Who's familiar with DINGBATS puzzle games?
What are "DINGBATS®"?
DINGBATS® are cunningly disguised names, phrases and sayings that are turned around, upside-down, sideways or jumbled up. You need to work out the hidden word or phrase on each card. It could be the size, position or direction that will give you a clue. Sometimes, the pictures combined with a word or a number will give you your answer.
For example:

Improvement
Improvement

Improvement
Improvement
The answer to this one is: there is always room for improvement.
I want this game. :D
The heading of this blog post is also a DINGBAT.
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I'm not going to post the answer to that one. Figure it out and comment at the bottom with what you think the answer is.
Its quite an easy one.
This past Saturday my friends and I were at a student street party/rag/concert thing. We went there because there was a band playing that Geni had been dying to see. I say 'dying' in the exaggerated manner employed by devout music/band/artist fans. Dying!
Anyway, after the fantastic, life-saving band had done its thing and after a 45min interval in which we got separated into 3 groups and got lost, (not a good idea), most of us managed to find each other again for the next act.
The next act: A local band singing in a local language and since we were in Pretoria, the language was Afrikaans. I don't speak much Afrikaans. Or understand much of it either when its been sung from a stage with a herd of adoring fans singing along, yelling, dancing and doing other concerty things at their feet. Needless to say, it was mostly lost on me. To the rest of the crowd however, of which the majority were Afrikaans students, the band was great! In fact, it was better than the previous band. Natuurlik.
Interesting to see how the Afrikaans people lost interest in the English singing band and the English people lost interest in the Afrikaans singing band. I guess communicating to someone in their home language really does change their attitude towards you.
Mind you, if I'm going to learn Afrikaans it won't be at the feet of a 'rock band'.

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by on 15.2.12
Who's familiar with DINGBATS puzzle games? What are "DINGBATS®"? DINGBATS® are cunningly disguised names, phrases and sayin...
I burnt myself with relish today.

That's a funny sentence.
I promise I'm not a masochist.
What actually happened was the relish I was making splashed on my finger and it was HOT! But since the relish has a fair amount of chilli in it, I guess it was only doing its job.

Why was I making relish anyway?

- make jams, preserves, chutneys and relish...

Yup, that is a bullet. It would be a neat little square box that I could tick off, but I don't know how to make those little boxes with Microsoft Word.

Bullets mean lists and since its a new year, lists mean New Year's resolutions.
I planned to only make one New Year's resolution this year:

"I will not get fat, again, this winter."

That remained my only New Year's resolution until I spent 10 hours sitting in the office at university,



waiting,



waiting,



waiting...



and now my list 3 pages long.

Clearly I have a lot of things in my life to improve. But its not just about being a better person. This isn't only just another 'new years resolution' list. Its also a list of 'other things I want to do'. Goals (if you want to call them that), ideas, things that interest me, things I want to do more of, learn more of, skills I want to acquire, things I want to make and activities I want to participate in.
Personal achievements.

Oh, I have the usual things on my list:

- see a birth of a baby
- save up and buy a house or car or. country
- knit baby vests for babies that don't get any pocket money
- cycle somewhere far
- eat less bread
- write
- learn better grammar
- buy a teapot
- sit up straight
- email Albi and give him 'what for'
- learn a new language
- drink more water
- make crème brûlée
- be a better friend
- go for dancing lessons
- listen to my body
- talk s-l-o-w-e-r and more clearly
- get involved with my hobbies again
- be more healthy
- be a nicer person
- see the beach before I die....
- etc
- etc
- etc

I won't bore you with the entirety of my list 'cos that would be, well, boring and there are 54 items on the list so far.

Welcome, 2012

With relish!

by on 2.2.12
I burnt myself with relish today. That's a funny sentence. I promise I'm not a masochist. What actually happened was the relis...