Friday, October 21, 2016

Ironman 70.3 World Champs coming to Port Elizabeth in 2018

Probably one of the biggest pieces of sport news of the year broke about two or three weeks ago when Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay was announced at hosts for the Ironman 70.3 (also known as Half Ironman) World Champs in 2018.  The event is even bigger than the annual Ironman African Championship that takes place in the city and attracts over 3 000 competitors from around 70 countries along with all their families, supporters as well as international media.  It also takes place over two days with the women competing on 1 Sept 2018 and the men on the 2nd. Huge news for the city and a boost for tourism with the international exposure we will receive in addition to the money that will be coming in along with the competitors and their supporters. Check out this awesome promotional video they have put together for the announcement. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cricket at Handhaaf

This afternoon Drama Princess played cricket at Handhaaf Primary School in Uitenhage.  The view from up at the clubhouse is actually quite nice with the mountains in the distance.  Much better than the view from most other schools.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

My air plants are flowering

I don't have big flowerbeds in my garden.  For that I just don't have enough time and green enough fingers.  I do have a few different plants and lots of succulents though and one of those I probably get most excited about when they flower is my air plants.   Air plants (Tillandsia) is a member of the Bromeliad family and is actually very easy to grow.  They don't need soil and you only need to water them slightly (like in with a spray bottle).  You can keep them both inside (in a well lit area) and outside although they don't always like to be in full sunlight all the time.  I have two types of air plants in my garden. The type in the picture flowers every year while the other type makes big clumps yet doesn't really flower other than a single light purple flower and not even every year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rough seas, again

When there's more white than blue and green along the coast you know the wind was blowing again

Monday, October 17, 2016

A windless evening

I'm sure everybody in PE would agree with me that we are slightly tired of wind.  It's been blowing just about nonstop for close to a month now so it was great to walk outside just now and realising that there is absolutely now wind blowing.  So not to jinx it I just want to say.  I woke up in Johannesburg this morning after last night's Lilizela Tourism Awards and looking out from my hotel rook the sky was hazy and there was lots of smog and smoke clearly visible along the horizon.  Standing there I was actually glad that we get wind in PE that keeps our air clean from air pollution.  But you would agree, sometimes enough is just enough.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016

The Lilizela Tourism Awards organised by South African Tourism and hosted by the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, took place in the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg tonight (16 October 2016).  This year I was invited to be one of the judges for the third year in a row and it really is a great privilege to be asked to be part of the adjudication process.  The Lilizela Awards are South Africa's premier tourism awards and those products who walk away with the awards on the night truly are the best of the best.  The Eastern Cape shined on the evening, walking away with eleven awards.     

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Geek World SA is open in PE

Port Elizabeth geeks, fanboys (and girls), cosplayers and comic book lovers rejoiced today with the opening of Geek World SA at 189 Main Road Walmer.  Geek World SA stocks cosplay outfits, comic books, figurines, unique clothing, board games, fandom jewelry and lots more.  Looking at some people as they walked in to day was like watching kids enter a candy store.  The shop was packed all day long so I couldn't get any good pictures other than a quick cell phone snap, but as soon as I get a chance to go back I'll post a couple of nice pics.  In the meantime check out their Facebook page to see some of the stuff they have in stock.

Friday, October 14, 2016

NMMU performing at Varsity Sing

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University choir really showed their worth at the recent Varsity Sing choir competition up to where the judges screwed them over in the final placing them fourth where they should have ended second at worse.  But let's not show sour grapes cause sour grapes do not make good wine.  Anyhow, I wanted to share two of their performances from the semi finals with you today.  The first their rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and then below, their Mandela-Medley.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Harbour view from Humerail

I had to stop at the Spar in Humerail this morning and stopped to admire the view of the harbour from the parking area.  Some people wouldn't term this as a beautiful view but I like to call it an interesting view.  Unfortunately I didn't have my camera so a cell phone photo will have to do.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Things to do in Port Elizabeth #Blogathon

Nine bloggers (seven of those based in PE) were asked to create posts about things to do in Port Elizabeth as part of the Cheap Flights Port Elizabeth #Blogathon 2016 in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and Travel Concept Solution.  All nine posts have been published in the last two days and covered a range of things to do for both big and small.  Rather than a photo I decided to post the nine links for you to enjoy today.