first_imgI have been writing this column every week for two and a half years, but the process feels more bizarre every time I pick up a copy of the paper.I try to come up with similes to help rationalize what still seems foreign to me. Lately, column writing has begun to take on the appearance of the sports themselves.The best columns and athletic achievements are products of preparation. The workload drains you of energy, but hopefully there’s an end worth the undertaking.But like sports, the column’s result is often emphasized over the procedure. I try to pull back the curtains on the sporting world in my role as a columnist, so it’s only fair I now try to do the same to journalism and myself. Stick with me in this exercise of self-aggrandizement; I promise it will be worth it.Above all, column writing is a weekly outlet for my neuroses. Even after I complete a piece, I can’t stop questioning myself. Did I overlook something in my assessment of USC football? What if I never fixed that comma splice? Does my columnist photo make my face look fat?Filling this space every week is the hardest part of working at the Daily Trojan. If I have to recap a game or event, my only task is to get out of the way. But writing a column means stating an opinion I’m willing to be accountable for every week.Sometimes I forget what I write will be read by others once I have completed it. Every journalist has a conflicted relationship at best with the comment section, but I love it. My favorite comment was a recommendation to drop out of school by a reader who apparently disagreed with what I had to say. Hey, I didn’t come this far not to go even further.Comments and e-mail help ensure that what gets printed in the Daily Trojan doesn’t just become white noise on a page. Quality is obviously the top concern of any writer, but if people hate you, at least they’re reading you.The sports section is unique in the sense that you occasionally receive feedback from players and coaches. I don’t have any stories of someone leaving a dead rat on the hood of my car or a coach wagging a finger in my face, Urban Meyer-style. But a lineman who eventually went on to the NFL called me out on something I wrote for the paper. This was also not a singular occurrence.Writing sports columns, however, has given me an appreciation for the recipients of my critiques. The weekly task almost feels like a sporting event, except, you know, completely devoid of all physical hardship. But after so many stories, it becomes hard to bring the heat every week.This problem is usually a matter of execution. Even the most prized concepts can fall flat, and these are the columns that hurt the most. Maybe some reference or analogy proved to be too flimsy to carry the piece.In a sleep-deprived state, I once came up with an elaborate idea to explain how the 2008 USC football team was like Jay-Z’s 2001 album The Blueprint. Somehow, I was convinced I would need at least 1,000 words to explain this purported genius. The column thankfully never appeared, but maybe someday if I’m broke I’ll publish a book of lost columns in which I can flush out such a comparison.The disconnect between preparation and execution is also the best explanation for most athletic shortcomings. You’ll never hear an athlete say, “We just didn’t take this game seriously.” But experiencing the phenomenon of seeing even the most promising set-ups fall short adds a layer of understanding.Even triumphs of sports and prose are fleeting. I’ve written hundreds of articles during my time here; it would be a great achievement if I could remember a third of them. There’s also little room for nostalgia for athletes. You’re always on to the next one.A writing mentor once told me that no two stories are alike. That means that from story to story, you’re either improving or slowing your progress.I imagine this is what keeps great athletes going through the grind. It is what keeps me writing columns.“Tackling Dummy” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Michael at [email protected]last_img read more

