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Helen Suzman

 

Yep - born Helen Govronsky in 1917 - -in Germiston - the day the of the Russian revolution (7 Nov). She married Moise Suzman at the age of 19 in 1937.

 

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In the movie Cars (Pixar) there is one character that we know could go Geocaching. What is the name of this character?

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The only "modern" car in the cast, Sally the porche?

 

Or the offroader, Sarge the Willy's Jeep?

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It could be inferred that some of these could go Geocaching, however something is specifically mentioned in the movie of one of the characters which confirms that he/she could indeed Geocache :ninja:

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The governer Hummer - says Lightning must be found at any cost?

 

That would be Sven "The Governator". Your interpretation is cool, as many folks do hunt for the cache at all costs.... but nope :ninja:

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Fillimore - his philosophy of life is great - and a cool cache-mobile - but I cant think of a particular phrase he uses?

 

"Respect the classics man, it's Hendrix."

 

Nope

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OK - a little obscure - and I don't think you ever see him (perhaps at one of the races?) - but the agent/manager for Lightning - he says he can't find Radiator springs on his GPS?

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It looks as though GR and CH are the only 2 that know anything about this non-SA topic! :( I will wait until the topic is history, geography, nature, etc before I show my ignorance!! :anicute:;)

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It looks as though GR and CH are the only 2 that know anything about this non-SA topic! ;) I will wait until the topic is history, geography, nature, etc before I show my ignorance!! :(:D

Watched the movie, played the PS2 game, got the die cast model and dried using the Cars towel - comes from having younger kids :anicute:

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OK - a little obscure - and I don't think you ever see him (perhaps at one of the races?) - but the agent/manager for Lightning - he says he can't find Radiator springs on his GPS?

 

That's Harv. Nope he is never seen in the movie. You're on the right track with your thought process. There is another car in the movie which goes on about a GPS and is seen :anicute:

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OK the couple that pass thru towna nd wont ask for directions? Don't remeber their names. But they head off and still stay lost! i think the wife was Mini

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OK the couple that pass thru towna nd wont ask for directions? Don't remeber their names. But they head off and still stay lost! i think the wife was Mini

 

Close enough. Yep Van and Minny are husband and wife. They are lost and pass through Radiator Springs while trying to find their way back to Interstate 40. Van refuses to ask directions, claiming not to need them due to having a GPS, and both of them are equipped with car alarms, which they arm after their encounter with Lightning McQueen when he begs them to call for help. After the end of the credits, Van and Minny are shown to have ended up somewhere lost in the desert, having never asked for directions, and Van has almost been driven to insanity. Their names combined is a pun on "minivan".

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Robbers Pass near Pilgrims Rest was named after a robbery of a coach.

What was the name of the coach company - and what did they use to pull their coaches 9with limited sucess)?

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Robbers Pass near Pilgrims Rest was named after a robbery of a coach.

What was the name of the coach company - and what did they use to pull their coaches 9with limited sucess)?

 

Heh heh....had this question in the bag too... will give someone else an opportunity. Some interesting history around these events.

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Well the zebras bit was correct (I thought that would be the hard part).

 

There were actually zebras pulling a coach on Durban's beachfront for many years too.

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Recall a hotel in the area years ago being called Zeeberg's (not sure if thats altogether correct) Coach House. Could it be connected?

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Bang on - you're it

actually it was Zeederbergs - but close enough - and yes - for a good while they used zebra to pull their coaches - but obviously - not a sustainable venture and they are not greta beasts of burden or easily domesticated. It was an attempt to miss the ravages of the tsetse fly.

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Which town/city in South Africa opened the first public swimming pool/baths in the country?

These do not exist today. Nor does this town/city have a public pool anymore.

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This one sounds interesting indeed. :D Although I don't have a clue I am going to hazard a guess on this. Although Kimberley was honoured with the first street lamps and elevator [lift] I don't think the swimming pool fits the bill as it has one currently. I am going to guess that it was Graaf Reinert.

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After reading the question completely - I'm changing my answer to Springs...

Edited by anlufu

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Warmbaths aka Bela-Bela?

I could imagine that the mineral baths might have been public at some stage.

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OK - let's get down to some eliminations here. Not Western Cape as Beaufort West was gonged out. That leaves Eastern cape and KZN to choose from. Both Port Elizabeth and East London have beach front pools so they are eliminated - as does Durban, Margate, Port Shepstone, etc. :(:huh:

 

My adjusted guess will have to be Grahamstown then. <_<

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Cincol, you're it! <_< Was it you or Carbon Hunter that used to live there?

Evidently the pool was next to the Botanical Garden.

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Cincol, you're it! <_< Was it you or Carbon Hunter that used to live there?

Evidently the pool was next to the Botanical Garden.

 

Thanks - yep, I used to live in Grahamstown but certainly didn't know about it having the first public swimming pool in the country!

 

The next question then. Let's keep it in the Eastern Cape and in Grahamstown. When the British decided to establish a settlement the garrison set up "camp" around the current High Street area. What was the first building that was built in Grahamstown? [Hint: the building is still in everyday use today as a restaurant and is situated about 200m from the main entrance to Rhodes in High Street - and it is not the Cathederal.]

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It is the building that houses Dulce's!? :( My first stop for breakfast when I get to Grahamstown!

 

That used to be my business!! :huh: Nope - that building is not the oldest, but is pretty old though - about 130 years old. It was originally built as a wool store. It has extremely thick walls and a high ceiling that was insulated with about 9 inches of sawdust. Grahamstown can get very hot in the summer and the wool needed to be stored at moderate temperature. It has also seen service as a furniture warehouse, transport depot, travel agent and is now the home of Dulce's Cafe. <_<

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Seem to think that it was a General Dealers belonging to Retief.

The huge windows/doors facing High Street make me think that at some stage later it was used to house the local fire brigade.

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A Gaol?

 

Spot-on! :D

 

The British first built the Provost while they lived in tents for a few years!! :grin: At least the prisoners were safe!

 

Editing Note: as cownchicken quite rightly pointed out by PM, I got the gaol wrong by referring to the incorrect gaol - the Provost - which was built later. :blink::wacko: The original gaol now houses the restaurant called Yellow House. This was the answer that was required. My apologies to cownchicken et al. Consider myself as being wrapped on the knuckles!! :yikes:

Edited by cincol

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