Very random thoughts after midnight.

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

×  I saw my son Kev recently. We sang together. One of the highlights of my year.  My son playing Tim Mcgraw.  :)

x Claiming to be slightly coloured has great advantages.  SirNoid and my “step kids” look like lobsters. Victoria and I are just dandy. White people problems.

x  Have a great many ideas for 2015. Personally,  projects,  privately,  publicly,  professionally,  purpose,  passion, proactive,  pretty,  participate,  partnership,  prevent,  play,  ponder.. . PLAN!!!!!

x The thought of Christmas in a week doesn’t thrill me.  We can’t afford it.  We can’t meet expectations of lavish gifts and great fanfair. No 13th cheque. No bonus. Thankfully any travel was paid months ago. Wish I could fulfill all the ideas in my head. Not this year Josephine!

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x All Victoria wants for Christmas, is her brothers all together. I want that too. Seems so simple in theory.

x  My year end quiz will be published later this month. That is a must read. You will be able to read all previous years year end posts too if you really want.

I wish you enough.

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Wenchy

@FATC_SA My Body My Space: brand new dance and flash mob festival for Ekurhuleni @BuzPR

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I just love this concept and ask you to please follow @FATC_SA at once – #FACTflash and on Facebook !

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My Body My Space is a new festival of public arts happenings and co-ordinated by The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC). It is a festival designed to contribute to key issues such as social cohesion and nation building. It celebrate 20 years of democracy as it explores issues relating to gender violence and the impact of HIV/Aids; and aims to re-stitch communities and spaces that have previously been separated, to shine a light on the role of women, children and other vulnerable members of society and find a shared voice and experience around critical, personal and social issues.

The festival will play out as a series of ‘guerrilla style’ art interventions, installations and live public performances, erupting on the streets and pavements of the City of Ekurhuleni, in hubs of city life, under-served communities and at the intersection of its diverse citizenry.

Since antiquity, philosophers and architects have imagined cities as bodies, with arteries and veins through which pedestrians and traffic stream; My Body My Space seeks to make the connection between the individual and the city patent. With the City as a metaphor for the human body FATC envisages the festival and events unfolding along the city’s numerous critical routes and arteries, which serve as major transport routes but are also significant in their linking of historically, politically, socially and economically separated communities.

The installation of My Body My Space will take place during 2015 as follows:

• “Central Nervous System”: FATC will build a programme of public arts events and performances at Wattville’sOR Tambo Memorial Cultural precinct on February 7,11h00-18h00. The programme comprises dance, music, cultural and performance art, as well as a craft market, creating a rich experience that activates every corner of the cultural precinct. The audience will travel with the programme on foot. They will be guided through an array of happenings, performances and installations placed at strategic points in the route.


• In “Arteries”, FATC and collaborating artists will build guerrilla style events and performed interventions along Ekurhuleni’s major arteries and transport routes, on February 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, at sites including taxi ranks, markets, parks and other public spaces in Katlehong, Thokoza, Wattville, Benoni, Daveyton and Springs, through provocative public art happenings, the festival will contribute to the activation of these arteries.

“As we celebrate 20 years of democracy and political freedom the festival is a call to artists, public and private sector and the citizens of Ekurhuleni to actively engage in a process of personal and social transformation and healing in addressing critical issues that are our current stumbling blocks to true emancipation,” says PJ Sabbagha, the mastermind behind the event.

MMC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (Ekurhuleni) Zeni Tshongweni says, “The City wholeheartedly supports the My Body My Space initiative. It will turn the city around and open up its citizens to the magic of dance.”

My Body My Space aims to be an annual event. Attendance will be free of charge. FATC believes that this festival, in moving arts and performance events out of traditional spaces and into the public domain will position Ekurhuleni as a vibrant and responsible contributor to arts and culture, which will reignite and uplift the public space of the city.

My Body My Space has been made possible with the generous assistance and support of the Department of Arts and Culture: Mzansi Golden Economy; the Ekurhuleni Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture; the Gauteng Provincial Department of Sports, Arts, Recreation and Culture, as well as Splitbeam, UJ Arts and Culture, the French Institute of South Africa, and Rand Merchant Bank.


Arts sector partners include Sibikwa, Moving Into Dance Mophatong. Vuyani Dance Theatre, Lucky Dance Theatre, Via Katlehong, FATC and Buz Publicity.


