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In praise of Sea Point

Darrel Bristow-Bovey
In praise of Sea Point

In Paris recently I became depressed by the thought that I don’t live in a first-floor apartment on the rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques, across the way from a Tibetan restaurant, around the corner from the Pantheon, rue Soufflot and the eastern entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens.
            ‘You’re being childish,’ my partner said.
            ‘I know.’
            ‘Is it so bad where you live?’
            ‘No.’
            ‘You love Sea Point.’
            I do love Sea Point. I have lived there for a little over four years, since I moved from Johannesburg. I loved Johannesburg, but I love Sea Point more. It has people and stories and life, and gratifyingly few Capetonians. It is the Joburg of Cape Town.

1. An Iranian couple own a fruit store a block away from me, where I buy packets of White Rabbit sweets and also packets of spices. I buy the spices to support them, because she is very friendly and hopeful and he has sad eyes and they have small children. Also, each time I buy the spices I imagine my home filled with fragrant cooking and the fine flavours of Persia, and I imagine myself a citizen of the world. I have two fully laden shelves of unused spices.

2. Once, after taking a drink at the Winchester Mansions, my friend Evan and I were crossing the green sward to the promenade for a walk when we were approached by a fretful man in a sports jacket. He said: ‘Fellows, I don’t mean to disturb, but I need to ask you something.’ Evan thought he was going to ask for money. I thought he was going to try introducing us to the mercy of Jesus. We politely smiled and shook our heads, but he persisted and said: ‘What would you do if you found your wife in bed with another man?’
            ‘I’m not married,’ said Evan.
            ‘Would you forgive her?’ the man wanted to know. ‘Could you just forgive her?’
            ‘It depends on the circumstances,’ we said cautiously.
            ‘And what if this wasn’t the first time?’ said the man. ‘What if this had happened before and each time she promises it won’t happen again, but they just carry on making a fool of you? You couldn’t forgive that, could you?’
            His brow was furrowed and his hands were balled in the pockets of his sports jacket.
            ‘I think maybe I’d leave her,’ said Evan. ‘I think the best thing would be to just walk away.’
            ‘But you couldn’t forgive it, could you? You couldn’t just let it go.’
            ‘I think maybe I would let it go,’ I said. ‘That would probably be best.’
            ‘You’re young men, you don’t know what it’s like,’ said the man. ‘You don’t know what it’s like.’
            ‘I definitely wouldn’t do anything hasty,’ said Evan.
            The man walked away from us.
            ‘I think he’s going to do something hasty,’ said Evan.
            ‘Maybe he already has,’ I said.
            Evan said: ‘Do you think we should buy him a drink?’
            ‘I can’t imagine a drink is going to help the situation,’ I said, because we had problems of our own to discuss.

3. There is very often no wind in Sea Point, even when there is wind in Camp’s Bay and in town. At those times, I like to call people who live elsewhere in Cape Town and tell them there’s no wind in Sea Point. I do to them what they do to people who live in Johannesburg.

4. When I moved to Sea Point I took an apartment on Beach Road overlooking the ocean. I could watch the weather approach, a grey wall that turned the blue sea white as it came. I could watch the rain against my windows and then watch it snag on Signal Hill and unravel as it covered the sky over the city bowl. It would rain for the rest of the day in town, while in Sea Point we walked around in bright silver light.

5. In autumn and winter the mist moves in from the Atlantic and the foghorn at the lighthouse gives a lovely cry, lonely as the last dinosaur, and each year the residents of Mouille Point write letters to the Atlantic Sun complaining about it. These letters have been written since the foghorn was installed in 1926 and the letters written today are almost identical to the letters written then. Each generation conceives of the foghorn as evidence of decline in civil order and the indifference of authority to the rights of the ratepayer. I imagine a tradition in each Mouille Point household in which the responsibility of indignant letter-writing is formally passed down from one generation to the next. Perhaps there is a family pen.

6. Every day I walk on the promenade and when I reach the pavilion I walk up a block to look through the window of the Cafda second-hand bookshop. It has mysterious powers. Once, years ago, I read an essay by Robertson Davies in which he said books find you when you need them. The Cafda bookshop appears to be their delivery system. Whenever I have been thinking about a writer or a book, within days it appears in the window. Once I was wondering about Lord Alfred Douglas, the sulky, swan-like lover of Oscar Wilde, and the next day there was a volume of his correspondence with George Bernard Shaw. Who knew Bosie corresponded with George Bernard Shaw? Often when trying to decide on a course of action, there is a book in the Cafda window that gives me a nudge. Sometimes I fear it might be a Stephen-Kingish plot-device. Perhaps there’s a malevolent intelligence wanting to affect some key decision I will make in the future, and it will use a carefully planted book in the Cafda shop window. So far it has just been winning my confidence.

