Tag Archives: Charles Howard

Goodbye, my friend…

In the mid-eighties, the economic bite was being felt in the construction industry. The Roberts Construction Grout laboratory for which Jed (Charles Howard) worked reduced staff, leaving Jed redundant after thirteen years with them. My company, SNA, consulting engineers, had … Continue reading

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Jed and the Monitor

Sheila caught an enormous leguaan(monitor) on our farm to give to Charles (Jed) Howard and presented it to him when next they visited, but his wife, Val, put her foot down and forbade it. A week later, she caught a … Continue reading

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Sitting in Judgement

Although there were gaps of a year or two, sometimes, between seeing each other, my friend, Jed (Charles Howard) the snake-man, and I kept in loose contact. He and Valery Gillespie got so quietly married in a magistrate’s court that … Continue reading

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The Snake-man Returns.

By mid-August, Charles Howard (Jed) had recovered sufficiently to return to Head Office of Loxton, Hunting & Associates in Johannesburg to work his notice, which I thought was a cruel requirement for somebody being fired. The gaboon viper that had … Continue reading

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Blackwater Fever.

There was no doubt that Charles Howard (Jed) treated his own life lightly, and was thus selfish to those that loved him, but there were very few occasions where he put anyone else at risk without provocation, that I knew … Continue reading

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The MORRUMBALA MONSTER

Watching Charles Howard (Jed) catch snakes, and having seen how easy it was, I was sure that I could do it myself. So, when I saw two puff adders together on the track, I stopped my Landy and cut myself … Continue reading

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Assistant SNAKE-CATCHER.

As natural resources surveyors, the first pit that we would dig and describe, sample and classify, when we settled into a new area, would be the pit latrine. Then we would cover it with saplings, leaves and earth before building … Continue reading

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