Photography under and over

Tai Chi in the park, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Morning exercises - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A second day in Ho Chi Minh

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Travel, Vietnam
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I’m not attracted to communism, after all what’s in it for me? Likewise I’m a little put off by what passes for capitalism today – conspicuous consumption, a high degree of cosying-up to the state for contracts and favorable terms and the inevitable corruption that arises. Remembering of course that corruption requires two parties to occur – the official and the beneficiary. So I’m interested to witness the “socialist capitalism” or “managed embracing of free market principles” here in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

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Night market - Ho Chi Minh City Fruit stall at night market in Ho Chi Minh City

In Ho Chi Minh City – a first impression

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Travel, Vietnam
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What’s to be said about Ho Chi Minh City that’s not been said before? Described in romantic sentences filled with superlatives in any guide book you care to look at, the city is everything that’s said about it, and more. The Viet Cong toppled Saigon so that Ho Chi Ming City could rise from its ashes. And rise it certainly does.

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Gautrain in Sandton The Gautrain arrives at the Sandton station

Gautrain

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Travel
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Three sets of escalators descend through concrete tunnels and braces to platform C; the departure point from Sandton to O R Thambo International Airport.

There’s a dusty, musty smell that increases in intensity as the escalators descend deeper. Layers of dust coat the tops of struts and braces that hold the tunnels and escalators and structures in place and there’s a gentle hum of machinery and fluorescent lighting.

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Cyclone Irina's path through the southern Indian ocean Cyclone Irina's path through the southern Indian ocean over Madagascar and down the east coast of Mozambique and South Africa

Surfing Cyclone Irina

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Sports and lifestyle
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On the afternoon of March 8 2011, cyclone Irina’s winds finally dropped to 35 knots reducing it to a storm. At this point it was still in the southern Mozambique Channel, south east of Maputo, Mozambique, and heading westwards. On 12 March what was left of Irina made landfall over the Gaza Province, and simply dissipated.

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Family searching for bait Mother, daughter and son sift the tidal wash for sea lice and similar crustaceans to sell as bait to shore fishermen.

Artisanal fishing in Mozambique

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Documentary
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Dugongs are slow-moving, large, cow-like creatures that like to spend their days munching on sea grass while occasionally luring ancient mariners to their doom by pretending to be mermaids. In Mozambique, and especially during the civil war, dugongs were hunted for their meat, much as the Australian Aboriginal population does. After all, a dugong can feed an extended family for many days, even weeks.

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3 days of diving in Mozambique 3 days of diving in Mozambique

3 days of diving in Mozambique

Posted by on Dec 11, 2006 in Underwater
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Mostly I dive Aliwal Shoal and Landers Reef, both of which are just south of Durban. However I dive Sodwana Bay, just south of the Mozambique border, a lot too. But every now and then, when the planets line up and the world seems too busy and hectic I feel the need to cross the Mozambique border and slow things down a bit. And there is only one place I know in Mozambique where the world does not seem to spin crazily, where cell phones do not work and the Internet seems worthless.

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