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WordPress has an integrated spellchecker. It also automatically tells me when there's nothing to check: No writing errors were found.

WordPress has an integrated spellchecker. It also automatically tells me when there’s nothing to check: “No writing errors were found.” – Phew! 😉


Because we all make mistakes, why take a chance when it’s so easy to double check:


Write your copy in a text editor with a spellchecker. At least it’ll help you get rid of those really silly errors.


When it comes to using copy in an image editing program, copy and paste the text into a word editor to confirm your grammar is correct.


Even better: Use an integrated spellchecker in the software. Most programs offer to activate a spellchecker or to install a widget or plugin.


Don’t fall for the temptation to switch off the spellchecker.

Maybe you’re using professional terminology and get a lot of words highlighted as wrong. Rather add these to your spellchecker’s dictionary and customise it to your needs.


And because we all still make mistakes, always proofread your copy.



Are you doing the Bucket Dance? Capturing every drop for grey water with multiple buckets in the shower.

Are you doing the Bucket Dance? Capturing every drop for grey water with multiple buckets in the shower.


In and around the buckets we shower,

We place them in line, in circles, on top of each other.

We do what we can, we take this power

in our own hands and prove that we bother.


It’s a means to save every drop,

Once you started you can’t stop.

So we turn, twist and hop, we balance, shuffle and mop,

anything to make sure this doesn’t turn into a flop.


Because water is rare and we’re running out.

No time for a blank stare, this is a serious drought.

We need action now, the question is not why but how,

so do your bit and put on a good show:


Lift that leg, do the fandango, take a stance:

Turn this from a crisis into a chance!

We’re all in this together so let’s do enhance

this situation by joining the Bucket Dance!





The City of Cape Town’s water map shows the water usage of households around Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town’s water map shows the water usage of households around Cape Town.


Here we get to see what the City of Cape Town uses for an at a glance overview of water usage at residential properties:


Criticism arose that “the map enables residents to check up on their neighbours’ water habits” and thus acts as a “name and shame” campaign.


Surely, you’d check up on your own address first.


And as a self-check tool this water map is really useful:


Every month you get to see if you managed to stay below 6 000 litres at your property, indicated with a dark green dot. 🙂


If your plot shows a light green dot, it means you used between 6 000 and 10 500 litres last month and you need to read up on some #water #saving #tips. 😉


Use the map rather as a “name and acclaim” campaign: an incentive to show off and help your neighbours to #GoGreen, or to follow suit and work harder on your #WaterSaving.



Batu Caves

Travel Blog 18/03/06

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Charan and his wife Monica took me to the Batu Caves.

Wow, there’s this big giant golden statue right by the steps up to the Batu Caves. Very impressive!

There are temples and you can watch their religious ceremonies.

It’s 272 extremely steep steps up to the caves, but I was so excited about the view and what was to come, I did it with no effort. I don’t mind the hot and humid weather at all really.

The caves are really massive and there are shrines and temples around, always very colourful and with candles and incense.

After some more steps we got to the big temple at the top. All sorts of animals are hanging around there, like monkeys and roosters. The roosters sing along with the Hindu music.

There are also smaller caves at the bottom, which are art galleries and filled with sculptures representing scenes from the ancient Hindu tales.

I took loads of pics, but it’s just so colourful and nicely crafted:


This blog post appeared originally here on Monday, Mar 20 2006, 03:21:35 pm:


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Movie review "Nackt" ("Naked") by Doris Doerrie, 2002

Movie review “Nackt” (“Naked”) by Doris Doerrie, 2002


Movie review of “Nackt” originally written in October 2002 for Creative Week.


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I painted this bathroom door myself and love the result.

I painted this bathroom door myself and love the result.


When our builder’s workers started applying the primer on our interior doors while they were still hanging, I knew this would end badly.

So I decided to save some costs and paint the doors myself. It couldn’t get worse than how it had been done so far.

Of course I knew nothing about painting doors, so I first had to do my research which I’m happy to share:


Good Practices for Painting Interior Doors


1) Lay down the door flat on saw horses

Painting a new interior door is easiest on saw horses:

–  Only when the door is removed from the frame can you reach all the edges. Especially new doors need to be sealed everywhere to prevent moisture from entering – that includes the bottom edge.

–  Only when the door is lying flat down can you achieve a smooth streak-free paint finish. It is easy to miss drips and runs leaving unsightly paint marks on your door. Plus you’ll avoid any mess on the walls and floors.

If the door is already installed, take it off for painting. Interior doors are hollow and easy to remove from the hinges.


2) Clean the door

Make sure there is no residue or grime on the door that would spoil the paint.

Wipe the door clean with soapy lukewarm water.


3) Sand down the door

If new or old, before painting you need to roughen up the surface.

Use a sanding block for profiled moldings and sandpaper on flat boards to smoothen any irregularities.

Clean up the dust with a vacuum or brush and damp cloth.


4) Fix any holes

Should the door have any holes, cracks or scratches, fill them before applying any primer or paint.


5) Dampen the surface

This trick is meant to help you achieve a smooth paint finish:

Wet the door’s surface slightly with a sponge or cloth.

When applying paint on the damp surface, it’ll take longer to dry, giving you more time to smoothen out any unwanted streaks or tears.


6) Prime the door

New doors need to be primed to ensure good adhesion of the finish coats. Already painted doors need no primer if they’re in good condition.

Apply one coat of primer and let it dry.

Sand down any irregularities.


7) Paint the door

The best way to avoid brush marks is by avoiding using brushes. Only paint the tricky parts like edges and ornamental designs with brushes.

Use a foam roller on all straight surfaces for an even looking finish. You might need to apply an extra coat, if the foam roller spreads the coat too thin.

Apply as many layers of paint as needed for a great finish. If you can still spot some irregularities, give it one more coat. It actually goes quick and will leave you truly happy with the result.


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Doppelgaenger déjà vu: Starsky also has only the right ear up, just like Lola and Gigi.

Doppelgaenger déjà vu: Starsky also has only the right ear up, just like Lola and Gigi.


What is it with our dogs and having one ear up and one ear floppy?

And not only that, it’s also the same combination: The right ear stands up.


After seeing double with Lola and Gigi, the same is occurring now with Lola and Starsky:

He is ‘wearing’ his ears the same way Lola does – right ear up, left ear flopping down.


I don’t particularly remember dogs having different ears, as far as I can recall it was either or: either both ears stand up or both ears hang down.


Lola can do with her right ear both: She can let it hang loose or she can lift it up. She often sleeps with her right ear up, it’s as if she can only relax one-sided. She does make a great guard dog.


Gigi also went through a phase where only her right ear stood up. But she grew out of that, both her ears are floppy now, even though they’re so tiny. It’s hilarious she can’t perk them up, only raise them, but her mini cute ears are still hanging floppy down.


So who knows what Starsky’s ears will look like when he grows up, but this picture is just like: Doppelgaenger déjà vu!


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