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Radical Ross

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” – Judy Blume

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A midnight meditation session last night of post processing in Lightroom of this photo of Ross Cairns of Yoga Balance Umhlanga.

Canon G3X, 1/200 sec. F2.8. ISO125. Manual. 07:21 Sun 31 July 2016.

Good Morning Durban!

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An awesome morning with some passionate like-minded kind souls on the Golden Mile at Durban Beachfront.

Doing what we do best; living our lives, and using our abilities as best as we can.

Have an awesome Sunday and go smack that job silly tomorrow 😉

Canon G3X, 1/500 sec. ISO 125. F 2.8. RAW. Handheld. Melissa van Straaten & Ross Cairns

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Eknath Easwaran said: “Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others.”

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I had fun with good and kind friends on Saturday morning at Snake Park Beach achieving and testing some yoga poses.

After that it was off to a location that Ben Myburgh told me about to play around some more, but those photos are for another post.

The models / instructors in the photos are from Yoga Balance; go check them out and do a class.

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Eknath Easwaran said: “Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others.”

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I had fun with good and kind friends yesterday morning at Snake Park Beach achieving and testing some yoga poses.

After that it was off to a location that Ben Myburgh told me about to play around some more, but those photos are for another post.

The models / instructors in the photos are from Yoga Balance; go check them out and do a class.

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154 Point Road

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Sailors Society: “The Sailors Society, which is today a nationwide organisation, had small beginnings. It owes its origin to Marie Schultz, the wife of Durban’s first doctor who distributed books and tobacco amongst seamen, and cared for shipwrecked mariners, forming around her a band of helpers.

From this beginning in 1889 the first Seamen’s Institute was opened at 154 Point Road, Durban with a building and the society was in business. Ten years later the Anglo Boer War broke out. Half a million Imperial Troops were sent to SA and the Seamen’s Institute had its first experience of administering to men at war. An important development in our shipping industry took place in 1904 when the first passenger steamer, the Armadale Castle crossed the bar and docked at the Point.

This heralded the start of a long association between the steamship passenger liner and the Sailors Society. Meanwhile sister clubs had been built in Port Elizabeth and Simon’s Town. Port Elizabeth at that time had not yet developed as a port. In fact it was not until 1934 that the first breakwater was built in Algoa Bay and mail ships could dock alongside the quay. The Simon’s Town club was built as a service to the men of the South Atlantic squadron of the Royal Navy.

The Union of South Africa was born in 1910 and our ports began to expand. 1914 saw the commencement of the First World War and the three clubs became full to overflowing as countless volunteer workers toiled long hours to care for the servicemen who entered the doors of the clubs.

The years following the war, with their acute economic depression, presented the Clubs with severe financial problems, but the storm was weathered and the bad years passed until 1939 when the Second World War brought challenges in Seafarers work never before imagined.

The clubs moved efficiently into action to cope with the thousands of servicemen who passed through our ports. The second Institute Canteen was built in Durban Harbour and volunteers flocked to the aid of the clubs providing food and shelter, comfort and a home from home, not only for the men and women in the fighting forces and Merchant Marine but also for the refugees from the east and elsewhere and for the survivors of torpedoed vessels. It was an heroic task, the full story of which can never be told and of which grateful appreciation is still attested by men and women in many parts of the world.

Ex-servicemen still talk of the ladies in their white overalls working in the Seamen’s’ Institute, with their mounds of eats and gallons of tea, but one particular lady in white is especially remembered. Many today remember with affection that familiar figure on the breakwater in her white dress and picture hat, singing the old wartime songs to men going off to war. The memory of Perla Siedle Gibson is perpetuated by a ships library trust which bears her name and which is run by the Sailors Society with the assistance of the MOTHS.”

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“The more we give to others the happier we become. It can be as simple as a smile, a helping hand, a listening ear or a prayer. These little things can change a person’s entire life. There is always good even in what seems like the worst situation. That might not change the way you feel, but it will eventually be understood. You can find comfort in the fact that one day, that moment will be the reason you are where you are” ~ Suzanne Lamoutte

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I stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks last night (early September) with my family. We had a really scrumptious haute (high) tea in the afternoon followed by a nap in the air conditioned / spacious rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean. Last night we took a safe stroll from the hotel up to the village where there are so many restaurants to choose from. The vibe was electrifying (I suppose it helped we sat near a singing bunch of lads celebrating their mate’s upcoming wedding). It was a bit of a late night so it helped to shoot sunrise right in front of the hotel. From first light onwards you will find people exercising up and down the lengthy promenade. Fishermen occupy the beach and rocks throughout the night and into the next day. The Beverly Hills has something to offer everyone. The couple below reside in the area and the superfit gent is a lifesaver when not teaching yoga / life support (medic). PS: they are working on the pier so there was no opportunity to shoot my best hotel from the pier southwards.

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