Last year, I wrote and submitted a number of articles to the Pinelands Muse community magazine and the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine, as well as the Equestrian Express and the Sawubona in-flight magazine of South African Airways, our national carrier. In order to update my CV at the start of January, I compiled a list, which I thought I’d share with you, in case you are curious.
Last week was a pretty hectic one for me: I was allowed behind the scenes of the CT Mil Tattoo 2012, which meant that I spent every free hour at the Castle of Good Hope, listening to awesome music, observing the participants’ diligent rehearsals, getting to know some great people, and in the process taking just over 6000 photographs.
There was a brief insert about the 2012 Tattoo on the Expresso breakfast show on SABC3 this morning.
They interviewed a couple of the people behind the show – Capt Vernon Michels of the SA Army Band Cape Town, Capt Andries Mostert of the SA Army Band Kroonstad, and Staff Sergeant Andrew Imrie, who is the Pipe Major of Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums.
I have just received exciting news from Andrew Schofield of Black Eagle Productions, the talented film-maker who recorded many hours of footage during the rehearsals and performances of the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 at the Castle of Good Hope. The DVDs will be available as of Friday, 16 November 2012, at a cost of R100.00 each!
The Dress Rehearsal for the CT Military Tattoo took place on a rather windy and very cold Tuesday night, 30 October 2012. It was the first time that all the participants would take their turn on the arena in full uniform, and I was looking forward to capturing some nice close-up photographs of the action.
Monday, 29 October 2012, was a long and very busy day at the Castle of Good Hope for all the organising committee members, act coordinators, backstage crews, and performers. Not only was it necessary to do some repair-work in the aftermath of a gale-force southeaster the previous night (the wind continued to blow throughout the day), but a march through the central city streets by most of the participants to promote the 2012 Tattoo provided some wonderful entertainment for people working in and visiting the city at lunchtime.
The casual phrase “I was blown away” took on quite a different meaning at the Castle of Good Hope on Monday morning. The famous Cape Doctor had been very busy throughout the night in the Mother City, with gale-force southeaster winds howling down from the top of Table Mountain and un-doing much of the work done by the ground crew and audio-visual crew in preparation for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012.
I paid another visit to the Castle today to see what was happening in the run-up to the Tattoo. The mood was one of excitement and anticipation. It is a challenging task to coordinate the rehearsals of all the participating acts in the show, and to make sure that everyone knows exactly what is expected of them.
Update: The article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division Website. Here is the PDF document. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share this news with you – it is all systems go with the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012! You may recall that I was racing around…