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My African Nickname

August 20, 2010
Hubby has always had a nickname for me, due to my large brown eyes!

This name in English is a Galago (Bush Baby)
In Afrikaans - Nagapie
In Swahili - Komba
In Tsonga/Shangaan - Nwana Kahina
In Tswana - Kgajwanamasigo
In Zulu - Nhlathini umntwana
(courtesy www.southafrican-wildlife.blogspot.com )

He uses "Nagapie" with me which, as in so many Afrikaans words, is so expressive and cute!


A Galago is any of six species of small tree-dwelling primates found in forests in sub-Saharan Africa.  Galagos are grey, brown or yellowish brown animals with large eye and ears, long hind legs, soft woolly fur, and a long tail.

Smaller forms like the bush baby are particularly active and agile in the trees.

On the ground they sit upright and move by jumping with their hind legs.

Their diet is a mixture of inspects and other small animals, fruit and tree gums.

They have remarkable jumping abilities, including the ability to jump up to 2 metres vertically.

After a gestation period of 110-133 days, young galagos are born with half closed eyes and are initially unable to move about independently.  After a few days (6-8) the mother carries the infant in her mouth and places it on branches while feeding.     (via Wikipaedia)


Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast

August 1, 2010
Sometimes a holiday destination warrants a continuous "repeat button" for an individual, a couple, or a family.

This important attribute is an indication of the venue's sheer enjoyment factor, its ability to appeal to all ages - from tiny tots to Grandma and Grandpa - and - equally important: its affordability.

Such a place is Port Alfred, situated in the Eastern Cape, at the mouth of the Kowie River, and almost half way between Port Elizabeth and East London.

It was established in the early 182...
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St Andrews, Scotland - Home of Golf

July 12, 2010
St Andrews is a University town located in the east coast of Scotland, in Fife.  So named after the apostle Saint Andrew and known worldwide as the Home of Golf.  The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, an international governing body for golf, was founded in 1754 and exercises legislative authority over the game worldwide (with the exception of the United States and Mexico).  It has been the most utilised venue for the Open Golf Championship.  This week people from all over the world will once agai...
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PaterNoster - Last but by no means least

June 28, 2010
No booking had been made for the last leg of our holiday, but we decided whatever experience we were seeking, would be on the West Coast.  However, never having visited that region, we were not quite sure what to expect.

We followed the map, taking in the scenery and ambiance on our journey, and having the freedom to take "pot luck".

Around lunchtime we arrived at Langebaan.  Langebaan, at the edge of a Lagoon and hugely popular with water sports enthusiasts, is a seaside town, on the South Afr...
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Arniston - The Penultimate Part of our Amazing Holiday

June 26, 2010
Our next journey by car was to Arniston, which is a beautiful seaside retreat close to the most southern tip of Africa.


We did not have a sea facing room at our hotel, and were facing instead the swimming pool - but the front facing rooms had a view of the sea, the colour of which one is totally unprepared for - a spectacular azure blue.

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An Amazing Holiday - Part 2

June 24, 2010
Somerset West (so named after an English Governor of the Cape Colony during the 1800's - Lord Charles Henry Somerset) was our next destination, to which we travelled by car from Knysna.  The town lies on the slopes of the Helderberg - part of the majestic Hottentots mountains, and is situated approximately 50kms from Cape Town, 6kms from the False Bay Coast - the resort towns of The Strand and Gordons Bay.

         View from Sir Lowry's Pass

Somerset West has easy access to three golf courses, ...
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Knysna - Start of an Amazing Holiday - Part 1

June 22, 2010
Often when we plan a holiday, it is the "combination" of the places we visit. that make a memorable holiday.

Knysna Heads frame the entrance to the quite spectacular Knysna estuary - lagoon - which provides a haven for water sports and sunset cruises - and this was to be the first stop on our journey.

Aside from having spectacular beauty, Knysna still retains a "village" feel with narrow streets.  This despite recent exciting real-estate developments.

The venue we chose to stay, was originally e...
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The Gautrain - In time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup

June 10, 2010
On Tuesday 8 June 2010 - and therefore in time for the Soccer World Cup, the African Continent's first "high speed rail link" officially opened for "Joe (or Jane) public".  This is part of a three billion dollar Gautrain project.

Gauteng Premier, Nomrula Mokonyane, advised journalists, on Saturday 5 June, to the effect that, what South Africa has done for the World Cup is not something for just 11 June to 11 July, they have put the money for life beyond that.

Having personally endured the previ...
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My idea of Winter Paradise

May 29, 2010
Tucked away in the mountains of Switzerland - accessed only by mountain railway - no road leads you there - is my idea of winter paradise.  The "picture perfect" mountain village of Wengen.  Wengen is in central Switzerland at 1274m above sea level.  This can be reached by train from Lauterbrunnen or Grunewald and is located beneath the imposing Eiger-Mรถnch-Jungfrau mountain range in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.

Equally magnificent in both winter and summer, we chose winter (Christmas i...
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A survey by law professor - Legal Secretaries

May 27, 2010
As a former legal secretary, I was hugely interested in the following article which was posted on May 26, 2010 by Debra Cassens Weiss :

"Legal secretaries are largely invisible in the academic literature, but one Chicago law professor is setting out to change that.

Felice Batlan, an assistant law professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, surveyed 164 legal secretaries last year and learned some sobering news, the Wisconsin Law Journal reports.  Nearly 20 percent had recently lost their jobs...
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Janet Gallagher I am an author who loves to travel. My debut book "A Question of Love" (genre Romance/ChicLit/Law) is available on Amazon Kindle) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009DKTWRU. I am presently writing my next book (genre Romance/Mystery). I fall under the sign of Aquarius and therefore I would not slot myself under any one genre. I have many interests - gym, family, geeeek! Formerly childrens nurse/air stewardess/personal assistant/ secretary/ dabbled in a couple of university law subjects then worked for many years in a prestigous law firm as Secretary/PA. I am very family and home oriented but also love travel and pursuing interests and learning from people who are achievers and focused. My favourite movie stars : male: Ryan Reynolds, Jack Davenport and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers; female: Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron Favourite movies: The Proposal, The Devil Wears Prada, August Rush You can follow me on Twitter @janetfgallagher I look forward to meeting you there!


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