Heritage Day Meander

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The annual 24 September Heritage Day seems to be forming it’s own
unique South African format.

In the one camp we have South African’s who couldn’t care less about
slipping into some animal skins and drinking Mahewu or donning a safari
hat and leathers and whipping the Longhair with a sjambok
(oops, how did
that get in there?) or wearing a kilt or whatever cultural activity
deemed part of the mixed up nation.

In the other camp we have South African’s who reckon that there is
nothing like the shared experience of burning some meat on a smoky
fire, gooing a coupla dops and maybe a coupla punches into the bargain,
to bring us mad bunch together. Goodness only knows, we seem to be
rather short on fun and laughter these days.

A typically
South African
manifestation, whenever we get two camps, are
the self appointed, self important blowhard referees – for the sake of
sanity let’s call them, ‘Julius’. Now the Julius’s of the world need to
see their names in lights in order to justify their new Sandown homes
and fancy cars. There must be a lot of guilt when you earn heaps of
money for bearing a close resemblance to a horses rear?

Nonetheless – trying to shrug off the guilt parade being poured upon
us by Julius and Julius (Mal Enema), the Longhair and I decided to grab
a bit of
someone else’s culture (being pre-1994’ites we are
adverse to celebrating any form of European culture!)
and then share in the
country’s attempt to to increase Global Warming by making an
unnecessarily large sacrificial fire.

MyPE in ChineseOur first stop for
the day was at the South
End Museum
where a day long
exhibition of Chinese Culture took place. Truth be told, we read on the
programme that there would be a Chinese Cooking Demonstration and we
were quite keen to offer our services as tasters. I also got Percy
Hsieh, a Chinese Calligrapher, to write MyPE in Chinese. After all the
excitement of watching the ink dry we proceeded on a self guided tour
of the South End Museum.

The museum and the history presented is not so ‘in your face’ as the
Red
Location Museum
, welcoming you in a comforting way.
The
exhibits are made very personal with many photographs of sporting teams
adorning the walls and partitions. Very informative. One of the pieces
of information that struck me was the census figures for the Port
Elizabeth Indian/Asian population from 1921 to 2001. I always had the
impression that this sector of our population was vast – owing to their
high profiles in business, sport and the community, was I ever wrong!

In 1921 Port Elizabeth had an Indian/Asian population of 1345. Growth
reached a peak of 4 289 in 1951 and at the next census in 1960 the Port
Elizabeth Indian/Asian population declined to 4 247. One wonders if
this decline was as a result of sloppy Nationalist Government policies
or of emigration? In 2001 the Port Elizabeth Indian/Asian population
stood at 9 341. One can only admire such a minority group for all their
achievements.

When the Longhair and I saw that we would not be the lucky taste guinea
pigs during the Chinese Cooking Demonstration we turned tail and walked
down to The
Anchor on the Bay
seeking a cold frosty and maybe something
to nibble on. The guide at the South End Museum had told us earlier
that the houses in this road were not pulled down during the forced
removals from South End as they had been occupied by policemen.

With the Donkin houses and my smiling ‘friend’ Ken Denton in mind I
couldn’t help thinking that whoever owns the houses surrounding The
Anchor on the Bay should be cuffed about the ears and spend some time
behind the bicycle sheds with my Bull Terrier (the land shark gets
hungry every now and then!). The state of these buildings is shocking
to say the least – human excretement litters the floors, floorboards
have been ripped up, broken windows, overgrown and sad. If you know who
owns these houses please let me know the miscreant’s name – he / she /
it needs to join the Port Elizabeth Hall of Shame.

A first for moi was my darkening the entrance of The
Anchor on the Bay
.
They had the Proteas cricket team whipping New Zealand on the big
screen so we decided to stay for a couple of cold ones and a bite to
eat. It must be challenging to keep up appearances when all around you
are houses fit only for use as a bush toilet and, unfortunately, it
shows. The Longhair settled for Hake and Chips – the Hake must have
come from the Arctic as it was showing a bit of an ice burn and looked
tired from it’s long journey to a plate. I had Chicken Livers – ordered
extra hot to hopefully disguise any lurking germs, and a plate of
Potato Wedges. Hands up those who remember the Potato Wedges at the
original Anchor in Eastbourne road? If you do, rather relive that taste
from long ago.

One is always encouraged to rate an establishment by the state of the
bogs. The ladies was pronounced ‘Yuk’ as not one of the stall doors
played along and closed properly, coupled with that the toilet paper
resembled newsprint that had been hit with a hammer in a futile attempt
to render it soft. The men’s enticed you closer with a distinct ammonia
smell – I thank the Lord every day that I can do my business standing
up!

The meals were understandably cheap and the 750 ml beers at R10.00 a
pop just a breath short of cold. Not the kind of place I would take a
visitor to but a good enough port in a storm.

We ended Heritage Day with a traditional barbie. The Longhair hid the
sjambok – wait girl, it will turn up.

