Archive for June, 2012

On 24 June 1717 four London Lodges, which had existed for some time, came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard, declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. This was the first Grand Lodge in the world.

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WHAT MAKES A MAN A MASON?

By George M. Free

What makes a man a Mason, O brother of mine?
It isn’t the due guard, nor is it the sign,
It isn’t the jewel which hangs on your breast
It isn’t the apron in which you are dressed

It isn’t the step, nor the token, nor the grip,
Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip,
Nor yet the possession of that mystic word
On five points of fellowship duly conferred.

Though these are essential, desirable, fine,
They don’t make a Mason, O brother of mine.
That you to your sworn obligation are true’
Tis that, brother mine, makes a Mason of you.

Secure in your heart you must safeguard and trust,
With lodge and with brother be honest and just,
Assist the deserving who cry in their need,
Be chaste in your thought, in your word and your deed.

Support he who falters, with hope banish fear,
And whisper advice in an erring one’s ear.
Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine,
And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine.

Your use of life’s hours by the gauge you must try,
The gavel of vices with courage apply;
Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb,
On the level, to bourn whence no travelers come,

The Book of your faith be the rule and the guide,
The compass your passions shut safely inside;
The stone which the Architect placed in your care
Must pass the strict test of His unerring square.

And then you will meet with approval divine,
And you’ll be a Mason,O brother of mine.

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Madam Zingara

Posted: June 15, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Last night we were invited by a business client to the Madam Zingara show at Monte Casino. Now, last year, I went to the show, and from what I saw, it was excellent. I say that, as I was working with my sister Jeanette as the photographers. http://www.jeanetteverster.com/2011/05/lenovo-awards-at-madam-zingara-in-melrose-arch/

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So I was really looking forward to going this year. And WOW, I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, during the actual show, no photos are allowed due to the artists concentrating. Which I can understand why. I took a few outside though.

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The crazy skeleton that appeared out of nowhere, scaring the wits out of everyone.

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From balancing acts on stacked chairs, foot juggling of large cumbersome objects while balancing, gorgeous women doing spectacular acts high in the roof of the tent, to Russian men performing amazing balancing feats to the absolutely hilarious spontaneous comedy acts of the 3 transvestites and the contortioning capabilities of the mongolese beauty.

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The hilarious “Cathy Specific”,lead in the show

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Our gracious hosts

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Decorations outside

I highly recommend this show to everyone, and will most certainly go again next year!

Thank you MapIT for the invitation.

I dont normally talk specifically about the company I work for, but this instance, I just have to. This is a project we have been working on for months, and its officially up and running today.

We now have roadside assistance vehicles patrolling the highways surrounding Johannesburg, to assist our clients when needed.

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The Mini’s being checked before heading out.

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…. During the war.

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I came to a conference in the Magaliesburg Mountain range this week, and we stayed over at a nearby game farm,Askari Game Lodge. A beautiful location, within the mountains, with a wide array of museum pieces…

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From an 1896 horse driven ambulance…

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To farming equipment from the same time period…

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…. To ox driven wagons from the Boer War, an integal part if South African history…

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….A lovely location for a wedding….

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….. However, not such great place to smoke….