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Cable Cars and Signal Hill Sightseeing in Cape Town (2017-05-11) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 24 AUG 2018

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has for many years now offered a free adult ticket up the mountain on a South African citizen’s birthday – a deal which I’ve seldom made good on, but not necessarily for the lack of trying. It has far more to do with the fact that my birthday falls in the Cape Town winter season, meaning that weather conditions are almost never in my favour.

After a rare success in 2016, I once again tried my luck in 2017, however the strangely quiet cable car station should have been enough of a hint that the operation was shut for the morning, thanks to adverse conditions at the top of the mountain.

Not too daunted though, I instead altered my trip to that of even more of a local tourist, opting to go on a scenic drive (filled with photo stops) past the nearby kramat up on the ridge, even further up to Signal Hill, over Kloof Nek and down into Camps Bay, round the coast to Seapoint, lunch in the V&A Waterfront, and then ending it all off with a tour of the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. Certainly a more than adequate replacement plan then.

Talking about the kramat, Cape Town is actually surrounded by a ‘holy circle’ of kramats – shrines of great Muslim spiritual leaders. There are about 20 recognised sites scattered throughout the peninsula, with two of these sites actually situated on Signal Hill – that of Tuan Kaape-ti-low at the Army Camp, and that of Sheikh Mohamed Hassen Ghaibie Shah on the ridge (the one that I pulled over at).

Continuing further up the road you will eventually reach Signal Hill, a great (car-accessible) location for viewing Table Mountain, Cape Town, its surrounds and the last vestiges of Peninsula Shale Renosterveld – particularly useful if you don’t feel like the strenuous walk that accompanies going up the likes of nearby Lion’s Head.

Driving down from Signal Hill towards Camps Bay, you’ll spot a couple of cannons overlooking Camps Bay along Kloof Nek road, originally placed there by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to defend the castle from attack via the wagon track which led from Camps Bay to the Castle via Kloof Nek. Yes, I did pull over and take a few photos. I can only imagine that Chantelle was very happy not to be tagging along with me for the day!

As for Camps Bay itself, as always it is breathtakingly beautiful (when not overrun with sun-seeking beach goers), and the public art installations along the beach makes for a nice distraction while stretching one’s legs.

The remainder of the drive takes you around the rest of the rich, beautiful (seemingly always under construction) Atlantic Seaboard towards Green Point, and because I like stopping to take pictures, I inevitably stopped along the Seapoint promenade to get my first ever glimpse of the once relatively controversial Michael Elion’s “Perceiving Freedom” public sculpture/Ray-Ban advert.

I didn’t really mind it all that much to be honest.

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As for the rest of my day NOT walking about on top of Table Mountain? It was pretty pleasant.

Related Link: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway | Signal Hill | Camps Bay

Catching The Bats at Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay My Life | My Reviews 04 JUL 2016

Back in May my dad turned the big 60 (and became a pensioner shortly after – just to sweeten the deal you know), and to celebrate the big event even more, a couple of weeks ago he invited 30 of his close friends and family to join him and mom for dinner and a show at the always entertaining Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay, Cape Town.


Supper was to be had in the charming onsite SideDish restaurant, which is run by the Dish Food & Social catering group.

Having already pre-selected our meal choices the previous week, we were treated before the show to some delicious food in an equally exquisite (and intimate) venue – with my three course meal consisting of Prego chicken arancini, rocket, peri-peri aioli for starters, followed by a main course comprised of aged rump, sauteed greens, lazy potatoes, and bearnaise. Finally, dessert came in the form of sticky toffee pudding, with a side of amarula ice cream.


Anyway, a quick cup of coffee to round off the meal, finished literally just in time as the bell below started to ring – heralding the imminent start of the evening’s show downstairs. What show you might be wondering? Well in this case, a surprising performance by one of the more entertaining South African bands from Dad’s era – The Bats!

the bats south african band eddie eckstein paul ditchfield pete clifford derek gordon

The band was originally formed way back in 1964, when Eddie Eckstein, Paul Ditchfield, the late Jimmy Dunning and the late Barry Jarman, burst onto the local scene and became, to many ardent followers, South Africa’s answer to the Beatles. They toured extensively, both locally and internationally, generating more than a hit or two along the way!

Part of their charm was of course the mix of comedy and music that made up their performances, and 50 years later you can still very much see just what an entertaining bunch the lot must have been in their heyday.

the bats south african band electric guitar

The current lineup features Eddit Eckstein (Telly Fun Quiz anyone?), Paul Ditchfield, Pete Clifford and Derek Gordon, and despite the fact that pretty much all these guys are in their 70’s now, they had us completely entertained from start to finish.

Their musical abilities are fantastic, the songs impossible not to like, the chemistry and energy on stage is beyond surprising, and throw in a lot of laughter (and yes, that includes a couple of cringeworthy and sometimes not quite PC jokes) and you’re pretty much guaranteed in walking away from a brilliant evening out with the added bonus of having a massive smile on your face.

What a fun experience.

Neither Chantelle nor I would ever have dreamed that we would have enjoyed seeing someone like the Bats perform – but my goodness, am I glad that we did! :)

the bats band comical cover with eddie eckstein as batman

(Oh, and the girls were pretty chuffed in having Rob and Tarryn as babysitters for a change – just in case you were wondering where the two of them were for the night…)

Related Link: The Bats | Theatre on the Bay | SideDish

Alan Committie and the Sound of Laughter (2015-01-02) My Life 05 JAN 2015

alan committie the sound of laughterAlan Committie is (still) alive with… The Sound of Laughter at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town (Camps Bay to be exact) from 2 December 2014 to 17 January 2015. As a 40-year-old comedian with slightly greying hair, Committie is trying to be a little more serious about his comedy. Which essentially means new material but the same suit.