7. An elderly English gentleman who used to work at the Cafda bookshop once told me that the travel writer Lawrence Green lived and died in an apartment around the corner with a wide view over the sea. Lawrence Greene sold more than 750 000 travel books. I have many hardcover copies on a shelf in my study, with titles like Where Men Still Dream, and Harbours of Memory. In many cases the titles are better than the books, but still. I once took a date to knock on the door of the apartment. She had no interest in Lawrence Greene, so she needed some persuasion. It wasn’t easy to get through the security at the apartment block. Finally we knocked on the door, but no one answered. Later, I discovered I may have been knocking on the wrong door.

8. When you walk the promenade on a winter’s night the salt mist makes a yellow haze around the streetlights. When someone appears from the mist ahead, walking slowly towards you with coat flapping around their legs, it feels like you’re part of a spy-exchange on a bridge in the old Eastern bloc.

9. There is a group of Ivorian men who play soccer on the grassy belt beside the promenade in the evening, and sometimes they play against some Portuguese guys. Kids watch and hope to be invited to play. Once the ball went over the sea-wall into the ocean. The men fashioned a harness of tied-together shirts and lowered one of the kids. At a certain point, the pleasurable challenge of lowering a human being into the ocean and returning him to land become more important than retrieving the ball. The kid dangled from the harness, waves breaking over him, waiting for the water to push the ball towards him. A crowd gathered and whenever the ball came near we cheered.

10. One night I arrived home from a dinner party to find a very tall blonde woman wearing a very short skirt slapping the bonnet of a VW Beetle outside my house. The very tall blonde woman was my neighbour, who by day is a very tall man. In his platforms he was seven foot tall. He was fretting because he was late for his midnight turn at a cabaret in town. My girlfriend and I pushed the car down the road while he tried to start it. VW Beetles aren’t as light as they seem. I had been drinking at my dinner party, and after I finished pushing I needed to sit with my head between my knees for a while. I looked up to watch the car roll away down the hill and across Main Road without starting. 
‘Well,’ I said, ‘we did our best.’
            ‘We can’t just leave her out there,’ my girlfriend replied.
            ‘It’s not her,’ I said. ‘It’s he, and look at the size of him. What, I should offer to walk him home? That’s ridiculous.’
            If this were a film, it would cut to me walking him home. He tottered a little on his platforms, a full head above me, and had to lean on my shoulder for support. His biceps, below the spangly spaghetti-straps of his top, were the size of my thighs.
            ‘It’s such a relief,’ he said to me as we passed the grinning men of the Adriatic Bar and Grill, ‘to meet a gentleman in this town.’

11. For a while I had a favourite pizza restaurant on Regent Road, between a hairdresser and a plant nursery, across the road from the surf shop and the shul and the pet-food emporium. Every day a man wearing a leather cowboy hat and a Scottish man with one arm sat at a table on the sidewalk entertaining friends of low morals. Whenever he met a new woman, the one-armed man used to say, ‘Give us a hand, will you, love?’ Then the restaurant closed and I have never seen the one-armed man again.

12. A friend of mine from my previous life in Johannesburg also lives in Sea Point. She has put on weight and walks the promenade twice a day to get it off. She doesn’t speak to me because of some quarrel in our past, so when she sees me coming she pretends to be on her cellphone. Once she didn’t have her cellphone with her, so she pretended to speak to her hand. I found this so funny that I laughed, and I hoped that would break the ice and we could be friends again, but it didn’t.

13. The Cafda bookshop keeps damaged paperbacks on a special pile. They sell for fifty cents or a rand each. There is a homeless man who goes through the stack when he has spare change. He used to be a fisherman until he was put out of business by the fishing quotas and now he parks cars. His mother made him finish school because she believed in the value of an education. He says he reads instead of drinking. His favourite writer is Joseph Conrad, but the last time I saw him he was reading The Great Gatsby.

