24 Feb 2010

Madeleine van Biljon

Madeleine van Biljon (81) sterf
2010-02-24 13:19
Nurene Jassiem
Kaapstad. – Die joernalis, kos­kenner en skrywer Madeleine van Biljon (81) is gisteraand oorlede.

Sy het die laaste paar jaar in die Murambi-huis in Wynberg gewoon.

Volgens een van haar susters, die skrywer en resensent Cecile Cilliers, wat die kykNET-program Boeksusters vroeër saam met haar aangebied het, het Van Biljon “maklik gesterf met al haar kinders om haar”.

“Ons was vier kinders en Madeleine was die oudste.

“Sy is die eerste een wat sterf en dit is ’n swaar verlies om so ’n belangrike mens in ons lewens te verloor. Sy was tot op die einde so ’n ‘vibrant’ mens,” het Cilliers gesê.

Volgens een van Van Biljon se dogters, me. Mapula Swanepoel, het haar ma tot die einde nog haar mure bedek met haar jare lange kunstenaarsvriend Robert Hodgins se skilderye.

Swanepoel, ook ’n bekende in koskringe, het haar ma as ’n “absoluut positiewe mens” beskryf.

“Ons was ontsaglik lief vir haar en dit wat ons weet, het ons by haar geleer. My ma het altyd gelag en was ’n fantastiese mens om te kon ken.”

Van Biljon is in Lichtenburg gebore en was onder meer tussen 1983 en 1984 president van die Kaapstadse Persklub.

Sy het jare lank ’n kosrubriek in die Sunday Times behartig.

In 2008 het sy in ’n onderhoud met Die Burger gesê: “As jy weet hoeveel ek al geskryf het in my lewe: miljoene woorde.
Liewe vader! Dis ’n lang loopbaan.”

Sy word ook oorleef deur haar dogter Madeleine Roux en seun Willem van Biljon


In this game - I played white - which I finished on chess.com [one of my favourite sites - the other Chesscube.com] was an easy win, but I had to sacrifice my Rook in order to win. This guy couldn't handle the fact that he was losing, so he started using foul language in such a way that I had to disable chat! Eish! Some men can't handle it when losing to a woman!
Hierdie spel het ek teen 'n gemorsie van Afghanistan gespeel. Die ou het sommer - toe hy agterkom hy verloor - begin vloek en lelik praat - woordeskat het sommer laag onder die belt begin daal, soveel so dat ek die "chat" gediskonnekteer het sodat ek nie sy gemors hoef te gelees het nie. Tipies daardie soort [van daardie lande af] Ek het onlangs teen 'n ou van Romenie gespeel en die ou het ook sommer kras begin raak. Goeie genade, kan hierdie ouens nie 'n skaakspel hanteer nie...of wat?

18 Feb 2010

A Game for Two



Victoria, a chess champion, enters Argiris’ bookstore.
A flirt begins. In post – feminist era, the roles of the hunter and the prey constantly change.

Is winning all that matters?


42nd Houston Worldfest International Film Festival (2009)- PLATINUM REMI AWARD
6th Naoussa International Film Festival (2009)
4th Crashfest (2009)
1st London Greek Film Festival (2008)
Platforma Video8 International Digital Film Festival (2008)- OFFICIAL SELECTION, COMPETITION (top20 films internationally)
21st Panorama of European Cinema – Student Section (2008)
2nd Aza Digital Film Festival (2008)

Video here

17 Feb 2010

Lame Excuses - who's next?

The Queen is being asked to grant a royal pardon to Harry 'Breaker' Morant, a soldier executed by a British firing squad for the murder of prisoners in the last days of the Boer War.

Somerset-born Morant – the subject of the film Breaker Morant starring Edward Woodward – sailed to Australia in 1883 at the age of 19 and became a skilled horsebreaker.

He was among thousands of men from Australia who volunteered to fight against Dutch settlers in South Africa. In 1902 he was convicted at a court martial of murdering 12 Boer prisoners.

During a savage guerilla campaign, when numerous atrocities were committed by both sides, Morant is said to have intercepted a group of eight prisoners being brought in for questioning. He ordered them to be shot at the side of the road.

Later other Boers who had waved a white flag of surrender were also disarmed and shot under Morant's command.

