Photography by Odette Herbert
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I could tell my brain struggled to take in what it was seeing – Something that is larger than the Cape Town Stadium, floating in the harbour – that turned round & sailed off into the late dusk – a spiritual experience! Goose bumps generating, eyebrow lifting stuff! Made the heart sing with delight.
Felt sadness watching it sail away – some symbolism going on there!
[6pm departure, Friday 26th March 2010]

It was seriously exhilarating – the bag pipes piped them out of the harbour and the tugs turned the leviathan round and out of the narrowish gap out of the harbour, spraying us all with the jets of water, 20m? high, as the wind was blowing our way.
My car was a dusty mess when I saw it the next day – am a little concerned about my camera and the sea salt…
And to think I was oblivious that there was a leviathan in town that day & only saw it by chance.
I just go with the flow!

The Queen Mary II (QMII), the 2nd largest ocean liner – it is truly big
(Thank goodness for the pier or I wouldn’t have been able to get the whole ship in frame!)
I found my self wondering if it would fit into the stadium?
I guessed it wouldn’t & I was correct

Here are the stats:

Height: 72.0 m (236.2 ft) keel to funnel
Length: 345 m (1,019.4ft)
Width: 40.8432m (134 feet) (45.0 m – extreme (bridge wings)

Cape Town World Cup Stadium
Width: 265m

Courtesy: Wikipedia – Click on diagram to go to excellent QMII page

“A new 92,000-ton liner, to be named ˜Queen Elizabeth”™ has been ordered and is scheduled to enter service in the autumn of 2010 [Nothern hemosphere]. We have signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the contruction of the new 2092-passenger ocean liner, which will be built at their Monfalcone yard at an all-in cost of approximately $993 million.”

LINK – Cape Town 2010 World Cup Stadium – Dedicated Site
– Featuring Odette Herbert’s Photography

Link – Wikipedia Queen Mary II

Link – QMII Technical info & key dates – pdf

Link – The owners – Cunard Ocean Liners

Link – Info on QM2 (The on-line cruise magazine)



“Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.” TED

TED Talk – My stroke of insight
Filmed Feb 2008 [15,245,401 views to date May 2014]
Taylor’s understanding of a human being is that we are

50 trillion cells functioning in purposeful harmony. The two hemispheres of our brain are yoked opposites: limit-setting rationality (time, judgment, ego) in perpetual interplay with the eternal and unbounded now. Together and only together, do these two halves of our awareness make our human destiny…..” – Dr J B Taylor web site

Photo by photojennic (Flickr) – Bergisches Land, Germany


UPDATE – From Jill Taylor – Wednesday, 8th October ’08 5:25 PM
Subject: Airing on Oprah on Oct 21st!

Hello Friends,
I am now scheduled to air on Oprah TV on Oct 21st!

That could change again, of course, but for now this is what we know!
I wish you a heart filled with Joy Joy Joy!


I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.

This morning I heard Taylor, a brain specialist, being interviewed on the BBC Radio’s Outlook program. I found it fascinating and shocking, Taylor’s experience of having had a stroke when 37 year old, resulting in loosing the use of her left brain and having the brain capacity of a baby – it took Taylor over a year or was it 4 – to understand that 1 + 1 is 2!
Taylor’s experience taught her that, “…deep internal peace is accessible to anyone at any time…..My stroke of insight would be: Peace is only a thought away and all we have to do to access it is silence the voice of our dominating left mind…”

You can listen to the interview on BBC Radio’s Website – Outlook program
Look for:
Thursday 15th May – Rebuilding My Brain

Available For Only The Next 6 Days – Ad Free! & Cost Free!

I’m not sure if you can download it as a podcast or MP3 file
I looked to see if i could find them but have run out of time
NB audio files chomp loads of broadband! [bandwidth?]
grrrrrrr – jargon challenged!

Taylor has written a book about her experience – …My Stroke Of Insight

Book Not available in South Africa [yet]
@ Exclusive Books [not listed on either of their data bases – south africa]

…….The book is available at stores all over the US and through mazon.com! enjoy! Jill

Message from Jill Taylor
19.09.08 – Hi everyone! The airing of my interview on the Oprah show has been postponed from Sept 23rd. We don’t know the new air date yet. Please keep an eye on my web-site at drjilltaylor.com or on the Oprah.com web-site for the new air date. I will try to give you a few days advance warning but I am traveling a lot this Fall [autumn] and may not be able to.

