16 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 15, 2018 RUNNERS UP: The bowls team from Western Suburbs of Port Elizabeth, from left, Estelle Hamblin, Pat Holt, skip Lolly Reed and Gill Tustin came second at the Jean Louw Ladies Classic at the Kowie Bowls Club last Thursday, with main sponsors Dr Charles Louw and daughter Anne, and ladies’ captain, Margaret Stegmann, right Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES HISTORICAL VALUE: Faith Bagley displays a butter churn and bucket at El Shaddai Christian Academy’s Museum Day. The pupils visited the Kowie History Museum last Friday to learn about museum displays to prepare them for how to display items NATURAL HISTORY: Kuhlekonke Peyi displaying a rare Albany adder at El Shaddai Christian Academy’s Museum Day ADMIRING BIKES: Shaw Park Primary School had a fundraising event at the we e ke n d where they catered for the Funduro held at Mark Hulley's farm. Chelsey Williams posed with an of f - r o a d m ot o r c y c l e . The school thanked all who supported the e ve n t FUN OUTING: Shaw Park Primary School pupils Ugquame Yose, left, in Grade 3 and Zimi Isaac in Grade 2 enjoyed their time at SciFest SCIENCE SOJOURN: Shaw Park Primary School Grade 2 and 3 pupils went on a visit to SciFest in Grahamstown recently MOVIEREVIEWS Thriller turns out to be a bit of a snooze MAN MEETS TARGET: Brutal assassin Travis Conrad (Ethan Hawke) has some important choices to make in ‘24 Hours to Live’ PORT ALFRED BRIDGE CLUB Results for Thursday, 8 March 2018 Red Section ( Results for Monday, 5 March 2018 Red Section ( LOUISE KNOWLES 24 Hours to Live, with Ethan Hawke, Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Rutger Hauer. Directed by Brian Smrz. 1 /5 IF you were an assassin and you had 24 hours left to live, what would you choose? Love and forgiveness or more killing and revenge? This movie would have been better named 24 hours to Die. Described as a 2017 American-South African Green Section Green Section Board 24: Dealer W, love all Board 2: Dealer E, N-S vulnerable You are declarer as East after West bids 1D; North made a weak jump overcall of 2H À À À À Results by section Results by section Red Section Red Section Green Section Green Section Bridge lessons have started: beginners and improvers please contact Elzabe on 073 218 5735. science-fiction action thriller, it’s the story of a typical cold-hearted, ruthless hitman named Travis Conrad (played by Ethan Hawke) who develops a conscience. It’s a familiar hitman story, but with a sci-fi twist. The hitman’s employer, a corporation called Red Mountain, is able to bring people back to life. They bring Travis back to life in order to extract information from him. Then they install technology in his body to kill him in 24 hours’ time unless he does what they want him to do. Red Mountain has been experimenting on human beings to develop this technology. Hundreds of people have died, and a witness is going to testify to that effect. Red Mountain wants to take this witness out, and Travis is supposed to assassinate the Interpol agent protecting him. But Travis has just lost his family and when he meets the Chinese Interpol agent, Lin (Xu Qing) at the airport. He lets her go and for his trouble, she kills him. Red Mountain brings him back to life so they can find out where the witness is going to be giving his testimony. After that he is of no further use to them. Travis escapes but the company has a failsafe – installed in his wrist – and he has 24 hours to live. He decides to get revenge against his employer and to help the other side instead. The movie has a South African connection in that it was filmed on location in the country and one of the settings in the movie is South Africa. The plot is not believable. The villain, Red Mountain, is not a worthwhile evil protagonist. If a company develops the ability to bring human beings back to life, that would be a great boon to mankind, and an interesting plotline is overlooked. Also the movie is unsatisfying. Travis goes to the Red Mountain headquarters to kill the head and second in command of the corporation. But he could and should have found the technology there that could save his own life. Then he would have been able to live happily ever after with his lover and her son.
