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I wonder how much time I spent in my life writing free, voluntary articles for magazines, or assisting people with some assignment that they had to publish! 

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Several as Citizen Journalist - mostly on cat shows or community stuff. Here are some that I could trace:

Tai Chi


CAPE TOWN TAI CHI CLUB STILL GOING STRONG
By Alida Delport
2014-05-22 22:55

While The Cape Town Tai Chi Club had to say goodbye to its founder, Sunny Hung and his wife, Clarice, who returned to China at the end of March, they’re still going strong.

Sunny was an excellent teacher who focused on health Tai Chi and Qigong making sure that the club would be carrying on by empowering members with the necessary skills, dedication and knowledge to continue.

The club is a non-profit community project with a small membership fee of R20 per month to pay for the rental of the hall under the rugby stadium at the Parow Sports Club.

Those who are interested can join them when they meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30.

Exercises take place in four periods with the first half hour used to warm up, the next half hour is used to do Qigong (breathing exercises), the third half hour is used for basic Tai Chi forms and the last half hour is used for advanced Tai Chi forms including weapons like fan and sword. Not all people do section four.

All members agree that the health benefits are tremendous not only does it help to strengthen the body, but also improves balance and strengthens the mind. No fee is charged for the first month for people who want to try it out.

For further information contact Suzie Calitz on 021 976 1739 or 083 479 9922.


Durbanville cats become movie stars

Stories / Durbanville cats become movie stars
DURBANVILLE CATS BECOME MOVIE STARS
By Alida Delport
2014-02-25 21:03
Magic Maker shows what it is to act in front of a camera.

Some cool cats are destined for stardom as they head off to the States during March.

Five Durbanville cats will be jetting off from South Africa permanently to join an Amercan animal film studio, where they will be trained to play in movies and TV advertisements.

"There is a huge demand world-wide for the Traditional Longhair Silver cats", says cat breeder Alida Delport.

“These cats were preserved from the modernization of the Persian cats. They still have the longer noses and larger ears that were features of the Chinchilla cats of 130 years ago. The breed was acknowledged in 2010 as a cat breed in its own right by the World Cat Federation.”

Three of these cats, namely Magic Maker, Emily and Fidelio, will participate in their last local show on Saturday 8 March in the Durbanville Town hall.

Both Magic Maker and Emily are experienced cat actors who played in international TV advertisements before.

“It is sad to say goodbye to them”, says Delport.

“My cats are like my children. But this is a good opportunity to promote the Traditional Longhair breed on a global scale.”


STRIDENT in SA National Battle of the Bands

STRIDENT IN SA NATIONAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS
By Alida Delport
2014-06-17 09:58

Local band STRIDENT is going to fight in the Wacken SA National Battle of the Bands in Gauteng on 28 June.

They are one of only three bands representing Cape Town in the competition.

If they win, they will represent SA in Wacken, Germany, at an event in August where 75,000 tickets were sold out within 48 hours after the ticket sales opened!

STRIDENT was formed in 2007 in Stellenberg. Since then, they grew into one of the premier metal bands in South Africa. Their first album, "Oath", was released in 2010. It received extremely good reviews on a world-wide scale, especially in some European countries like Sweden. They have an international following with over ten thousand "Likes" on their Facebook page.

Whilst music is only a hobby for the band members, there is a huge demand for their performances. They already played three times at Ramfest. They are working on their second album. So far, they have recorded five songs. One of the tracks features a choir background done by Acastella.

Although STRIDENT was also elected as a 2013 Wacken National Competition finalist, they declined going up to Gauteng for the finals due to constraints like work commitments and costs. However, this year they are ready for Wacken 2014!


Lagterapie vier Sesde Bestaansjaar

LAGTERAPIE VIER SESDE BESTAANSJAAR
By Alida Delport
2014-06-30 13:16
‘n Vrolike groep lagters wat die Valley Laughter-klub se sesde verjaardag feestlik gevier het by The Little People’s Guesthouse in Stellenberg op 28 Junie.

Ses jaar gelede het Charmaine Sparrow, ‘n gekwalifiseerde lagterapeut, die Valley Laughter-klub begin in die noordelike voorstede as ‘n gemeenskapsprojek.

Die sessies vind plaas twee Saterdagoggende per maand vanaf 9:30 tot 10:30. Deelname is gratis, maar die klub het sel ‘n pienk spaarvarkie waarin donasies verwelkom word.

Lagterapie het heelwat gesondheidsvoordele.  In Wikipedia is genoteer dat mediese navorsing deur die Universiteit van Maryland in 2005 bevind het daar bestaan ‘n skakel tussen lag en die gesonde funksionering van bloedvate. Die endoteel wat bloedvate se binnewande uitvoer, verslap tydens lag. Dit lei tot die afskeiding van stikstofoksied wat bloedtoevoer verhoog, inflammasie verminder en plaatjiekleefbaarheid verlaag.

“My vriendin het aan my getorring en getorring totdat ek ingestem het om ‘n lagterapie klas te gaan uittoets. Diep binnne my het ek regtig nie veel meer verwag as om net vir ‘n  uur lank saam met ander mense vermaaklik saam te verkeer nie”, sê een van die persone wat gereeld deelneem aan die lagsessies.

“Oor tyd kan ek werklik bevestig dat die lagterapie my gesondheid positief aanhelp.  Ek ly aan bloedarmoede wat soms lei tot erge vaak as gevolg van suurstof tekort. Om dan te bestuur is uiters gevaarlik. Ten spyte dat ek een keer hard teen so ‘n vaak-aanval geveg het met my verstand, het ek byna  my motor van die snelweg laat afloop. Van toe af pas ek die beginsels toe wat ek in lagterapie geleer het en lag diep uit my maag om wakker te bly as ek bestuur. Die lag verhoog beslis die suurstoftoevoer na my brein!”

Daar is ook bevind dat lag ‘n positiewe uitwerking op verskeie ander aspekte van biochemie het. Byvoorbeeld, lag lei tot vermindering in streshormone soos kortisol en adrenalien. Wanneer ‘n persoon lag, stel die brein endorfiene vry wat 'n fisiese pyn kan verlig. Lag verhoog ook die aantal teenliggaam-produserende selle, wat lei tot 'n sterker immuunstelsel.

Breinoefeninge wat tydens die lagterapie sessies gedoen word bevorder die vorming van sinapse in die brein. Dit is dus hoogs aan te beveel vir breinrehabilitasie vir pasiënte na ‘n beroerte aanval .

Indien jy lagterapie wil probeer, kontak Charmaine Sparrow by  valleylaughter@gmail.com of skakel haar buite kantoor ure by 083-454 0865.