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Old 28th Jul 2020, 14:55
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he's just robin other people's puns out of tern...
A pretty fowl thing to do really. Perhaps he's a little mallardjusted ... but carrion folks.
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Old 28th Jul 2020, 18:47
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You can snipe at me but it's water off a ducks back.
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Old 28th Jul 2020, 18:55
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I'm not spitting feathers or bittern or even one to nurse a grebence, but we need to thrush this stuff out, sort out the chiff from the chaff; give someone a finch and they'll take a merlin... what am I brambling on about?
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Old 28th Jul 2020, 22:04
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Capetonian

Those of you who knew Capetonian may like to know that an appreciation of his wit, wisdom and kindness (not to mention his right-wing emphatic stance) has been sent to his family.

As one deputed to write an appreciation of Mike – the man who of late has chosen to call himself ‘Capetonian’, I thank him for inspiring this request, and thank my colleagues in this strange, virtual, half-world we inhabit for providing some two thousand words with which some sort of toast may be prepared – and in due course proposed with a glass of Western Cape Pinotage.

We found Mike to be fiercely intelligent, widely knowledgeable, robust and refreshing, with a mordant wit; someone of whom it was sometimes difficult to decide if his foot was in his mouth or his tongue in his cheek. Maybe there was a clue in the ‘Avatar’ he chose of late: “Casa Bigot”!

But there were fellow-members who on occasion got it all wrong, in which case they got both barrels:

“Grow up! Take the chip off your shoulder, and realise that just because we make jokes about Africa (the Africa we’ve chosen to live in or where we were born, and which we love and hold in affection,) does not mean we ‘don’t like it’!”

We came to enjoy the contradictions in Cape’s opinions. Yes, he loved Africa, but not blindly. He was well-aware of the indolence of some of its people, and incandescent sometimes about the corruption of leadership. He had chosen to live in France but often expressed loathing of the French… but then had immense respect for his French doctors and the treatment he received during his final illness. His politics as we saw them were about two goose-steps to the right of Atilla the Hun, and woe betide any Guardian Reader who tried to fire a shot across his bows.

We enjoyed reading of his latest escapade when we turned to the ‘Scammers’ thread. We could imagine him rubbing his hands in enjoyment when the latest email appeared: what gambit should he use this time? Sometimes the entertainment went on for weeks. This gave a hint to another side of Mike, to which we will return in a moment. But let’s just break and share a few one-liners, from Ops-Normal and elsewhere.

“Oh bugger. Another good one gone.”

“He and I had fundamental differences… [but] I shall greatly miss his contributions here.”

“However he may have appeared in print I know he was a kind, thoughtful man…”

“I shall miss his robust refreshing commentary. Rest in peace, Cape.”

“A large glass of red will be raised to his memory while typing this.”

“Never met, never corresponded, but he will be much missed.”

“I always found his contributions interesting, even though I didn’t always agree with them.”

“A stalwart, here and on PPRuNe from early days.”

“RIP Capetonian. May you continue to rattle the afterlife moderator’s cage!”

“I won’t forget the kindness that Mike showed me when I lost my younger brother two years ago…”

[Then there was] “Cape's willingness to share his encyclopaedic knowledge of, and assist people through, the bureaucratic nightmare that are the airline/IATA/EU rules & regulations. I believe that he helped quite a lot of people this way.”

“We can only mourn the passing of a great character, whose presence enriched our lives, although perhaps not many Nigerian scammers. There won’t be another like Capetonian.”



So, loud, robust, opinionated - Falstaffian, almost. But so far we’ve missed something much more important than any of the above.

Mike was a good man. A man who would take the trouble to enquire the address of someone who was unwell, from any of four continents, and send him or her a personal card. A man who showed personal empathy to a colleague ‘on here’ when he discerned there was something wrong, and quietly supported with personal messages.

Someone wrote a few days ago, “Those who knew him in person knew him for an elegant and witty dinner party guest, and a welcome raconteur sitting around the evening woodstove. What few knew, because he never mentioned it, was his unstinting generosity in time, work, and when needed cash, to those who asked him. Indeed, I suspect some debts to him will never now be repaid. Cape was a friend, companion, and helpmate to the needy. Oh, and a splendid father to a son with whom he rarely agreed politically but was immensely and rightly proud of.

“Well done, Cape. A life fully invested.”

Those of us who have spent time with Mike will echo the sentiments above, adding their own memories.



It’s been said above a number of times – but here goes again, for the last time.

“RIP Mike, old friend. We’ll miss you.”

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Old 28th Jul 2020, 23:21
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Many retired pilots have written books about their career experiences, but I have recently read one that takes a different approach to the usual autobiographical style.

See the Aviation History and Nostalgia thread, Recent Books by Pilots.

Recommended.

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Old 29th Jul 2020, 06:19
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After receiving some pertinent commentary on where I thought Africa was going politically, Mike and I met up a few times to have lunch or a beer in the town.

As one "Kapenaar" to another, we shared a common interest in South Africa as a whole. After my last bout of the dreaded, and subsequent periods away in Canada and elsewhere, we lost contact when my laptop was hacked and I lost my PPRuNe history and private messages..

I'm glad to have known Mike and been able to spend some time together. His clarity of thinking was refreshing but not without it's controversial side which endeared him to many on these forums.

He will be missed by many here.

RIP Mike,

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Old 30th Jul 2020, 07:50
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Wow, saw a contrail this morning. First for months.
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 10:33
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The passing parade.........

NYC buses now have dispensers of free masks installed.

KFC releases fried chicken scented Crocs.
Now sold out.
Some available online at + 300 - 400%


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Old 30th Jul 2020, 11:48
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What is KFC?
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 11:50
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Allegedly chicken...
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 11:57
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Probably seagull in these parts. There's quite a few squashed seagull chicks on the roads. Always happens this time of year when they hatch, no road sense, or just gullable.
The gulls nesting on our roof haven't produced a sprog yet.

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Old 30th Jul 2020, 13:01
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There's quite a few squashed seagull chicks on the roads.
One quails at the thought! Please don't post any pics oriole cry!
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 15:30
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I'll be a nightjar tonight and try to tern out to see the alleged comet.
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 15:33
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I hope it's an 'owling success for you, Mr Optimistic! You'll be choughed if you see it!
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 15:35
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I'm going to have another crack as well, as long as it's not too windy, don't want to spend a nightingale or I'll owl with rage...

It is a walk up the hill though and I may be puffin a bit...
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 15:43
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A bittern of time starling to the NNW should do it. I shan't brag, people already think I'm a bit of a coot round here.
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 15:48
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Venus has been very bright lately and to the upper left Saturn I believe. (I expect a correction from our resident asstrologist, treadie). Haven't seen the comet yet, too much light pollution from here in that direction.
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Old 30th Jul 2020, 15:49
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They think I'm off the rail...
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Old 31st Jul 2020, 05:28
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Originally Posted by hiflymk3 View Post
Venus has been very bright lately and to the upper left Saturn I believe. (I expect a correction from our resident asstrologist, treadie). Haven't seen the comet yet, too much light pollution from here in that direction.
Didn't get to look for comet owing to incapacity. Jupiter is the bright thing in the east/ south east with Saturn the less bright golden one to its left. Venus never gets far from the Sun so is in the west at sunset or the East at dawn.
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Old 1st Aug 2020, 05:47
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Lately I've been observing Venus in the pre-dawn sky with Aldebaran appearing above on one side and Betelgeuse to t'other.
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