Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Horizons

My departure for Maun, Botswana was delayed by a couple of weeks due to finalising some exchange control problems to transfer payments to South Africa, but in the meanwhile I spent some time at Basil Read head-office in Boksburg. My … Continue reading

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Mad Dogs & Bad Neighbours

One night we were both dead asleep and awakened by the sound of cattle bellowing and a dog’s frantic barking. Sheila’s cows were in trouble. She dragged on a pair of gumboots grabbed a torch and blundered into the night … Continue reading

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Pressure Builds

One of Sheila’s cows fell ill with mastitis (Staphylococcus aureus), which should be easily treatable with penicillin, but it evolved into blue udder and gas gangrene, which the new vet, Gordon Strick, told us was often a fatal disease. He … Continue reading

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The Militant Nurse

1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, saw the inevitability of the re-unification of Germany, as Communism failed with the bankruptcy of Russia. Exciting times, indeed, on top of our own South African political metamorphosis. At St. Vincent’s Hospital … Continue reading

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