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, Rich Hill would have gone nine. Twice upon a time, Walker Buehler would have, too.It is not even a consideration these days, certainly not in the playoffs. Hill, like Buehler the night before, had a firm thumb on the Red Sox in Game 4 on Saturday night. He was throwing a one-hitter going into the seventh but then he walked a guy, and he was gone after his next batter, even with a 4-0 lead.The game, and probably the season, then shifted into the quicksand that has always been the Dodgers’ bullpen, through 30 ringless seasons.Think about it. Joe Blanton at Wrigley Field. Jonathan Broxton getting taken deep by Matt Stairs, in back to back seasons. Scott Elbert getting the inexplicable call to face Yadier Molina in St. Louis. The home run orgy of Game 5 last year in Houston, with Brandon Morrow barely able to button his jersey. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Roberts said Hill told him, “Keep an eye on me,” when he went out for the seventh. When Roberts did lift Hill, the lefty seemed fine with it. He usually isn’t.This time he slapped Roberts on the shoulder. Triumph was imminent. A four-run lead? The Dodgers had won every game this season in which they had led by four.“You’re talking about a World Series game in which there’s no margin (for error) up to that point,” Roberts said. “He did everything to put us in a position to win a baseball game and, again, we’ve got to do a better job picking him up.”Roberts will be roasted for removing Hill, by those in all walks of life. He did not expect to become the next target of a Presidential tweet, but here it came, before game’s end:“It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!”Someone recited the President’s observations to Roberts, who responded icily.“The President said that?” Roberts said, without as much as a quarter-smile. “I’m happy he was tuning in and watching the game. I don’t know how many Dodger games he’s watched. I don’t think he is privy to the conversation. That’s one man’s opinion.”Others will have their opinions.Alexander walked Brock Holt who, like a lot of Boston’s supporting cast, is blossoming in this Series.That put men on first and second. Alexander is a ground ball pitcher. He has thrown 15 double-play grounders. But this is the new rule. When a reliever falters, take him out. The choice might have been Pedro Baez. Instead, it was Madson.This was Madson’s 11th appearance of this postseason. He has had his moments, but he was touched up in Game 2. Here he got a pop-up from Jackie Bradley Jr., but his first pitch to Moreland was driven to such heights that some people thought Ryan Gosling was riding it.The three-run homer cut the lead to 4-3.“The ball just popped out of my hand,” Madson said. “It was a bad pitch, right in the middle. I wasn’t surprised he hit it, but I was surprised it went as far as it did.“They’re a very good team. You can get them out if you make good pitches, but you can’t miss your spots. As far as fatigue goes, that’s true for everyone. We’re all dealing with it. You have to make your pitches.”Baez, meanwhile, was unavailable, as was lefty Julio Urias.Madson has worked in the Dodgers’ last five games, an eight-day span in which he has thrown 58 high-stress pitches. Baez threw 26 pitches in his two innings Friday night, but he threw only 15 in the two Boston games. He also has given up only three hits in 10⅓ postseason innings. Unavailable? It’s hard to believe Baez wouldn’t have pitched if he were really healthy.Jansen worked two innings once in the 2018 regular season, once in 2017. But in last year’s playoff run he pitched in 13 of a possible 14 games and was asked to get more than three outs in five of those. Those demands followed Jansen into this season.“You look at the three innings he’s thrown,” Roberts said, “and he’s thrown a lot of good pitches. The two mistakes he made, the cutters didn’t cut and he gave up home runs. I don’t think it’s a mental or a physical thing.”Related Articles The story always ends this way, with a parade of managers walking slowly to the mound and, with an involuntary clap, taking the ball and handing it to another grunt who is shoved to the front line. The story apparently will end that way again, with the Red Sox frolicking like freed prisoners once Hill left and the relievers arrived.A walk by Scott Alexander preceded Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson.Dave Roberts again requested a two-out save from Kenley Jansen, who has been swimming upstream ever since he was ridden so hard last fall. Jansen only pitched the eighth and gave up the game-tying bomb to Steve Pearce. After that, it was Dylan Floro and a five-run ninth that featured the go-ahead single by Rafael Devers.Boston won 9-6 and takes a 3-1 Series lead against Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, with a shot at its fourth World Series championship in 14 seasons after the Red Sox endured 86 years without one.The better bullpen almost always wins. L.A.’s relievers now have a 4.81 ERA in this World Series. To be fair. Boston’s Craig Kimbrel has put Sox fans through the wringer, too, but the rest of the bullpen is firing away.Could Nathan Eovaldi be the first player to win the Series MVP award for his work in a losing game? In Game 3, he put together what will become a legendary six innings in New England, thus making sure Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes were fresh enough to handle Game 4. The Dodgers, with 12 pitchers on their roster, seemed oddly short-handed.Eovaldi looked like Charlie Morton, the Houston starter who descended into the midst of games to bedevil the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.