They’re popping up all over my hometown of Knysna and now stretch northwards into Plettenberg Bay and as far south as George – they are the reassuring graffiti telling us that ‘EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK’. Authorities generally considered graffiti to be defacing and damaging. I agree with them when it’s about ridiculous tags (signatures) that are more about ego than art but the stenciled graffiti’s saying that ‘Everything is Going to be OK’ offer a positive that’s incredibly rare in our chaotic and troubled times. Consequently, as they appear, i’ve given them my support on the Love Knysna … ‘Click here to read full article…’
I have a challenge for the DA, in particular Helen Zille and Alan Winde who have failed to acknowledge the struggles Knysna is experiencing. Accepting my challenge with positive intention, decision and action would stop the majority of my criticism of the DA. It would even make me vote for you. I say that sincerely.'Click here to read full article...'
In 1987, Labi Siffre, a British singer, released the song, ‘Something Inside So Strong‘. As political as this blog sometimes gets, i’m not bringing it to your attention because he composed it as anti-Apartheid song after witnessing a video in which black kids were being shot upon by white troops. Although noble, the song has grown, over the decades, into a broader meaning of “vasbyt”, “you can do it” and “you an make it!” Thus, it becomes the inspirational video of the week. To give South African flavour, i add the cover version where Lira and the Soweto Gospel Singer’s … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Yep, it’s soppy but you’re going to love it. A Thai company did this advert right!'Click here to read full article...'
You can’t love Knysna unless you’re prepared to fight for it. That’s what this blog and others is about. But, in the moment, my words can be a tough place for my readers’ minds so i occasionally post inspirational videos from around the world (not only for levity but to remind us that the future is possible and that we must never stop dreaming). I hadn’t done so for a long time so feel free to remind me if i forget again lest i get too wrapped up in the dark side of Knysna. If only i had the tools, … ‘Click here to read full article…’
This will not only amaze you but prove that where there are individuals who give a damn, children’s lives can be changed for the better! 2500 families live in Cateura (Paraguay), a slum whose existence is linked to the 1500 tons of rubbish that heads their way daily. A visiting orchestra galvanized interest in the poor children living there but with a “violin costing as much as a house”, dreams seemed hopeless. But Favio Chavez, a local, and garbage picker Nicolás Gómez began experimenting with rubbish as instruments. For example, tin water pipes, buttons, bottle caps, and spoon and fork … ‘Click here to read full article…’
In a different vein, but as a follow-up to Do Not Be Controlled, here’s a video submission from one of our readers that encourages you to WAKE UP. Become an aware and compassionate citizen not only for the sake of our community, our pretty Knysna, but for yourself and your family too. Love your home through action.'Click here to read full article...'
It’s been a long time since i’ve posted a blog under the Inspiration and Motivation section and it’s the music of Slovenian band, Perpetuum Jazzile, that’s reminded me of that. Just imagine if we could all work together like they do in this accapella/beatbox cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’ (or the ‘SAB song’ as some South Africans are more likely to know it). PS: If you’ve gotten a taste for more, i’ve posted more of their vids on my music blog.'Click here to read full article...'
A powerful message we could use in these intolerant times. It’s amazing how much is said with so few words. You’ll be like me and email this to everyone you know – wow!'Click here to read full article...'
What do a street orphan, a limbless Iraqi, a pizza delivery man and an unemployed woman have in common? All defied the odds of their lives, took a chance, and sang themselves to a better place and a future. I promise that you will not be able to stop yourself from feeling emotion when watching these videos. It’ll make you think, “I can!” I certainly hope to use music to empower the lives of Knysnians in the future. Remember, if you have a crap internet connection, click the Pause button as the video starts playing. Leave it to buffer for … ‘Click here to read full article…’