Thanks for your continued enthusiastic support of my endeavors. I value the
gift you are to the world and to my life.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.

– 14.9.08 Message from Jill
Hello friends, My Stroke of Insight is being translated into 20 different
languages and I am currently scheduled to be on Oprah on Sept 23rd. I taped last Thursday with Oprah and Dr. Oz and I brought beautiful brains for show and tell!
Life is a blessing.




LINK – More images of the stadium at night

LINKLINKS List – Cape Town 2010 Word Cup stadium Photos & Info

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“From a healed, peaceful heart, humility is born; from humility, a willingness to listen to others is born and from mutual understanding, a peaceful society will be born. Non-violence is the highest form of
humility; it is supreme courage”

Daisaku Ikeda



UPDATE - Follow up cartoon - 11th September - Zapiro has also done a cartoon of the identical image replacing Zuma with Mbeki & his cronies @ http://www.mg.co.za/zapiro/all/2 click on image to go to M&G source

Zapiro says his cartoons of Jacob Zuma are all based on quotes that are ” out- landish, chauvinistic and ignorant things about aids, women and the rule of law……” uttered by Zuma.


Even though this particular cartoon is so shocking to look at – whether we agree with it or not – is the artist’s rite to express it. If this rite is eroded then we are all in serious trouble.
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UPDATE – 14TH MAY 2009

The latest on Zuma’s actions against Zapiro

Jacob Zuma is suing Zapiro for R7 million for the ‘Rape of Justice’ cartoon which was published in The Sunday Times on 7 September 2008.
On Wednesday 17 December the Sheriff of the Court served Zapiro with a letter of demand claiming R7 million – R5 million for injury to Zuma’s reputation and R2 million for injury to his dignity ‘ to be paid within 2 weeks, failing which Zuma will take Zapiro to court……..

LINK – To read full article on zapiro’s web site – it’s packed with goodies
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It is absolutely necessary to analyse the cartoon – to find out what it means – for instance, why has Zuma got a shower thing on his head?

SA’s Zuma ‘showered to avoid HIV’

Mr Zuma is a veteran of the struggle against apartheid . South African ex-Deputy President Jacob Zuma said he showered after sex with an HIV-positive woman, thinking this would reduce his risk of being infected.

This emerged as he was cross-questioned during his trial for rape. He denies rape but admits to consensual sex, and said he was ready to marry his accuser.
Remarks about HIV made by Mr Zuma in court earlier this week have angered Aids educators.
[Source:BBC NEWS 5 April 2006 – LINK]

Photo: by T_13 [Flickr] – Justice

There have been calls for the resignation of Mondli Makhanya, the Sunday Times editor, who published the controversial cartoon last Sunday.


COSATU [Union] have demanded an apology from The Sunday Times – It’s lucky the editor isn’t white or there would have been rioting in the streets and accusations of racism

My unflattering portrayal of Jacob Zuma is entirely based on actual quotations of his……I was once an admirer of Jacob Zuma. I admired his commitment during the apartheid era, his pleasant personality and his ability to establish rapport with people. I’m afraid that those qualities have been overshadowed by his recently displayed attitudes, his inability to control his own finances ……As a cartoonist and therefore a commentator, I don’t have to hold back
if I feel these things strongly, which I do. I think negative characterisation is justified.

[Zapiro Interview by Koelble & Robins (2007)]
Source: Sandisiwe Vilakazi
her open letter to Zapiro – LINK

Photo: by ILKIN [Flickr] – God of Justice

LINK Zapiro’s credentials/biography.

LINK – Zuma cartoon: Worth a thousand words?

