Apologies…

… to my regular readers. I apologise profusely for not updating my blog in ages! It’s not that there haven’t been exciting things to tell you about. But I have been a little snowed under (though not in the literal sense, as our temperatures are currently soaring into the high 20s and early 30s –…

Preparing for the departure of the KAT containers

Background On 6 May 2009, four containers arrived at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Observatory, Cape Town. These weren’t just normal containers, though. These were very special containers: high-tech, RFI-shielded containers, especially designed and outfitted to accommodate all the complicated equipment that will be needed to  control, operate and process the data from…

Goodbye, Noorjehan

I met Noorjehan Abbass many years ago, in my past life as a legal secretary at an attorneys’ firm in Cape Town. I can’t remember exactly how long we worked together, and I lost touch with her afterwards. She phoned me once in the intervening years, and told me that she had had two adorable…

My last day at UCT

… has finally come to an end. It’s close to midnight, and we’ve just returned home from campus after another marathon session. Yesterday, I’d been at work until late at night, reconciling accounts… a skill I’d learned from my previous boss. It feels good to do reconciliations and to make sure that the numbers balance:…

Sax Appeal Day!!

Hey everyone! Today is Sax Appeal Day! This year, the University of Cape Town’s student and fundraising magazine is celebrating its 75th birthday! The money they make from selling the mag (at R20 a pop) goes to RAG (Remember and Give) and to SHAWCO, which run stacks of wonderful community upliftment projects. If you don’t…