Blue Suburbia
Once again I'm not sure if this is just a stange flash world or a game, but blue suburbia is worth a visit for some point'n'clickery - note it turns your mouse pointer into a light sprite which I found a little confusing at first [ta incog neato].

Entry 903, Thursday, July 29th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Just for phillydad (er...and me) a gratuitous link to a picture of Drew Barrymore naked in a bath with flowers strategically (drat) placed on her [via sexiest 100].

Entry 902, Thursday, July 29th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Vector Park
Is vector park a game or just a little flash toy? It sure is fun trying to work it out [ta allegra].

Entry 901, Thursday, July 29th 2004, Filed In Stuff

I'm not sure if Afterlife Telegrams are black comedy or disturbingly genuine. They made me chuckle though.

"For a donation of $5.00 per word (5 word minimum), we can have telegrams delivered to people who have passed away. This is done with the help of terminally Ill volunteers who memorize the telegrams before passing away, and then deliver the telegrams after they have passed away"


Entry 900, Thursday, July 29th 2004, Filed In Stuff

3 Pools
While I was at Lake Naverone I hiked up to an area called the 3 pools (where coincidently there are 3 pools) in the Drakensburg Natural Park. The weather there was strange - I hiked for about 5 hours in the beating sun and was boiling, but in the shade it was freezing to the extent that there was frost in some places and one of the pools was partially iced over.

Hiking on your own in this area is a little disturbing - there are literally no other people and if you take a tumble, like I did, you start worrying about when/if anyone would find you. At one point I came accross a troop of baboons, which are pretty large, and I realised I wasn't sure if they were the kind of creature that would come after me or run away. As it turns out they ran away but they were having quite a big fight amongst each other.

That's all my holiday pics for now. The key ones I'm missing are from the wedding itself, when by rotten coincidence my camera battery had run down, but I'll be getting copies from other people that were there and posting them at a later date. So back to the usual nonsense for now...

Dodgy Bridge

Entry 899, Sunday, July 25th 2004, Filed In Diary

Lake Naverone
After Grant and Angela's wedding I hired a car and went back up to the Drakensburg on my own while they went off on their honeymoon. I did have plans to go on safari but they fell through, however things worked out well in the end as I ended up at Lake Naverone - a very chilled out place, ideal if you've been stressed out at work for several months.

The setting is simply stunning and for a city-bod like myself the silence is amazing - all you could hear was the odd bird call. Also I was never aware just how many stars there are in the sky - it was like visiting an observatory every night - there's virtually zero light pollution. The nearest town was a small place called Underburg where I stocked up on provisions. It was about 25km away on a pot-holed winding road that was imense fun to drive along - you feel like you are taking part in a rally (well if you drive like I do you do).

Lake Naverone

Entry 898, Saturday, July 24th 2004, Filed In Diary

Sani Pass
The Sani Pass is a mountainous route through the hills of the Drakensburg up to the country of Lesotho. The road is only open to 4x4s by law, and when you travel up you can understand why. I shyed away from borrowing the farm truck and got a guided tour in a 4x4 to the top (R200, that's less than 20, for the day for two guides, the 4x4, and there were only two other tourists with me).

As you visit another country it means you get even more exciting stamps in your passport, which is always nice. The picture above is the Lesotho customs point which basically consisted of 5 very cold men in long wooly coats standing around a fire, smoking and playing cards.

I happened to go up the day it snowed which added an extra element of danger to the whole experience as the 4x4 slipped around and the guides still insisted on overtaking slower drivers. I had an insane grin on my face the whole way, meanwhile the Afrikaans kid on the trip with me kept putting his seatbelt on! I didn't have the heart to tell him it probably wouldn't help if we came off the road and plummeted a few hundred feet. The 4x4 we were in is pictured below.

Sani Pass Transport

Entry 897, Saturday, July 24th 2004, Filed In Diary

On The Farm
While I was based in Durban I also made two visits to the Drakensburg region, which covers a mountian range on the border with Lesotho (a seperate country land-locked by South Africa).

On my first visit I stayed with Catherine (Cats) and Rex on Rex's Farm. That's Cats with me in the picture above, the farm is pictured in the snow below. The altitude means that the Drakensburg is a lot colder than Durban, but the snow was an unusal event. Cats and Rex got married the weekend after Grant and Angela (that's today!), but unfortunately I couldn't stay for that.

The Farm in The Snow

Entry 896, Saturday, July 24th 2004, Filed In Diary

OK - so I'm back off holiday, but where have I been? Well I've spent a fantastic 2 weeks in South Africa, based in Durban, thanks to Grant and Angela whose wedding I went out for. I've got loads of pictures to post, so sorry if you're here for games and the like they'll return shortly, but I have to write up my adventures first. I've split my photos into vague categories and hopefully I'll then write up a bit about what I got up to.

This first set of photos is from Durban where I was based for most of my time in South Africa. The picture above is of Grant and myself fooling around at the departure gate at Heathrow.

Entry 895, Saturday, July 24th 2004, Filed In Diary

No fresh links for a couple of weeks I'm afraid, not becuase I'm too lazy to post anything, but because I'm off on my holidays. Woohoo!

Entry 894, Thursday, July 8th 2004, Filed In Diary

Little Ogee
Final game of the day, little ogee is a little comic character with an odd penchant for spitting on the floor and poking his head. The game is seemingly simple, but having said that I've got stuck twice - firstly getting over to the castle, which I got over with some help, and now I'm totally flummoxed by the room with the hanging chains. Any hints from all you gaming addicts would be much appreciated.

Entry 892, Monday, July 5th 2004, Filed In Games

Scary Scavenger Hunt
More scary adventures, but this time with Garfield (yes he's still going), in the scary scavenger hunt. Once you're done with part one, part two offers more of the same. The stangest thing about these games is the huge doughnut craving you develop after about 10 minutes playing. I was actually in the car en-route to Tesco within seconds of completing part two.

Entry 891, Monday, July 5th 2004, Filed In Games

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