The performances on February 7 at the OR Tambo precinct in Wattville, that make up the Central Nervous System programme will feature collaborations from the Sibikwa orchestra, Sibikwa Dance Company, FATC, Moving into Dance, Lucky Dance Theatre, Via Katlehong, and Vuyani Dance Theatre, with works created by by Oscar Buthulezi, Muzi Shile, Sonia Radebe, Fana Tshabalala, Shawn Mathupi, Thoko Sibiya, Thapelo Thokolo, Tsego Kutsoane, Nadine Joseph, Kieron Jina, Nicholas Aphane, Thabo Kobeli and Thulani Chauke as well as youth and cultural groups from Katlehong, Wattville and Etwatwa amongst others.

The guerilla interventions/flash mobs, that make up the arteries programme will last approximately 30 minutes. They will take place as follows: On February 2 at 14h00 in Khumalo Street, Thokoza; on February 3 at 14h00 in Natalspruit Street, corner of Kgotso Street in Katlehong. There will be further flash mobs during the My Body My Space season at the taxi rank in Daveyton on Esselen Road, at the taxi rank in Benoni on Voortrekker Road and in Dube Street in Wattville opposite the schools.

I wish you enough,

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Trending in 2015 at @TheatreOnSquare!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

You know I love the performing arts. Each venue holds its own magic.  Here is the line up for the next six months at the intimate,  classy,  vibrant @TheatreOnSquare!

I wish you enough,

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When we Googled the importance of theatre in 2015 we came across these beautiful words on Yahoo Answers.

“Theatre is real and pure, untouched by technology. There are no second takes as with movies, so every stage performance is unique. It is raw human emotion and nothing compares to experiencing live theatre. Theatre is ancient, yet has never lost its relevance.”

While we completely agree with these sentiments about theatre, we know that we cannot possibly operate without technology! 
Break the theatre etiquette rule, this time only, and keep your phone on… so that you can download our electrifying and dynamic new theatre line-up from our new website:www.theatreonthesquare.co.za – theatre’s trending topic of 2015

The productions for 2015 are richly varied with serious and comedic local and international theatre, dance, jazz and classical music. Our first production will present the vibrantBONEGIO SPANISH DANCE COMPANY. If you thought Candy Crush Saga was colourful, you have obviously never seen the Bonegio Spanish Dance Company perform. This well-known Spanish dance company returns to the theatre in January with their latest showSENTIMIENTOS for five performances only from the 16th January.

Returning for a third season at the theatre, is the ANNUAL JAZZ AND BLUES WEEKEND in late January, co-ordinated by jazz musician, TONY YOKO. There will be no need to Shazaam these live performances featuring two of Belgium’s leading exponents of jazz and blues in a programme packed with groovy sounds of the Hammond Organ and Electric Guitar from virtuoso DIRK VAN DER LINDEN and the bluesy voice of JEAN VAN LINT.

If you consider yourself  a bit ‘old school’ and have only learnt how to use your i-tunes recently, then you won’t feel out of place when Cat Simoni relives the songs made famous by Judy Garland in CAT SINGS JUDY.

Our first serious theatre production of 2015,THE DOUBLE BASS sees well known director, ALAN SWERDLOW, returning to the theatre. This poignant play with warmth and humour, stars actor PIETER BOSCH BOTHA will have you hitting the LIKE button several times!

Back by popular demand, we are Re-TweetingSIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS. Returning for a three week run, this touching, human comedy, tells the story of a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, (played by JUDY DITCHFIELD) who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, (JOSÉ DOMINGOS) to give her private dance lessons. Directed by everyone’s Facebook friend, GREG HOMANN, recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre in 2014.

We are delighted to be staging a new South African in 2015. DUNCAN BUWALDA’s historical South African gem HINTERLAND will be directed by CAROLINE SMART. It’s a #ThrowBackThursday to 1899; imagine listening to a conversation between Cecil John Rhodes and ANC founding father Sol Plaatje.

The delightful SNOW GOOSE makes its Gauteng debut in April 2015. This charming play starring JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT and directed by JENINE COLLOCOT, celebrates writer PAUL GALLICO and 1940’s values. Carefully crafted, you will wish you could Instagram moments of this special piece.

Adding some humour to our 2015 timeline is the popular comic CHRIS FORREST in his new show, WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Just in time for Father’s Day in May, this stand-up comedy show, with a pram on stage, is directed by BEVAN CULLINAN.

Before there were Twitter celebrities, we had real stars. Marlene Dietrich was one of the most famous film stars and singers and her legendary story gets a new twist by award-winning actresses, FIONA RAMSAY and JANNA RAMOS VIOLENTE in 
MISS DIETRICH REGRETS, a new play by GAIL LOUW. 
The production, directed by JAMES CUNNINGHAM will be presented in June 2015.