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Heritage Day Meander

www.MyPE.co.za:
The annual 24 September Heritage Day seems to be forming it’s own
unique South African format.

In the one camp we have South African’s who couldn’t care less about
slipping into some animal skins and drinking Mahewu or donning a safari
hat and leathers and whipping the Longhair with a sjambok
(oops, how did
that get in there?) or wearing a kilt or whatever cultural activity
deemed part of the mixed up nation.

In the other camp we have South African’s who reckon that there is
nothing like the shared experience of burning some meat on a smoky
fire, gooing a coupla dops and maybe a coupla punches into the bargain,
to bring us mad bunch together. Goodness only knows, we seem to be
rather short on fun and laughter these days.

A typically
South African
manifestation, whenever we get two camps, are
the self appointed, self important blowhard referees – for the sake of
sanity let’s call them, ‘Julius’. Now the Julius’s of the world need to
see their names in lights in order to justify their new Sandown homes
and fancy cars. There must be a lot of guilt when you earn heaps of
money for bearing a close resemblance to a horses rear?

Nonetheless – trying to shrug off the guilt parade being poured upon
us by Julius and Julius (Mal Enema), the Longhair and I decided to grab
a bit of
someone else’s culture (being pre-1994’ites we are
adverse to celebrating any form of European culture!)
and then share in the
country’s attempt to to increase Global Warming by making an
unnecessarily large sacrificial fire.

MyPE in ChineseOur first stop for
the day was at the South
End Museum
where a day long
exhibition of Chinese Culture took place. Truth be told, we read on the
programme that there would be a Chinese Cooking Demonstration and we
were quite keen to offer our services as tasters. I also got Percy
Hsieh, a Chinese Calligrapher, to write MyPE in Chinese. After all the
excitement of watching the ink dry we proceeded on a self guided tour
of the South End Museum.

The museum and the history presented is not so ‘in your face’ as the
Red
Location Museum
, welcoming you in a comforting way.
The
exhibits are made very personal with many photographs of sporting teams
adorning the walls and partitions. Very informative. One of the pieces
of information that struck me was the census figures for the Port
Elizabeth Indian/Asian population from 1921 to 2001. I always had the
impression that this sector of our population was vast – owing to their
high profiles in business, sport and the community, was I ever wrong!

In 1921 Port Elizabeth had an Indian/Asian population of 1345. Growth
reached a peak of 4 289 in 1951 and at the next census in 1960 the Port
Elizabeth Indian/Asian population declined to 4 247. One wonders if
this decline was as a result of sloppy Nationalist Government policies
or of emigration? In 2001 the Port Elizabeth Indian/Asian population
stood at 9 341. One can only admire such a minority group for all their
achievements.

When the Longhair and I saw that we would not be the lucky taste guinea
pigs during the Chinese Cooking Demonstration we turned tail and walked
down to The
Anchor on the Bay
seeking a cold frosty and maybe something
to nibble on. The guide at the South End Museum had told us earlier
that the houses in this road were not pulled down during the forced
removals from South End as they had been occupied by policemen.

With the Donkin houses and my smiling ‘friend’ Ken Denton in mind I
couldn’t help thinking that whoever owns the houses surrounding The
Anchor on the Bay should be cuffed about the ears and spend some time
behind the bicycle sheds with my Bull Terrier (the land shark gets
hungry every now and then!). The state of these buildings is shocking
to say the least – human excretement litters the floors, floorboards
have been ripped up, broken windows, overgrown and sad. If you know who
owns these houses please let me know the miscreant’s name – he / she /
it needs to join the Port Elizabeth Hall of Shame.

A first for moi was my darkening the entrance of The
Anchor on the Bay
.
They had the Proteas cricket team whipping New Zealand on the big
screen so we decided to stay for a couple of cold ones and a bite to
eat. It must be challenging to keep up appearances when all around you
are houses fit only for use as a bush toilet and, unfortunately, it
shows. The Longhair settled for Hake and Chips – the Hake must have
come from the Arctic as it was showing a bit of an ice burn and looked
tired from it’s long journey to a plate. I had Chicken Livers – ordered
extra hot to hopefully disguise any lurking germs, and a plate of
Potato Wedges. Hands up those who remember the Potato Wedges at the
original Anchor in Eastbourne road? If you do, rather relive that taste
from long ago.

One is always encouraged to rate an establishment by the state of the
bogs. The ladies was pronounced ‘Yuk’ as not one of the stall doors
played along and closed properly, coupled with that the toilet paper
resembled newsprint that had been hit with a hammer in a futile attempt
to render it soft. The men’s enticed you closer with a distinct ammonia
smell – I thank the Lord every day that I can do my business standing
up!

The meals were understandably cheap and the 750 ml beers at R10.00 a
pop just a breath short of cold. Not the kind of place I would take a
visitor to but a good enough port in a storm.

We ended Heritage Day with a traditional barbie. The Longhair hid the
sjambok – wait girl, it will turn up.

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