Tuesday, August 10, 2004

It’s raining again 

This past weekend marked the end of Cape Town’s dry winter. At one point, famously soggy Newlands had 100mm of rain in 4 hours. The damp caused no end of inconveniences chez nous. The pool overflowed. My car leaks. Our new house leaks in a couple of places. The dogs leave muddy paw prints all over the house. The garden is like a paddy field.
In other news, 15,000 people on the Cape Flats are homeless. The Flats are the low lying land between Table Bay and False Bay which a few hundred years ago were marshland, and are always the worst hit by strong winds and rain. Needless to say, this is where the poorest of Cape Town’s population lives. And here’s me with my damp patches. There’s no place like South Africa to give you some perspective on life.

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