Looking back on an exciting year of being published!

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.

Newsflash: Place your order for a DVD of the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012!

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!

A colourful spectacle by the light of the full moon: The dress rehearsal for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012

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.

A long, hot and windy day of rehearsals at the Castle for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012

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.

A march through the wind-swept city streets to promote the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012

Capetonians and visitors to the City Centre were given a wonderful little treat at lunchtime on Monday, in the form of a march by participants in the 2012 Tattoo.

They marched from the Castle and back again via Strand Street, Adderley Street and Darling Street, followed by a convoy of impressive military vehicles.

(Almost) blown away: Preparations for the 2012 Tattoo continue

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.

The excitement – and the challenges – of photographing military events

A Brief Introduction Since I first became involved with the Defence Reserves Provincial Office Western Cape in July 2010, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a range of military events and functions (wreath laying ceremonies, medal parades, concerts, and a formal dinner). I’ve gone for a spin on a Rooikat – a truly formidable armoured…

Cape Town Military Tattoo: The Final Muster and the Lone Piper

As soon as the smoke had cleared after the final salvo of the 1812 Overture, it was time for the Final Muster. All the participants in the evening’s performance returned to the brightly lit-up arena one final time, filling the entire front courtyard of the Castle. They were followed by the regimental flag bearers and…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The 1812 Overture

After the performance by the SA Army Band of KwaZulu Natal, it was time for the annual highlight of the Cape Town Military Tattoo: the performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to the sound of live gunfire. This well-known piece of music is “an overture written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: Celtic dance tapestry

After the massed pipe bands had withdrawn through the archway, a group of about ten dancers emerged onto the Kat balcony, where they posed for a moment, before stepping elegantly down the stairs onto the slightly elevated stage below. They were dressed in knee-length tartan skirts, either a white blouse with a velvet vest, or…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The massed pipe bands

After the magnificent old Castle had been successfully defended gainst the attackers, it was time for the massed pipe bands to stride triumphantly into the arena. They appeared out of the swirling mists (courtesy of two smoke machines on either side of the Kat archway), their snare drums rattling and bass drums thumping, and with…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: An attack on the Castle

Mere moments after the medical orderlies and stretcher bearers of 3 Medical Battalion Group, led by the beautiful old horse-drawn ambulance wagon, had left the arena, the lights dimmed. This signalled the start of one of my favourite parts of the evening’s performance: the mock attack! This was a modern-day demonstration of the difficult and…