“We’re not out of it,” Roberts said, but here’s the other thing about a creaky bullpen in October. Once it starts falling, it usually can’t find the ripcord.Such is the gravity of this situation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgAnita S. Turney, age 75, of Udall died early Monday morning, April 29, 2013 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Unit at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.She was a retired registered nurse having worked at William Newton Memorial Hospital and Wesley for many years.Anita S. (Blankenship) Turney was born on December 5, 1937 in Winfield to Earl E. Blankenship and Pamelia E. (Collins) Blankenship.Anita married Forest “Gene” Turney on August 26, 1956 in Udall.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, singing, sewing, traveling and photography.She is preceded in death by her parents.Survivors include her loving husband Gene, of the home; one son Brian Turney and his wife Lynette of Belle Plaine, KS; three daughters, Cindy Hess and her husband John of Holt, MO, Lisa Ulrich and her husband Dane of Branson, MO, and Susan Campbell and her husband Roy of Kimberling City, MO; two brothers, Richard Blankenship and his wife Ada of Edmond, OK and John  Blankenship and his wife Shirley of Udall, KS; and 10 grandchildren, Brianna, Brandon, Levi and Lyndsey Turney, Shaun and Chelsea Hess, Cassidy and Bryant Ulrich, Aaron and Anny Campbell.Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Christ in Wellington on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.  Interment will follow the service at the Council Hill Cemetery in Peck, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the Wellington Church of Christ and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonWALL – For the veterans who are working to restore a Vietnam–era combat helicopter, the experience is bringing back strong emotions and memories.Carl Burns, veteran helicopter pilot and volunteer on the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation’s Huey project, holds the tail section cover, signed by all the volunteers, that will be part of the Huey when it is installed next May at thefoundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center in Holmdel.“You’re talking about a pretty intense part of my life,” said Ken Gurbisz, a former U.S. Army warrant officer who flew a similar helicopter in-country more than 40 years ago.Gurbisz was on hand Monday in a hangar with about 15 other veterans at Mon­mouth Executive Airport, Highway 34.The veterans, mostly from the Vietnam War – two served in Afghanistan – are working to restore a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, which is usually referred to as a “Huey.”They have been working since winter to put back into reasonable shape the helicopter that for them – and probably countless others – holds emotional significance.The type of helicopter is “not only a physical symbol of the Vietnam War,” said volunteer Carl Burns, but it is also “an emotional symbol.“The sights and the smells” of the craft have brought back all sorts of thoughts and feelings for those working on it, acknowledged Burns, a Manalapan resident who flew one as an Army captain in 1966-67.The volunteers “all had tears in our eyes,” when they first saw it, even though it was nothing but a hollowed shell at the time, Gurbisz said.A large group of Army veterans are volunteering their time to restore a deactivated Hueyhelicopter that served two tours in Vietnam. Sarah Hagarty (front) is the program director for the memorial foundation.In January, the New Jersey National Guard offered the helicopter to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation for its permanent display at the foundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center, located on the grounds of PNC Arts Center, Holmdel.The craft, which served two tours of duty in Vietnam, first from October 1966 through September 1967 when it was assigned to the 116th Assault Helicopter Company and then from November 1968 to February 1970 with the 25th Infantry Division. While with the 25th, it was located at Cu Chi, which was 30 miles northwest of Saigon, said Burns, who also served in that area with the 25th during his tour.The helicopter was seriously deteriorated.