Source: Somewhere over the rainbow
“It might be hard for you to understand this being an outsider; but South Africa holds the souls of its sons and daughters in an almost inescapable gasp. History cast all of us in a strange and gripping drama, but I had deserted the stage. I had no idea what my role was, and felt I would never be whole until I found out!”
From my book A Traitor’s Heart
Available in paperback at
And digitally (as an e-book) at
Fears, Tears and Hope
Also available in paperback (published today)
following on from my blog at
my e-book (oh no, not yet another one, c
‘Fears, Tears, Cheers and Hope’ should be published shortly (a bit later today)
The paperback version has also just been published
“How apartheid was finally buried, without requiem; but in
joyous celebration, will remain forever in the hearts and minds
of a nation reborn. When tears came, and there was dampness in
the eyes of even the most stern, it was for putting the past in
the past and hoping for hope in the future.”
The various books*on South Africa that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various “Rainbow books”) are available at
The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
“When the writer is no more, the value of your purchase will soar!”
“Together, one mind, one life , one heart, one small step at a time, let’s plant the seeds of a better and brighter tomorrow.”
# perhaps a little too fast!
and/or (a comparison)
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feature picture from The New Rainbow
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as this “persistent total non-techno” pushes himself to his absolute limits
“You think you have a limit. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
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Source: TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they (may) lead.”
– Louisa May Alcott
Source: TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW
It was one day in the year 1961, whilst driving home after the South African Grand Prix in East London, that the young boy told his father that Jim Clark (see featured picture at top of page) would one day be the champion driver of the world. The young boy was in a bad mood, because the young Clark had beaten his hero, Stirling Moss. And for the next few years the young South African boy followed the rising Scot star’s ascending career with great interest and pride. So that the new shooting star eventually usurped the place of the now retired old hero, Moss after his near fatal accident at Goodwood, UK…until it too was tragically extinguished in a minor race at Hockenheim, Germany in 1968.
And that night in the “early sixties”, the young boy lay on his bed and read the race program, over again and again. Then he fell asleep and dreamt, peacefully, blissfully. Perhaps one day… one sunny day…
“If you can dream it, then you can DO it!”
and my books Stirling and The Victory Lap (Amazon ebooks and paperbacks)
More great versions of Over the Rainbow by Josh Grogan
Shared by “totally unmusical” craig
The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various “Rainbow books” on South Africa are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
“No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you’re lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high.”
– Harriet Du Autermond
The following are some excellent letters (in my view on a recent visit to the beautiful Mother City of South Africa) from The Cape Times of Wed April 1 2015. So thought I’d share.: A debate and divergence/diversity of opinion (that a “democracy” allows)
CRY, cry the beloved readers,.
Were they here to witness it, Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela would be weeping bitter tears.
They stood for tolerance of all cultures, including previous opponents. Their land is awash with intolerance,
They stood for non-racism. Their own people are proving more racist than their previous oppressors,
They stood for intelligence, learning, academic endeavour and the upliftment of the African mind. The academic institutions of this land left as a legacy to all our peoples have been overrun by mobs of mindless crude barbarians bent not on upliftment but on destruction.
They stood for respect for other human beings, other cultures and the ancestors of this country. The children they have spawned spit on their values, and on their elders and ancestors.
They dreamt of a prosperous and successful land. Their successors have destroyed the economy of their country in their narrow greed for personal gain.
They dreamt of the upliftment of their disadvantaged and suffering people. Those of their own people whom they have fought to benefit have grabbed for themselves and ignored the plight of the poor and the disadvantaged who have been left behind.
Learn from the past
Those attending university to so presumably to improve their future prospects and, hopefully, the prospects of others who are not so privileged.
Unruly and threatening behaviour does not bode well for the future. The old axiom “United we stand, divided we fall” still holds true.
We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it.
Build a Positive Nation
South Africans have the power to heal our collective past.
As South Africans have shown that we have what it takes to come together and deliver in tough times. We have the collective power to dig deep and bring out the ositive attitudes we all possess.
The recent irritation with the protest around the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes revealed that deep under the surface of our individual daily existences there remains so much discontent and disempowerment.
The anger and the call for action that erupted these past few weeks has ignited responses from all corners of or land that sadly are mostly bringing out the worst in us. The racist accusations and assumptions and negative responses have been so disappointing and completely pathetic.
The anger that has been projected to a few students is totally not in the spirit of South Africa. he comments like “go back to your studies” and “be appreciative of your bursaries” are not useful at all in building our nation and healing our hearts. We are acting as if we are in denial and in so doing are burying the past suffering and the real feelings of collective subjugation and loss of privilege.
It would be far more beneficial and in line with the spirit of of nation-building to find it in our hearts and good natures to celebrate that we are not accepting mediocrity, and will answer to the call of of allowing transformation to be explored further rather than to be swept under the carpet.
We thank the students who have woken South Africa from our slumber and got us to begin to work out a solution. Well done to Dr Max Price and his team for recognising the need to answer the call.
We are babies at this work and the energy that we need to repair and heal our youth is huge. We need to stop wasting our energy on destruction and hate and rather ask: “What can we do to build bridges and repair the damage apartheid wrought on our nation?”
Cape Times April 1 2015
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