Cattle Bells

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
A story of frustration, love, fiction and conscript army life in the old South African Army, university , and our so-called adult life afterwards. A rant against a reality that metamorphosed very slowly.

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Cattle Bells

Submitted: November 29, 2006

A story of frustration, fiction and army life in the old South African Army, varsity, and adult life afterwards. Just read the first chapter and see for yourself Read Chapter

Voices of Angry Men

Submitted: November 30, 2006

Voices of Angry Men We slowly became aware of the fact that we were not alone. Our individualism eroded with the passing of each day.... Read Chapter

Film Stars and Broken Necks

Submitted: December 03, 2006

The journey to Oudtshoorn was one of the few milestones of my minute military career that manage to stick in my memory. We were crammed i... Read Chapter

Beer, Sand, Sea and Coconut Hangovers

Submitted: December 04, 2006

Up to a point I had firmly believed that we were going to be stuck in that blasted base forever. One Friday morning Valentine breezed int... Read Chapter

Calling in all quid pro quo’s – the end of Mafaffa

Submitted: December 06, 2006

The big day finally arrived. Valentine assembled us on the eve of Vasbyt 5 (literally, bite on your teeth no. 5). It meant keep going, do... Read Chapter

Restless days and lonely nights

Submitted: December 08, 2006

With the strict regimen of my Oudtshoorn and Walvis Bay days still very fresh in my memory, the easy-going and very relaxed way of doing ... Read Chapter

Behind Bars

Submitted: December 09, 2006

It was one of those dreary days at the Signal Store when we waited for the duty truck to come and pick us up. I stood idly in the courtya... Read Chapter

Sunny days and new faces

Submitted: December 11, 2006

My dad was a Reitz inmate, which was our neighbouring hostel, so it did not matter much either way that I ended up in Malhuis. The first ... Read Chapter

First Loves and a Fool's agonies

Submitted: December 13, 2006

Quite an appropriate title for this chapter, I think. There is no bigger fool that a fool who does not want to listen. I became a member ... Read Chapter

New dreams and realities

Submitted: December 16, 2006

In the summer of 1986 the realisation dawned rapidly that my life of leisure on campus was drawing to a close. My Military History teache... Read Chapter

What a troubled web we weave...

Submitted: December 25, 2006

When I reported for duty the next day my desk officer, Chief Inspector Koos Jooste, was absent, and I had to wait in the corridors, so to... Read Chapter

Life on the Ocean Wave

Submitted: March 21, 2007

My first opportunity to explore the big wide world came in the summer of 1989. My dad, in his usual, highly-organised way, threw a trip t... Read Chapter