Bono, Mandela and Making Memories

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I’m on holiday at the moment in South Africa staying with our great friends in Hout Bay, just outside Cape Town, and seeing my son who’s on his travels and who is staying here for a few months.

Last night we went to see U2 at the Green Point Stadium and had the most memorable time – the atmosphere was electric, and the performance of the band awesome. I found the band to be truly humble and really grateful for their good fortune and their video footage honouring Nelson Mandela really inspired the crowd, and the funny video from Desmond Tutu was brilliant, but also powerful in its message. It was just fab to be bopping along, singing at the top of my voice and being with my son and daughter, friends and family. I felt blessed.

It was really lovely to meet Josie Borain, some of you may remember her as THE face of Calvin Klein in the 80’s at the Roof Garden of the Cafe Royal.  She now lives back in Hout Bay and her daughter goes to the same school as Georgia my friend’s delightful, exuberant and charming 7 year old.

Today we went to the wonderful The Bay Food & Wine Market where we ate wonderful local produce, met some more friendly and hospitable people who live here, and joined in the wonderful community atmosphere of Hout Bay.

I am struck by the sense of community, social responsibility and feelings of social integration that are really taking place one small community at time here.

Next week we are going to Robben Island and doing a Township Tour as we did this 10 years ago when we first came here with our children, who were only 6 and 8 then, so they will really understand the importance of the history that’s taken place here now they are 16 and 18.

It’s not about what you do together that matters – I remember playing memory board games on the floor in the sitting room, pushing my kids on a swing in the garden, painting rainbows and looking for fairies under stones – because it’s ALL  about spending T-I-M-E, talking and laughing together.

Memories are built one event at a time and they become those magical events in all our that lives that live on long after we have gone.

Last night was truly one of them.

 Here’s some of the magic

                                                         U2 Cape Town Feb 2011

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