“You have to remember it sat in a field for 20 years,” at Fort Dix, Gurbisz said. “We had many bird’s nests and hornet’s nests to get rid of.”The volunteers all have connections to this style of aircraft. That “has been great, because they know how to work on them or know how to fly them,” said Sarah Hagarty, program director for the memorial foundation.So far the group, which meets every week at the airport hangar to work on the project, has spent a collective 1,500 hours to restore it, Hagarty said.Volunteers restoring a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, commonly known as a Huey, clean it in a hangar at Monmouth Executive Airport.The project began with removing the Desert Storm-era tan camouflage, to restore it to its original olive drab exterior. “That was a lot of sanding,” Gurbisz said. After­ward, the work has been cleaning and refurbishing to make the interior presentable for what will be an authentic, fixed display for visitors, especially for the school-age children, who visit the memorial and museum.The group has been collecting spare parts from wherever it can get them, Hagarty and Gurbisz said.It looks as though there will be enough parts to sufficiently restore the craft’s cockpit to allow visitors to sit in it. The volunteers hope to be able to raise enough money to restore it and have it ready for an unveiling on May 7, 2014, which is the state Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day. The group also hopes to also be able to afford to install a simulator in the cockpit to give visitors a realistic appreciation of what it was like to fly in such an aircraft.“It’s a pretty tall order,” Hagarty said about the work that needs to be done.While the project has received some support with organizations and individuals contributing funds and parts, the overall project will cost between $150,000-$200,000, according to Hagarty.This week the museum is beginning its KickStarter campaign to assist in fundraising efforts for the project’s completion.For these guys – the group of volunteers is all male – this is an important project in terms of the nation’s history and their own.“When I first saw this, it was a ton of flashbacks,” Gurbisz said. “I was one of those 20-year-old warrant officers” assigned to Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, flying Hueys on rescue and recovery missions.Burns, who authored the memoir Centaurs in Vietnam: Untold Stories of the First Year, remembered how he was flying a Huey during his tour of Vietnam when he, his crew and the craft started taking on enemy fire.“They were in their spider holes firing – ping, ping, ping,” went the shots as it hit the helicopter shell, Burns said, noting his crew was operating the helicopter’s machine guns, strafing the area. Enemy fire then caught the tail rudder and the craft began twisting, eventually crashing in a rice paddy. Thankfully, he and the four-member crew all survived, he said.There were about 3,000 of these helicopters at any given time operating in Vietnam, playing a vital role in that conflict, Gurbisz said. There were a total of roughly 14,000 in use over the course of the war of which about 6,000 didn’t make it out, Burns said.“I left one there,” he said.Young visitors to the museum will “get a sense of the war,” and its significance from the site’s multimedia presentations and existing displays. “But, they don’t really understand the role of the helicopter, the magnitude of it,” Gurbisz. “It brought guys in. It carried them out. It brought supplies” and transported the wounded during its active combat role, Burns said. “It brought them beer,” he said with a slight smile.“It was part of you,” for that time in their lives, Burns said.For more information about the project, visit read more

first_imgTeam B.C. lost out in its bid to play in the medal round after Manitoba scored a 2-1 win during the final round robin game in Group A for both teams Friday at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Saguenay, Que.Team Manitoba scored two early goals, then held off a late charge by Team B.C. to post the victory. Manitoba has lost two previous games to Alberta and Ontario Red while B.C. was 1-1 entering the game.Team B.C. now plays for fifth spot Saturday against Ontario Blue. Playing for Team B.C. is Nelson’s Aimee DiBella, Kootenay Ice netminder Kimberley Newell, from Burnaby, and Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy.Game time is 10 a.m. PDT.In earlier coverage:No miracles for Team B.C. against Ontario Red, lose 4-1 Team B.C. could not duplicate the result from opening day against Ontario Red Ontario Red scored three second-period goals en route to a 4-1 win over Team B.C. in Group A action Thursday.Kristyn Capizzano, Victoria Pittens and Sarah Nurse scored during the first 12 minutes of the frame to give Ontario Red all the goals it would need on Team B.C. and Kootenay Ice netminder, Kimberley