Pigeon technology still flies high
THE other day an interesting snippet comparing old communication technology with the latest in internet connectivity.
A 4GB stick was loaded with information and attached to a pigeon, while at the same time the same 4GB file was loaded onto a computer.
The file was to be sent from one t own t o a not her i n S out h Af r i c a , across a distance of about 100km.
The computer was activated and the pigeon released. The pigeon arrived at the destination in just over an hour, but the computer file arrived nearly a day later.
I face the same problem practically every day as readers submit photographs and articles.
I now send my file then follow up with repeated phone calls, a waste of precious time.
Years ago, in the early 1970s, the first Cape to Rio yacht race took place. There was much fanfare and, naturally, the press was involved in every aspect.
Back then there were no digital cameras, laptop computers or internet connections.
Our group had a photographer and reporter on board one of the yachts sailing to Rio and we had special permission to place another photographer who could swim and had an underwater camera on board for the start.
The only rule was that the photogr apher had t o j ump of f t he yacht before it crossed the starting line. Any yacht carrying passengers not involved in the crewing of the yacht would be expelled from the race.
The photographer was picked up by a patrolling ski boat and rushed back to the newsroom with photographs of the action as the yachts raced to the start line.
The photographer and reporter sailing to Rio were also equipped with a miniature camera as well as several homing pigeons.
Each day for the first three days of sailing, the newsroom received a roll of film and a hand-written story of daily life on board a racing yacht delivered by pigeon.
We had great success as the Cape Argus was t he only newspaper t o receive up-to-date photographs of life on board a racing yacht mid-ocean
To d a y t e c h n o l o g y h a s leapt forward and it is possible to send information across the world at sometimes super-fast speeds, but it can also be amazingly frustrating when the electronic version just seems to disappear into some sort of black hole in space, and often can never be found. CONGRATULATIONS to Philip Morse for his photograph of Everest at sunset. Philip wins dinner for two at CinCin, where food and life are celebrated with superb views of the Cape Town city skyline, Table Mountain, and its pièce de résistance, a 3m genuine Swarovski crystal chandelier.
CinCin is synonymous with elegance and ambience. The menu changes with t h e s e a s o n s , i n c l u d i n g a n u mber o f themes: the vegetable garden, the sea, the farm, the veld and fynbos.
From the mountains to the sea, the colourful dishes reflect local flavours; sweet, sun drenched, earthy, rich in taste and aroma. Visit CinCin at the Protea Hotel Colosseum in Century City and allow its team to reveal the true essence of CinCin. Whatever language you speak, may it be a celebration.
Our runners-up are Nicole Gerstenberg for her photograph of a Zanzibar local; and Bill Martin for his photograph taken at Loch Tummel in Scotland.
Travel2009 will continue to publish the popular readers’ photographic competition, with a prize of a dinner for two for the winners each week.