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June is Blood Donor Month. The SA National Blood Service is always short of blood, and any donation makes a difference.
Lack of support and high rents, among other problems, closed the blood donor centres in Sandton. Our nearest centre is now at The Colony, cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall. Tel: 011 447 6665. Your nearest might be at Design and Decor Centre (near Molly Malones), Forest Road and Sunset Ave, Pineslopes, Tel 011 465 6441.
This newsletter goes out to over 5000 subscribers. Imagine if only 10%, just 500 people, went to donate at Craighall: The centre would more than double its month's donations! Imagine if those people continued donating regularly, four or even six times a year: Up to 9000 more lives could be saved in a year!
Every unit of blood is tested for HIV and other problems. There is a self-exclusion questionnaire that assesses the risk on an individual lifestyle basis.
While the majority of blood recipients (like the majority of the population) are black, under 25% of the donors who contribute, gratis, over 800,000 units of blood a year, are black. How's that for a largely-unnoticed contribution to reconciliation? What about more support from the people who invented Ubuntu?
If, when you hear that someone is "encountering
resistance", you feel the urge to ask, "how many Ohms?", you may well be an
New on the Block Back to top
Restaurant Reviews Back to top**** Adega, Rivonia Crossing 2, Achter Road off Witkoppen Road, Paulshof
It has been some months since we visited Adega in its new premises and the restaurant remains as friendly as we remembered. On a cold solstice night, we ventured out to eat and found a warm place to do it. Not only in temperature but also in service. Freedom certainly made us welcome and made sure that our drinks –hot chocolate and Festa Sauvignon Blanc– arrived promptly.
We chose prawn rissoles for a shared starter and they proved good with a strong touch of chilli. Mains were Fettuccini Chourico and the starter Mussels. The Chourico pasta was declared very good. The Mussels were plump and the sauce extremely tasty. For once I was tempted and fell for the chocolate mousse, which was a perfect ending to a delightful meal.
Altogether a very pleasant evening with attentive but not intrusive service. Worthwhile going to for special occasions as well –lots of room for parties!
Funny Language, English...
If you say you are going to take care of somebody, are you proposing to look after them
–or threatening to kill them?
Run Down the Curtain... Back to top
Nurse: "Doctor, there’s someone called Julius here; he says he thinks he’s the Invisible Man."
Speaking of Running: 20 July CPF Fun Run/Walk/Crawl
The Sandton Community Police Forum (CPF) is having a fun run / walk on Sunday 20th July. There are 4 km and 8 km routes from Redhill School, taking in scenic West Road North, rugged Coleraine Drive, historic Ballyclare Drive and bumpy Outspan Road (4 km), with the 8 km route extending to Bryanston Drive, River Road and Brooke Ave. This is a CPF fundraiser costing R50 for 4 km and R80 for the 8 km. Book online by 14 July at www.entrytime.com. For enquiries, sponsorship and donations contact Yogi Govender on 011 722 4317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. JMPD will be positioned along the route to facilitate traffic flow where necessary.
Friends of Rietfontein "Christmas in July": 20 July
An African festivity under the African Winter sun on Sunday, 20th July 2014 from 12:00 to 16:00. Menu: Prepare your own 3 course meal - Cook/pre-cooked/cold/hot. Dress: Freedom of expression using “Wild with RED”. Décor: Dress your table to your heart’s desire in RED. Music: An African experience. Drinks: Bring your own. Place: Rietfontein Nature Reserve, 138 Holkam Road, Paulshof. Tables available for 8 and 10 people. R50 per adult (children free). Prizes: Best decorated table and best dressed couple/person and children. Bookings/Enquiries/Details: email@example.com. Limited seating available - Book early!
Understanding South Africa, for Foreigners
Unlike in some other countries, in South Africa the traffic regulations are just a suggestion. They are enforced only when the Traffic Police need money. Understand this, and much of our driving will make sense.
Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Sustainable Living III Back to top
It will lead to personal internal conflict if you try to practice sustainability without first living a sustainable life. Meet your own needs (needs, not wants) before you can meet the needs of others and the environment. I have put the points below in order of importance according to my fairly educated opinion, but must emphasise that a balance of all six is required for optimal health.
1. Get Enough Sleep – See March article.
2. Get More Relaxation while Awake – See April article.
3. Get Enough Direct Sunlight
To write about all the health benefits of getting enough sunshine will make this article far too long. But first, it's important to stress that if you do not make a habit of spending time in the sun, you should not tomorrow go and spend an hour in the sun. Morning sun and afternoon sun offer different benefits and you should expose yourself to both. Longer in the morning up to 9 am in summer, and 10 min in the afternoon sun to start with is enough.
Moderate exposure to sunshine boosts your immune system and reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and a range of other health problems. It increases your metabolism, promotes better sleep at night and digestion and generally improves one's mood – certainly one of the best ways to help fight the current plague of depression western society seems to be experiencing.
This article goes into a lot of detail: http://www.yurtopic.com/health/alternative-medicine/sunshine-benefits.html
Starting tomorrow, why don't you spend 5 minutes getting awake relaxation time in the sun?.
Point 4 in a following issue... Read more by Samantha Derham at www.sustainabilitystuff.co.za.
Overheard at the Checkout:
"Hi Cindy, aren't you out shopping late?"
“No, it's the perfect time!”
“Dave is glued to the TV watching some soccer tournament in South America, so he pays no attention to how long I'm out for, what I buy, or what I give him to eat!”
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a less obscure joke, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). Reach 5626 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.