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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Yes, I watch soapies

We have quite a few local soapies, but there are 2 that I think are probably the most popular: Generations and Isidingo. I tend to watch this too semi-regularly, as with most soapies the story lines go through some really bad phases. Isidingo's current standout storyline for me is dealing with the eating disorders that Maggie and Jess have. In Generations there are 2 stand out story lines: a father finding out that his son is gay and a couple dealing with abuse. I commend the writers of this soap for dealing with issues that happen in real life and not just doing the silly "lets manipulate person x for reason y".

Sibisusio finding out about the relationship his son Senzo has with Jason - someone he defended for being bisexual - has been a long time coming, as September last year Senzo and Jason (both black) had their first kiss. I hadn't fully realised how conservative SA was until there was an outcry about the kiss. So I suppose the reaction of Sibisusio to finding the two in bed together is something that most viewers will accept. It's soo sad that people could accept the reaction as normal and what should happen, attacking people with a sjambok and firing your employee because he is gay is not on. The comments made by viewers on one of the articles is also frighting, why can't people accept people for who they are?

What are your thoughts on this?

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

SpeakZA

Yes, South Africa has it's problems, but the one thing I thought we had sorted was freedom of the press. I figured we'd learnt from our history, but it seems not everyone has. That's why I think it's important for all ZA bloggers to take part in this. So here goes.

SpeakZA

Bloggers for a free press

Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of ANC Youth League Spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the secretary-general of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain journalists, purporting to expose the money-laundering practices of Dumisani Lubisi, a journalist at City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a grave infringement on constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards dictatorial rule in South Africa.

We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their positions of power for personal and political gain.

The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid to silence them in their legitimate work.

We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in their response to the letter of complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but an insolent effort to intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing information about the youth league president.

We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and other constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.

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http://blogs.news24.com/needpoint

http://capetowngirl.co.za

http://thoughtleader.co.za/sentletsediakanyo

http://thoughtleader.co.za/davidjsmith

http://letterdash.com/one-eye-only

http://boyuninterrupted.blogspot.com

http://amandasevasti.com

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http://6000.co.za

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http://hamishpillay.wordpress.com

http://memoirs4kimya.blogspot.com

http://thoughtleader.co.za/azadessa

http://watkykjy.co.za

http://fredhatman.co.za

http://thelifeanddeathchronicles.blogspot.com/

http://blogs.timeslive.co.za/common-dialogue/

http://www.clivesimpkins.blogs.com/

http://mashadutoit.wordpress.com

http://nicharalambous.com

http://sarocks.co.za

http://blogs.timeslive.co.za/stompies/

http://helenmoffett.book.co.za/blog/

http://01universe.blogspot.com

http://groundwork.worpress.com

http://iwrotethisforyou.me

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http://attentiontodetail.wordpress.com

http://blogs.women24.com/editor

http://www.missmillib.blogspot.com

http://snowgoose.co.za

http://dreamfoundry.co.za

http://www.vanoodle.blogspot.com

http://www.exmi.co.za/.co.za

http://cat-dubai.blogspot.com

http://alistairfairweather.com

http://www.zanedickens.com

http://www.nickhuntdavis.com

http://guysa.blogspot.com

http://book.co.za

http://baldy.co.za

http://skinnylaminx.com

http://blogs.african-writing.com/zukiswa

http://www.mielie.wordpress.com

http://blogs.timeslive.co.za/gatherer/

http://thoughtleader.co.za/sarahbritten

http://stii.co.za

http://blogs.news24.com/FSB_AP

http://twistedkoeksuster.blogspot.com

http://whensmokegetsinyoureyes.blogspot.com/

http://trinklebean.wordpress.com

http://commentry.wordpress.com/

http://matthewbuckland.com

http://blogs.news24.com/colour-me-fran

http://gormendizer.co.za

http://khadijapatel.co.za

http://ravingfans.co.za

http://helenmoffett.book.co.za/blog/

http://angelo2711.posterous.com/

http://cathjenkin.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Friday, 19 March 2010

My not so secret love affair

Relax, I'm not up to any funny business I'm just talking about our neighbours little girl :) I recently tweeted that I'm a terrible blogger and it's all because of Maddie. She is such the cutest little person and I go visit her and her mom every day. I also get to do the occasionally spot of babysitting. It is just amazing how much babies grow and change in a matter of days. Just last week she was content to do a little looking around, but this week she's alert and looking at everything and making her feelings none. When she first got back from the hospital with her mom you couldn't hear a peep, now if she feels that she's not getting enough attention she lets you know. I know this might come across as if I'm a little broody, but I'm not. I'm just enjoying having someone to give some affection to, with J gone during the week, it's nice having someone to hug.