14. On Main Road there is a hotel whose rooms are available at R1 400 per night, and sometimes R1 800. Two blocks away there is another hotel whose rooms are available for R120 per night, or R200 on the weekend. I once checked in, just to have a look. The rooms weren’t that bad. They weren’t ten times worse than the other hotel.

15. In the flat seas of summer, container ships and oil-rigs moor in the roadstead off Sea Point. At night their lights make small skylines and diadems. On a very still, warm night their lights reflect in the black water. I have seen a pod of a hundred dolphins swimming between the ships, making a great silver arrow in the sea.

16. There is a very old prostitute who lives a few blocks from my home. I sometimes see her carrying washing to the laundromat. She must be seventy years old, although it’s possible she’s only a hard-living sixty. Lin Samson wrote a piece about her in the Sunday Times some years ago, and that made her something of a celebrity. I have always wanted to ask her if that piece was good or bad for business, but I have never had the nerve.

17. Ingrid Jonker walked into the sea at Three Anchor Bay. The water always seems colder there than anywhere else, more marble-green and veined with white. The kelp piles up on the shingle there after a storm, and gulls come to pick through it for things to eat.

18. I swim at Rocklands Bay all through the summer and as far into autumn as I can manage. I have special shoes I wear when the tide is low and I have to wade over the rocks to the deeper water. There is a group of old people who swim at Rocklands all year round. They are the polar bears. I admire them from a distance. Last year for the first time one of them greeted me. She said: ‘Water’s nice today.’ I went home beaming, and thinking: Maybe one day I can be a polar bear too.

19. I met a man on Rocklands on New Year’s Day afternoon. He had just come from his New Year’s Eve party. He was sad, because someone sat on his fish-tank and broke it. Now his fish were in a beer bottle, and he wasn’t sure how they would survive.

20. The sea changes every day. One day there are streaks of orange in the blue. On another day the water looks like green stone. Sometimes there is a delicate darkness beneath the surface, as though a school of squid have released their ink. In the trough of a small wave it turns the blue water purple. One night when the moon was in the right position the sea was perfectly black, except when a small wave formed, and then its crest would flare silver like magnesium.

21. When there are whales off the promenade, I have to restrain myself from telling people, ‘Look – whales!’ Whales are something to be shared. I am always proud when a tourist sees a whale from the promenade. I think: What a nice holiday they are having. They must be glad they came to Sea Point. Sometimes when a tourist hasn’t seen the whales, I make an elaborate show of shading my eyes and peering at the sea, then noticing the whales. Sometimes the tourists look where I’m looking, and I feel I have done a good deed. Sometimes they ignore me, and I become irrationally annoyed. What do they think I’m pointing at in the water? Do they think I’m some kind of fool?

22. I once saw an orca.

23. Once I dropped my wallet on the streets of Sea Point. I didn’t realise I had dropped it, but by the time I arrived home from my walk a man had found it and tracked me down through my gym membership. He returned the wallet with all its cards and all the money too. That can happen anywhere – it happened to me in Cairo, and it happened in Sandton and twice at the airport – but I’m very glad it also happened in Sea Point.


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User Comments:
Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Caroline Hurry
May 08 2013 06:39:50

What a delightful piece ... makes me want to pack up, leave JHB and go and live n Sea Point right now! Maybe one day ...

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Darrel
May 08 2013 06:53:10

The house I live in was built in 1886. It is one of four, all in a row, built by a Victorian gentleman to serve as homes for his four daughters. Two of the houses are smaller than the other two, because two of his daughters were unmarried. It delights me to think that my house is exactly the same age as Johannesburg.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Pamela Cooper
May 08 2013 06:54:41

Such evocative writing - and no exaggeration for effect. Description of weather so perfect.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Sasha
May 08 2013 08:43:15

Loved this. Spent three days there last year - and it's exactly what you describe. I've wanted to live in Sea Point since I was 15. Maybe I will some day...

