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  1. My wife is another 30 years older than you, and yes everyone's max is different. By those of us that have trained hard and often throughout our lives will maintain a high maximum heart rate - you use it or you lose it.
  2. I guess this is only slightly on topic, But this is from my wife's spinning session this morning . Her max heart rate from the last 4 sessions was 204, 199, 198 & 197bpm Her Garmin recommends 19 hrs of recovery which is based on her HRV, so no stress there. And no I am not married to a 13 year old (as the 220-age nonsense would suggest)
  3. Tesla autopilot already has 10 times fewer accidents per million km than human drivers. Once their Full self driving software is 100 times safer than human drivers we will see human driven vehicles being outlawed on the roads.
  4. We lost a good friend two months back to a Black Mumba . He was dead within a few hours of being bitten.
  5. It looks like it was about 18 months at R1,2 million a month https://www.zoutnet.co.za/articles/news/23861/2014-03-20/power-crisis-nears-end
  6. Far more likely that the restraint has not been load tested since the AFB opened 33 years ago. A few years ago the entire base ran on generators for over a year, as the switch gear around the base was some fancy American stuff which needed the oil levels checked annually. One switch failed afer 25years of never being checked and it started a chain reaction
  7. https://www.zoutnet.co.za/articles/news/54402/2021-06-10/air-force-finally-breaks-the-silence-over-gripen-crash
  8. On 8th April a Gripen was damaged in a crazy accident at AFB Louis Trichardt (Makhado). During a static engine test the restraining cable broke and away it went . . . The Zoutpanberger has the story, which the Defence Force finally admitted to 5 weeks after the Zoutpanberger asked for them to confirm the incident.
  9. Haberdashery is a favourite word of mine. Years ago I was asked to produce a sign which had to be in both English and Afrikaans for a material/sewing shop. I asked for the Afrikaans word for haberdashery . . . . Much discussion ensued but the sign was only in English eventually.
  10. Yip, 220 minus age does not work for those of us that have kept active all our lives. It works for normal sedentary types - Use it or lose it. The best test is chasing a overloaded truck or bus up a mountain, when properly warmed up.
  11. The Pink Mouse is 64 but she gives 45 minutes of spinning class each morning at the local gym- to a group that wants to be pushed hard. She complained to me a few weeks ago that her maximum heart rate is decreasing and no matter how hard she pushes herself she cannot get over 160bpm. I told her I think it's because she is getting very fit, but as she has not done much running for a while why not see what happens if she pushes herself on the treadmill, as it's a different set of muscles with a different fitness level. She pushed herself and did a PB 5km in 25minutes. Averaging 162BPM and peaking at 180BPM.
  12. I did a 7 day water only fast 2 months back, and lost less than 2kg most of which was poop - after a week of not eating the intestines end up pretty empty. So two days afer eating again the net loss was about 1kg.
  13. My Sunday musings about Elim Hospital took me back to this story. Constable Willem Eagle and his rifle. Constable C.W. Eagle was born in Canada from an English mother and a Red Indian Brave father. In 1904 he Joined the BSAP and was stationed at Fort Edward, a prefab steel fort, near Elim. (20km From Louis Trichardt) He brought with him his own repeating rifle. The Rifle was a Colt repeating rifle, unusual to say the least, as Colt made revolvers, ,both pistols and some revolver rifles. However, they made about 40 repeating rifles before Winchester took them to court for patent infringement, and Colt recalled all of them in 1904 except for three. One of which escaped the recall was Constable Eagle's, as he was already on his way to South Africa at the time of the recall.. In 1908 he was dispatched on horseback to investigate a disturbance west of Messina, and encountered a lioness who attacked him. He fired many shots at the lion with his rifle but was severely mauled before the lioness withdrew. A Prospector on a nearby hill saw the incident and got him help. He was taken by mule cart back to Elim Hospital (The journey must have taken several days) He died of his injuries several days after getting to hospital. So why was his rifle so ineffective against the lioness bespite all the shots fired? Well It was a .22 calibre peashooter . Below is local historian Charles Leach with the rifle.
  14. 30 years ago it had the reputation as one of the best eye hospitals in the country. Many of the residents of Louis Trichardt and surrounding farms had been born there.
  15. Sunday musings. I sat in the sun this morning working on my vitamin D tan whilst brushing the dogs. Then I heard one of the many Venda women next door signing the French lullaby Frere Jacques to a restless baby, but in Venda. It struck me as odd that it would have been translated into Venda, but then I remembered when we first arrived in Louis Trichardt 30+ years ago there was a strong French community; the 2nd and 3rd generations of the descendants of the Swiss missionary Doctors who founded the Elim hospital (20km South East of our town.) 30 years ago there were still some French speaking doctors working at the hospital. Paul Kruger granted the land to the Swiss missionary Doctors in the 1890's on condition that the treat all races. He ment both Englsh and Afrikaans, but the Swiss have a far more liberal interpretation of his grant. Sometime in the last 120 years the Swiss must have taught the lullaby to the locals.
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