This continent of predators
HUGE mystery footprints have been found and photographed in parts of southern Africa, according to Sky News.
Heavens, are these perhaps made by more of the unsavoury characters said to be associating with people in high places, that we keep reading about?
But no. It turns out the footprints were made 200 million years ago by megatheropods, massive flesheating dinosaurs that used to roam Africa and were the ancestors of the better-known Tyrannosaurus rex,
The footprints are described as a “significant find” by Dr Lara Sciscio, of the University of Cape Town.
Phew! So these footprints have got nothing to do then with state capture, gangsterism, racketeering and money laundering. These were amiable Mr Bigs, simply wandering about the place looking for something to seize and devour.
Come to think of it, has much changed over 200 million years?
A MAN who is close to rugby tells me the chaos at Kings Park last Saturday when ticket holders to parking on
the outer fields were turned away because the fields were already full (myself included) is a consequence of the rugby administrators getting totally lax about handling crowds.
“In the 1990s when Kings Park was packed for every game there was tight control, officials making sure everyone parked properly, no extra space was taken up, you had to braai at the tail of your car not beside it. Today anything goes.
“Then when you do get a big crowd you get a shambles. Last home cup final in 2007, I nearly got into a fistfight with a guy who’d parked his 4X4 then set up a chair in the space next door ‘to keep it for a friend’
“I was about to drive over his chair – my wife was freaking out. Things can get tense in these situations.”
My informant says Kings Park also offers “on day” parking at R70 (I had not been aware of that) and that was probably also part of the problem.
If that is so, surely they can’t sell what has already been hired? That would be fraudulent – selling parking space that has already been paid for by somebody else. Don’t they keep track?
Maybe we who were turned away should institute a class action. Roll up, roll up! Court case of the century – the Idler and others versus the KZN Rugby Union. Bring your own boerie rolls!
IS IT REALLY a year since Donald Trump was elected? Well, almost.
Americans plan to commemorate the one-year anniversary by screaming into the void of space.
Thousands of Facebook users have signed up to attend events on Boston Common and in Washington Square Park, New York, on November 8. Similar events are planned in Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, Austin and in Bellingham, Washington.
“Join us as we enjoy a collective cathartic yell into the heavens about our current political establishment,” wrote the organisers of the New York event.
About 2 000 people have said they will attend the New York protest and 15 000 more have indicated an interest. More than 4 500 have registered for the Boston event with 33 000 others showing an interest.
“This administration has attacked everything about what it means to be American,” says Johanna Schulman, who has helped organise the Boston screamfest.
But is all this a good idea? The only person likely to take it seriously is Trump himself. The counter-blast across the Twittersphere is likely to be considerably worse than any scream into space.
The philosophy prof holds up an empty mayonnaise jar. He fills it with golf balls. The class agree it’s full. Then he pours in some pebbles and shakes the jar. The pebbles have taken up the space between the golf balls. Then he pours in some sand and shakes. Then he opens two cans of beer and pours them in. The jar is definitely full.
“This jar represents life,” the prof says. “The golf balls are the important things – your children your family, your friends. Whatever happens, so long as you have them you have a full life. The pebbles are the less important things – your job, your house, your car. The sand is the small stuff. And there’s always room for a couple of beers.”
HOW is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size? – Woody Allen
A red squirrel collects a walnut from a tree in Pitlochry, Scotland.