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Kaylon Karrim
May 08 2013 08:50:53

I love White Rabbit sweets. I really, really hope they are not made of poison, or msg, or razor blades.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Di du Toit
May 08 2013 09:55:28

Reading this brings tears of joy. Thanks for reminding me how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful place. I will be rereading it every morning to keep my heart happy.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by anton
May 08 2013 10:16:50

I grew up in Sea Point, used to put on my wetsuit at home and walk down to the beach for a surf...my mom still lives there and while a lot has changed, its unique vibe never will.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Megan
May 08 2013 10:58:49

You writing is just absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed writing this piece, and as I am still a Jo'burger, I will also look for the great everyday things of living here!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Gina
May 08 2013 10:59:06

I LOVED this. My other Sea Point friends speak about the Sea Point Buzz, we don't know what it is, but we know it can't be found anywhere else. Blessed to live in such a beautiful part of Cape Town. Thank you for your post.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Carole Day
May 08 2013 12:05:51

What a lovely piece of writing and how well you made us experience what you do - I could literally smell the sea and the spices. Thank you it has made me happy x Carole

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by liezl
May 08 2013 13:40:31

Wow, very special. Wish I could express myself like this. Thanks for making me smile!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Brad
May 08 2013 13:46:09

Very nice, thanks for this :-)

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Eddie Edwards
May 08 2013 13:49:02

Great Piece- by the way it's sunny and warm in Joburg today.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Lynda
May 08 2013 14:02:29

I live on Beach Road, and can relate to everything you say. I saw the old prostitute just yesterday, and the silvery sea too on my walk. I will, alas, soon be leaving this magical place with its ever-changing sea, sky and human population.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by niels
May 08 2013 14:10:41

I enormity of the brilliance of this piece is impossible to describe. I don't quite live in sea point but this piece made me feel very much at home. Thank you.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Bev
May 08 2013 14:25:59

Love your praise of Seapoint and agree with everything you say. We're lucky enough to live between Joburg and Seapoint and while I love Joburg, Seapoint's quirkiness and panotamic views have my heart.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Catherine
May 08 2013 14:28:09

veryveryveryvery wonderful to read - thank you!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Shireen
May 08 2013 16:21:05

Excellent article. I so related to No. 21 about the whales - it's EXACTLY what I think and do when spotting them.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Brett Petzer
May 08 2013 16:21:30

I wrote a ladleful of praise just now and then typed the security code with an unwanted space inside it, huile perdu. This is a piece that lists many unworded things I have felt about Sea Point, and many things I hope one day to feel. DBB is good at living, thinking and looking. He tells a finely-cantilevered joke, and when he wants to moisten your eye, he moistens your eye. If this were illustrated, it would make a meaningful calendar but until then, I will like (and re-read) it as is.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Shireen
May 08 2013 16:28:59

The 'prostitute's' name is Virginia Springett and she is in her 60s. She was very lovely in her day and drove around in a open-top merc.....lived n Clifton.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Melissa Siebert
May 08 2013 16:46:02

Beautiful piece, Darryl! One of the most well-written I've read in a long time, really inspiring. I've never been a Sea Point fan (I'm a Noordhoeker) but you are very persuasive! Loved it...

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Shireen
May 08 2013 16:47:45

Back in the day I lived across the road from the lighthouse. The foghorn used to emit a bass-deep sound that was so haunting and atmospheric. Then the buildings got tarted up and the 'new' people who moved in the area complained about the noise/sound. It was changed to a higher pitch. Not the same!!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Ginny Stone
May 08 2013 17:20:07

I so loved this. Spent my youth doing wicked things in Sea Point and can visualize half the stuff you speak about... which is perfect seeing as I'm now sitting in Pretoria.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Keri
May 08 2013 17:27:25

What a lovely piece
I am the biggest fan of CAFDA and it's great that you are too

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Bethany
May 08 2013 17:29:54

This made me miss living in the Cape. Spent 4 and a half years in Stellenbosch, got to know the surrounds well. Now I'm back in boring old Pretoria. Sigh

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Stacey
May 08 2013 17:35:57

Great piece Darrel, all the more poignant from the perspective of soulless San Diego. I wish I was walking on my old prom, in my old flat right now.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by shelagh shirley
May 08 2013 17:54:40

what a delicious read, I felt as though I was there with you

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Nic de Jager
May 08 2013 18:06:32

One of the best writers in the land. Wonderfully evocative, clean writing. Have always been a great fan of him.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Leon Papadopoulos
May 08 2013 18:08:19

What a super piece! I too lived in Sea Point with my partner and we both experienced and enjoyed many of the ocean and Promenade visuals you have described so well in your article.
Thanks Mister Bristow-Bovey! And by the way, you are a dish!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Dingo lina
May 08 2013 19:05:34

loved this. I'm a Mouille Pointer and I love the foghorn, reminds me to look outside now and then. Also really think you need to be more careful with your wallet

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Voetstoots
May 08 2013 19:21:25

