Pesach 2018

This Pesach is our third in Israel. We hosted the seder and had friends over. It was a good evening, and amazing food that Gina prepared. We also have leftovers that will keep us going for most of the rest of Pesach!

Here are a couple more scenes from our evening:

Arrivals in Tel Aviv

We’ve had a pretty busy couple months culminating in a move to Israel in December. I have a couple albums which I’ll start posting soon. In the meantime, this photo of the arrivals hall in Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv stood out for me when I was editing my photos this morning. I think this view is going to be that one that uplifts me most when I return home to Israel from flights overseas in the future.

In the meantime …

Happy new year

Candles to remember

We recently commemorated Yom Kippur and one of the things we do the evening before is to light candles to remember our parents and close family who have passed away.¬†We lit candles to remember our fathers and Gina’s brother on erev Yom Kippur. I stayed up late that night and tried to capture the mood.

SA Airlink flight's emergency landing tweeted and blogged

Last night’s SA Airlink emergency landing was tweeted and blogged from moments after the plane came to a halt at OR Tambo airport. The journalist on the scene was Alec Hogg, a respected financial journalist. I used Storify to aggregate the story’s reports, including Hogg’s tweets, videos and his first hand blog post:

Becky thinks Slutwalk is "disgusting"

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This letter was published in the North Eastern Tribune for the week ending 23 September 2011. This movement is certainly achieving one thing: sparking a debate!

If you are unfamiliar with Slutwalk, the following is from the Slutwalk JHB website:

We are here to unite behind the simple idea that there is never an excuse for rape. We are here to unite against the naming and shaming of victims. We are here to unite against the idea that a women can be blamed for rape if she was wearing a miniskirt.

Another way of expressing what Slutwalk is about is this slogan which I like:

Its a dress, not a yes

Join the march on Saturday, 24 September, if this strikes a chord with you. You can also make a donation towards the costs of running this event if you’d like to show your support that way.

If you want to watch the Royal Wedding online

In the off-chance you are stuck at work or otherwise not in front of a TV and desperately want to watch the Royal Wedding tomorrow, you can stream it from YouTube on the Royal Channel which looks a bit like this (there are a couple bogus channels up and you are really going to want the right one):

YouTube Royal Channel

I believe the wedding begins around 11am South African time.

Don’t say I don’t do stuff for you.

We are registered to vote, are you?

We just checked our registration at our local polling station for the upcoming local elections. Register if you want to have your say.

Vavi and Mantashe speaking at The Gathering

I am a very bad blogger! I filmed these two speeches at The Gathering almost a month ago and forgot to let everyone know they are available. Well, until now. The Gathering was a terrific experience and The Daily Maverick people did a terrific job putting the event together and securing the speakers who spoke. I am looking forward to the next one!

Anyway, here are the two videos. They are pretty long but worth watching. I found Vavi’s talk to be far more interesting and honest (well, for a politician):

Mantashe spoke like an ANC politician and much of what he said is what we hear pretty much whenever ANC politicians speak. It is still work listening to him speak, though.

By the way, both videos were shot with a Nokia N8 which I have had for review purposes for the last month or so. Vavi’s talk was shot in HD mode and Mantashe in normal mode at about 640 x 480. My very very very overdue review will be out sometime before the sun expands and swallows the Earth.