Archive for October, 2010

I met an old friend

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Poem, poetry
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I’m interrupting my Mauritius posts to share a poem I was inspired to write yesterday whilst sitting in traffic returning from a heli-shift after meeting an old friend…

I met an old friend

I met an old friend

Whom I haven’t seen in years

And seeing him again

Almost brought me to tears.


I recognized him across the parking lot

It was a face that I remember, that used to laugh and joke a lot.


He was my mentor you see

And taught me way back when,

A great man, you see, and true and loyal good friend.


He smiled at me and gave me a hug

And said to me “my boy

I missed you, you big lug”.


It was his eyes, I recall,

That gave me some hope

When I was a student, trying so hard to cope.


His voice was so loud, and full of joy,

His demeanor was full, and acted like a boy.


But I looked at him now, and saw with regret,

That he is not the same man that I couldn’t forget.


His hair was the same,

And so was his face,

but looking at him closely

I saw there was a space.


His voice was the same,

A laugh so full and hearty

The face was the same

with a little touch of naughty.


He took off his sunglasses,

And i realized with horror

That its not the same man

That lived life sans sorrow.


His eyes were so sad

They made my heart break

His soul looked so dead

What horrors lay in his wake?


All I can say, to this ghost of my past,

Is “fear not my old friend; I pray this will not last”.


Carl de Montille

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The old arsenal…

Posted: October 28, 2010 in medical
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In 1740, a French Naval arsenal was built in Turtle bay, as well as a flour mill, iron foundry and gunpowder room. All the buildings were built utilizing volcanic rock.

8 May 1747, Admiral Boscawen with a fleet of 23 British ships, attemted to take over Mauritius, but was unsuccessful after the French fired a barrage of cannon fire at them.

28 September 1748, a huge explosion ripped through the gunpowder room, destroying majority of buildings in the vicinity. To this day, the locals believe that British spies were responsible.

we had a function on the Wednesday night at the ruins, which was lit up with beautiful lights.

A few more to show…

Posted: October 27, 2010 in medical
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…before we get onto the good photo’s, the actual events, functions and decorations.

…the entrance to our hotel…

…the stunning pool overlooking the ocean…

… our view at breakfast…

From Mauritius. Yep, thats right, Mauritius. On holiday? Sadly no… Nicole and I went there as medical support for Investec 2010 Capturing Opportunities.

A huge conference, with over 800 delegates and spouses from around the world, staying in 3 stunning 5 Star hotels- Maritim, Grand Mauritian and Intercontinental.

We stayed at the Maritum hotel…

….with very comfortable rooms…

…view from our bedroom…

…quick photo before breakfast…

She stands above the ball…

Posted: October 14, 2010 in Family, golf
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…nice slow back swing…

…keeping wrist cocked for power…

…and follow through…


Mirror Mirror…

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Family

…Mirror mirror on the wall…

Peekaboo daddy…

And…The happy couple

Posted: October 8, 2010 in Family

A princess…

Posted: October 7, 2010 in Family

A little princess watching…

A commitment…

My Wordless Wednesday

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Family

More from the wedding…

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Family
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Yo, whats up?…

… pretty girls…