No not Marilyn Monroe
Tod Collins, my old mate from Underberg, told us about his journey from being a vet toauthor of animal tales. Tod can shame many an academic with his exposition of how onecrafts a short story, and Welma Odendaal remarked that Tod’s story was a classicexample of how one goes about creating suspense. Considering where that vets handhas been, it is unsurprising that he has such interesting stories to tell.
Vets are perhaps some of the most intelligent, clever, handsome, witty, andentertaining people on the planet....
Just before lunch, Cyril Hromnik gave one of the talks of the festival. Never beforehad I heard such controversial thoughts that Indians were actually the first people inAfrica; that the San could not be the civilisation that brought us rock art, nor the rocktemples and markers on the Karoo landscape. This is a talk I will never forget as long asI live. And as I told Cyril, maybe people will soon stop saying to me: ‘What is an Indiandoing in the Karoo?’Lunch was a wonderful affair. There was a buzz in town, and Richmonders must becongratulated for putting on a smorgasbord of delicacies. This was truly a highlight ofthe festival for me. I feel like leaving my desktop as I am typing, because I am feelinghungry just thinking about the food.After lunch, Chris Nicholson was at his sublime best. I have always claimed, like M-Net,that if there is magic out there, we will find it. And I am proud to say it was I whodiscovered Chris. Everyone knew him as the man who set Jacob Zuma free; we know himfor his Cricket SA investigations. But I know him as the author of great books on
; and this book on
Wagner and Hitler
wasspectacular. That book should have earned Chris an Honorary Doctorate. It is a lessonin how research should be conducted.