Monday, 10 May 2010


Hello all, and welcome from South Africa!

I'm trying to post via email, so hopefully this will work. Partly
because the accommodation and work infrastructure is not completely
inter-friendly, and partly because it seems like a fun idea.

As some of you may know, I'm in Johannesburg at present, working on
the World Cup. Yes, I know that the event doesn't start for another
month, but I'm needed, so there.

After a fairly sleepless flight, I was driven to my accommodation,
which sits right in the heart of a no-go zone - gated, security
guarded and contained. I will be shuttled pretty much everywhere,
which does make for a strange experience as a visitor. So far it
looks like a particularly poor and rough part of Birmingham during
the Thatcher years, but I haven't really had much of a chance to form
a real opinion.

Where I'll be living while here provides all needs (food, drink, gym,
shop, shuttles, bed etc). Like some strange inverse prison, or the
last human outpost after the zombie apocalypse, one could very easily
stay inside, finding ways to entertain oneself for the duration.
Luckily work will be taking me out and about enough so that I won't
feel too trapped.

Food seems to consist mainly of meat - something of which I was
informed. I can already feel my body crying out for a salad.

Last night I was awoken by a spectacular thunderstorm, seemingly
striking everywhere in Johannesburg at once - flashes and crashes. It
was nice to watch happen over the quite pretty city lights, but I am
definitely in need of some sleep. Man cannot live on coffee alone!

I will try and keep these posts as regular as possible, jotting notes
and observations as I go.

Hope you enjoy!

1 comment:

pdore said...

Glad to hear from you Jamie!! Sounds like an interesting place - hope you can send some pictures soon!!