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AUBREY Taylor is an East London character of note. This is a letter from his son Aubrey junior, written some time ago to his sisters ....

“It’s two days before I leave. Dad says we have to go shark fishing at Kwelera. We wake up and it’s piddling with rain. No problem, two determined fishermen head out in the stuffed up Honda.

“We have beer, old brown cherry (sic), enough braai meat for a small African country, a kite to let the bait out, and of course Jake (the dog). We set up camp. Dad has a few beers and we are ready to rock and roll.

“About kite fishing ... You have a kite connected to a rod and big reel. Halfway to the kite is a swivel. You bait up and tie a few strands of cotton from hook to swivel. IN THEORY the kite is supposed to take the bait far out and when you jerk the rod the cotton snaps, dropping the bait in the deep sea where sharks are supposed to be.

“There is about 30 metres of boulders between camp and sea so dad and I set off, dad with the rod and me with the kite. Halfway there, disaster! Dad takes a helluva wipe-out on the rocks. I thought he was dead. He smashed his hip and whacked his liver and ribs. He screams in pain but gets up, limping and swearing.

“Eventually we let out the kite and bait. Then I stuff up, getting the kite line stuck in the rocks and it snaps. Dad almost wets his pants. That means the only thing holding the kite from drifting to Antarctica is the cotton. By now the kite is three miles in the sky but by some fluke we get it in and try again.

“An hour later we’re discussing how lousy the fishing is then I see on the horizon our bait 350 metres in the air. We rectify the situation but while looking for a knife, dad stabs his hand with one of those lekker sharp Nikkei ones he bought for mom.

“We decide to braai – second mistake! The matches are soaked from the rain so dad decides to use the Honda’s cigarette lighter. He sits in the car and balances a firelighter on his knee. It blows out. Second time he sets the whole thing alight and burns one side of his face and knee.

“Then I see him running and screaming with the flaming firelighter, swearing all the way to the fireplace. He gets it going but burns himself on the Weber – this time a proper burn, about eight inches long, on the inside of his arm. The braai was fantastic.

“After a few beers in the rain dad wiped his face with a towel used earlier to wipe his hands after cutting bait. Gross! He smelt like he’d been with a dirty woman (his words).

“At this point the weather was so bad Jake refused to get out of the car, which says something because he lives for getting out the house. We decide to get the hell out of there and the lousy Honda gets stuck in the mud. We eventually got out.

“Dad went to the doctor next day and has badly bruised ribs. The doc at first thought they were broken. To dim his pain he drank a bottle of old brown cherry and about seven beers. Maybe that’s what caused all the accidents. It was a hell of a day; you would not have believed it!”

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That's sounds a lot like my time in the woods growing up!! My Dad was an  horrible outdoors man, other than the fact he got me out with him!!
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Sounds like Jake was the smartest one of the bunch!
 
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