As for the new material, this is just a taste of what you can look forward to on a night of side-splitting giggles:


Alan Committie and the Waterfront Weekend My Life 15 NOV 2011

Seeing as this weekend past was another Single Parent weekend for me, and other than Jessica attending a birthday party, me working on the driveway, and enjoying lunch with the folks in Bellville on Sunday, there really isn’t all that much to give feedback on, so perhaps it would make more sense to chat about the weekend before that, which we used as a quasi celebration of our 2nd wedding anniversary.

To start off with, Friday night was an interesting one, in that Chantelle decided to reward me and give me a bit of a break from Jessie, meaning she whisked my daughter away with her to Bellville, where she spent the night in the company of her family and hours of Come Dine with Me South Africa recordings.

As for me, I immediately hit up KFC for a proper bachelor, greasy supper, before doing all things nerdy like watching anime, catching up on some blogging, playing Dante’s Inferno and most important of all, sitting down to watch the gritty Batman: Year One animated DVD that had just come in via Takealot.

So a good evening in terms of entertaining myself, but actually a pretty lonely evening and not something I’m looking to do in a hurry any time soon. Anyway, Saturday morning was spent catching up on all the chores and working in the garden, before I got ready and shot through to Bellville, where I picked up Chantelle for our date evening.

Our target: Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay, to catch the 17:00 show of Alan Committie’s latest one man comedy show, Happily Ever Laughter.

The official blurb:

Alan Committie is back at Theatre on the Bay in his brand-new, hilariously happy stand-up comedy show Happily Ever Laughter!!

In this side-splitting new comedy revue, award-winning comic madman, Alan Committie returns to his one-man roots and explores everything from Royal Weddings to Nursery Rhymes; from the Twilight movie series to Disney princesses and all that’s in-between, including a “do-it-yourself 1980’s music video” demonstration; classic arguments; and a rather extensive look at The Harry Potter Movie Franchise.

But this is a one-man show with a difference! It co-stars Jo Galloway (Boeing- Boeing, Dick and I and Perfect Wedding) who joins Committie in exploring the fairy tale existence of life in 2011!

The show will include sketches, characters and loads of silly observations as only Committie can provide. And Johan van der Walt, security guard extra-ordinaire, makes an appearance to talk about National Anthems.

As per usual, we walked away very, very entertained, with Alan (as always) on top of his game, drawing the laughs from the crowd right from start to finish. Jo was a bit of a disappointment though, with her performance feeling very much… well, like a performance, meaning that there was too much acting and not enough natural comedy.

As a whole, the show was pretty well done, though the singing, musical segments didn’t really fit all that well and could probably have been done without. I can only imagine they were squeezed in there for Jo. The costume changes were well done, all Alan’s favourite characters made their appearance and as a special, their projected segments of remade movies were quite the riot! Oh, and let’s not forget the hilarious 80’s music video ending! :)

(And as an added bonus though, I did get picked on – for the first time ever – as Alan went through his hilarious cold-reading send-up of John Edwards!)

Now completely stress-free, we decided to follow up the evening’s entertainment with a trip through to the V&A Waterfront, a place I haven’t been to in well over a year. After walking around for a fair bit, loving the addition of the beautifully lit up Ferris wheel but at the same time feeling disappointed that the place hadn’t changed at all in all the time I haven’t been there, we capped off our outing with a delicious supper at the Cape Town Fish Market, where Chantelle got to grips with some fantastic sushi and I played catch with my Surf and Turf.

And then because we’re old and parents now, we drove back to Bellville to get our beauty sleep in preparation for Jessie’s usual 06:00 morning wake up! ;)

Sunday morning was spent lazing around with the Montgomery clan, before we packed everything up and hopped in the car to Kraaifontein, after first picking up some snacks, to visit with Damen and Michelle and for me to get my first introduction to their newly born bundle of joy, little Logan Alexander.

After an enjoyable visit, it was back home, where we got to grips with the usual Sunday routine before breaking with tradition and ending the night off with some home made pizzas, which were as per usual absolutely yummy.

And that, was our weekend.

Alan Committie is Fully Committied My Reviews 01 FEB 2010

Did I ever mention that Chantelle and I went to watch Alan Committie’s latest show at Theatre on the Bay a couple of weeks ago? No? Well in that case you’ve probably missed out then, because I’m pretty sure its finished its run (or should that be fun) by now!

Fully Committied was the show’s title and as always it was jam-packed to the brim with raucous laugh out loud humour that has become an Alan Committie trademark over the years. Following his usual varied topic discussion format, this time we got to see him talking about subjects varying from Dan Brown’s latest book all the way through to joggers and what they see in their heads, and not to be outdone by modern technology, we even got a great PowerPoint slideshow that included a variety of graphs, old photos and even a video clip of a beagle running in slow motion – simply majestic I tell you! ;)

As per usual, Alan’s alter ego, part time security guard extraordinaire, Johan van der Walt came out to play and building on last time’s successful new character launch, Alan’s impersonation of Springbok coach P.Divvy made his triumphant return to the stage as well.

Like I said, the show pretty much followed the same pattern as all his previous shows like Stressed to Kill, and Bigger, Better, Faster, but the level of comedy has stayed fresh and as always his interactions with the audience continues to be absolutely priceless.

Extremely witty, loaded with puns, Alan Committie has proved himself to be one of the few comedians that I actually enjoy going back to see over and over again, and if he continues to churn out these hilarious shows, then I’ll continue to plonk my butt down in support!

P.S. And yes, there was indeed someone from Bergvliet sitting in the audience as per usual! Shame, will they never learn? ;)