And the ship sails on...

We all have dreams. I recall that, at one stage, some years ago, I was gripped by the fervent desire to be a columnist. At that stage I was enamoured by the writing of people like Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Dave Bullard and Chris McEvoy. I had no idea that, soon after, I would follow in McEvoy’s hallowed footsteps and be invited to hone my column-writing skills on the Channel 24 entertainment website. One thing followed another, and soon I found myself inundated with column-writing jobs.

Now, it seems as if that area of my life is shutting down. The lure of forgotten genre’s – especially fiction - has led me to resign from a number of column-writing posts during this past year. As if on cue, I was recently informed by Channel24 that my tenure in this fun-filled corner of the internet is also coming to a sticky end.

Writing for these guys all these years has been an absolutely incredible experience, but I know that it is time for me to go. Far be it from me to rage against the dying of the light (like certain rugby players we all know!). Instead, I shall follow the good example of a certain cricket captain we all know, and retire gracefully.

So, what will I do, once relieved of this duty? Shall I sail off into the sunset? Indeed, that is exactly what I plan to do! In a few short days’ time, I am boarding a cruise ship to some exotic destinations up the coast of Mozambique! Best of all, it’s a free trip (for me, at least)! All I have to do is sing some songs on the boat, and they will feed me and put me up in a cabin overlooking the ocean! Isn’t that simply amazing? It will be almost as good as writing for Channel24!

Yes, you probably guessed it; I will be part of the team of entertainers on the so-called Oppiwater Kunstefees, which is sponsored by RSG, Lefra Productions and MSC Cruises. This unique arts festival will take place between 17 and 21 March, and there might just be a cabin or two still available, depending on how quick you respond (or how soon Channel 24 publishes this column)! Apart from me, there will other acts on board, such as Laurika Rauch (she needs no introduction) and Koos van der Merwe (the guy who sings Leonard Cohen’s songs in Afrikaans better than Leonard Cohen sings Leonard Cohen’s songs in English). There will also be great theatre productions: Sandra Prinsloo’s one-woman show Oscar en die Pienk Tannie, Ray Cooney’s My Boetie se Sussie se Ou, the ever popular Groet die Grotman, and, for the kids, a sparkling production of Liewe Heksie.

If you really miss the last opportunity to join me on this cruise, however, be sure to follow at least some of the action on RSG. (For those of you unfamiliar with RSG, they’re just about the hippest Afrikaans radio station on the planet!)

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Channel24 as well as all the loyal readers of this column through the years.

I’ll sure miss you guys, especially during those sad and lonely moments when I stare out through my shades over the ocean on the sun deck while getting seasick into my expensive cocktails...

Information about the Oppiwater Kunstefees is available here.

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