Fantastic - beautifully crafted piece... Thank you

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Michal Mechant
May 08 2013 20:07:16

I lived in Sea Point for 26 years...amazing blog...brings across the vibe very well! A must read!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by David
May 08 2013 20:18:51

Yes, that was absolutely great! My wife and I were at Sea Point again at the beginning of the year and we are missing it already! We love CT!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Carly
May 08 2013 20:28:54

The promenade is one of my favourite places to see Cape Town people and sea life. This is beautiful.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by sioux
May 08 2013 21:05:05

Thank you for this lovely piece. Warm and funny and utterly charming.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Michael Lee
May 08 2013 21:46:54

Brilliant piece, I was a Seapointer and it's legendary special. Now I've been a Tamboerskloofer for 7 years, absolutely love my hood, like NYC s village.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Dilnawaaz
May 08 2013 22:28:44

I went to Ellerton Primary from 1991 -1995...What an awesome place. I remember playing rounders on the beachfront as part of 'Physical Education'...the smell of the fresh sea breeze in the morning..unforgetable..What fond memories I have of Sea Point

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Gavin Dudley
May 09 2013 03:58:19

Good stuff all round. So worthy of being read.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Magnetite Coetzer
May 09 2013 16:48:26

Lovely writing. It captures so many aspects of Sea Point :) I lived there for over 15 years and still have a home there. Living in Frankfurt, near the river, I often think of the Sea Point promenade..... As I walk along the banks of the Main, I compare the river scenes with the scenes from Sea Point in my minds eye. The feeling, the characters, the wideness of the horizon. I miss the little community in Sea Point, my hair stylist Maria of Beachcombers fame, where she has run her biz for over 30 years, near the pizza restaurant you mention (bummer it closed- spent many entertaining evenings there - the characters there were indeed spectacular!) The longer u stay, the more it will grow on you. I miss my darling neighbors, nearly all with small children i saw grow up!! miss them! I also do love the fact that the wind doesn't blow so much!!!! I so look forward to my next visit. Now more than ever.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Sue
May 09 2013 22:34:31

Loved this article, but even more I love your writing style. It made me want to send it to everyone I know - just as it was sent to me. I look forward to reading more of your quirky blogs, particularly if they are about the old New South Africa.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Tom
May 10 2013 11:40:35

I just returned from a walk along the promenade. I will be back there one day. Only a matter of time before you become a Polar Bear :)

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Amanda
May 10 2013 19:24:02

I think I am in love?

With your writing. Not you, that would just be weird.







Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Marijani
May 11 2013 02:46:10

Fabulous, and yes, it made me pine to be back there, even though I browsed thru Cafda bookshop just this past December. I always think of Sea Point while running and counting the faraway ships in the ocean at the Long Beach, Long Island boardwalk. Alas, it cannot compare to what I know and you describe so effectively throughout this piece. Until my next Sea Point fix..Cheers!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Nina Geraghty
May 11 2013 20:42:29

So enjoyed reading this, Darrel - evocative writing, witty and observant, making small moments captivating.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Nancy
May 12 2013 19:25:44

Oh you captured it so beautifully! I have lived here for two years now and love the wackiness and the fact that you can walk everywhere and sample its charms. BTW, I live next door to that very famous lady of the night....who knows what goes on next door...

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Cheryl
May 13 2013 12:40:55

Aaaaah! The essence of it.. I left this piece wanting more.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Patrick
May 13 2013 17:44:11

I was reading Chin Shengt'an's 33 happy moments in bed last Saturday morning. Espresso and cigarette and iPad been manoeuvred from hand to hand. And smiling. And now this. I urge you to finish the last 10.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Tana Paddock
May 13 2013 18:46:25

Thank you for this! I live in Sea Point and definitely resonated with many of your reflections.

I encourage you to drop by La Case Tropicale to meet Mamma Betty next time you're wandering down Main Rd (across from Adelphi Centre). She's originally from the Congo, but spent many years in Japan so is fluent in Japanese as well. She's a wonderful woman and great cook.

She's closing the doors of the restaurant for 2 hours every Tuesday and Thursday of this month to host an introductory Xhosa language course (taught by UbuntuBridge). A few of us often stay after class for a meal together. It has been a great community-building experience. The course is full, but I hope we can offer more courses in the future.

