About a month ago I wrote about testing the limits and how Roger Bannister was the first man to do the “impossible” by running a mile in less than 4 minutes. I then said that “it is our achieving and ambitious nature that enables us to still set new world records.” After the four minute barrier was shattered it was like a floodgate that opened and the new world record lasted for only 46 days and within one year 37 runners also broke the 4 minute barrier.
On the eve of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kick-off in Japan, I think as South Africans, we have a more positive expectation for the Springboks to perhaps go all the way to the final than a couple of seasons ago.
There is a much bigger consensus about the players selected for the tournament and after winning the Rugby Championship trophy earlier this year I think we all feel that the Springbok coach has a workable strategy in place.
Winning a world cup is a concerted effort of ... continue reading
In his regular column in Die Burger John Scott writes that soccer leaves him cold. “I’ve tried,” he says “goodness knows I’ve tried, to appreciate what some misguided person called the beautiful game. Up and down the players run, for 90 minutes, often with neither side scoring a single goal.
‘It’s their skill in controlling the ball,’ said a friend when
I asked him the point of a game that ended pointless.
‘But not enough skill to produce a result,’ I suggested.”
But it is not only a ... continue reading
Why is it that whenever you mention the term middle age that people immediately respond with “Oh, the time when people experience a midlife crisis.” It is often associated with men trying to be young again and the cliché associations are that they will buy a motorbike, dye their hair or whatever may be associated with being a younger version of yourself.
Women usually experience more physical changes and often times hormonal fluctuations occur. Yet
midlife does not have to be a crisis.
A better term to describe it, is ... continue reading
Saturday 6 July 1957 was a defining moment for the history of modern music: it was the day that John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time.
That day John Lennon’s group, “Quarrymen” played at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church in Liverpool. Besides the music, there were craft and cake stalls, games, police dog demonstrations and the traditional crowning of the Rose Queen. Paul McCartney also performed and afterwards McCartney aged 15 was introduced to Lennon then 16.
Both were impressed with each other’s ... continue reading