Brewer's Droop #272

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THE THINGS EMIGRANTS MISS

I stumbled across some messages from people who are, or were, based in another country. Mainly inspired from a chap currently based in Vancouver.

In these days when conversations often drift towards the pessimistic and doom forecasting, I thought they’d make interesting reading what with me being an eternal optimist etc.

Tweet 1 (from Canada): THE FOOD. “Man, I’d kill for some biltong. Or shisa nyama. Or chutney. Or bunny chow. Babotie and potjekos. Ouma rusks. And SA restaurants are superb.”

Tweet 2 (from somewhere): WINES!. “You forgot the wine. We had a fantastic holiday in SA a few years ago and it’s an amazing country.”

Tweet 3: HUMOUR. “South Africans are SO funny. They’ll find humour in everything and rise above (or laugh at) problems. Zuma was one of best comedians ever.”

Tweet 4: (from Canada): WARMTH! “ Supremely cold weather for months on end is a real downer. Everyone hibernates and scowls about it. Don’t underestimate how awesome it is to have plentiful sunshine most of the time.”

Tweet 5: (UK) BRAAI: “The rest of the world can call their imitations what they like (“barbie”, “Barbeque”, “camp fire”) and yet nobody can do a “braai” the way South Africans do. It’s hard to explain but a braai isn’t just tossing meat onto coals and burning it (in the USA all they ever do is heat up hamburgers and hot dogs anyway– but then, that’s what happens when you run out of culture). No, a braai is an event. I don’t have to explain it because you know what I mean. You can’t teach a different nation how to do it either.”

Tweet 6: (Australia): SHARED DESTINY: “When times are tough, South Africans pull through. It’s why our skills are so sought after. Cape Town achieved in 6 months what Melbourne took 13 years to do and halve their water consumption.”

Reply to Tweet 6 (Australia): “If you guys are so ‘sought after’ why isn’t your government trying to keep you lot back in Africa then.”

[There’s always one isn’t there?]

Tweet 7: (Canada): CHARACTER: “Maybe it’s the insanity of the place. Maybe it’s the history. Maybe it’s the trials and tribulations of load-shedding and Day Zero but there’s a real sense of character in South Africa.”

Tweet 8: THE BUSH: “Nature. Wild animals. Beauty everywhere. Watching the sun come up. Nothing like it.”

Tweet 9: BEACHES: “Nature. Wild women. Beauty everywhere. Watching the tops come off. Nothing like it.”

Tweet 10: (ex the UK) CAME BACK: “Moved here nearly 6 years ago from the UK. I have never regretted it, the best move we ever made. Most of you have hit the nail on the head here (except, perhaps, the Aussie).”

There are so many great things about living in SA and I haven’t even touched on our sports teams, our colourful languages, our hotels, our hospitals, our friendly people and that most beautiful thing of all – the African smile. Love it.

If I had to criticise just one thing about South Africa (yes, yes, I know there’s a lot of choice) it would be those jokers who have the audacity to call themselves “journalists”. Most of them seem to “write” every story like an obituary. They’re also told what to say by their political masters – who actually want us all to be depressed. Well, I have news for them; we may get miserable from time to time but, generally, we’re happy and laughing,

We do have some great columnists – I won’t mention them because that might suggest preference, but I’m fairly sure you’ll agree with me. You will because we’re South Africans and we live in the closest place to paradise I’ve ever seen.

And I, for one, believe this country has a great future.

So next time you see a gloomy article just ignore it and find something interesting and well written instead.

Keep well and happy.

Chris

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  1. Couldn’t agree more Chris. I moved to Australia to get away from all the bad stuff here. Whilst Sydney is a lovely city and the people generally friendly they can’t compare to SA.

    I lasted two years and was sooooo pleased to get back home!!!

    It was the general attitude of locals here that I missed most. That and the culture.

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    • Yes, I felt much the same way about Sydney.

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  2. Lovely Monday upper! Thank you!

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    • Pleasure!

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  3. Nice one Chris.

    A lot of the exaggerated negative stuff that I get comes from ex SA friends and colleagues who moved overseas – mainly Australia. Often completely factually incorrect which I don’t blame the friends there for. It’s some of their self-indulgent media that do it.

    But irrespective, one feels that our ex South Africans feed off it to justify and rationalise their decision to leave SA which despite the challenges, remains a very special and unique place.