March 15, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 17 WATER CONSERVATION, BUT SOME WASTAGE Some Grahamstown residents are puzzled. On the one hand, Makana Municipality tells them stricter water restrictions are in place and they are limited to 60 litres per person per day. Residents are also urged to use water sparingly. On the other hand, however, residents report numerous water leaks all around town to the municipality, but these are not attended to for days – and in some cases weeks – on end. One annoyed resident said: “Should we not ALL be water conscious and save water?” It has transpired that many of the leaks are not being repaired due to the unavailability of certain valves and other fittings. A DAY TO REMEMBER For me, at least, there were a couple of “f i r st s ” at last Fr i d ay ’s Graeme College Founders’ Day Memorial Service forming part of the Old Graemian reunion weekend. Firstly, Makana Executive Mayor, Ms Nomhle Gaga, arrived in a chauffeur-driven white bakkie with Makana Municipality markings, and secondly, a drone hovered above Somerset field filming proceedings. That was the first occasion on which I had witnessed a Mayor, executive or otherwise, attending the Founder’s Day Memorial Service, and the first time I had witnessed a drone hovering ominously overhead. That aside, the proceedings were attended by dozens of Old Graemians – some old and others on the younger side – plus teaching staff and schoolboys. Representatives from other local schools were also present. Head boy Bavuyise Manyakanyaka and head monitor Sipho Mgidlana raised the national flag; headmaster Kevin Watson gave recognition of past leaders of the school and laid a wreath; Rev Glen Craig delivered the devotions; trumpeter Ben Bezuidenhout played The Last Post and Reveille; and everybody present sang the school song and the moving Sons of the Leopard. JUNIORS AT PLAY Over the next few days, Grahamstown will play host to two massive schools’ rugby tournaments, one for barefooted U-13 players and the other for high school teams. The action begins tomorrow with U-13 rugby and netball over two days at PJ Olivier High School, an event which brings in participating schools from Port Elizabeth, Somerset East, Cradock, Fort Beaufort, Graaff-Reinet, Port Alfred, Komani and King William’s Town. The junior tournament (Friday and Saturday March 16 and 17) will be followed a week later by the Graeme College rugby day on Saturday March 24. PJ Olivier has hosted the Frans Erasmus under-13 rugby and netball tournament for the past 22 years, and its popularity is clearly evident given the number of schools taking part this year – 20 in the rugby and 10 in the netball. The tournament kicks off at 10.30am tomorrow, and culminates in the final matches at 1.50pm on Saturday. The under-13 rugby matches will be followed by a 1st team rugby game between PJ Olivier and Ntsika High at 2.30pm on Saturday. Host school PJ Olivier gets the ball rolling in the U-13 rugby against Ntaba Maria on the A field at 10.30am tomorrow, while at the same time Graeme College meets Volkskool from Graaff-Reinet on the B field. Tomorrow’s first netball matches on the A and B courts are Oatlands Prep v St Mary’s Primary, and Ntaba Maria Primary v PJ Olivier respectively, both at 10.30am. Refreshments will be on sale for the duration of the tournament, and organiser of the event since its inception, Manie Cronje, will be here, there and everywhere ensuring that everything runs smoothly. DONATING RED ON CAMPUS I’m sure there are many Old Rhodians amongst the readers of this column who remember the “Big Bleeds” held at Rhodes University several decades ago when hundreds of units (then known as pints) were donated by students. However, for the past few years these blood donation clinics have not been as big anymore, going by the number of units donated. Staff members of the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) were on campus a fortnight ago accepting blood donations from students over a two-day period at Eden Grove. On this occasion, 143 units