Christine's Rantings

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

Greetings from South Africa (Again)

I am back here for work. I just missed the nasty rain so it is sunny and beautiful (23 today). Luckily, I was able to spend the weekend with Derryth’s parents and they took me to a really nice private game reserve called Tala. We saw tons of animals;

  • Blesbuck
  • Buffalo
  • Eland
  • Giraffe
  • Grey Crane (national bird of SA and apparently quite rare)
  • Hippopotamus
  • Impala
  • Nyala
  • Ostrich
  • Reedbuck
  • Rhinoceros (with a baby)
  • Secretary Bird
  • Warthog
  • Waterbuck
  • Wildebeest
  • Zebra
  • Numerous different Herons including one eating a snake
  • Tons of other ducks and birds (Egyptian geese, swallow, kite, moorhen, cormorant, lark, weaver, bishop something or other, long tailed king whatsit)
  • Pam and Jim saw a huge monitor lizard but I missed it as apparently I am blind!
  • Oh and we pissed off a Rhino and almost got charged. His horn was about 3 feet long.
Here are a few pictures;

Hungry, Hungry Hippos
Father and Son
Baby Zebra
Arty Giraffe
Many Giraffes

Friday, October 19, 2007

Good Wine in Wein

Seth and I really enjoyed Vienna. The highlights included;
  • Yummy potatoes at the restaurant above. We also had a lovely Austrian Reisling and a fantastic dessert wine that was made by the father in law of the waiter.
  • The strangest and politest political protest I have ever seen. About 10 people were standing in a small cluster on one side of the street yelling and blowing whistles while 8 or so bored looking police officers stood on the other side of the street watching them, chatting to each other and smoking cigarettes.
  • A very expensive but fun tour of town in a horse drawn carriage. Our driver was quite funny and took us for a glass of wine afterwards.
  • An insane taxi driver who made many attempts to kill us by running red lights and weaving between lanes. Luckily he did not succeed.
  • Speaking German. Well, I guess pointing at two danishes and saying 'Zwei bitte' does not really qualify as speaking German but we all have our delusions, right?

Don't Call Me Madam

Please don't. I have had 3 people call me that in the last two weeks. Does that mean I am/look officially old? Dom told me that maybe they didn't think I was old, maybe they thought I run a brothel. I am not sure that helps!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Crap Celebrity Spotting Texas Style

Linda Gray from Dallas. As I was walking him from the Racing Page this evening, I walked past back door of Richmond Theatre to find her surrounded by old men (they sounded German) outside the stage door.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Another Country Heard From

Just wanted to make a post from Austria so I can add to the 'international-ness' of my blog.

Will post pics from the NHL and NBA games I attended recently.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Dad's Visit

Here are a few highlights (and I have left out tons) from Dad's visit so far.

Start off with a pint on the Thames.
Edinburgh CastleA real Heilin' Coo photographed in the Heilin's.

The Isle of Muck

Ben NevisYorkshire Moors
Eden Camp WW2 Museum. I am pretty sure this is a Spitfire. I am sure John can tell me if I am correct.

York Minster

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Good Spot or Bad?

You decide. My latest celebrity spot is Jim Broadbent at Heathrow Airport. He got came through arrivals while I was waiting for Dad last Monday night.

I still think my Robert Townsend Heathrow spotting was better.