Please share to show my pupils how far a photo can go (even if you don’t want it to!)

I think my own kids can also learn something here…

Not about everything

Sharing this, because it seems an interesting lesson.

I am teaching E-safety to my pupils at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo and see how far it gets, I want to show my students how easily photos etc can go viral, even when you may not want them to. Share it and see how far it goes!

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The First time I ever saw your face… Family- Weekly Photo Challenge

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A scan of a very special photo in my family: the day my eldest son met his brother for the first time ever…

136I know- not the best of quality, but still: a piece of history for me…  This is how they look these days, 16 years later…

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My Reputation: Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us YOU.

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Oh man, this is a difficult question. How much of me is visible in my blog? How much is just a projection of who I really want to be?   

I am not so good at self knowledge, sometimes the people around me knows much more about my reputation than I do… 

My reputation: I do love motorbikes/ travel/ photography.  I don’t like to fight, or be negative on someone else’s blog. 

Maybe we should ask some regular readers: What would you think about my reputation, and would you think it is accurate?

 

Meanwhile- here  I am at a famous landmark on South Africa’s Route 62… it is actually just a very nice pub in the middle of nowhere with an awesome name… 

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A Friendly American Face… Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-man-made-items/

The Challenge Cee sets this week is: Man Made Items…

Cee so liked yesterday’s old steam tractor that I decided to post another…  a bit newer, definitely a man made object in tune with the challenge…

This Smiling Minneapolis- Moline Tractor- well preserved old beauty!

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Man Made Items- Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-man-made-items/

I just have no inpsiration whatsoever today! So I am falling back to three photos of our December holiday…

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Man made a LONG time ago! A Steam threshing machine… I think…

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The Slide- Fun on “Africa’s tallest water slide…” at uShaka Marine World

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The  Rubberduck- Those nice volunteer life guards saving our asses from drowning at Scottburgh, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Earning a Michelin star or two…

My wife and I are addicted to Australian Masterchef. This series has totally changed my view of that small island on the other side of the Indian Ocean. As a rugby and cricket fan- we sometimes find it difficult to like Aussies. Maybe it is just a little jealousy. They are really good at sport, and they know it… but Australian Masterchef changed the perception of the people of Australia a lot. We actually started to like them a lot. But when Gary and George and Matt starts introducing rock star chefs, they sometimes drop the title of “Michelin stars” behind a chef’s name.

Now, before Australian Masterchef, we did not have any idea of good cooking. My idea of a good dish remains a medium rare steak prepared on my Weber, with our South African Mieliepap (only Africans get it, I think… almost cous cous but not quite…) and a salad.  Would the Michelin inspectors like our Christmas lunch at Casa Rider?

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Some steaks- from well done for the grandmothers to medium rare for me… and some Boerewors- our famous sausages…

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And some salads, some veggies even sourced in my own garden…

We have yet to find a Michelin star restaurant in South Africa, I don’t think they give any stars to MacDonalds or Wimpy… I have seen a few chefs on the internet that is Michelin starred, but I am not sure that Michelin travels here to award stars in a guide.

I also saw somebody referring to “South Africa’s only 5 star Michelin restaurant…” but I have only heard of three stars.

So how does it work? Yes, I know, you can google it like I did, you don’t have to read my version of it.  But for those who want a short answer, read on…

The beautiful story over at Wikipedia says that the Michelin brothers, André and Edouard, was in this little company making car tyres. At that stage in 1900 there were maybe 3000 cars in the whole of France. So they thought to get the public going on road trips- more kilometers covered means more tyre wear, means more potholes connected, means more business- you see?  So, these two brothers started promoting road trips, with free tour guides for motorists. In these tour guides you would find the info needed for your road trip, with essential info like where to buy your Michelin tyres. Also where to find petrol (gasoline…) and mechanics  along the way. Where to find a place to sleep. And while you are at it, where to find a decent meal…  They printed 35000 copies for their first edition in 1900, talk about vision! Then they started spreading the news, to Belgium in 1904, They even had guides for Algeria and Tunisia in 1907 before they started the UK edition in 1911…

The story goes that the guides were free of charge, until André Michelin saw a stack of guides used to prop up a  workbench. Then they decided that people only value what they pay for, and people started paying for the Michelin guides.

It became a sign of good quality cuisine if the Michelin inspectors visited your restaurant, and award you a star rating in one of the guides.

But how does it work?

According to this excellent article in the Telegraph:  You will not know when there are Michelin inspectors in your restaurant. They don’t warn you to prepare your very best- they just arrive as normal, incognito paying customers. There are a few dozen of these inspectors worldwide. They have some culinary background, some are chefs themselves. They take great pains to avoid recognition, and will not travel officially in the same region for 10 years after an inspection trip. They are looking for new restaurants worthy of a mention.  They will also visit currant Michelin star holding  restaurants to see if they maintain, improve or lose their star rating. Gordon Ramsey lost two stars in a Manhatten restaurant- these cause tears…

There is a certain standard which must be met. The inspectors says: ” it all depends on the food, cooking, flavour, texture, technique. Good value for money in clean surroundings…”

There are no 5 stars in the Michelin world. The following star classification was decided on in 1936.

  • one star: “A very good restaurant in its category” (“Une très bonne table dans sa catégorie”)
  • two stars: “Excellent cooking, worth a detour” (“Table excellente, mérite un détour”)
  • three stars: “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” (“Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage”)

I am still not sure about the Michelin star restaurants in our country. But it is my birthday in a few weeks time. And I would love to take my wife to La Madeleine in Pretoria- I think they would easily earn a star. Never been there, I hear it is amazing!

South African readers- any exceptional restaurants that I should put on my culinary bucket list?

Related Articles…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10337149/Inside-the-secret-world-of-Michelin-restaurant-inspectors.html

http://www.restaurants.com/blog/how-does-a-restaurant-earn-a-michelin-star/#.UtOIrtIW02A

Happiness is… Sunday Stills

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Spending time with the people that I love...

Spending time with the people that I love…

Sharing a glass with an amazing friend...

Sharing a glass with an amazing friend…

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Staring into the fire on a rainy night…

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Seeing my people enjoying themselves…

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and a little bit of German engineering…

These are some of the things that makes me happy…

And… my 500 th Post…

500 Posts!

Congratulations on writing 500 total posts on The Rider.

Windows- Weekly Photo Challenge

In Portsoy, in the north of Scotland overlooking the North Sea, stands the ruins of an old house. There is just this one wall still standing. With one window overlooking the gray sea beneath. As I stood there one November morning in 2006, I often wondered about the man who built this house. And thought of all the generations of people living in this house, overlooking the sea. I wish I could have known their stories…

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A Window to how the Others live… Weekly Photo Challenge

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In 1995 my wife and I went on a shoestring budget backpack tour to Europe. Which means an extremely low budget when you are thinking church pastor salary…

And in one of London’s exclusive store windows (was it in Pall Mall?)  I saw this… a model car made of platinum and solid gold…  I think this model car would be able to pay my salary from 1995 to 2015… But it was beautiful… No price in sight- rich people don’t look at prices, I think… Here is my take on the Weekly Photo Challenge:

003Maybe I got it all wrong. If anybody knows what this is, I would love to know! But it was beautiful!

Also- Clive Cussler- what would the original classic car be?