My poor husband and friends, I tend to mention her in most conversations, it's even gotten to the point that J asks if I've seen her today and what happened :o Although this could just be a sign that I've been unemployed for way to long and need to get out of the house more often...which I'm working on. I figure if no one wants to hire me just yet, the least I can do is something for others, so I'll be signing up with Rotary or Round Table, whichever has things going on in my area.

Anyway it's the long weekend, so enjoy yours.
:)

Monday, 15 March 2010

It's been a few days of bad ideas

Sometimes I amaze myself with the number of bad ideas I can have in the space of a few days. And so because I lead a fairly boring life all I have for blog fodder are said bad ideas.

  • Waiting till I felt extra hungry to start making supper - the dish I knew I'd land up making also takes about 40 minutes to make, so I really should have started making it sooner.
  • Watching cooking shows where the chef's are making really amazing, yummy looking meat dishes. That did not help my meat centred thoughts at all.
  • Not eating enough for breakfast. On the surface this doesn't seem like that bad of an idea, but it turns out that the meds I'm taking need more than some breakfast, they need a fairly substantial one...not eating enough leads to all manner of yuckiness.
  • Taking a mid range walk at mid day to get some groceries and library books, the walk back was horrid.
Four bad ideas in 4 days is silly, but I did have one good idea on one of those days. A close friend is having major problems, I spread the word that there was trouble amongst the circle and although we can't solve the problems he knows we're all there to help in any way we can. I know that it goes without saying, but it's good for friends to hear it too.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

23 days to go

Yay, only 23 days to go till I can eat meat again, well more like sushi and pies and bacon. It's the strangest thing, I can get the crave/missing of sushi and bacon as I ate those fairly regularly, but pies?? Just odd. For Easter we'll be in Jhb with a lot of J's family and there will be many delicious meals, the only thing that makes it not as bad as it could be. But this leaves me wondering if maybe I should start eating meat again the Monday before the Easter weekend. The last time I went meat free for lent, when I started eating meat again I got pretty sick...and I'd hate to miss out on all the dim sum, bao/poa and cha sui - I'm not to sure on the spellings and neither is my Chinese husband, who introduced me to these yummy, yummy things :-/

So any suggestions on the best course of action to enjoy all the lovely food?

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Today, was not a good day

As you guys know, I saw my gp a few weeks ago about the craziness that is my body, and that there were a few things he mentioned that could be a the root of my problem. The results of the blood tests he ran were normal and he said I should go see a gynaecologist and rule out polycystic ovary syndrome. Today was appointment day and it started badly, as the doc was running over half an hour late.

Because this was my first check with a gynacologist and not a female gp - who I normally see for a pap smear - I didn't know you had to get all nekid, and then she checked my boobs too....strange. Did a pap smear, couldn't get a proper sample, so i'll have to do that again soon :-/ The scan was odd, I swear she put a condom over this thing that she stuck in my bits and took a look around. Found out 2 things: I have polystic ovary syndrome and I also have a tipped uterus, according to her 1 in 5 women have a tipped uterus.

The tipped uterus won't be a problem when it comes to having children, but the polycystic ovary syndrome will impact on it. Meanwhile, being on the pill helps and she says i'm on a good one. I also have to see her in 3 weeks time, when I've been on the meds for 3 weeks and she'll do another scan and chat to me some more, because she was running late I didn't really get to do lots of questions. She is also running 6 or 7 blood tests, most of them are for hormones. The med regime is crazy, high doeses twice daily for 12 weeks....there after i'm not sure, but it looks like the meds will carry on. She is also pushing healthy diet and exercise, got the diet part down pat, but now to get exercise.

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