Happy New Year

And by the time you read this 2013 will be toast, and a whole new 365 days of comings and goings will be upon us.

2013 has been a very decisive year for me, I made the decision in 2012 to try for the UK and I have now been here for 10 months. The equivalent of almost my first years national service. I have lived in London for a month, Southampton for just over 7 months, and Salisbury for 2 months. It has been a challenge on many fronts, and I am still not at a point where I can safely relax and say that all is well with me. 
There is still a lot that has to be done, settling my affairs in SA being one of the priorities, and of course finding my own place to call home in Salisbury would be ideal. But I have to be realistic about these things and will deal with it when/if/how it happens. 
On the plus side I have now been working full time since 9 September, and have fixed more broken devices in these 3 months than I probably did in 4 years where I was before. I also worked part time as a baggage handler in Southampton, and I am still kind of proud of that odd bit of my life. 
Tomorrow? I don’t know. At this point I am going to carry on  the way I have been since 9 September. I may go to SA in March or April, but I have not made up my mind about that yet. It really all comes down to finances. 
Do I miss SA? not particularly. I am not one of those who laments braaivleis, sunshine, sunny skies and Chevrolet. In fact the only thing I do miss is the better selection of medication in chemists in SA. Everything here is based on something I am allergic to. I also miss my desktop computer, this laptop thang can really cheese me off. 
So, may this coming year be full of love, light and laughter, and may all your dreams come true (expect the one where you aren’t wearing any pants, and the one where a Xenomorph is chasing you (go look it up.) ) 
Next year will see some changes as I start to shut down my website, and I hope to move it to a blog platform and integrate it with this blog. But first I must find a bloghost. Bah humbug! I will think of that next week.
Happy Nude Ear!
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Bye-Bye 2012

On this last day of 2012 I can only really look back on a year that was not too great. It was a year that I should have sent back under warranty as being faulty! 
For me there are 3 major events that happened that really were turning points. The first was having to deal with my mother who was suffering from sciatica. There was a point where I did not know what to do for her because of useless doctors and a lack of funds. Fortunately it ran its course and she is mobile again and I am just hoping that it does not re-occur. But, at her advanced age of 84 things are very difficult, but she is strong and may outlive us all.
The second was the rapid deterioration in my brother’s heart complaint, exacerbated by a doctor that did not do his groundwork. By October my brother was in trouble and only swift action ensured that he was taken care of. One op later and he has a new lease on life and a heart valve that may outlast me. It is now 2 months since the op and he is doing very well.
The third event was the granting of my UK ancestral visa, and on 28 February 2013 I am heading to the UK  where I will hopefully be starting a new life. Its a very difficult thing to do at my age, so I will need all the luck I can get. In the next 2 months I have to dispose of most of my stuff and rationalise the balance and put it in storage until I am settled, so if this blog looks kind of empty in the next few moths you will know why.
Politically I think this year was a turning point in this countries history, things can either get worse, or better, and the next election in 2014 will be an interesting one, and one that will shape the destiny of South Africa. 
In closing off for the year I would like to wish everybody a peaceful and prosperous 2013, may love, light and laughter be with you in the period to come.