Monday, December 7, 2009


Having run yesterday morning (I really must get up earlier to avoid running in the heat), I thought I had finished for the day, but someone had other ideas. We had tickets for The Killers, playing at Val de Vie in Paarl. When I first saw this, I thought "wow, The Killers are playing Cape Town", since concerts by big bands here are few and far between. My next thought was "where the hell is Val de Vie?" Well, Val de Vie is one of these 'lifestyle' winelands estates, where the residents play polo and ponce about in their Range Rovers, and it's down the end of some narrow roads. Staging a concert for one of the world's biggest bands. What the hell were they thinking?

To cut a long story short, it ought to be a drive of just over an hour. We were expecting a bit of congestion, so left in plenty of time, but we ended up queueing on the N1 for 2 hours, then giving up, parking, and walking for another hour. We walked from 6.5km away - additional training I hadn't planned on, and walked 3km out before a very kind vet gave us a lift back to our car. In total it took us over 4 hours to get there. It would actually have been quicker to fly to Johannesburg to see them play at a proper venue than it was to drive into the winelands to some over-ambitious wine estate. What a cock up.

They've supposedly got Elton John playing there in March. Don't do it Reg!

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