of blood were taken, but more pleasing for SANBS was the fact that 21 students were brand new donors. In total, 201 students presented themselves to SANBS officials to donate their units, but these were not taken. Maryke Harris, donor relations practitioner for the SANBS in Port Elizabeth, explained that many years ago SANBS used to obtain over a thousand units from Rhodes on their visits to the campus, conceding that the service has serious work to do to improve awareness on campus. Harris said: “The other challenge is the number of foreign students who are unable to donate in South Africa due to their home countries being malaria areas. Frequent visits (to those countries) means they can never quite get out of the deferral period in order to donate blood here.” CUAN KING I may not have known him personally, but I frequently wrote about Cuan King and his cricketing exploits and prowess when I was a sports journalist THE YOUNG ONES: Graeme College Grade R teacher Miss Megan Yendall stands with the pre-school boys during the Memorial Service forming part of the school’s Founders’ Day celebrations last Friday about three decades ago. The Salem district farmer and Old Graemian died on March 6. He played cricket for Salem 1sts and Eastern Province Country Districts. MUSIC IN GRAND FASHION The Grand Band Concert on Friday next week will feature Kingswood College’s Concert Band and First Band, and guests will be treated to cheese and wine in addition to the pleasing music. The concert takes place in Kingswood’s high performance centre from 7pm on Friday March 23, and tickets are R100 per person. Proceeds will go to Grahamstown Hospice. To book tickets or for more info phone Alke Bradfield on (046) 603-6670. A TALE OF TWO STREETS You know, back in 1966, Beaufort Street could well have been called Motor Street, and Hill Street could well have been known as Church Street. That’s what I discovered while paging through the Grahamstown 1966 Directory the other day. Beaufort Street in those days had no less than seven motor-related businesses, and Hill Street had all of six churches. Check out the garages and filling stations in Beaufort Street back in 1966, starting near the dip where it became Raglan Road – Albany Auto Services (vehicle body repairs and fuel); Beaufort Service Station (vehicle repairs and fuel); Pioneer Motors (Ford dealership, vehicle repairs and fuel); Williams Hunt (vehicle repairs and Total fuels); Creighton’s Motor Services (fuel); Harrison Motors (later to become Settlers City Motors – vehicle sales, repairs and fuel); and Grahamstown Motor Services (fuel). Then there were the churches of Hill Street, beginning at New Street side – Religious Hall, as it was named in the 1966 directory (today it’s Gary’s Refrigeration – anybody know the church’s proper name back then?); Cathedral of St Michael and St George; St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church; Hebrew Congregation Synagogue; Trinity Presbyterian Church; and Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk). ON THE MOVE IN THE BOTS Of the 224 runners, joggers and walkers taking part in Saturday’s parkrun in Makana botanical gardens, no less than 130 were ladies and schoolgirls. Kendal Rose of Diocesan School for Girls finished first in the ladies’ division in 21 minutes 16 seconds – she holds the ladies’ record at 20 mins 29 secs, set at the beginning of February this year. The next nine finishers in the ladies’ division were: 2nd Candice Serfontein 25 mins 14 secs; 3rd Elisa Kirigin 25 mins 55 secs; 4th Charlotte Abraham 26 mins 24 secs; 5th Andrea Saxton 26 mins 47 secs; 6th Cassandra Lister 27 mins 34 secs; 7th Shimorne Prince 27 mins 43 secs; 8th Talia Aliber 28 mins 09 secs; 9th Uyinene Mrwetyana 29 mins 06 secs; 10th Maryanne Eve 29 mins 14 secs. WARM-UP FOR THE OCEANS Sporting their new club colours, Stephen and Terri-Lynn Penney were among scores of runners using the Uitenhage 30km Human Race last week as winding-down training for the Two Oceans 56km ultra-marathon in Cape Town on Easter Saturday. Terri-Lynn Penney of Nedbank Athletics Club was 81st overall out of 375 finishers (9th lady finisher and 3rd in her age group) in 