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    • Yes, sometimes I think minds are made up and decisions agreed upon too quickly.

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  4. Nice Chris.. We need this positivity

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    • Thanks. The next Guinness is on you then?

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  5. Africa smiled a little when you left.
    “We know you”, Africa said.
    “We have seen and watched you, but we know we needn’t yet”.
    And Africa smiled a little when you left…
    “You cannot leave Africa”, Africa said.
    We are always with you, there inside your head.
    Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints, our drumbeats counting out your pulse, our coastline the silhouette of your soul”.
    So Africa smiled a little when you left.
    “We are in you”, Africa said.
    “You have not left us yet”.
    (With thanks to anonymous Facebook post)

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    • Love it.

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  6. love the positivity , Chris, and Ginny love your ” African Smile “. I recently had friends come for a visit, who now live in Austria and are ex SA. They seem to be very happy and upbeat about SA. I did notice how much better off they are in relation to us average South Africans – obviously due to the weakening Rand. But, as I say , you can’t beat the way of life , sunshine, boerie and braai. I guess that’s the price we pay and that’s why we love it here.

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  7. Gotta love crazy South Africans , ready to do anything , have a ball , give the Aussies hell , agree with Chris .

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  8. Aaaww thanks Chris! I needed to read that.

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  9. Certainly will not die of boredom here. The glass always seems to be half full.

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  10. Such a special country . thank heavens the majority still braai ,,,,, not al fresco cooking (gas braai ) .

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    • hello Jane – and how lekker were your braiis !! The real S.A. thing !

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  11. I always remember Denis Beckett in “Beckett’s Trek”. He went to Sydney to report on the 40,000 S’africans who had taken up Oz life. In the final showing, he said, ” I find this place is boring, boring, boring, boring. Can’t wait to get back home to the cutting edge of disaster.”

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    • I remember that!

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  12. You guys have got it all wrong.

    Having lived in NZ (more beautiful than SA) and Canada (wilder, less crowded, more untamed than SA with more economic opportunity) I’d say the thing I miss most is being in bed late at night and hearing sounds outside and wondering whether the burglar alarm is still working and whether everything is secure and locked. And checking the panic button. I miss the burglar proof.

    I miss stopping my daughters going for a run in the evening because she might be raped. I miss the shakedown beggars when one parks at the supermarket who might mug you. I miss the electric fence around the property. I miss deciding to not go out in the evening because it is dangerous. I miss hearing about another dreadful murder and then turning the page. I miss the low quality newspapers and media. I miss BEE and other absurdities that wanted to take over my business. I miss talking to South Africans who are so out of touch with world and so opinionated in their ignorance that it is laughable. (SA is world class in thinking they are smart though.) I miss the dangerous traffic and carjackings. I miss worrying about the futureless future my white grandkids will have in SA. I miss my kids attending 5th rate laughable low standard universities that are not taken seriously globally and struggle with the fact that my kids attended world class universities. I miss that my kids are not earning Runts, but rather are now living in places like Toronto and NY earning what a CEO in SA earns, because – well – Sefricans are poor.

    Oh and I miss the awful accent that South Africans have that makes the entire nation sound like uneducated buffoons. I mean listening to my children and grandchildren talking with a pleasant Canadian accent that makes one sound educated rather than the guttural vowel destroying SA accent is – well – a pleasure.

    But most of all. Most of all, I miss the lies South Africans tell themselves about where they live to keep their sanity……..about it being exciting (why not move to Iraq), beautiful (you haven’t travelled very much, have you), with lots of potential (then why do successful people like Musk LEAVE the country) and how South Africans are in demand everywhere (no they are not – there is nothing special about them especially recent graduates with their poor quality education).

    But I’ll give you this: the wine is really cheap.

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    • Hope you’re happy then. We still are.

      The thing that worries me a little is that you concentrate on all the bad stuff in SA (yet, today, we have news of a maniacal shooting spree where you live).

      You can’t avoid it. It’s happening everywhere – yes, even Canada,

      Look, just be happy and enjoy where you are. (even if that means the ass end of the world).

      Anyway, enjoy what you have.

      Thanks for the comment.

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    • Mike. It’s exactly as you say it is but worse. This will upset the self delusional South Africans who hate the fact that many have left and succeeded big time. They’ll justify staying in a shithole because there was a mass shooting in New Zealand and blame Trump for everything while the nation reverts to one man one volt and the feral take over

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