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GRAHAMSTOWN, JULY 4 (article first published : 2001-07-4)

Looks like the dreaded cold front weve been threatened with is on its way, the wind has gradually got up during the day and the clouds are gathering. Time to go back to five layers (see June 29 story)

Today I have seen The Hole, a Durban production with Santhiran Moonsamy and Tyron Akal and the ever-popular floral artists with their Chansons et Fleurs who invariably play to full houses and have to put on extra performances. This makes it heavy going on the plant material. Tonight its A Savage from the Colonies, a Pietermaritzburg production.

All reviews will be posted as soon as possible. At the moment Im about two days behind!

I talked in the July 1 report about Geoff and Ann Palmer who kindly put up with me plus laptop computer, baggage and crazy timetable - during Festival time. The other evening, I was fascinated to find Ann in the kitchen wearing strange basketwork items on her arms while she was washing up some dishes.

It turns out that these sleeve protectors are at least a hundred years old. They belonged to her grandmother, Constance Scott, whose husband was a South African recipient of the Victoria Cross. Constance died in 1951 aged about 96. But if you think this was impressive age, her sister Emmy lived until she was 105. She put down her longevity and full possession of all her mental faculties to her love of curry. So, Durbanites keep eating the curry!

These sleeve protectors are cone shaped and made of basket work. You simply slip them on to your arm and push them up until the base is level with the wrist. Then you could wash dishes, garden or do any kind of messy work without soiling your sleeves!

Maybe we should encourage local basket weavers to produce a similar product.




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