2 hours 27 minutes, while Stephen Penney of Kowie Striders was 143rd in 2 hrs 46 mins. ALBANY THIS AND THAT Last week this column looked at the name Albany appearing in the titles of sports clubs and community organisations back in the ’60s. This week we look at businesses bearing the name Albany, as per the “Grahamstown 1966 Directory”. Check these out – who remembers them? Albany Brick & Tile Ltd; Albany Cycle Depot; Albany Diesel; Albany Fish & Chips Saloon; Albany Furniture Mart; Albany Livestock Dealers; Albany Spares; Albany Valuation; Albany Agency, 111 High Street; Albany Auto Services; and Albany Divisional Council. AS THE SUN GOES DOWN Kingswood College’s music school holds its next Sundowner Concert from 4.45pm today (Thursday March 15). JOINT RECITAL TONIGHT A joint recital at 7.30pm today (Thursday) will see South African-born concert pianist Jan Hugo and his French-born wife, soprano Clara Hugo, performing in the Beethoven Room at the Rhodes music department in Somerset Street. Tickets will be available at the door. EASTER WEEKEND IN CAPE TOWN With Run/Walk for Life Athletics Club in Grahamstown having shut down, and Rhodes University Athletics Club fielding no entries, Albany Saints & Sinners Multi-Sport Club is the only local club to be represented at this year’s Two Oceans ultra-marathon and half-marathon in Cape Town on Easter Saturday. Albany’s entrants in the Two Oceans ultra-marathon over 56km are, with the number of ultras already completed in brackets – Chade Bowles (1st ultra), Richard Foss (12), Rose-Marie Hurford (1) and Kirsten Wells (2). Albany’s entrants in the Two Oceans half-marathon are, with the number of half-marathons already completed in brackets – Richard Alexander (5), Lubabalo Bokuva (1st half), Basie Bonaparte (10), Karen Meyer (7), Colin Price-Smith (12) and Sally Price-Smith (5). Between them, Stephen and Terri-Lynn Penney have completed all of 38 Two Oceans WE MEET AGAIN: Last weekend saw scores of Old Graemians gather at Graeme College for the annual Founders’ Day celebrations. Among those who attended the Memorial Service last Friday afternoon were, from left, Neil Smuts (convenor of the Old Graemian Weekend), Clyde Wallace (Old Graemian attending his 75th Reunion Weekend) and Don Munday (former teacher at Graeme and now resident in Port Elizabeth) Pictures: SID PENNEY ultra-marathons, and they will be back in Cape Town over the Easter weekend, Stephen to run his 26th and Terri-Lynn her 14th. With the closure of Run/Walk for Life in Grahamstown, Stephen is now a member of Port Alfred-based Kowie Striders, and Terri-Lynn a member of Nedbank Athletics Club. FEAST OF SCHOOLS’ R U G BY Graeme College staff member Nico van der Meulen has been a busy man of late, organising and convening not only last week’s Old Graemian golf day, but also the Graeme rugby day being held at the school on Saturday March 24. That is the day when schools’ teams from all over the Eastern Cape converge on the Graeme campus for a full day of rugby at First XV, U-16 and U-14 level. In all, there will be 23 matches on three fields, and Graeme 1sts will feature in the main game of the day, that against Grey High at 4.10pm. RECORDS AND AWARDS Toni Rafferty broke two records at last week’s Diocesan School for Girls swimming gala, with Sage Cawse and Courtney Repinz setting one new record apiece. Victrix ludorum winners were Toni Rafferty (open), Courtney Repinz (U-16) and Cally Still (U-14). ONE HUNDRED Congratulations to Erin Jarvis who recently made her 100th appearance for the DSG 1st waterpolo team. FIFTY MATCHES Congratulations to Graeme College player Liam Agnew on being awarded his ‘50’ cap for representing the school’s 1st cricket team on 50 occasions. Meanwhile, there were no less than seven Graeme players sporting ‘50’ caps last Saturday in the match against the Old Graemians. FLOATING ON THE WATER Three of the floating trophies awarded at the conclusion of St Andrew’s College’s inter-house swimming gala last week were: Adderley Prize for best open swimmer - Martin Wolmarans; Doug Lawson Trophy for best junior swimmer – O l i va Lange; and Melzer Individual Medley Trophy (open division) – Christian Dom.