Father’s Day 2018… no father


Blog-a-day-June… Sunday, 17 June
Today is Father’s Day.
IMG_0270Today is the first Father’s Day after the death of my father.
So, in my home, there will be no Father’s Day “celebrations”.

Advertisements

Youth day 2018


Blog-a-day-June… Saturday, 16 June
Today is Youth day in South Africa. A public holiday.
What is Youth day all about?
On 16 June 1976, many young people from schools in Soweto marched to Orlando Stadium. They were mainly protesting the 1974 order that some subjects were to be taught in Afrikaans only.
During the protest, police started shooting at the (mostly) high school students, which led to many deaths of students.
Every year, we commemorate the role of the youth in the fight against Apartheid in South Africa, and especially the tragic deaths of the students on 16 June 1976.

May we never forget!

For more details, please read the following:

Spain vs Portugal


Blog-a-day-June… Friday, 15 June
I have to type this before going to bed. It is after 22:00. The best soccer/football match I have seen in a long time just finished.
Spain and Portugal, in 2018 FIFA World Cup, was a brilliant match.
Spain seemed the better team on the field for large parts of the match. The goals they scored were very good.
But Portugal had Ronaldo. He scored 3 goals. Every one of the goals pretty special in it’s own way.
Do yourself a favour, and read the reports at the following sites:

I enjoyed this match a lot.

Soccer World Cup kick-off


Blog-a-day-June… Thursday, 14 June
And there we have it! The first match of FIFA Soccer World Cup is done and dusted.
Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0. I must say, it was a little against my own expectation. I expected Saudi Arabia to win, or at most a 2-0 score if Russia were to win.
Tomorrow, I am looking forward to Portugal against Spain. My prediction? I believe the Spanish team is stronger than the #CR7-factor.

Eskom consequences


Blog-a-day-June… Wednesday, 13 June
In South Africa, we have Eskom, our power provider.
Over the last few years, there were a lot of corruption taking place in South Africa, and Eskom were not spared. A lot of money were lost in this way.
It was announced recently that workers will not get a salary raise, due to lack of money. Perfectly understandable.
The issue is this, though: the workers seems to be carrying the consequences of years of bad decisions and corruption by politicians and top management.
I don’t like the possible consequences of a possible strike by workers at Eskom, but I think I support the plight of the workers at Eskom in this case. I really hope that there will not be negative consequences for country at large.

Countdown to World Cups


Blog-a-day-June… Monday, 11 June
I am an avid fan of hockey. Field hockey, not ice hockey. I also follow a little bit of football (or soccer, to some readers).
The FIFA World Cup, for soccer, starts on 14 June.
The World Cup for hockey, this time for women, starts on 21 July.
I really look forward to both of these World Cups.
I just read that the World Cup for Sevens Rugby for men starts at the end of July as well. I don’t know when the World Cup for Sevens for women will start, though. The World Cup for hockey for men starts in November.
There is something special about World Cups, I think. I don’t know what, exactly. Some say it is because it is the highest level for a sportsperson to achieve. I don’t know if this is the reason I find it so special. It might be.
In any case, I really look forward to all of these, and especially the Soccer World Cup, because it starts in a few days time.
How about you? Do you look forward to any of these, or any other World Cup that is scheduled for the next few days, weeks or months? Which one? Why? Who do you hope will win? Who will you bet on, if you had to bet something on a team/person? Why?