Now a petition has been sent to Australia’s Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, by military lawyer James Unkles, who claims shooting prisoners was Army policy and Morant and codefendant Peter Handcock should be pardoned.

He claims Lord Kitchener, the British commander, ignored recommendations for mercy because he wanted the pair shot to discredit claims he had ordered the execution of prisoners to speed up peace talks with the Boers and appease Germany, which was considering entering the war. --- read the complete article HERE and another in the Sydney Morning Herald here.

Shall we - or shall we not...no...we shall not! I agree with Derek from Durham saying the following in the comments on the first link - link of the Mail Online.
"Sounds to me he commited war crimes then and by any stretch of the imagination would have been founld guilty then and at any time since.

A war crime is a war crime in no matter what era or by any country .

What next shall we pardon members of the SS, or maybe even Goering or Rudolf Höss the Commandant of Auschwitz,

I was just carrying orders , mmmm sounds a lame excuse sure the SS used something like this in their defence."
See also these links: 

 Australian Goverment NOT to support the Pardon of Breaker Morant! - update 2012 http://breakermorant.com/blog/?p=388 http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/287483

A new book published in South Africa has Australians-Breaker Morant-supporters furious. Well, it's only about the truth, isn't it? http://www.beeld.com/Boeke/OnlangsVerskyn/n-Legende-ontmasker-20120603

13 Feb 2010

Chess and Chess

This chessgame was completed yesterday on chess.com. I played white in this game and wasn't sure if I was going to win this game and only near to the end of this game I was more sure...with my opponent allowing me to check his King with my Rook and from there it was quite an easy win. This is the endposition of the game.

This is a game I've finished a while ago. I played black in this game and my opponent resigned in this game and said I was a tough nut to crack.[hehe] You can see how I - as always - like to have my Knights instead of my Bishops.

In this next game I played black too. This is one of my old games of a few years ago. He's also a South African player and we played this game in a tourney. His rating was about 400 higher than mine. I do like the checkmate position in this game.
In this next game - also from about 3 years ago, I also played black. I don't always keep my Bishops and in this game I must say, I quite used them effectively. My opponent resigned in this game too.

12 Feb 2010

Linares 2010

It is time for Linares 2010! These are the players taking part this year. Please click HERE for the official site.

7 Feb 2010

Dear Mr President Jacob Zuma

Sefu Sekgala 01 February at 15:20
Dear Mr President Jacob Zuma
Today at 4:54am

Dear Mr President Jacob Zuma

After having read the front page story of the Sunday Times (31/01/2010), I feel compelled to write to you as this ordinary citizen that I am. Because I am a commoner, my judgement of your actions could be regarded as disrespect. Equally you might be indulging in all these sordid acts because you feel that you cannot be questioned and brought to book.

As a young man I have an interest in the way in which those in power are behaving, so as to ensure that we have good, moral and ethical leaders to look upon. A public figure who does not inspire confidence or does not conduct themselves in a manner that seek to inspire development of society, should be eliminated from the limelight and sent into the deepest of corners so that their misleading acts are shunned. To me you happen to be such an individual.

In your address during your inauguration and also in your first State of the Nation address, you emphasised greatly on moral regeneration. The reason why religion has seemingly failed to produce members that embody the values taught in religious institutions is because the preachers themselves are failing to be upright leaders who live out what they preach. You are such a preacher to me.

Given your past record that displays you as a man who is easily tempted by indulging in sexual intercourse, it is very difficult for me to throw water over the claims made by the Sunday Times. To me it is irrelevant that the person you impregnated is the daughter of Dr Irvin “The Iron Duke” Khoza, I would still feel the same way even if it was just yet another woman. If this baby was born under normal circumstances, it means that you must have slept with this lady around January 2009. During the same time you had already paid Lobola for Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and you were planning your wedding day with her. At the same time you were already having the pleasure of being attended to by two wives. I suppose given that you were busy campaigning for the 2009 General Elections, the challenges that you faced couldn’t be accommodated by your wives, you needed to find solace and release your masculine energy on another woman outside wedlock.

