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A night of really great jazz but for the rest a night to forget. Thursday 24th July 2014

What is it with customer service and worst of all call centres it was my luck to have two problems on the same day.

The Five Rooms Restaurant Logo borderAlphen Hotel LogoI trundled off to The Five Rooms Restaurant at the Alphen Hotel in Constantia on Thursday night to listen to visiting expat Capetonian composer and saxophonist Mark Ginsberg, who’d let me know he was to be playing at the venue, a place I’d not visited in ages. On arrival I was greeted with a warm, friendly smile by the hostess who asked where I’d like to be seated, as I was alone I said the bar

Mark Ginsberg

Mark Ginsberg

would do fine. The atmosphere was warm and was busy. After a while I finally got the bar persons attention to get a beer to slake my thirst, but was disappointed to see the only beer on tap was Castle or Pironi, not being a Castle fan of long standing, there was little choice as when I’m in a pub I always like to enjoy a draft. It’s a real shame being forced forced to settle on the Pironi rather than the Castle or bottled beer. I would have thought the Alphen Hotel would have had a couple of Craft beers on tap at such an lovely “Olde World” pub.

Andrew Lilly

Andrew Lilly

Mike Campbell bass player cape town

Mike Campbell

The band started off and what a band it was, Mark blowing the sax with Andrew Lilly playing the keyboard Mike Campbell plucking the electric bass with Kevin Gibson keeping the beat behind his drum kit, all well season jazz musicians, and the standard showed in the they music

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson

played. The standout tune of the first set for me was Winston Mankunku Ngozi’s Yakhal’ Inkomo,

Winston Mankunku Ngozi as I remember him with his impish delightful smile

Winston Mankunku Ngozi as I remember him with his impish delightful smile

Mark seemed to have been channelling the late Winston, it is a sublime rendition to my way of thinking as memories flooded back of hearing and interacting with the impish Mankunku so many times in the living years, there was even a tear brought to my eye. The band played as if they’d been playing together for years.

I looked at both of the menus and settled on what I wanted to order from the Lounge Menu, in the meanwhile I was seat smack dang in the middle of a busy thoughrafarewith waiters and the manager sculling all over the place and not one asked if I needed assistance. The lounge area and other rooms were where all the attention was focused. I don’t for a minute believe any of the staff didn’t see that my intention was to order. Musically I enjoyed the evening and with two drafts down, I was hungry so decided to head home and on the way, stop off at the

Steers It's That Good……No It Ain't

Steers It’s That Good……No It Ain’t

Steers at the Engen Service Station close to home in Claremont, another huge mistake. On arriving at the service counter the staff were milling around nattering away to one another taking no notice of me as a customer. After a good 7 minutes or so one of the counter servers finally decided to take my order on a Hero Roll medium rare with Chips, second mistake. Then another crowd of staff arrived and yep you guessed it another round of story telling. Waiting patiently for my order and not a manager in sight I eventually the food, and headed home. On the way home I munched on the hot chips and arrival I plated the

Steers Hero Steak Roll, don't judge by the picture, in reality it's plain blerry awful

Steers Hero Steak Roll, don’t judge by the picture, in reality it’s plain blerry awful

Hero and remainder of the Chips. The Hero was a soggy mess so sauce laden, the roll just fell to pieces on being picked up with the steak, lettuce and tomato going all over the place. Then got a Knife and Fork to try to eat the thing after washing all the sauce off my hands. The steak was very overcooked and like cardboard which I could not eat and in disgust disposed of. Steers claim to have the best chips of all burger joints by using real potatoes but they tasted rancid like the oil had been used 4 or 5 times too long. A horrendous night out and on a really terrible rainy night of which I think the rain and the jazz was the best thing.

I complained to both organisations managements and have not heard much from the Alphen Hotel, the restaurant manager who I called the day after to register my dissatisfaction did not even bother to say that they’d get back to me with an update on the status of my complaint, all she said was she hoped that I would give them a try again. After a really torrid time in trying to get the contact details first from the Steers Call Centre, I finally managed to find the phone number of the regional Steers office from the Steers corporate website, note, not the actual Steers website and left a message for someone to call me. That happened around two hours later the management person was sympathetic and helpful and said the regional manager would call

Aunty Sarah’s World Famous Pea and Hock/Bacon Stoup

Aunty Sarah’s World Famous Pea and Hock/Bacon Stoup

me to update me on the status of my complaint. That was Thursday evening, a night to remember and to forget. that jazz was really try good and the only redeeming thing of a wasted night, I look forward to the weekend rain and all, and will get the Klutz In The Kitchen to make a huge pot of  to keep on hand so as to have something nutritious handy when something of the nature occurs again.

