An­other humdinger?

The Mercury - - GOODLIFE -

WELL, here we go for an­other humdinger. Eng­land are des­per­ate to keep the series alive, the Boks keen to close it down.

The only way ei­ther can suc­ceed is by a re­peat-plus of the same we saw last week. Run­ning it, cau­tion to the wind. Tack­ling. And avoid­ance of silly bug­gers penal­ties.

Bloem­fontein is in for some­thing spec­tac­u­lar if last week is any­thing to go by. Habitués of the Street Shel­ter for the Over-For­ties are like­wise in for some­thing spec­tac­u­lar if the dam­sels’ re­ac­tion last week is any­thing to go by.

Knicker elas­tic for the fash­ion­ing of cat­a­pults for the tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tory feu de joie, where the street lights are shot out. Oh boy! These Tests are vir­tual warmups for the World Cup. And we’re dis­cov­er­ing some­thing. The over­seas com­pe­ti­tions are be­gin­ning to in­ject some­thing in to our home rugby.

Look at Faf de Klerk (man of the match), Wil­lie le Roux and Duane Ver­meulen. They’re all play­ing in the top-notch Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions – a sort of in­ter­na­tion­alised club rugby – and this past Satur­day you could see they’ve been honed to a new sharp­ness.

’Erewego, ’erewego, ’erewego!

Peace ini­tia­tive

NORTH Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jong-un has of­fered to host peace talks be­tween the US and Canada, ac­cord­ing to the New Yorker.

This fol­lows in­creas­ingly ac­ri­mo­nious ex­changes be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his of­fi­cials on trade tar­iffs.

Speak­ing to re­porters at his ho­tel in Sin­ga­pore, Kim said the ris­ing ten­sion be­tween the North Amer­i­can neigh­bours were pos­ing an “in­tol­er­a­ble threat to world peace”.

In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing to host US-Canada talks in Py­ongyang, Kim urged the im­me­di­ate cre­ation of a de­mil­i­tarised zone along the bor­der A READER writes: How can some­one who has ev­ery­thing, a beau­ti­ful lov­ing fam­ily, a lov­ing part­ner, and liv­ing in a beau­ti­ful home with all her an­i­mals, be so sad. Not un­happy, but sad!

I’D SUG­GEST a few sources for po­ten­tial pur­suit: You may have a purely med­i­cal is­sue. A doc­tor may be able to help. You may have stored un­cried tears from an in­ter­rup­tion in life: a loss, un­wanted change, an event you faced by “pulling your­self to­gether” when sep­a­rat­ing the two hos­tile na­tions.

“In ex­change for the Cana­dian Moun­ties agree­ing to stand down on their side of the bor­der, the US, in turn, would dis­man­tle its nu­clear weapons,” Kim said.

Al­though stat­ing that “North Korea stands ready and will­ing to be an hon­est bro­ker” in peace talks be­tween the two coun­tries, he urged Trump to dial back the “in­flam­ma­tory rhetoric” that he aimed at Cana­di­ans.

Yes, you’ve prob­a­bly guessed, this is satirist Andy Borowitz again. The man is in clover.

Dare­devil rac­coon

I’ve told the pos­sum in the gum tree, the rac­coon on the ground…

NOT THIS rac­coon – he scaled a 23-floor build­ing in St Paul, Min­nesota, in the US, tak­ing al­most a day over it and kept the city and the in­ter­net world on ten­ter­hooks, ac­cord­ing to the BBC.

The crit­ter, dubbed #MPRrac­coon after the ra­dio sta­tion op­po­site the high-rise, trended world­wide on Twit­ter.

Crowds gath­ered at the build­ing after it went vi­ral and lo­cal me­dia streamed its per­ilous climb for al­most a day.

Even­tu­ally he reached the roof in the early hours, where he walked into a wait­ing trap baited with cat food. He was later re­leased by animal wel­fare author­i­ties.

Rac­coons are com­mon in the US, but are usu­ally found in al­leys or ri­fling through rub­bish bins – lead­ing to the com­mon nick­name “trash panda”. They’re all over in Min­nesota –but you don’t of­ten see them scal­ing office tow­ers. fall­ing apart would have been use­ful.

Un­ex­pressed or ig­nored emo­tion doesn’t dis­si­pate, it fer­ments. Then, it drives and steers to ter­ri­to­ries of­ten un­help­ful. Dig deep; go back years. There’s no ex­piry date when it comes to grief ig­nored. A good psy­chol­o­gist could as­sist.

For all the love you en­joy in your fam­ily and in your home and with your an­i­mals

Ornery al­li­ga­tor

YOU DON’T want to get into a bar fight with this al­li­ga­tor. He head­but­ted a Florida Fish and Wildlife trap­per and knocked him out cold.

It hap­pened at a place called Ocoee where peo­ple had re­ported a 2m al­li­ga­tor wan­der­ing around the neigh­bour­hood, ac­cord­ing to The Huff­in­g­ton Post.

The trap­per and two cops man­aged to catch the ’ga­tor. But when they tried to heave him into a truck, he went ba­nanas. He back­flipped and head-butted the trap­per, who went out for the count. He thrashed around with his tail, whack­ing both cops.

It was cap­tured on video and went vi­ral on the in­ter­net. Cage­fight­ing agents want to give the al­li­ga­tor a con­tract.

Tail­piece

A BLUFF okey is walk­ing along the beach when he spots an old lamp half-buried in the sand. He picks it up and starts brush­ing the sand off.

Kazam! A huge ge­nie ap­pears. “I can grant you one wish.” “I would like to live for­ever.” “I’m afraid that eter­nal life is the one wish I can­not grant.”

“Okay. I’d like to live un­til the govern­ment has bal­anced the bud­get and paid off the na­tional debt.”

The ge­nie pauses: “You’re a sly lit­tle bug­ger!”

Last word

HEGEL was right when he said that we learn from his­tory that man can never learn any­thing from his­tory. – Ge­orge Bernard Shaw

per­haps you’re miss­ing be­ing part of an intimate peer com­mu­nity. A group where lives deeply meld and mu­tu­ally dis­cover added sup­port and mean­ing. A good church could help.

Fi­nally, sad­ness, while un­com­fort­able, may not be an en­emy. It’s of­ten the food of the nov­el­ist or the im­pe­tus for chas­ing a worth­while cause. I look for­ward to hear­ing how you per­haps will cap­i­talise on yours and use it as trans­for­ma­tive fuel. Clear skies. Gen­tle north-west­erly. Clear skies. Gen­tle north-west­erly. Clear skies. Light north-west­erly. Pretoria ............ Sunny ............................................................................ 6/22 Joburg .............. Sunny ............................................................................ 4/12 Bloem­fontein ...Partly cloudy ................................................................. 0/16 Kim­ber­ley ......... Partly cloudy ................................................................. 1/16 Cape Town ....... Rain ............................................................................ 11/14 Ge­orge ............. Partly cloudy ............................................................... 10/18 Port El­iz­a­beth ...Cloudy ........................................................................ 11/22 East Lon­don ..... Cloudy ........................................................................ 13/26 Partly cloudy ........................... 14/23 Partly cloudy .............................. 12/23

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Work­ers make the fi­nal touches to a dec­o­ra­tion out­side Kazan Arena ahead of the start of the World Cup Russia 2018, yes­ter­day.

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