LINK – Zapiro in Zuma cartoon uproar – Imke Van Hoorn

LINK – In defence of Zapiro – Jonathan Berger

LINK – What others are thinking of the Zapiro/Zuma cartoon @ History Matters

LINK – Watch & listen to Julius Malema of the ANCYL attacking Zapiro

LINK – Zapiro’s web site

LINK – COSATU demand for apology

LINK – What if Zuma wins in court? – Nic Dawes [Sep12 ’08 07:05]

LINK – Friends of Jacob Zuma web site

LINK – Power of Comics

LINK – Sandisiwe Vilakazi





If any of the LINKS don’t work PLEASE, pretty please, :-),
drop it in HERE [& then scroll to the Bottom of the page]

I found an excellent commentary of Brett Davidson’s on, Africa is a Country
I recommend you go there to read the whole article which explains the issues very clearly

Yes, Zapiro’s cartoon is very shocking. It elicits a visceral response – it’s like a kick in the stomach. But let’s just think about the situation it’s referring to. Supporters of Jacob Zuma have lately been making some very disturbing comments about the judiciary. Some have gone so far as to call our top judges — judges with impeccable credentials — ‘counter-revolutionary’.

These comments, which are being repeated over and over again, are steadily undermining faith in and respect for, our judicial system and thus for the rule of law. The rule of law is the bedrock of democracy. If that goes, society descends into chaos or tyranny. It is very dangerous territory that Zuma’s backers have dragged us into and that I find that infinitely more worrying and disturbing than this cartoon.
Brett Davidson – an extract
Source: Africa is a Country – LINK

Photo: by Thiago Martins [Flickr] – Justiça – P&B de Brasília

LINKFor more Zapiro posts




Photography by Odette Herbert




Click HERE to see the plan


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The Cape Town Stadium Visitor Centre

Now up & running tours


Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

1 hr long tours

@10:00, 12:00 & 14:00.

Where from?

entrance C

up the stairs & bear right

gate entrance – North East side

Granger Bay Boulevard (Waterfront perimeter side)

How much?

R30 adults

R15 pensioners/children

R10 per learner for school tours

Hosted by SAIL STADEFRANCE – stadium operators


021 430 7346

LINKSail – Cape Town stadium operators – SAIL Event Management

LINKNews Articles Relating To Sail Stadefrance – stadium operators


Related LINKS to other Cape Town Green Point stadium sites

LINK Cape Town stadium dedicated hub – of posts from various sites featuring Odette Herbert’s stadium photography [Feb 2010]LINKLINKS List – Cape Town 2010 Word Cup stadium Photos & Info


[June 2009]


Photography by Odette Herbert

LINK to see more images showing what the Cape Town 2010 World Cup stadium looked like last year in June

LINK to see what the Cape Town 2010 World Cup stadium looks like now

Related LINKS to other Cape Town Green Point stadium sites

LINKLINKS List – Cape Town 2010 Word Cup stadium Photos & Info

16 Feb. 19:35 2010 Webcam images – Courtesy of www.Kapstadt.de

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Cape Town’s New Dusk Silhouette: Table Mountain, Lions Head + 2010 stadium
If you click on the image you will see it more clearly
I’m shocked to see what a massive structure it is – visible from 15 kilometers away
If you were to drive straight through the mountain you would be heading South for Cape point [peninsula] – For me the most staggeringly beautiful part of the Cape – National Geographic vistas – only an hour drive away

Cape Town 2010 stadium – looking like a space ship this morning as the sun reflects off the white fabric its encased in (Monday 13.12.09 at 6AM)

Tell me it it’s not a tad out of proportion to the CBD! [central business district]

Also looks like a speed boat – doing a quick turn with no wake!

How’s the pink grey smog?! – not so clean the air at the tip of Africa – our carbon foot print in Cape Town is definitely first world!

LINK – WebCam [updated every 7mins]

Images Courtesy of www.Kapstadt.de



LINK – Photo Webcam – Cape Town dawn Skyline – 24th November 2008 5ish


LINKS – 2010 World Cup South Africa

LINK Cape Town’s coliseum [stadium]– FIFA’s specs, built by locals – It’s big – really really BIG [15Nov09]

LINKCape Town Stadium– Live Art.The rope guys 6 till late – car park 4 best seats [16Nov09]

LINKCape Town stadium – March 2008 – What it will look like + LINKS

LINK Cape Town City Council – Stadium owners/gatekeepers – excellent site

LINKWikipedia – Cape Town Stadium

LINK Facebook – THE Greenpoint Stadium/ 2010 Awareness

LINK Murry & Roberts – construction company

LINK twitter – FIFA World Cup 2010

LINK – Cape Town stadium fixtures for 2010

LINK – Durban stadium – gorgeous photos

LINK – SA Soccer 2010 – lots of news and photos

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