“I don’t set up to be no judge of right and wrong in men,
I’ve lost the trail sometimes myself an’ may get lost again,
An’ when I see a chap who looks as though he’s gone astray,
I want to shove my hand in his an’ help him find the way.”
16 September, 1971
(Photo – Ivan Lentell)
“Item, I give my wife my second best bed, with the furniture.”
(From Shakespeare’s Last Will and Testament signed on 25 March 1616)
15 September 1971
(Photo: with Magaya Kahondo, Harare, July 2018 – photo credit Ivan Lentell)
“If you want to win her hand,
Let the maiden understand,
That she’s not the only pebble on the beach.”
(From the song ‘You’re not the only Pebble on the Beach’ composed by Harry Braisted, 1896)
14 September 1971
(Photo: off to work, Cape Town, January 2020 – photo credit Angie René)
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”
(Edmund Burke, 1729 – 1797)
13 September 1971
(Photo: the biNu team who helped with biNu’s “The app install challenge in Africa” research project in Philippi and Gugulethu townships in Cape Town, 2018 – see https://binuinsights.datafree.co/datafree/the-app-install-problem-in-africa-5ba09c724859)
“John Wesley’s conversation is good, but he is never at leisure. He is always obliged to go at a certain hour. This is very disagreeable to a man who loves to fold his legs and have out his talk, as I do.”
(Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784)
12 September 1971
(Photo: with Martin Chalk, Eataly, New York, 2015)
“My people and I have an agreement which satisfies us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.”
(Frederick the Great, 1712 – 1786)
11 September 1971
Happy birthday, Syl. See you tonight.
John, Gour, Ross and Dickon.
(With apologies to the public!)
10 September 1971
(Photo: Gour, Ross and Dickon with Syl, Wellington, NZ, Xmas 2018)
“He speaks to Me as if I was a public meeting.”
(Queen Victoria of Mr Gladstone)
8 September 1971
Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why so pale?
Will, when looking well can’t move her,
Looking ill prevail?
Prithee why so pale?
(Sir John Suckling, poet, 1609 – 1641)
7 September 1971
(Photo: Philadelphia, Western Cape, Jan 2020)
“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.”
(G.K. Chesterton, 1874 – 1936)
6 September, 1971
(Photo: Highnos’s daughters, Harare, July 2018. Photo credit – Ivan Lentell)
“Life ain’t all beer and skittles, and more’s the pity; but what’s the odds, so long as you’re happy?”
(George Du Maurier, 1834 – 1896)
5 September 1971
(Photo: wonderful visit with Magaya Kahondo, his son Highnos and family – Harare, July 2018)
Architecture in general is frozen music.
(Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, 1775 – 1854)
4 September, 1971
(Photo: my great grandfather John Parker OBE was an architect and the first mayor of greater Cape Town in 1913 – 1915. My grandfather John Kilgour Parker was an architect as were/are my uncles Dickon, Graham and Howard. I have very much enjoyed the music of living in Cape Town for the past two years, for the first time in my life).
“Sometimes my father takes things apart to see why they don’t go.” said the girl to her boy friend.
“So what?” he asked.
“So you’d better go.” she said.
3 September, 1971
(Photo: my progeny and their loved ones – Sydney, Nov 2019)
Andrew Carnegie when asked which he considered the most important factor in industry: labor, capital or brains, replied, “Which is the most important leg of a three-legged stool?”
2 September 1971
(Photo – Ross, Dickon and I, Wellington NZ, Nov 2019)
What is called generosity is generally only the vanity of giving, which we like better than what we give.
(François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613 – 1680)
1 September 1971
(Photo – visiting my mum in Wellington, NZ – Nov 2019)
No Deposit, No Interest and 6 months to pray!
31 August 1971
(Photo – on the river, Vermaaklikheid, Xmas 2019)
The Laws of Manu moral code which governs the lives of 250,000,000 Hindus condones lying only when saving a life and when paying a compliment to a woman.
30 August 1971
(Tamika and Angie on Tamika’s birthday two years ago)
Code for conduct:
Candour – Compassion – Communication.
29 August 1971
(An abiding memory from my childhood was my father’s life code of the “3 Cs” – candour, compassion and communication)
(Photo: Angie and I)
A man’s as old as he looks when he needs a shave, a woman is as old as she looks just after washing her face.
28 August 1971
(Photo: Bruce and I, biNu / Moya office, Cape Town 2019)
“Can I live a good life in Salisbury City on $100 a month?” a young man from Enkledoorn asked.
“My boy, was the reply, “that’s all you can do.”
27 August 1971
(Photo: Dickon, Ross, Matt and Mark in the garden, Harare ~1979)