Warren Beatty's first job in show business was as a rat catcher. The National Theater at Washington DC, had been plagued by rats (one had even bitten an actor) and the cast persuaded the management to employ an official rat catcher. So 17 year old Beatty, desperate for any kind of job in the theatre, agreed to patrol the alleyway at night.
Braai What is a braai? It is the first thing you will be invited towhen you visit South Africa . A braai is a backyard barbecue andit will take place whatever the weather. So you will have to go even if it's raining like mad. At a braai you will be introduced to asubstance known as mieliepap. Ag This one of the most useful South African words. Pronounced likethe "ach" in the German "achtung", it can be usedto start a reply when you are asked a tricky question, as in: "Ag, I don'tknow." Or a sense of resignation:"Ag OK, I'll have some more mieliepapthen." It can stand alone too as a signal of irritation. Donner A rude word, it comes from the Afrikaans "donder"(thunder). Pronounced "dorner", it means "beat up." Ateam member in your rugby team can get donnered in a game, or your wife can donner you ifyou come back from a braai at three in the morning. Eina Widely used by all language groups, this word, derived from the Afrikaans, means "ouch." Pronounced "aynah".You can say it in sympathy when you see your friend the day after he got donneredby his wife. Hey Often used at the end of a sentence to emphasize the importanceof what has just been said, as in "You're only going to getdonnered if you come in late again, hey?" It can also stand alone as aquestion. Instead of saying "excuse me?" or "pardonme?" when you have not heard something directed at you, you can always say: "Hey?" Izit? This is another great word to use in conversations. Derived fromthe two words "is" and "it", it can be used whenyou have nothing to contribute if someone tells you something at a braai. Forinstance, if someone would say: "The Russians will succeed in their bidfor capitalism once they adopt a work ethic and respect for private ownership." It is quite appropriate to respond by saying:"Izit?" Ja well no fine This is another conversation fallback. Derived from the fourwords: "yes", "well", "no" and fine",it roughly means "OK". If your bank manager tells you your account is overdrawn, you can, withconfidence, say: "Jawelnofine." Klap Pronounced "klup" - an Afrikaans word meaning smack,whack or spank. If you spend too much time in front of the TV during exam time,you could end up getting a "klap" from your mother. In America, that is called child abuse. In South Africa , it is calledpromoting education. But to get "lekker geklap" is to get motherlesslydrunk. Lekker An Afrikaans word meaning nice, this word is used by all language groups to express approval. If you enjoyed a braai thoroughly,you can say: "Now that was lekk-errrrrrr!" while drawing outthe last syllable. Tackies These are sneakers or running shoes. The word is also used todescribe automobile or truck tyres. "Fat tackies" are reallywide tyres, as in: "You've got lekker fat tackies on your Vôlla, hey?" Dop This word has two basic meanings, one good and one bad. First the good: A dop is a drink, a cocktail, a sundowner, a noggin. When invited for a dop, be careful! It could be one sedate drink or a blast, depending on the company. Now the bad: To dop is to fail.If you "dopped" standard two (Grade 4) more than once, youprobably won't be reading this. Saamie This is a sandwich. For generations, school- children have traded "saamies" during lunch breaks. In South Africayou don't send your kid to school with liver-polony saamies. They are impossible totrade!! Bakkie This word is pronounced "bucky" and can refer to asmall truck or pick-up. If a young man takes his "girl" (date) in abakkie it could be considered as a not so "lekker" form of transportbecause the seats can't recline. Howzit This is a universal South African greeting, and you will hearthis word throughout the country. It is often accompanied with theword "Yes!" as in: "Yes, howzit?". In which caseyou answer "No, fine." Now now In much of the outside world, this is a comforting phrase:"Now now, it's really not so bad." But in South Africa , this phrase is usedin the following manner: "Just wait, I'll be there nownow." It means "a little after now". Tune grief To be tuned grief is to be aggravated, harassed. For example, ifyou argue with somebody about a rugby game at a braai and the personhad too much dop (is a little "geklap"), he might easilyget aggravated and say.: "You're tuning me grief, hey!". To continuethe argument after this could be unwise and result in major tuning of grief.. Boet This is an Afrikaans word meaning "brother" which isshared by all language groups. Pronounced "boot" but shorter, as in"foot", it can be applied to a brother or any person of the male sex. Forinstance a father can call his son "boet" and friends can applythe term to each other too. Sometimes the diminutive "boetie" is used.But don't use it on someone you hardly know - it will be thought patronizing andcould lead to you getting a "lekker klap". Pasop From the Afrikaans phrase meaning "Watch Out!", thiswarning is used and heeded by all language groups. As in: "The boss hasn'thad his coffee yet - so you better pasop boet" Sometimes just theword "pasop!" is enough without further explanation.Everyone knows it sets out a line in the sand not to be crossed. Skop, Skiet en donner Literally "kick, shoot and thunder", this phrase is usedby many South African speakers to describe action movies. A Clint Eastwoodmovie is always a good choice if you're in the mood for of a lekker skop,skiet en donner flick. Vrot Pronounced - "frot". A expressive word which means"rotten" or "putrid" in Afrikaans, it is used by all languagegroups to describe anything they really dislike. Most commonly intended to describefruit or vegetables whose shelf lives have long expired, but a pair ofold tackies (sneakers) worn a few years too long can be termed"vrot" by some unfortunate folk which find themselves in the same vicinityas the wearer. Also a rugby player who misses important kicks ortackles can be said to have played a vrot game - opposite to a"lekker" game (but not to his face). A movie was once reviewed with thisheadline: "Slick Flick, Vrot Plot." Rock up To rock up is to just, sort of arrive (called "gatecrash" in other parts of the world). You don't make an appointment or tell anyoneyou are coming - you just rock up. Friends can do that but you haveto be selective about it. For example, you can't just rock up for a job interview. Scale To scale something is to steal it. A person who is"scaly" has a doubtful character, is possibly a scumbag, and should rather beleft off the invitation list to your next braai. Ja-nee "Yes No" in English. Politics in South Africahas always been associated with family arguments and in some cases even withphysical fights. It is believed that this expression originated with afamily member who didn't want to get a klap or get donnerred, so he just every now and then muttered "ja-nee". Use it when youare required to respond, but would rather not choose to agree or disagree.
In a zoo in California, a female tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.
The mother tiger, after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could foster another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.
After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species.
The only 'orphans' that could be found quickly were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo-keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?
When the water level is very low at Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire, a church spire appears above the surface. It is the only vivible remains of the villages of Ashopton and Derwent, both of which were flooded when the reservoir was filled in 1943