Since last week, the Eastern Cape has been getting a lot of rain. In fact according to the Weather Guru (link below) up to this morning 389mm of rain fell in the Port Alfred area. Click here for details on all areas from last week to now. He also shared this info:
With still 8 days left in October we have not only exceeded the record in Port Elizabeth as being the wettest NON FLOOD year on record and the second wettest year on record since 1955 (when records started at airport)
Reason for calling it a non flood year is that although we have had a lot of flooding, there is no ONE SINGLE EVEN/DATE that stands out like for example 1 September 1968
Comparative figures up until the end of October
1974 966.5 mm
1981 923.5 mm
2012 985.4 mm up until 22 October
For the entire year the total for 1968 was 1068.4 mm. We thus need just over 83 mm before the end of the year to beat that record
Facebook has been buzzing about the heavy rains and people are posting photos like crazy, especially since Saturday.
Where to get more info and updates:
Metro Newspaper: http://www.metronewspaper.co.za/
Follow the Weather Guru for up to date reports: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weather-Guru/192566374124112
Algoa FM Gallery: http://www.algoafm.co.za/galleryphotos.aspx?id=201#!prettyPhoto
Grahamstown Photos: http://penneyspix.co.za/gtown-rain.php
Some Images from Facebook:
Last night I had the pleasure of going to a hidden gem of a restaurant in Richmond Hill here in Port Elizabeth. I had chosen to take my girlfriend out here since it was recommended to me by a colleague at work. And I am really impressed to say the least.
The vibe of the place is pretty awesome and the open kitchen is a pretty nifty touch!
I have to say, that getting the contact details anywhere was quite a mission, but since I was heading that way yesterday during the day, I popped in to make the booking. If I’d only looked on Facebook for their fan page, it would have made that a lot easier though. Hindsight is a bitch 🙂
We started off sharing a Warthog Carpaccio with some yummy pesto on the side. It was presented nicely on a bed of rocket. This was followed by a stunning main course. I had a Sole Bonne Femme served with herb & parmesan potato wedges as well as veggies roasted in a tomato pesto. My amazing girlfriend (sorry baby) had yummy Lamb Steaklets with Mint Tzatziki. That was also served with the same sides, but as an alternative to the wedges, you could have Kous Kous as well. Both were mouth-wateringly awesome! After that, neither of us felt like a dessert, even though there were options such as Smooth Chocolate Mousse with Chantilly Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Tower and Tiramisu Cheesecake. Next time 🙂
All in all, the vibe is great, the food is first class and I would say without hesitation that anyone in Port Elizabeth looking for a good meal, head on down to Flava. To make it easier, here are some details.
Address: 17a Bain St, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth
Phone number: 041 811 3528 / 082 666 7098
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/flavarestaurant
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Foulmouthed, yet gentle, super-assassin Echo and her wingman, Malik, the super-strong cyborg soldier. Then there were a couple of surprise characters who managed to work their way into my story and became a major part of this universe of theirs. First there is the the rebel leader, Guilermo, and then there’s the Baron who was the biggest surprise of all.
Sadly, I think this specific novel will find it’s way into the junk pile. However, all is not lost: I have been creating a universe spanning over 200 years in the background, with the possibility of much, much more! I think I know how Asimov felt creating his Foundation universe , not that I could, or would want to, even compare my world with his masterpiece… I definitely think that I will work on this more, not to do so would be a unfortunate waste; I see at least five books in this.
Enough about me though, congratulations to all my friends in The Tequila Thursday Writers Club, who as a team, and individuals, have managed to pull off one hell of a set of achievements:
- As of this post, seven of the twenty one writers in the Port Elizabeth, or PE, region have won NaNoWriMo.
- Of these seven,
twofive are first time Nanowrimo contestants, including myself. (EDIT: five are “noobs” according to our ML)
- For the entire month, the PE writers have been in the Top 10 average word count worldwide. For a while we even held the No 1 spot until the Sri Lanka Incident (don’t ask!)
- One of our writers managed to reach 142,000 as of this post! 142,000 in twenty six days! Well done PanAlchemist!!!
Our weekly write-ins were awesome as well and a big thanks to CoffeeBoy and nayes1982. We talked more that we wrote, but we walked out of there with a renewed interest in our novels, which was worth far more than a few measly words at write in. Most of us anyway. There were a few casualties along the way but we still love them the same… next year! 🙂
There were zombies, there were aliens, there were strange sex scenes, there were salmon and madhatters, there was a Travelling Shovel of Death (in more than one novel actually), we killed each other off, or I was killed off at least, with a shovel. There were dreamworlds, there were alien worlds, there were underwater worlds and possibly parallel worlds. There were awesome pep-talks from really awesome famous novelists and we all agreed that Lemony Snicket‘s pep-talk right at the end was the best of all! There was definitely tequila, lots of Blue Mountain coffee (mmmmmm) and enough power cords to power a small town. There were new friends made, both from near and a little farther away in Grahamstown, who managed to make our “war” against Pretoria just that little bit harder. Not that it mattered in the end, as we won the “war” hands down.
Lastly, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to our ML, David Seven who is one hell of a ML and a great inspiration! It was one hell of a ride, I learned a lot in this month gone by and who cares that the I have to print the certificate myself and fill in my own name? I can’t wait for 1 November 2011! 🙂
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