Other productions, during the second half of the year, to look forward to include a new CRAIG HIGGINSON play directed by MALCOLM PURKEY as well as a production of acclaimed international Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama,DOUBT, by JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY. The hilarious comedy SEVEN DEADLY SINS with ARON McILLROY and LISA BOBBERT from Durban will have you poking for more, whilst the sweet sounds of the new girl group,HONEY, will have you searching for the familiar lyrics with which to sing along.

LINE-UP JANUARY – JUNE

Bonegio Spanish Dance Company presents

SENTIMIENTOS

17th – 22nd January

This vibrant Spanish dance theatre production is largely inspired by Julia Bonegio’s favourite teachers in Spain – La Tati, Carmela Greco, La Truco and Paco Romero. Their love, nurturing spirit and the imparting of their knowledge with heart and soul, shines through Julia’s choreography and the spirit of the dancers in this well-known Spanish dance company’s latest show.

THE THIRD ANNUAL JAZZ & BLUES WEEKEND

23rd January – 25th January

Fans of ‘Jazz and Blues’ can once again look forward to the annual ‘Jazz & Blues Weekend’ coming to Auto & General Theatre on the Square from 23rd – 25th January, 2015.

Produced by TONY YOKO, the 3rd annual event is set to showcase not only outstanding local musicians but also two of Belgium’s leading exponents of jazz and blues in a programme packed with groovy sounds of the Hammond Organ and Electric Guitar from virtuoso DIRK VAN DER LINDEN and the bluesy voice of JEAN VAN LINT and several other swinging musicians.

CAT SINGS JUDY!

27th January – 14th February

starring CAT SIMONI

written and directed by PAUL SPENCE

Over The Rainbow with Cat.

Let’s fall in love with the divine Judy all over again! After a run of many delicious shows at Auto & General Theatre on the Square, CAT SIMONI returns with Cat Sings Judy! Over The Rainbow with Cat & JudyGarland. Written and directed by PAUL SPENCE, Cat Sings Judy! embraces the songs and life of the precociously talented girl from Grand Rapids, Minnesota they called ‘Judy Garland’ – the girl with the unique voice who was described by Fred Astaire as “the greatest entertainer who ever lived”. So come on, ‘Strike Up The Band!’, ‘Get Happy’ – and let’s soar over that old rainbow one more time with glorious Judy and lovely Cat. Join us for Cat Sings Judy! on a magical trip down the yellow brick road of wonderful memories, ‘Till The Clouds Roll By’.

THE DOUBLE BASS

17th February – 14th March

starring PIETER BOSCH BOTHA

directed by ALAN SWERDLOW

The first exciting play of 2015 – by international playwright Patrick Suskind, translated by Michael Hofmann.

ALAN SWERDLOW returns to the Auto and General Theatre on the Square to direct acclaimed actor, PIETER BOSCH BOTHA in THE DOUBLE BASS.

This poignant play is the monologue of a double bass player, speaking to the audience in his small sound-proofed apartment and drinking beer. He is in his mid-thirties, employed at a State Orchestra. First praising his instrument and its importance in the orchestra, he reveals, with a considerable sense of humour, more and more of his past and present.

A beautiful play with music, not to be missed!

The return by popular demand after a sell–out season at this theatre

and the Hilton Festival,

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS 
by Richard Alfieri

17th March – 4thApril

starring JUDY DITCHFIELD and JOSE DOMINGOS

directed by GREG HOMANN

A treat for theatre lovers, this touching and human comedy, tells the story of a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, (played by consummate actress JUDY DITCHFIELD) who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, (JOSÉ DOMINGOS) to give her private dance lessons. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance.

Duncan Buwalda’s historical South African gem

HINTERLAND

7th April – 25th April

with DAVID DUKAS as Rhodes 
and SIPHO MAHLATSHANA as Plaatje.

Directed by CAROLINE SMART

Set in Kimberley in 1899, the play tells the story of a relationship that develops between legendary colonialist and empire builder, Cecil John Rhodes, and ANC founding father Sol Plaatje.

Buwalda’s play traces the course of what a fictional meeting between these men may have entailed. Despite being a period piece, Hinterland is very relevant to the South Africa of today. Our history has become a battleground: a contested territory where fact, fiction and myth blur. The play brings to life two South African icons on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Hinterland was first presented at the 2012 Performing Arts Network of South Africa/NLDTF Festival of Reading of New Writing at the Catalina Theatre in Durban, where it won several awards.

