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Quo Vadis Southern Africa News archive
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
Courtesy of W H Auden
GENERIC KEYWORD SEARCHES: Generic keywords have been introduced to facilitate searching. For example, suppose you:
o Are searching for a place to stay. Keyword accommodation
o Wish to arrange transport. Keyword transport
o Wish to explore the region. Keyword sightseeing
o Are more intrepid, preferring to be active rather than passive and willing to rough it and accept some risk. Keyword adventure
o Are searching for somewhere to eat. The generic term to describe places that serve food (restaurants, pub lunches, fast-food joints, snacks, takeaways, etc) is meal
o Are looking for entertainment such as events, festivals, night-life, movies, casinos, theatres, children’s entertainment, etc. Keyword entertainment.
o Need to shop for souvenirs, gifts, curios, clothes, arts and crafts, antiques, hobbies, provisions, etc. Keyword shopping.
o On the lookout for events that take place. Keyword events. If interested in events that take place in a particular month, use the first three letters of the month followed by the suffix –eve e.g. janeve, febeve,…deceve.
o Wish to ferret out unusual or little-known information. Keyword didyouknow
o Need to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Keyword emergency
Other generic keywords include cycling, running, canoeing, history, religion, architecture, geography, minerals, fossils, wildlife, botany, photos etc.
UNIQUE FEATURES: Searches using the above keywords are generally too voluminous to be useful. Keywords to tailor results to suit your requirements are included. For example, suppose you wish to restrict your search to
o The vicinity of the R318, use keyword R318 If however you wish to restrict your search to places actually on said highway, use keyword R318X
o Places within the area or “footprint” of a particular airport. Use the airport code (e.g. JNB, CPT, PLZ, DUR) as a keyword.
o Places on the coast, use keyword seethesea
o Stopovers, use keyword stopover
Combinations of the above or others (e.g. countries, provinces, towns, regions, rivers, mountains) are a powerful tool with which to interrogate the data.
STANDALONE KEYWORDS: The use of keyword combinations is sometimes inappropriate. For example, suppose you:
o Would like to contact longhaul bus companies or airlines which travel from Johannesburg (JNB) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ)? Keyword: JNBPLZ. Find many airline and bus links between transport hubs in this way.
o Would like to play a little Southern African travel trivial pursuit. Try trivialpursuit
o Require general information (climate, health and safety, medical emergencies, when to visit, visa requirements, currency, rules of the road, border posts, etc) on travel in the region? Keyword: traveltips
o Interested in world records, features significant by global standards, etc? Keyword worldclass
o Looking for stories, legends, etc. Keyword shortstories
What you discover is limited by your imagination and information on the site. Do not assume, however, that because there are not many hits on a particular word, that the data is incomplete. Because information is generally available on the usual “tourist traps”, much effort has been made to make data available from little-known or remote, out-of-the-way places. It may well be that there is not much out there.
Interrogate the data and home in on what is of interest by moving from the general to the specific (a logical approach whether or not you are familiar with the region). You are invited to:
o Search the data at your leisure
o Make arrangements with organisations of your choice. Quiz them for local knowledge – most are willing to assist.
o Submit information for inclusion on the site, comments, requests for assistance, queries and feedback to email@example.com
Bear in mind that, while every effort has been made to make the site as meaningful as possible, some information changes frequently. Quo Vadis cannot be held responsible for the correctness or otherwise of the information made available here.
Southern Africa is rich with stories and amusing anecdotes. Such stories represent possibly one of the region's greatest assets. Yet few are published, particularly in the international arena. If you are aware of or would like to write such stories, myths, legends, histories, etc that are of interest to tourists (including locals of course), please do not hesitate to submit such materal for publication.
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