August 03, 2006 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

I know what expression you're referring to.

I wonder why he hasn't "borrowed" the stash for official reasons and ducked off to New Zealand. I hear there's less crime...

Thursday, August 03, 2006 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

I have it from very reliable resources that Trevor Manuel is in fact NOT in any way nor will he ever be associated with leprechauns. That could be part of the South African government's brainwashing scheme. *dons tinfoil hat*

Friday, August 18, 2006 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

You see, now, it's that tinfoil hat, and all the Irish snow, that makes you think it can't be true. I'm so glad you're coming back to Africa. I think it's just in time!

Monday, August 21, 2006 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

Oh, I know it's true. *shows off leprechaun council badge* We are not running any black ops that we will publicly acknowledge. Any questions, come see me in the black van parked in the basement parking.

PS: I'm coming back to Africa kicking and screaming. And ASAP I will leave again.

Monday, August 21, 2006 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

You do not have an official leprechaun council badge. Who are you trying to fool? You're too tall!

(Did you make it yourself with MS Paint?)

Monday, August 21, 2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

Actually I do have an official badge. I am being hired to be their top secret security specialist giving VIP protection to the elders. All I do is lie down in front of the entrance to their secret hideout in D'Olier Street in Dublin and nobody can get in or out. They have to call me by my secret callsign on our walkie-talkies, Victor Bravo, when they wanna get out. I once accidentally let one rip and you have never seen so many leprechauns streaming out to get some fresh air. I think I ate some dried fruit that day.

Monday, August 21, 2006 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

...I'm pretty sure you're making this all up.

(If nothing else, what kind of "security specialist" blurts out all the secrets (dried fruit or not)?)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

That was our publicly released statement that was altered from the real deal. It's used as a decoy, to fool people. Seems like it worked.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 4:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

Actually, that sounds more like PR speak for "we screwed up...again..."

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 4:38:00 PM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

We will never admit to screwing up. Make a mistake? Maybe. Blame it on Guinness? Never!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

Guinness?? Who said anything about Guinness?

That explains eveything, though...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

*hic* *falls off chair* I didn't say anything of Guinness.... myyy pprreecccciiioouuuusssssss.

Friday, August 25, 2006 9:24:00 AM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

Gawd! Alcohol and pills! That is not good at all.

Friday, August 25, 2006 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

See what this blog is driving me to??!!?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

An addict always blames the Internet, except Internet addicts, who blame alcohol.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

So you blame alcohol too huh?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 3:56:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...


Internet addicts blame alcohol.
I am not an Internet addict.
You are not paying attention.

Therefore...wait. No, how does that thing go again?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:43:00 PM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

Ok guys, just excuse Mandy. Her mental capacity has diminished quite a bit since the previous Jack Daniels "incident". I'm sure she will be with us shortly.

Monday, September 04, 2006 9:00:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

"Shortly?" Are you making fun of my lack of height in comparison to your well-endowed height? That's very rude.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

Erm... I didn't want to put it so bluntly but the short of it (pun intended) is yes. :) Is that a problem?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 9:25:00 AM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said... just speaks to your character. And height.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 10:21:00 AM  

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