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Friends of De Waal Park and Re/MAX Living Concert Series for 2012/2013 – LINEUP ANNOUNCED

de waal park bandstand

de waal park bandstand

Following the success of the inaugural De Waal Park Summer Concerts in 2011/2012 the Friends of De Waal Park and Re/MAX Living are once again going to bring great music to the Park in Oranjezicht.

And the 2012/2013 line-up is bigger and better than ever with some of South Africa’s best, and most popular, musicians and bands in the line-up.

Jimmy Dludlu, The Rudimentals, Mark Haze, Robin Levetan, Arno Carstens, Saudiq Kahn, Karen Zoid, The Glenn Robertson Jazz Band, Steve Louw and Big Sky, Robin Auld, and Hot Water. One of them will be performing every second Sunday from November 4 until March 17. (See programme schedule below)

The concerts are being held on Sunday afternoons in order to be as accessible as possible for the local community, and ensuring that parents with younger children have the opportunity to attend too. Dog are always welcome.

The Friends of De Waal Park was formed in 2008 by group of volunteers, comprised of individuals who live in the area, to assist the city maintain and improve the park for its citizens. They pay for the pond to be cleaned, for some gardening in the park and for the all important ‘pooh packets’ for the dog walkers! They have repaired benches and arranged for the for the toilet block to remain open after hours. They have upgraded the children’s play area and arranged for additional tables and benches to be placed in the park.

The Summer Concerts will be staged in the original Edwardian bandstand which was manufactured by Messrs Walter McFarlane & Co of Glasgow and presented to ‘the corporation’ in Cape Town by the Traders-Market & Exhibition Ltd. London in 1904. It was moved from the original exhibition space in Green Point to De Waal Park some years later.
‘We are privileged to have an Edwardian bandstand and what is a bandstand for if not for music?’ Said Mike Bosazza, Chairman of FoDWP. ‘We get pleasure by bringing music back into the city bowl for the whole community, and we like to encourage people to use and enjoy our wonderful park.

‘ We are also proud that Cape Town is once again right up-to-date with European trends’ Mike continued ‘As, In the past decade, over a hundred bandstands have been restored in England. Plus October is World Architecture Month so it is the perfect time to celebrate our old structures and buildings.’ he said.

The Summer Concerts, which are free to the public, would not have been possible without the generous support of RE/MAX Living.

Gerlinde Moser of RE/MAX Living says, ‘It’s our way of giving back to the community, after all we don’t just work here, we live here too! It is gratifying for us to see the growing support we are getting from the City Bowl homeowners in response to our neighbourhood support policy. Our agents are proud to be supporters of what will be the largest annual community event in the area.

‘And what better way to say this than with a series of outdoor concerts?’ Music brings joy to everybody, regardless of age, and spending quality time with your family in a beautiful and peaceful park, on a blanket with a picnic, is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon?’ Gerlinde said.

CONCERT DATES & FEATURED ARTISTS.

November 4th 3pm RUDIMENTALS
November 18th 3pm MARK HAZE

December 2nd 4pm ROBIN LEVETAN
Decembe 16th 4pm JIMMY DLUDLU AND SAUDIQ KAHN (THE MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS CONCERT)

January 6th 4pm KAREN ZOID
January 20th 4pm THE GLENN ROBERTSON JAZZ BAND

February 3rd 4pm STEVE LOUW AND BIG SKY
February 17th 4pm ROBIN AULD

March 3rd 3pm ARNO CARSTENS
March 17th 3pm HOT WATER

For more information visit the De Waal Park website: www.dewaalpark.co.za

Written by Marilyn Thompson and distributed by Marilyn Thompson and Martin Myers

For interviews and photographs contact Martin Myers : 021 4248850,
083 4484475 or martin@triplementertainment.co.za

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