March, the lion and the lamb

Grandma would be proud of me. She always used to say ‘you are never too old to learn something new.’ Well, today I did just that. You see, I always thought the saying ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’ means that March begins with the promise of spring and ends with wintry, cold and wet weather. Today I learned that ‘lion’ in this instance means ‘winter’ and ‘lamb’ means ‘spring’. Well, blow me down! […] Continue reading»

Nelson Mandela: My prisoner My Friend

Mandela, book cover, Mandela My prisoner My friend, Christo Brand, Prison Warder, Robben Island,

I am in the process of developing my third talk on the late and great Nelson Mandela. This talk is based on the book ‘Mandela: My prisoner My friend’ by erstwhile prison warder Christo Brand. Mr Brand, as Mandela always called Christo, was a young man of 19 when he reported for his first shift as prison warder at Robben Island. Mandela and his comrades who were found guilty in 1964 on four counts of sabotage and conspiracy to violently […] Continue reading»

A Prayer for Madiba

Yesterday I was asked what I thought of the controversy surrounding Nelson Mandela and the idea that he is being kept alive for the sake of the nation. My inner reaction was ‘is that true?’ as I’ve not heard that per se. I pay scant attention to the news, though it is becoming clear that as the local Mandela expert, I had better pay attention to this topic. Yes, he is on life support, and according to the morning news […] Continue reading»

It is as it Is

Just before Easter, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. There were about eight of these souls, ranging in age from 60 to 85. Gentle souls, all of them and so appreciative of the opportunity to come together once a month and participate in activities organised especially for them. My talk was about Nelson Mandela and in particular the statue erected in honour of his 90th birthday outside the gates […] Continue reading»

The Elephant Whisperer

Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died on the 2nd March 2012. His family tells of a solemn procession of elephants to his compound in the Tula Tula Game Reserve. From miles and miles away, two herds of elephants came to honour and pay respect to this man whom they sensed was their friend and had now passed on. These were no ordinary elephants. They were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony. When they arrived, these elephants were wild, violent and […] Continue reading»

Miracle Spotting

I have just come back from Solihull, near Birmingham, in the heart of the Midlands in England, where I attended A Course in Miracles conference. More than one hundred and twenty like minded people from all over England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, a sprinkling from Europe and even one or two from South Africa and Canada; inspirational speakers including Marianne Williamson and food, glorious food, especially the chocolate cake that had to be had for desert. How does it get better […] Continue reading»

Soulful and Bestowing

One of the habits I am cultivating is to write every day. The idea is to write three pages of A4 every day and just write whatever comes to your mind. The purpose is to get the creative juices flowing and let things bubble up from the sub-conscious – thoughts, insights, wisdom, worries you did not even know was there. So if you don’t know what to write, and I am often in this space, just write that. ‘I don’t […] Continue reading»

From Turf to Tuscany

Well, even though it is only two weeks, it seems an age ago I posted a blog. I have been away helping a friend at the Business 2012 show which was held at the O2 in Greenwich, London. I have not been there since it was known as the Millenium Dome and had politicians fretting amongst themselves about it. Now it is a grand parade of restaurants and entertainment venues, built in such a way that should the dome structure […] Continue reading»

Gateway to Higher Consciousness

I have just been listening to a blog radio talk show featuring Dr James Winborne of the International Academy of Metaphysics and Colin Tipping, Director of the Institute of Radical Forgiveness.  They were talking about the auspicious nature of today’s date – 11/11/11. This date is a gateway to higher consciousness, away from us (global community) experiencing our world as a five-sense physical reality only and beginning to realise there is more to reality than the physical world. Now we know […] Continue reading»

Long Walk to Freedom Statue

This statue of Nelson Mandela marks the entrance to the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, formerly known as the Victor Verster Prison, where Mandela spent the last three years of his incarceration It was at these gates where on 11 February 1990, the day of his release, he was met with a jubilant crowd and news agencies from all over the world.  The statue was unveiled in August 2008 in the presence of Mandela on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Known […] Continue reading»