April Madness

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Hector Peterson Memorial

Hector Peterson Memorial

I have had the pleasure of travelling around Johannesburg with my little brother this year. Our visits are not glamorous but we have been to some great places that I had overlooked for the past 5 years. I finally returned to the Hector Pieterson museum. Last time I was there I was half awake and tired, O-Week 2004. We spent a good part of the day in there. You really have to give yourself time to explore all the information. I really liked the exhibition and especially the video walls. This museum covers events leading up to and during the Soweto Uprisings. We remember these events on June 16 of each year in South Africa. We also drove around Orlando, Soweto after. The new stadium looks great, 2010 World Cup infrastructure is shaping up.

My other trips were done in this month of April. My and my brother visited SciBono in Newtown. Awesome morning spent there. Really a gem in terms of scientific demonstrations, too bad for the dead ants in the ant farm there though. We did about 3 floors of it. We were tired didn't go to the 4th floor. The puzzles were damn good. Some of the things, even though I have done an Engineering degree, I had never seen before or it was the first time I see a real demonstration of the phenomena. So I really felt like a child in a candy shop. More people should visit the centre. Was humbled though to see young people there and not just children. Across from SciBono you have Museum Africa (Must see), SAB World of Beer, Mary Fritzgerald square and the design precinct.

War Memorial

War Memorial

The next trip, oh yeah the Military Museum in Parktown. In the past  I lived up the street and never went. It was also a good experience. The Anglo-Boer war exhibit was interesting as well as all the heavy machinery that is aroung the place. It should be advertised more. Ok we went on a weekend when everyone was going to the Zoo next door but there were a number of people at the museum. One of the ladies there asked me what I thought about the Anglo-Boer war. I just replied saying its just one part of our fascinating and sometimes painful history and we should learn from it and not just look at it as being negative. War is fascinating. I got into studying some of the old wars due to games like Medal of Honour. The money spent on them is colossal. Some say its a waste, some say its a way to do a large amount of technological advancement in a very short space of time. Thats why defence departments around the world still spend a large amount of their budgets on financing academic research (As long as it helps the defence effort).

Another trip I took was into the North West. Yes Sun City.  It was a great time with my better half. We first did the magalies meander and also took a lot of backroads. Started in the morning at a Cheese farm for excellent breakfast. Hit Rustenburg later in the day. Got to our French bed and breakfast near Sun City, very quaint. Then hit Sun City for the rest of the day. That part of the world always reminds me of the time I was growing up. The roads were worse but I always have fond memories of travelling there or going to Mafikeng. Well again I promise to update a bit earlier than this time. Well lets just wait and see.

June 16 Memorial

June 16 Memorial

Military Museum

Military Museum

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