FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - NEWS -

I have a ques­tion. Ob­vi­ously ad­ven­ture, travel and the spirit of the great out­doors is in your blood. Why else would you be read­ing Land Rover AFRICA? I am cu­ri­ous to hear from you, our es­teemed read­ers, to find out if your mo­tor­ing in­ter­ests lie a lit­tle deeper, though. For those two-car fam­i­lies, what would your ideal se­cond ( platkar!) car be? Would it be an­other Land Rover, a Jaguar or a small, fuel-ef­fi­cient city run­about, to help off­set the fuel bill of your next over­land grand ad­ven­ture in your De­fender? While you are at it, why not let us know a lit­tle more about your in­ter­ests? We’d love to know if you are an avid pho­tog­ra­pher, fish­er­man, hunter or cy­clist. And if you have pho­tographs from your last ad­ven­ture, we’d love to see those too. The Land Rover (un­of­fi­cial) ‘One Life Live It’ sto­ries from our read­ers are what we’re keen to tell in fu­ture is­sues. If you’ve done some­thing in­spir­ing, trav­elled to or in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion or par­tic­i­pated in an event, and you are proud to share this with us – even pos­si­bly fea­ture in a fu­ture story – please drop ric­cardo@comms.co.za a line with your de­tails? Our edi­tor or fea­tures folk will be in touch for a chat to hear more about your story. Don’t hold back. If, on your trav­els, you’ve seen some­thing that re­ally made you an­gry or even sad, let us know too? We’d espe­cially like to keep tabs on our read­ers ob­ser­va­tions around cli­mate change is­sues. We hope you en­joy this is­sue of Land Rover AFRICA mag­a­zine as much as we en­joyed writ­ing, re­search­ing and putting it all to­gether for you. Safe trav­els and don’t for­get the Landy wave to fel­low Land Rover driv­ers while you’re out there!

An­drew Mark chair­man

The start of the New Year is, at best, an il­lu­sion of new be­gin­nings and clean slates – to do things dif­fer­ently and with more pur­pose. It’s also a chal­leng­ing time of year for most of us who re­turn from hol­i­day and fly straight into an over­full sched­ule. Talk­ing to friends and col­leagues, the word ‘hec­tic’ keeps com­ing up, which I find a lit­tle trou­bling. Our first is­sue of the year is a call to take a breather and re­mem­ber what we are do­ing and why. You won’t find any New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, but you will encounter many dif­fer­ent get­away ideas, ad­ven­ture and life­style ac­tiv­i­ties that’ll al­low you to step back, savour the beauty of the world around you – with­out get­ting con­sumed by it. Of­ten, we don’t have time to con­sider all the un­der­ly­ing stuff that gives our life mean­ing. But we can choose it. Even in the ‘hec­tic’ spells, and maybe espe­cially then, when we are mak­ing so many im­por­tant de­ci­sions, it’s equally im­por­tant to con­sider what’s re­ally im­por­tant in your life. The ideal New Year res­o­lu­tion list should in­clude: things like trav­el­ling and do­ing things that scare you. I’m sure you’ll find a plethora of good ideas in this is­sue. All the best for 2017!

Happy Rovin’

An­ton Pre­to­rius edi­tor

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