SNOW GOOSE

28th April – 16th May

starring JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT

Directed by JENINE COLLOCOTT

SNOW GOOSE is developed from the charming PAUL GALLICO story by

JENINE COLLOCOTT, JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT. It’s directed by JENINE COLLOCOTT and performed by JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT. A multi-tissue play, THE SNOW GOOSE celebrates writer PAUL GALLICO and 1940’s values. The production, by arrangement by SIMON COOPER, received rave reviews in Cape Town and at the most recent Hilton and National Arts Festivals.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

18th May – 31st May

starring CHRIS FORREST

directed by BEVAN CULLINAN

A comedian’s experience of the joys of becoming a father – from pregnancy to the birth, to looking after an infant. The production is an hilarious look at what really happens and how to deal with it. A must for anyone hoping to become a parent; who is a parent; or who knows a parent!

Gail Louw’s

MISS DIETRICH REGRETS

2nd – 27th June

starring FIONA RAMSAY and JANNA RAMOS VIOLENTE

The legendary Marlene Dietrich was one of the most famous film stars and personalities. She was a symbol of glamour and never seemed to grow old. One of her many iconic quotes was; ‘I am not a myth – I am a legend!’ MISS DIETRICH REGRETS is a revealing and poignant look at the aging Marlene, and her complex relationship with her daughter Maria, battling to retain her independence. Set in Paris.

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or book online via Strictly Tickets:www.strictlytickets.com or on 082 553 5901

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De-lurk just for today. Say hello!! :)

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I have had a really tough week. Nahh, I don’t wanna talk about it. I cried about it enough already. I’ve appreciated the support, love and kindness of total strangers and loved ones. Many people visit my blog every day, some I have interacted with on the internet for years, a few visitors I chat with on Twitter, I may know other readers in person, – others I have never even said hello to …may I ask that JUST FOR TODAY… say hello in the comment section, regardless of how we know each other. :)

If you really daring, I would love for you to LIKE my new Facebook site www.facebook.com/thenocturnalwenchy – that would be kinda nice too. Is part of a much bigger dream for 2015. Love. Laugh. Live!

I wish you enough,

Wenchy x 

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20 bits about my day.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

1. I saw my friend Vicky today.  We have been friends since I was 12. She is here for a very short visit from the States where she now lives. The wonder of you Victoria Plum.

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2. I had a drinking Yoghurt for the first time in my life. It was the fancy type I can’t afford to buy and it was so yum.
3. Together with @Theatre_Culture my dream for the #OurDorothy initiative reached far beyond my expectations. VERY exciting and happy news. Thank you for a great partnership @NCTParktown and all the places of safety for children.
4. I cried for I received news that made me sad.
5. Moved the house around again. Something is clearly bugging me.
6. I came up with real awesome concepts for clients in the middle of the night / morning because I didn’t sleep.  Not a  hour.
7. I loved having Victoria with me.
8. Being very good at using my Herbal Skin products,  morning and evening.  The fresh smells and the look of my skin after a week bowled me over.
9. I was invited to join two ladies I admire for lunch on Friday.
10. I love the rain. 

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I wish you enough
Wenchy

GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR SA’s VERY OWN @wouterkellerman & @rickykej

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

It is always fabulous with South Africans go big!

Kellerman is the first South African ever to be nominated for a Grammy® Award in the New Age category.

Winds Of Samsara’ by Wouter Kellerman & Ricky Kej scores ‘Best New Age Album’ nomination in the 57th Annual Grammy® Awards.

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Los Angeles: Award-winning South African flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman and renowned Indian Composer and Producer Ricky Kej have been nominated for the prestigious 57th GRAMMY® AWARDS for their debut collaborative album ‘WINDS OF SAMSARA’ (www.windsofsamsara.com) in the BEST NEW AGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR category.  It was announced on 5 December 2014 by The Recording Academy.

‘WINDS OF SAMSARA’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart and continued to be in the Top 10 for the next 12 weeks. This masterful collaborative album by Kellerman and Kej also debuted at #1 on the ZMR World Radio Charts. It has been a great year for the Duo, as Kellerman performed sold out shows at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Grammy Museum in LA.

The boundary-breaking New Age album ‘WINDS OF SAMSARA’ speaks through themes of World peace and positivity, spinning together forward-moving harmony, progressive composition, and technical prowess with a verve and passion never before attempted in this genre. Two years in the making by the star-matched duo Wouter and Ricky, the album spotlights the musical, cultural and political connections between India and South Africa from Mahatma Gandhi to Nelson Mandela.

On being nominated, Wouter Kellerman said: “I am simply overwhelmed by this nomination! It is extremely heartening to know that all our hard work is being recognized. This album has truly transcended borders and cultural barriers and we hope the positive energy created will help effect positive change in the world. I feel very privileged to be in such good company and wish all my fellow nominees all the very best”.

