@Leisure: Engineer onboard the Queen Mary 2

  It has always been one of my bucket list items to sail on an ocean liner into the blue yonder. So, when I saw an advert that the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) would be docking at Cape Town on route to Sydney, Australia, I knew this was my opportunity. The decision came easy. I […]

@Leisure: On the ancestral trail – Part 2

  After meeting some of our “long-lost” family on our ancestral trail through the UK, our scheduled port of call was Birkenhead, our paternal homeland, where my sister Wendy and I located a number of surviving aunts and cousins. Leaving King’s Heath in Birmingham, we travelled south to join the M25 ring road around London. […]

@Leisure: A century of fine music

    The Johannesburg Musical Society (JMS), the oldest musical society in South Africa, was established in 1902. The Anglo-Boer war had just ended and the burgeoning city of Johannesburg was attracting people of taste and education from all over the world. Initially a society for musical amateurs, the JMS grew in sophistication and popularity, […]