Big Al wrote:Quite simple, I used to live there. Not far from Eshowe. There and what was Rhodesia. All that really gets your colonial juices flowing, especially when the Afrikaners seemed to resent you because you were British! Truly
Sirius wrote:Big Al wrote:Quite simple, I used to live there. Not far from Eshowe. There and what was Rhodesia. All that really gets your colonial juices flowing, especially when the Afrikaners seemed to resent you because you were British! Truly
Indeed. Kitchener has a lot to answer for, no...? Even if you are an English-speaking South African, certain Afrikaners still resent you. The term is "Soutie" or "Soutpiel", literally translated into "saltydick" - the idea being that you have one foot in South Africa, one foot in England, and you have to stretch your legs so far to do this, your wiggly bits hang into the Atlantic. And if you are an actual Brit... well then, its open season. When I was growing up in the 1980's, the rugby match between the English-medium school and the Afrikaans-medium school was known as "the Boer War".
Back to the OP... also quite simple for me, too. Grew up in KZN. Walked the battlefields as part of our history education, was part of a school military archeology group that mapped and researched lesser-known fortifications, gravesites and such. Our school crest was a crossed assegaai and rifle, the school motto, a call to arms. The history of the war seemed raw and real to me, even after more than a century.
Have never seen the movie Zulu.
Big Al wrote:Which school, Sirius? I was at Empangeni. We put a rugby team together that was made up of English speaking footballers. This included Italians as well. We beat every team in the school and all those in the school league, but we weren't allowed to play the first team. It was the best in Natal and had a cup final to play in. When we met them, they trounced us but had a lot of respect for us afterwards because we made a game of it for them. They also appreciated that we weren't rugby players and it was the only time we'd played together.
Looking back, it was a great time even if the Bush War was going on during my time in Rhodesia. I lost some friends in that conflict and think of them regularly!
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