http://viewfromtheside.wordpress.com/  – Weekend theme challenge.


Impossible :- that a spider could eat a Snake.


Australia has cemented its reputation as the home of the world’s most dangerous creepy crawlies with this video of a spider eating a half a metre long snake.

Cairns kite surfer Ant Hadleigh filmed the golden orb spider devouring the brown tree snake in the backyard of a friend’s house in Freshwater, Queensland.

He told The Cairns Post: ‘I thought it was pretty incredible. A few times the snake managed to get up and attack the spider, and the spider would run back up the web.

‘I would have put my money on the snake for sure, especially seeing how big it was.’

The proof




Old Cape Town


Cape Town (South Africa)  has seen many changes since it was inhabited by the native Khoi and was first visited by Bartholomew Dias in 1488. The town was a Dutch trading post under Jan Van Riebeeck, and then came under British rule in 1814. Since then it has seen a lot of change and become a unique town with its own unique mix of culture.

De Waal Park in 1898


The lime kilns in Mowbray in 1910, with Table Mountain in the background.

Sea Point in 1890


The naval base of Simon’s Town in 1900.

The beach that used to be in Woodstock. This photo was taken in 1899

Survival of the Fittest


Only those that can adapt will survive.

Growing in pure sea sand at the most Southern tip of the African Continent this rather attractive succulent.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together






You like playing golf?


OK then this you will understand.


This one may bring a little mist to your eyes… only a golfer would understand

A man and his wife walked into a dentist’s office. The man said to the dentist, “Doc, I’m in one heck of a hurry I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf, so forget about the anesthetic, I don’t have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! We have a 10:00 AM tee time at the best golf course in town and it’s 9:30 already… I don’t have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!’

The dentist thought to himself, “My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain.” So the dentist asks him, “Which tooth is it sir?”

The man turned to his wife and said, “Open your mouth Honey, and show him……..”

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


is in my box of videos and I will hopefully watch this tomorrow or is it already today?

As with a book I like a short summary of a movie too which I found on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441952/

But of course the fact that Ewan McGregor stars in it makes it more attractive. I saw him in an interview with Charlie Rose (and so by the way if I could choose who I would like to have dinner with it would be Charlie Rose. is there maybe a competition where this is the prize, please let me know.What a fascinating man. )

A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a ‘good will’ story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

Director: Lasse Hallström

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Paul Torday (novel)

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked

Once in a lifetime only


For the first time in almost a century a spotless cheetah has been, er, spotted.

The mythical-like creature was discovered by a British wildlife photographer who set out to find it after several reported sightings.

Guy Combes, originally from Shaftesbury, Dorset, scoured 100,000 acres of land in Kenya using a Land Rover and even a plane before he tracked it down.


Earth Day


Earth Day

When is that?

Should not every day be earth day?

I am quite despondent,  only few care

– driving home we saw all the office lights on

Nobody cares to switch off?

Many 4×4’s with one driver in gas guzzling vehicles because O! Please what would people think of you  if you  drove a small car? (I think you are an uneducated arsehole with nothing else to hang your image on and you are advertising it!)

Garbage unsorted on the side of the road – they simply could not be bothered.

Forests being chopped – for whatever

The thought of CO2 – what’s that?

Women buying bottled water enough to fill 3 baths

Throwaway society – Mommy likes new things for her empty life

Spoilt brats won’t inherit the earth; there will be no earth to inherit.

People are not educated because they do not want to be educated.



PS I think if I had to become very old I would become like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino – except I will not become very old I have my little cyanide pills – my kids won’t have to bother!


Here comes the Sun



As caught on NASA’s Camera.

A spectacular solar flare erupted from the Sun’s northeastern limb yesterday, sending an beautiful arcing jet of super-heated plasma blasting off into space.

The explosion, captured by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory at about 5.45pm yesterday evening, was one of the most beautiful seen in years.

It measured at just a moderate M1 on the scale of sun storms, which placed it in the middle of the scale scientists use to measure flare strength.

Are psychopaths responsible for their deeds?



‘I would have done it again’ Anders Breivik


Devoid of shame or an ounce of remorse about massacring defenceless teenagers, Breivik appears tormented by his failure to go to university.

Then I read a review on the book The Psychopath Test where Hare ( I think he is an academic)  and I quote from the Amazon review explains the science of psychopathology: a part of the brain called the amygdala doesn’t function in psychopaths as it does in other human beings. When a regular person experiences extreme violence or carnage (or even photographs of such scenes), his amygdala becomes overstimulated, provoking an extreme anxiety response in the central nervous system. When a psychopath experiences the same stimuli, his amygdala does not respond: no anxiety response occurs. This explains the psychopath’s lack of empathy.

This is a theory of course but does this mean psychopaths are not responsible for their actions?

Which implies of course that these monsters and  perpetrators should be excused.

What a sad and cruel world

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