Electricity in Umtata

We've all seen the photos of power cuts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Now I am providing some from Umtata.

Here the power doesn't go out because too much is being used.  It goes out because it rains.  And sometimes just for fun.  It's very frustrating, because I take a lot of work home with me, and I'd like to be able to use my computer to do that work.  I've thought about a generator with a UPS to stabilise the current, but maybe I should go to bed early sometimes.  Power failures are usually at night, the most impractical time.

Here's the photo of Umtata at night with no electricity.

Umtata without electricity

If you click on the picture, a larger version will load.


Rabies Preexposure Vaccination in Travelers

More on rabies vaccination ar the Journal of Travel Medicine, March/April 2007.

Gautret P, Parola P, Shaw M, Torresi J. Rabies preexposure vaccination in travelers. J Travel Med 2007; 14: 136. PubMed abstract

Probably worth reading ... I can't get at it, though.  I'll try other ways.  All my usual ones are exhausted.


Rabies vaccine update

In the February Weekly Epidemiological Record, put out by the World Health Organisation, there is an update on rabies vaccination.

I've previously commented on rabies and post-exposure prophylaxis on one of my other blogs.  I've had my pre-exposure prophylaxis.


Virological music

Virologists have good taste in music.  Άννα Βίσση, or Anna Vissi, is one of the most popular modern music artists amongst virologists in South Africa, and probably worldwide.  Those virologists who haven't heard her music should listen ASAP.  They'll be hooked.

Anna is a Cypriot Greek with an incredible voice.  She was born in 1957, so she turns 50 this year ... but she looks like she's in her 20's or 30's, at least in concert and on her CD covers and in her music videos.  Her husband, Nikos Karvelas, is 6 years older than she is, and he looks his age.

She took part in the Eurovision contest for the first time in 1980, and most recently in 2006 - her 2006 song was Everything, which was played a fair bit on the radio here in South Africa around the time of the contest.  The last time I looked it could be heard on her official site.  There are apparently music videos available on YouTube and MetaCafe.

Another Anna Vissi site worth visiting.  It has downloadable music and tour info.

Wikipedia has a detailed discography.

Dodeka (Δωδεκα) is one of her very popular songs ... it seems to be part of many of her concerts.  Listening to it explains why.  It means Midnight in English (dodeka = do + deka = 2+10).
Anna Vissi lyrics

Dodeka is one of the first Anna Vissi songs I heard back in high school.  You can scroll up and down with the various buttons on the flash thingie - the pause is on the right of the scrolling lyrics (from lyricsdownload.com - move your mouse out of the scrolling lyrics to pause.


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