Archive for December, 2009

Arts at Amalie’s Garden/Studio Sept 08

Monday, December 14th, 2009

A most memorable evening. Guests brought the eats, and the artists among us showed some of their creations.

Amalie with visiting artists Tokio and Bonface

Amalie with visiting artists Tokio and Bonface

 

Renate with Caroline’s painting

Renate with Caroline’s painting

Rendezvous International at Fabz – Sept 2008

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Members brought something from their home country and spoke about it to the guests at their tables

Marita’s printed cloth

Marita’s printed cloth

Iga’s belly dance

Iga’s belly dance

Mariano from Torrevieja

Mariano from Torrevieja

Rouli displays her Japanese sword

Rouli displays her Japanese sword

MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY 21 Feb 2008

Monday, December 14th, 2009
Tomoko’s Tea Ceremony

Tomoko’s Tea Ceremony

Happy Sheik Daniel among the Lingo ladies

Happy Sheik Daniel among the Lingo ladies

YEAR OF THE OX PARTY 26 Jan 09

Monday, December 14th, 2009

To usher in Chinese New Year, guests wore their Zodiac animal sign

Dragon Amalie and Snake Ronel

Dragon Amalie and Snake Ronel

 

Goat Daniel and Zim artist Simon

Goat Daniel and Zim artist Simon

Tigress Iga

Tigress Iga

Intermeeters Yolfa, The crowned Ox, Daniel, Caroline, Rhona

Intermeeters Yolfa, The crowned Ox, Daniel, Caroline, Rhona

Rendezvous with Andre Hattingh – Pictures

Monday, December 14th, 2009
Danielle, Reneee, Birgit, Katerina, Radhi

Danielle, Reneee, Birgit, Katerina, Radhi

Sue, Anchen, Daniel, Mariano, Gloria, Renate

Sue, Anchen, Daniel, Mariano, Gloria, Renate

Bettina, Sylke, Marietta, Ruth, Susanne, Danuta

Bettina, Sylke, Marietta, Ruth, Susanne, Danuta

Brigitte, Joan

Brigitte, Joan

Rendezvous with Andre Hattingh Nov 4

Monday, December 14th, 2009

LINGO LINKS was privileged to have THE Andre Hattingh at ‘RENDEZVOUS INTERNATIONAL’ on 4 Nov 2009 at Fourways Gardens Clubhouse.

andre_01The scheduled garden setting was hurriedly changed to the Clubhouse Pub when the rain came down in buckets. There it was a cozy squash and squeeze as all 35 guests just managed to fit in. I found myself thanking our stars that we weren’t the crowd I had hoped for!

As expected, it was a morning of inspiration and magic – the life story of a remarkable woman told in such a way that it had the power to ‘Change your World’. (The title from her disk).

She began with how she had been ‘blessed’ with the names Andre Louis long before her birth by her father who insisted that the third child simply HAD to be a boy.

Accompanied by her sister, Jenny, they sang songs Andre had composed many years ago – hits which caught the spirit of the nation such as Paint Every Day, What You Think You Create and Tomorrow’s Child.

Humour and a simple but profound  philosophy, ‘inherited’ from her mother, carried the key message. Newly widowed with three little girls and living in a single room, her mother believed that although poor in earthly possessions, the little family was ‘rich’ in the most important thing, for they had ABUNDANCE.

ABUNDANCE OF LOVE, LIFE AND TALENT!

We travelled through her life of see-saw ups and downs….the highest ups of fame and wealth to the lowest downs, but the ups always conquered.

She distilled her victory, physical and spiritual, over colon cancer into a message of HOPE: “Pain is an experience….a hard  fact. But suffering is a perspective, an attitude which we can control.”  The message continued: “And when you are depressed, say ‘ thank you for….and for …. and keep on thanking’.  We were moved to giving her a standing ovation, which I hope made up for the lack of numbers.

A raffle with exciting prizes galore such as marble cutting boards, restaurant vouchers, wine, followed by a scrumptious tea party and a chat with exciting new contacts – all contributed to a PERFECT DAY!

Meeting in UNISA to boost Lingo Links Sat 20 June 2009

Monday, December 14th, 2009

In June a notice went out in Pretoria papers telling about frustrated and lonely Anna Fukujama from Japan who was traipsing twice a week all the way from that city to Johannesburg for English practice and socialisation. Having spent 6 years in Paris, where she had attended the Sorbonne university, she was fluent in French. She enjoyed Les Coccinelles for companionship and the fact that she could polish both languages. She also frequented the Clarita Merry Mix.

SHAME ON PRETORIA with all its tertiary institutions, embassies and host of ‘foreign’ citizens!

Rhona Wetzka, founder of Lingo Links, Anna Fukuyama from Japan, Biljana Pepic from Serbia who is operating the Lingo Blog. She is a member of Les Coccinelles

Rhona Wetzka, founder of Lingo Links, Anna Fukuyama from Japan, Biljana Pepic from Serbia who is operating the Lingo Blog. She is a member of Les Coccinelles

A meeting was arranged at UNISA to spread the word and help all those on the Lingo Links ‘waiting list’ to form lingo circles–English/Afrikaans, Mandarin, German, Italian, Portuguese, Esperanto, Russian and Sotho.

Five helpers from Johannesburg and all Pretorians co-ordinating groups were present..

Five helpers from Johannesburg and all Pretorians co-ordinating groups were present..

The most important outcome was that Aletta Penning volunteered to head Pretoria Lingo Links, and Helene Hibbert undertook to manage the Pretoria cell  082 581 8995.

Above all, Les Jacarandas was formed, which Anna attended till she left Pretoria!