Botswana Time by Will Randall

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Most of the architecture of Cape Town, particularly the more modern, could be found without difficulty in any European city. Even the townships, that old, disfiguring scar on the face of the new South Africa, could draw sad comparisons with the slums of India, where I had worked and lived only the year before; the juxtaposition of rich and poor was almost as stingingly shocking. Azur, the drive made all the more nostalgic by the hire of a midnight-blue Fiat Dino Spyder ? a beautiful make of car and similar to one I had owned in my youth.

Charlie, I was relying on you. You were there yesterday for the practice. re going?? re going,? he confirmed as we sped out of town. But of course he was wrong. Kirstenbosch, not Stellenbosch, was our destination, but that was not discovered until we had arrived at the latter some thirty miles out of town. By this time we were running very late. Get me to the church on time!? Charlie sung lustily as he waved at bemused pedestrians. Suffice it to say that the church was reached minutes if not seconds before the bride arrived, and the dash there involved a worrying degree of traffic-dodging and language not commonly connected with the sacred contract of marriage.

S floor. My instinct is that it more likely had something to do with the generous contents of the miniatures of gin dished out from the trolley. Captive now, and in a weakened state, I seemed to have little choice but to follow my leader. As Phil ground down through the gear-box and we climbed the narrow, winding road that led to the cable-car base station, I could only faintly cheer myself up with the thought that the ride to the summit was a marginally, but just marginally, better option than walking.

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