VOTD: Athlone Cooling Towers Demolition

For fifty years there has been a well known landmark in Cape Town – no, not Table Mountain – the cooling towers alongside the N2 (national highway) right next to an old Coal Power Station.

It’s been many years now that the power station and the adjoining cooling towers have been decommissioned and since then support rings have been added to prevent the ageing towers from collapsing in high winds.

Recently though, the towers had been declared unsafe due to structural weakness of the towers as well as parts of the supporting braces that were breaking off and it was declared that they would be demolished.

A bitter sweet moment for many Cape Town residents. For me I’m going to miss using them as a landmark for directing friends from the airport, but I guess the stench of the sewerage farm (on the opposite side of the highway) will act as a landmark still.

So on the 22nd of August at about 4 minutes before noon (it was supposed to be at noon exactly but a pending change in the weather caused the demolition team to act quicker) the Athlone Cooling Towers came tumbling down.

Now there have been a number of videos floating around the internet but this is the best high-definition quality production I’ve seen so far.

Thanks to Gus Silber for the video link.

POTD: What type of person are you?

I’ve not posted a picture/photo of the day in a while and just spotted this sign and thought it had great wording. Great motivation for the type of person you want to be.

RIP: Laki

With a few tears shed in the Baroutsos household, we bid farewell to our canary, Laki. RIP little buddy.

On a similar note, we’ve not seen the other white rabbit we’ve had for a while, not since Shadow joined the Baroutsos Farm anyway – so I suspect he may no longer be with us either. For now, I think we’ll stick to the cat and dogs.

My Boys

After the muddy and rainy on-again off-again weather we’ve been having my two boys needed a bath, desperately. As you can see from the photos below they’re getting on really well with one another. Max will be six this year in November and Shadow will be five months old in a week’s time. And as you can see Shadow is almost as tall as Max is and barely five months old – I’ve got a suspicion he’ll be bigger than Max when he’s fully grown.