Spoilt for choice

We are spoilt for choice when it comes down to this coming weekend as there are many activities to titillate our taste.

The Scottburgh Publicity Association would, in my opinion, be the most suitable location for a diary to be kept. The location is central and it would be convenient for anyone to pop in to find a suitable date that does not clash with any other event. As it stands, this weekend is going to bleed the purses of locals and visitors, dry.

For those who have any money left after the weekend, and should they have any energy to burn, the good news is that the 2017 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the ‘sea’ leg of the South Coast MTB Series, is around the corner and scheduled for Sunday 13 August. This leaves any interested mountain biker almost a month to prepare for this race.

As the days are getting longer and the cold starts losing its grip, this presents the ideal motivation to get out and shed some of the winter flab. Details are as follows: Start/Finish Venue: Scottburgh Main Beach. Distances: 08h30 – 45km Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race (Pre-entry – R170, Late Entry – R195 (Why wait, save R20!); 08h45 – 28km Dash & Splash (Pre-entry – R130, Late Entry – R155); 09h00 – 10km Family Fun Ride (Pre-entry – R60, Late Entry – R85). Registration: Sunday 13 August (06h30-08h30) at Scottburgh Lifesaving Club Clubhouse. Contact: Flavio Scarpa – 084 330 6029. Entries: www.roag.co.za.

The theft of Toyotas continues unabated. Emails received contain disturbing news about this type of crime which the authorities seem unable to do anything about it. One questions whether there is an involvement by the police, or are they simply turning a blind eye to these car thefts? The emails received indicate that in the last 10 days of June, 12 Toyotas, mainly Etios models, were stolen between Scottburgh and Arbor Crossing in ‘Toti.

Is anyone at the Toyota factory concerned about this, or are they even aware of the level of theft of Toyota vehicles? In closing, my laptop bag that disappeared with my car, not only had my laptop in it, but also contained two steel rulers and a calculator that I have used for many years. Being without a ruler made me go into my garage and seek a wooden ruler that folded out into 24 inches.

All joints are genuine brass and there is even a spirit level built into the ruler. The middle joint is marked in degrees so the ruler is truly a multi-function device.

But having a closer look at this ruler, was an education to me.

The level of craftmanship used in producing these rulers in days of yore, is absolutely astounding. This ruler lay on a shelf in my garage for years and, thanks to the criminal who stole my car, I found this forgotten ruler and can now appreciate the work of someone long gone, like my car! J. Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, England made this ruler – a similar ruler also made by Rabone & Sons is an antique No. 1118 24-inch 4-fold Architects Bevelled Boxwood and Brass ruler and it is selling for R1200 on EBay!

This one will not be kept in my new laptop bag!

  AUTHOR
Henry Parsons

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