Newell.Victoria Pittens had give the defending gold medal winners a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.Stephanie Schaupmeyer (Kelowna) scored the only goal for Team B.C. during a 5-on-3 in the third period.Team B.C. opened the tournament by shocking Alberta 2-1 behind a goal by Cranbrook Daley Oddy.The other local face on Team B.C. is Nelson native Aimee DiBella. The shutdown rearguard was held off the score sheet.Team B.C. returns to action Friday at 7 a.m. PDT against Manitoba.The top two teams in each of the two groups advances to the playoff round Saturday with the two semi final winners meeting for the gold medal Sunday.Catch all the action live at www.hockeycanada.fasthockey.comlast_img read more

first_imgIt was all Team Ferda as the squad was able to repeat as champs in the Open Division of the Nelson Youth Soccer Winter Tournament recently at the Indoor Facility on Cedar Street.Ryan Lewis and Mitch Popadynetz each scored three times as Team Ferda defeated D-Nial 8-0 to capture the Winter Open Division Tournament title. Mallard’s Source for sports, always wanting to get into the spirit of the giving season, would like to add another accolade for the players with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Mitch Popadynetz, Kevin Lewis, Andrea Stinson, Taylor Stewart, Andrew Tranfo, Ryan Lewis, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Sarah Fuhr, Ameeta Bhabra and Mitch Melanson.last_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? After three Final Four appearances and one championship, the senior out of Bacolod bids goodbye to a UAAP career he hardly ever imagined.Montalbo said he only wanted to play in the Metro Manila because of the atmosphere but he never pictured himself to become the captain of the Green Archers, long considered as one of the elites in the collegiate scene.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Back in Bacolod I just told myself that I wanted to play in Manila because of the drums,” said Montalbo in Filipino. “In Bacolod, there was no drums, there wasn’t even a crowd.”“I didn’t expect that I’ll be the captain of La Salle and lead the team. I never expected that even in my wildest dreams but I’m here and I’m grateful for the university, the coaches, the bosses, the managers, everything.” Montalbo was an integral part of the Green Archers’ ninth UAAP title in Season 79 when he spearheaded Aldin Ayo’s Mayhem defense.And the former St. John Institute star in Bacolod could’ve had a few more games left in his collegiate career if only the Green Archers beat Far Eastern University in the fourth-place playoff.The Tamaraws and La Salle ended the eliminations tied in fourth with identical 8-6 records and the two teams had to duke it out in a do-or-die game to determine who goes to the Final Four.FEU took the 71-70 win that ended Montalbo’s career in the green-and-white.It was also in that game that Montalbo suffered a minor gash that left a few drops of blood to dry up on his jersey.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Kib Montalbo’s collegiate journey has drawn to a close.ADVERTISEMENT Final Four starts Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Montalbo, though, doesn’t plan on washing the final jersey he wore in the UAAP and instead put it in a frame with blood and all.“I won’t wash this because this is some sort of memorabilia that says I gave it my all for La Salle.” View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVolunteers from across the county slept out on Friday last in Letterkenny to help raise much-needed awareness and funds for North West Simon Community.Over 30 volunteers turned out for the annual event with €2,408 raised during the collection on the night.North West Simon Community work to prevent and resolve homelessness throughout Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo. In 2018, the cause provided supported housing, tenancy support, and settlement services, to a total of 371 people.On behalf of North West Simon Community, Collette Ferguson, Donegal Development Officer, expressed her deepest gratitude to each and every one of the 35 volunteers for stepping out of their comfort zones for one night only so, others don’t have to.She said: “From the onset, the Volunteers who participated were extremely positive and motivated to create much-needed awareness and funds for the North West Simon Community.”Collette also thanked the Brewery Bar, Four Lanterns and Pats Pizza for their kindness and hospitality during the night and for the ongoing support over the years. Collette went on to say, that they were wonderful ambassadors for the cause and shared a positive message to many businesses who supported and or sponsored them on the night, to include:AIB LetterkennyBD Recovery, CarndonaghCiara PT FitnessCrana Stables, BuncranaCentury Complex, LetterkennyDuds & Suds Dry CleanersFood for Thought, BuncranaFriers Rest Chip Shop,Guildea Butchers, LetterkennyHarte InsuranceJD Doherty & Sons, MalinMenarys, Letterkenny,Optum, LetterkennyStateside American Restaurant, LetterkennyShe added: “Thank you to each and everyone who gave so generously and thank you to all the Bars and Hotels for permitting access to carry out the collection, it means so much.Collette would also thank the Brewery Bar, Four Lanterns and Pats Pizza for their kindness and hospitality during the night and for the ongoing support over the years.