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I bless the rains down in Africa

Rising like a memphis above the Ser-engeti

sunny 17 °C

Firstly, let me explain the delay on the long-awaited return of 'Four Likely Lads'. 1) We've had so many dodgy internet connections I've started to yearn for the days of blazing fast 33.6kb dial up. 2) Lately we've had to devote significant proportions of each day writing our 'How to Coach Football' submission to Pim Verbeek in the desperate attempt to salvage South Africa 2010.

This trip has involved some big swings. Nairobi to Durban in geography. 26 degrees in Durban to snow one day later in Clarens, South Africa. And last but not least, the latest swing from the small town art gallery cafe vibe of Clarens to 'South Africa's demented clone of Vegas' Sun City (in an attempt to justify this alarming loss of culture points - wave pool, fake volcanos, and kitsch and tackiness overload- need we say more...)

Here is a pictorial selection of some of the moments to greet us on this journey.

Feeding giraffes out of the hand in Nairobi. Unexpectedly awesome experience.

Steve Parish's son on safari, looking for the next shot for his 2011 wildlife calendar.

Giraffe saying g'day again

Tortoise on the road in the Serengeti

Lion in a tree at Serengeti

More Serengeti

This was one of the more revolting scenes of death and scavengery we have ever seen. Around ten wildebeest had drowned in a river and the vultures and this other form of meat eating bird (should be a contradiction of terms) had moved in. The stench was horrific

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Night food market at Stone Town

Moof in chill mode, northern Zanzibar

Chameleon, Tanzania

Obligatory Stone Town sunset shot

Melon and I took a cab ride for 20kms from the Zambian border. The cab ran out of fuel after about 5kms. Cue a guy running from the nearest village with a top up. Too easy

Vern on safari

Village Food, Tanzania

Vic Falls. Due to the unbelievable amount of spray coming from the falls (500m high - underneath was like being in super heavy rain) this underwhelming shot was my best (apart from the ones taken off postcards with macro)

Melon in chill mode, Zambia

Near Vic Falls

Melon and friends. We told you not to get out of the 4x4 mate... did make for a great shot though

This minibus taxi was a few people too full and not in great mechanical shape - but for some reason I felt like someone had my back

With friends in Chipata, Zambia. The best nothing town ever.


Melon turning the commercial tables by doing a deal for his soccer ball with the airport staff in Livingstone. Look for Zambia to improve at the 2014 qualifiers

With more new friends in Umkomaas, South Africa after the opening game. Amazingly friendly locals again.



Moses Mabhida stadium, Durban

Edgy sand art, Durban

Yellow steel

Huge pump before the match


Inside the stadium



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Posted by MOB 04:29

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Best Four Likely Lads post ever, hands down.
Great to see Vern still hasn't given up the dream.

by andythompy

Phenomenal post boys. Rollercoaster of emotions in the pictures. I went from excited to see a new post to fearful of Paddy losing his life. I think you are a little to close to those lions mate? Now I am just as depressed as the South African fan base that I am at work right now. Have blast boys.

Maybe we can meet up somewhere next year.


by Dooza

Love it. A quality way to help ease the grind that is my 70 hour weeks. It looks like Melon isn't breathing in the Lion shot. Also, Moof, great work on the beard, your beard is good.

Keep up the pump lads, and get that coaching dossier to Pim.


by MOB

massive LOL on the yellow steel shot. Even more lols RE all comments on Pim and his coaching style. How is the 'coachable guys' team coming along anyway moof? I haven't had a chance to check yet.
Did bangs take you to the movies?

by Adraft

Finally something to warm me up on these cold winters nights! Love the Yellow Steel too. Has Moof paid you his $50 yet Morton?

Great pump!

by hengel

Great photos! The safari photos are amazing. Better luck with the next match. Hopefully you get one point at some stage so you can go wild!

by annie16

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