Ricky Kej added, “It is especially a proud moment for me to be nominated for a Grammy® and to go down in history with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Enya and Enigma. It is exhilarating! This album is a dream come true for me, as it has challenged us as artists to push borders and to have the one common thread truly be the universal language of music. Being recognized in this way humbles me and motivates me to continue spreading the message of peace and harmony through my music”.

In what is seen as a major leap forward for India and South Africa on the global music stage, Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej will grace the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 for the evening billed as Music’s Biggest Night®.  The broadcast will commence on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“If I could give a higher score than 5/5 I would in a heartbeat” – Dana Wright *****

“Gorgeous blend of several art traditions old and new masterfully charted and arranged” – Mark S. Tucker (FAME Review)

 About Wouter Kellerman:

Globe-trotting flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman’s album Two Voices won the 2011 South African Music Award (the nation’s equivalent to the Grammy® Awards in the United States) for Best Instrumental Album, reinforcing the artist’s standing as one of his home country’s most innovative musicians. Whether writing intricate instrumental compositions or delighting audiences with a magnetic alchemy of warmth and technical mastery, Kellerman finds his inspiration in the spaces between cultures and countries, genres and disciplines. He thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures, and colors that his flute can bring, pushing the instrument into new planes of creativity.

The last few years have seen Kellerman performing in Berlin, Shanghai, Sydney, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and beyond, including an appearance in front of 700-million people as part of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Closing Ceremony. Amidst such fun, Kellerman simultaneously channeled his musical and life experiences into collaborations with renowned Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej, to sculpt the beautiful musical journey of Winds of Samsara.

About Ricky Kej:

A true wizard of the keyboard, manuscript page, and recording studio, Kej has earned multiple awards and honours for his composition and production exploits. His projects include creating music for five feature films, twelve albums released by Universal Music, and over two thousand commercials seen by audiences around the world. A student of both Western and Indian classical music, Kej composed original works for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2012, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the ceremony was telecast to more than 200 countries and widely heralded for its artistry and execution. For such efforts, Kej was declared an “India Rules Artist” by VH1 in 2013.  Kej was nominated for a Cannes Advertising award for his Nike Jingle, and his previous album Shanti Orchestra was nominated for a ZMR Award (New Orleans) and a Hollywood Music and Media Award (LA).

Combining a keen sense of culture-jumping harmony, melody, and pacing, Kej synthesizes cutting-edge music technology and traditional instruments of both Indian and European origins into his work, both within the new age genre and beyond. He currently runs two state-of-the-art studios in Bangalore, the Raveolution Studios, where much of Winds of Samsara was developed from spark of an idea to finished album.

Listen to ‘WINDS OF SAMSARA’, 2015 Grammy® Nominated Best New Age Album of the Year at: www.windsofsamsara.com

I wish you music,

Wenchy

Asimbonanga #NelsonMandela @21Icons @NelsonMandela @buzpr

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Watch this, before you read my blog please:

Johnny Clegg “Asimbonanga” | Madiba Tribute 2014: http://youtu.be/XTQyXq-f_Is

In the early hours of that morning when I saw the first reports that Mr. Mandela had died,  I went upstairs to get dressed.  Noid instinctively knew I needed to go.

We drove to Madiba’s house in Houghton,  located not far from where we live.  In my hands I held a bunch of purple flowers Mother Mary had given me.  I had tied a long satin ribbon to it. 

We parked a short walk away.  News crews were still busy arriving.  A small crowd of people had gathered. As is African culture and tradition the crowd were singing and dancing.

I went to the policeman closest to the gate and asked if I could leave my flowers there.  He was so kind.  My flowers were the first of many hundreds that joined over the next few days. The following morning,  I could only see the long satin ribbon falling over the pavement on TV. Flowers everywhere…. Beautiful.

I joined the crowd in singing freedom songs from my youth, including “Asimbonanga”. I was crying and very emotional.  I remember being hugged by many people. One person looked at me and said no more tears,  we are free.  Dance! …. and we did.

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I was blessed to take this picture of the famous portrait by Adrian Stein earlier the same week at a press conference with an amazing project 21 Icons.

When the press had left the room,  I just there,  looking at Mr. Mandela. The lines on his face. My personal goodbye.

One of his granddaughters came to sit next to me. At first we just sat in silence… then I spoke about my Oupa Mike and she spoke about her grandfather.

I see you everywhere Tata. God bless Africa…. and THANK you.

Thank you for wishing me enough.
Wenchy