“Thank you, Cllr. John O’Donnell for launching the night and for his kind words of encouragement to the Volunteers and North West Simon Community.“Finally, thanks to the Garda for the noticeable presence throughout the night and for keeping a watchful eye on the Volunteers. “Thank you, one and all and be sure to save the date for next year!”Incredible success at North West Simon Community Annual Sleep Out – Pic Special was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:North West Simon Communitylast_img read more

first_img23 September 2002Pieter-Dirk Uys is on stage in black jeans and T-shirt, making sardonic comments as he flips through a copy of the Sunday Times. Five minutes ago he was out in the lobby, chatting with the same people who are now watching him on stage. “It’s the sign of a consummate professional – someone who can mingle with the audience and then go straight up on stage”, says an actor turned journalist. “I was always backstage, going ‘pah pah pah’. ‘pi pi pi’”.Uys is a consummate professional. He’s grown sharper with age; this is a very angry Uys. We’re no longer concerned just about quality of life, he says; the issue now is quality of death.Foreign Aids is a full-length show about Aids, and most of the time it’s very funny. How do you laugh at Aids? Uys can make a joke out of anything – but, he says, we’re not laughing at Aids. We’re laughing at fear.So his character, Bambi Kellermann, widow of a high-ranking Nazi whose ashes she carries around in a carved box, goes to London once a month to get her supply of triple therapy on the National Health.For Bambi has HIV – and then Uys whips off the blond wig and shrugs on a surgical gown, and we’ve got Dr Thaboo MacBeki, the medical expert, spouting Shelley and Shakespeare (“to be or not to be sure whether HIV causes Aids”) and trying to smoke his pipe through a surgical mask.Uys segues almost seamlessly from one character to another. The stage is piled high with cardboard boxes, and one of them contains his props – wigs, make-up case, a shawl, high heels, a Madiba shirt.The show, despite the title, is not exclusively about Aids. In a peaked cap, hunched over a telephone on a cardboard box, Uys is a desk sergeant at an understaffed police station taking a panic call from a woman whose house is being broken into. The suspects are three men who appeared at her gate and asked for food – “You opened your security gate? Lady, let them starve in the street, that’s what it’s for.”Evita Bezuidenhout – “the most famous white woman in South Africa” – opens the second half of the show, dressed in a glorious Errol Arendz gown. She’s in charge of catering at the World Summit, making sure delegates get putu and wors instead of the caviar served at the last gathering of heads of state concerned about world hunger.Ah, but one of her sons is HIV-positive. We’re back to Aids.Uys has spent the past two years travelling to schools across the country, performing and informing hundreds of thousands of pupils about the dangers of unprotected sex. If you’ve been wondering what he’s said to ten-year-olds on the Cape flats and 16-year-olds at posh private girls’ schools, here’s your chance to find out.For more than four decades, Uys has been sending up politicians, and nobody does them better – he no longer even needs the hat to give us former president PW Botha.The same genius works when he describes the children – the little boy at Nazareth House in Jo’burg who discovered to his intense delight that Evita Bezuidenhout “is not a lady”; the six-year-old girl at Grabouw who sat in the front row at one of his school trips and said she knew all about sex.It’s funny stuff, and bittersweet. Vintage Uys – and not for the squeamish.This story first appeared on the City of Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net crew comes together after the 2018 Ohio Crop Tour to talk results and lessons learned. Host Joel Penhorwood speaks with Bart Johnson and Matt Reese. Ty Higgins is busy on the Midwest crop tour while Dale Minyo is hanging out at county fairs this time of year.last_img