Hesheng, the chinese restaurant just a few doors down is also a gem- the one with the frilly chairs- Best chinese food in Cape Town hands down.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by gazellecyclist
May 14 2013 12:06:59

Are you the little prince?

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Karen
May 15 2013 06:07:22

So love this article - thank you! Recently, I fractured my arm and was left for six weeks unable to drive. Most days I walked from my home in Camps Bay into Sea Point and it was an absolute pleasure being on foot, discovering the hood.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Helene Cloete
May 15 2013 12:20:28

Loved, loved, loved it! You have such an evocative and beautiful writing style. I could see, smell, taste and touch everything through your words. I have a little blog too, in which I strive to do the same. Sometimes I even succeed. Inspiring!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Sam Manclark
May 16 2013 15:31:08

Hi Darrel,
So cool to come across this piece, so entertaining and like a small holiday in the middle of the day.
x
Sam Manclark

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Lauren
May 18 2013 16:03:27

Love Sea Point too and it IS filled with Capetonians Darrel! I know because I am one of them and I continually bump other Capetonians from my past and present, in Sea Point. Have gone on working holidays/trial emigrations twice and each time have come back to Sea Point after 2 years.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by lanie
May 19 2013 21:59:13

bliksem, but you can write! I lke you, that is just how it is!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Pinkie Wilson
June 02 2013 13:51:18

Oh how I have missed you! You're my favourite! You write with heart and a paintbrush.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Sally Moinet
June 07 2013 07:36:33

Great article. Confirms how lucky we are! I love Sea point.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Maryna Smuts
June 09 2013 18:03:20

This brings back so many wonderful memories... I loved living in Sea Point back in the 80s and have fantasies of getting back there sometime.

Thanks for a wonderful post!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Emma
July 06 2013 09:11:39

Such evocative writing.

But what do you have against Capetonians?

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Kate
July 08 2013 15:33:44

Your post made me nostalgic for Sea Point. I miss its eccentricities hugely, but have found a new love just a hop over the mountain in Bo Kaap. Also rich in peculiar loveliness, which I hope to capture as aptly as you have in my fledgling my blog. Lovely piece!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Ann Nurock
November 27 2013 20:32:28

Love this piece. So true even for us neighbors in Green Point

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by coleen van staden
January 20 2014 08:06:40

Hello! Found your blog purely by chance.. loved this piece. Brought back such memories! ..went to school in Sea Point and grew up in Three Anchor Bay. It is a VERY special place! Thanks for sharing those evocative impressions and moments.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Brian Mitchell
April 01 2014 07:20:30

I am entirely homesick. Thank you!

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by peter kramer
May 14 2015 11:27:34

i grew up there....moved around the peninsula....i miss the vibe everyday...it has a pace all of its own...so unique..really want to live there again

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Jeanette
May 14 2015 15:53:01

This is awesome , thank you. I have been privileged to live in Sea Point for the last 4 years and will be devastated if I should ever have to leave. Love it here

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Greg Duncan-Traill
May 14 2015 16:46:04

What a superb blog about my birthplace. Makes me so homesick...even though I love Joburg, my heart is, and always will be, in Sea Point. Thank you Darrell.
Best regards.
Greg

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Roger Levetan
May 14 2015 18:24:55

your favorite pizza place was Cosa nostra.The owner of that block gave all the tenants notice in anticipation of doing a major development on the site.To this day still waiting for plans to be approved by council.Pity! The area starting to look very rundown.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Suzie Harrison
May 15 2015 07:29:51

This Article Is So Full Of Vivid, Vibrant Images ! I Can Imagine Myself Reaching Out And Feeling , Touching , Smelling And Tasting Them ! Makes Me Feel Filled With Such A Longing And Nostalgia For Those Long Past Sea-Point Days Of My Youth !

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Auric Zander
May 15 2015 14:56:33

For all the same reasons, I have lived in Sea Point for over a decade - strange we haven't bumped each other on the promenade.......

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Marilyn
May 15 2015 16:47:34

Great piece of writing.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Paul van Deventer
May 30 2015 06:04:11

Beautiful piece, exceptionally glad to live in Sea Point.

Re: In praise of Sea Point - by Lynda
February 21 2016 11:55:16

I love South African writers. I loved Robert Kirby and Jani Allan. But, to be absolutely truthful, it is Darrel Bristol-Bovey that does it for me. His writing style and unexpected injections of humour keep me riveted. Proudly South African and one of our favourite sons.

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