|We arrive in an overcast Jburg International
Airport, pass through customs, and immediately have our first Castle Lager. £2.40 for 3
pints. We thought how cheap it was, not knowing how much cheaper it was going to get. We
then bumped into Alan Lamb - a photo opportunity too good to miss.
A taxi takes us to our hotel in down town Pretoria, the Orange Court Lodge.
Rather than a traditional hotel, its an old building that has been converted into
small apartments. Ours is a 3 bed flat with kitchen, bathroom and living area. Just what
the doctor ordered. The landlady gives us a map, and immediately draws a line through the
middle of it. Were on the safe side, and warns us not to cross the line,
especially after dark !!
By amazing co-incidence, Bill
Kingston was at the airport too.
After a slap up meal
at Maxis diner and a few more beers playing 10-pin bowling, it was time to cross
The Line. Our intrepid travellers headed towards Essellen Street,
highlighted in our guide book as a good area for bars and pubs. It wasnt much cop
though, but we did manage to end up in a rather good but downtrodden sports
bar. Several more beers later and a few games of pool under our belts with a pair of
local lesbian biffas, a taxi (costing a whole £1) was taken back to the Orange Court
Lodge. But it was pissing down, and the test match was due to begin tomorrow.
Friday 14 January
And so was Alan Lamb