History

Pa-pa-pa-pap en Vleis…

International readers may be looking at this post’s title and wondering:

“What the hell is ‘pap en vleis’”?

Every South African, and it is not a hyperbole when I write that every single one of us, knows exactly what ‘pap en vleis’ is.

‘Pap en vleis’ is a truly South African dish, one that is deeply imbedded in our history.

According to South Africa Tours and Travel (2009), throughout South African history, from the time of the native  ‘Khoi’ and ‘San’ people, through to the ‘Great Trek’ and ‘Anglo/Boer War’, ‘pap en vleis’ was a staple and customary dish. This was primarily in part to the fact that settlers at the time were constantly on the move, along with their nomadic and native counterparts.

Subsequently, very few provisions, all none perishables, were taken when moving from one location to the next. One of these primary imperishable’s was ‘pap’, also known as ‘maize meal’. The ‘vleis’ (meat) on the other hand, was often sourced directly from cattle or native game. Innovatively, gathered meat, a perishable, was made imperishable by being cured, dried and cut into slices to be enjoyed at a later time. Today, this is known as ‘Biltong’; the life blood of a true South African!

‘Pap en vleis’ is often served with gravy and ‘boerewors’, a South African made sausage, during a ‘braai’, the South African variant for the term barbeque (‘Pap en Vleis’ picture courtesy of Giuseppe de Filippis).

In mock-honour of our South African heritage, the primarily Afrikaans radio station, Jacaranda 94.2, created a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” tentatively known as Tannie Gogga’s “Pap en Vleis”. I was thinking about saving this little gem for the next Music Monday post, but decided to share it with everyone now. Especially after writing up that whole history lesson above.

So, without further ado, I present to you: Tannie Gogga’s “Pap en Vleis”.

Parody of Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ -> Tannie Gogga with ‘Pap en Vleis’!

For those who can read or understand Afrikaans, I have also included the lyrics to the song in this post.  Simply scroll down, past my Milieu sign off, and hit the link labelled “Read the rest of this entry“.

I hope you have all enjoyed this small taste of South African humour… Well, those of you who can understand it, that is!

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

Bookmark and Share

Send your name to Mars, be discovered by aliens…

NASA has recently gone all gung ho with plans to examine, terraform and eventually massacre populate our solar system’s much publicised and enigmatic red rock, the planet Mars.

Mars: As seen from the Hubble Telescope.

In an attempt to gain the support and interest of today’s youth, as well as the media, NASA have resorted to using social media to reach the masses. As a result, a variety of Twitter accounts now exist so one can follow the journey of astronauts in space, the launching of new rockets and satellites, and be privy to the latest discoveries and developments regarding the deepest reaches of space.

In an added attempt to further spur interest in this newest of space races, NASA are giving individuals the option to add their names to a list that will be placed on a chip and sent off to Mars on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover in 2011. In other words, this is your infinitesimally small chance of being discovered by aliens and inviting yourself to be anal probed becoming a part of human space exploration history. Besides, registering lets you download this “cool and ultra exclusive certificate”:

 

Hans Haupt's NASA Certificate of Participation

  • To add your name to the list and, as NASA likes to remind you, ‘become a part of history’ *rolls eyes*, click here.
  • To follow the progress of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover on Twitter, click here.
  • For more about NASA’s attempts to reach Mars, click here and here.
  • To learn how to make a smashing ‘Little Green Man from Mars’, click here.

If you are curious to know more about the fourth planet from the Sun, read on, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It is also referred to as the "Red Planet" because of its reddish appearance, due to iron oxide prevalent on its surface.

Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the volcanoes, valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth. It is the site of Olympus Mons, the highest known mountain in the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon.

In addition to its geographical features, Mars’ rotational period and seasonal cycles are likewise similar to those of Earth.

Still, of all the planets in the Solar System other than Earth, Mars is the most likely to harbour liquid water, and perhaps life. Radar data from Mars Express and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed the presence of large quantities of water ice both at the poles (July 2005) and at mid-latitudes (November 2008). The Phoenix Mars Lander directly sampled water ice in shallow Martian soil on July 31, 2008.

Mars is currently host to three functional orbiting spacecraft: Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. With the exception of Earth, this is more than any planet in the Solar System. The surface is also home to the two Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) and several inert landers and rovers, both successful and unsuccessful. The Phoenix lander recently completed its mission on the surface. Geological evidence gathered by these and preceding missions suggests that Mars previously had large-scale water coverage, while observations also indicate that small geyser-like water flows have occurred during the past decade. Observations by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor show evidence that parts of the southern polar ice cap have been receding.

Mars can be seen from Earth with the naked eye. Its apparent magnitude reaches −2.9, a brightness surpassed only by Venus, the Moon, and the Sun, although most of the time Jupiter will appear brighter to the naked eye than Mars.

 Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

 

Bookmark and Share