What nauseates me the most is the fact that this lady got pregnant, meaning you had unprotected sex yet again. To me it is clear that you have unprotected sex with your wives, because you do it so easily with “omakhwapheni”. It means you are a risk to your wives, because you seem to be fishing for HIV, so that you can take the catch home and distribute it evenly amongst them. Unless there is preventive medication for HIV that you have and we the ordinary people do not have access to.

The Zulu Kingdom should be ashamed at how you have paraded their culture of polygamy, a culture that is in fact to me very demeaning of women. To me it symbolises true qualities of chauvinism and patriarchy, whereby if a man is not satisfied with one woman, then they can go get another. Meanwhile society would vilify a woman who would take a second man. Polygamy also promotes cheating on your wife, because you must first know the second wife, well in your case sixth, intimately on stolen moments away from your wife. So during that time you are lying to your wife or wives claiming to be seeing no one besides them and even to God, whom you made such a pact with when getting married.

Polygamy reduces women to objects that are used to just satisfy the egos of many men out there, who see having many women as a sense of superiority and achievement. To me this is a very small minded sense of thinking.

I cannot have you preach morality to me when you partake in such disgusting acts that make me feel if only I was not a South African. When a sex scandal broke off about Mr Bill Clinton, he had to step down as President of the USA. The President of the World Bank stepped down after such allegations were tabled against him. However to you it is just yet another day another dollar and nothing will happen, because you are hiding behind tradition and using it to camouflage your helpless sexuality.

You are a man who does not respect women clearly, a man who does not believe in treating your wives with the best respect they deserve. I doubt maKhumalo is happily married to you, but she is probably fearful of what shall become of her if she were to leave you. It is unfortunate that the majority of the people in your organisation find your acts acceptable; it goes to show how the morals of the ANC have become fragmented over the years.

You occupy the highest seat in our land and many people will find a way of using your acts to justify their mistakes and atrocious behaviours which resemble yours. You are not a beacon of hope to me, but rather that one of disaster.

It is impossible that you could raise all your 20 children, so it means that you promote unstructured families whereby kids grow up with single parents. You promote and justify cheating. You promote for society to discredit the three pillars of fighting HIV, because you do not Abstain, you do not get to Be Faithful, you do not Condomize.

What are you good for? Absolutely nothing. You are shaming our country and making it seem as if we are unable to be led by principled leaders.

You are a health risk to your wives, you are a financial risk to the taxpayers who must pay for your opulence and you still pledge your support to communists.

I ask of you to step down as President, before you turn South Africa into a quagmire that resembles your sexual life and its animalistic behaviours.

Written by: Lukhona Mnguni

COPE and COPESM member, in his personal capacity


This letter was sent to me via email. I blog it for the world to know what is going on in my lovely country and what the people of my country think about our president.

6 Feb 2010

The King and I

In this game you can see an unusual opening...with a King...the game is also on chessgames and on this link to play through the game on chessgames.
Not that I think I'm the best chess player, but look at THIS GAME  game - also the same opening, but this shows you how wrong this can be - to move your King in such a position!

to play through the game

Night at the concert

Enjoy some good music from James Last while playing through the game! This piece of music is called: Elizabeth Serenade. Image: sybervision.com

This chess game was played on the site of Chess.com and my first tournament to play. I don't have that much time to play tourneys, but have entered one now and finished the game last night. I was very lucky in this game. I played white. At one point I said to my fellow South African, also my opponent - after his comments of good play from my side - that I was going to resign as he was in a winning position. Earlier in the game I actually typed a message to ask for a draw as the game was even - play through it and you will see why I say this. I then thought it was a bit cheeky of me to ask for a draw and removed my message. At the point I was about to resign, I was actually waiting for my one pawn to run off, if the right move was made from my opponent's side and he did it! Like Philidor says...the Pawn is the soul of chess! This was pure luck! We have another game going, but my brain is now racked and needs a rest..[hehe] In the image you can see the end position when my opponent resigned.

In this next game I played black and a chess-friend has asked me to blog the game here as it was actually on my Wordpress-blog, but he couldn't play through the game. So, Dan, here goes...enjoy! I have also thought at one point this game was a lost for me, then I noticed my Queen-move and the pin with my Bishop helped too. I was earlier in this game counting my last days on this chessboard and I think I can count myself lucky in this game too.