Uitspraak: stokkierige wortel
Die meriete van ’n terminologie-woordeboek is tweeledig: Eerstens moet die boek helder verklarings en verduidelikings verskaf in verstaanbare, duidelike taal oor dissipline-spesifieke terme en tweedens moet die keuse van terme in voeling wees met die huidige stand (of toestand) van die betrokke dissipline.
Tim Lundy, son of hiking book author Mike Lundy, has teamed up with Anwaaz Bent, Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) member, to use technology and social media to enhance mountain safety, reports Caryn Dolley from IOL News.
Hikers and other mountain users can contact the two of them on Twitter or WhatsApp to let them know “where they planned to hike, their starting point and time and progress made”. Bent commented that, “hikers who felt unsure of their way could take a photograph of the scene on their cellphone and send it to Lundy”, who will advise them of the safest route.
Follow Bent (@SafetyMountain) and Lundy (@hikingcapetown) on Twitter for more information.
Cape Town – If you get lost on a mountain in the Western Cape, a simple cellphone message or tweet could help you find your way back.
Two skilled mountain users, one of them a Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) member, have set up a tracking system to monitor hikers and other mountain users via cellphone and Twitter.
The Small Publishers’ Catalogue: Africa, 2013 will be available from next week. We will be posting out copies to all the listees, and our Indiegogo sponsors and advertisers. If you would like a copy – we can let you have one for R110 (including postage within SA). It will be selling in stores for R150. Email me at cdhiggs at gmail.com if you would like to order a copy. It will be available in better bookstores towards the end of May.
Struik Nature Club is running an exciting competition in which one lucky reader stands the chance to win a night’s stay for two at Tambuti Game Lodge as well as a hamper of field guides by Chris and Mathilde Stuart.
To enter, readers need to find and identify six animal tracks hidden on the Struik Nature Club’s website. Fill out your details and the select the six tracks you think they’ve hidden. Good luck!
Well-seasoned traveller, Georgina Sargent, from Mike Ross Africa Travel has listed her top five travel apps, with the Sasol Birds of Southern Africa coming in at first place.
Sargent calls the app “amazingly useful” and explains that it “includes images, distribution maps and text descriptions of over 950 bird species with recorded calls for over 630 of these.”
Whether you are tech-savvy or not, it would be crazy to ignore the influx of apps which are now available on our iPhone or iPad in just a few clicks. There are a vast number of travel related apps out there and here are our favourite ones for exploring Africa and the Indian Ocean:
1. Sasol Birds of Southern Africa
Whether you are a serious ‘birder’ or not, this app is amazingly useful and much lighter than carrying a large book around Africa. This app includes images, distribution maps and text descriptions of over 950 bird species with recorded calls for over 630 of these. You can even create your own bird list from sightings and do a ‘Smart Search’ that allows you to easily identify a bird using beak shape, bird size, bird colour and habitat.
To celebrate World Book Day and our 6th Birthday, we’re making the following offer. Buy one of our books direct from us and Modjaji will donate a book to Westridge High, the Book Lounge’s 2013 Library project school. You can buy any title – we will post it to you. And then you can either choose a Modjaji title of similar value or leave us to choose the title and we will donate that book to the school.
We will also have a lucky draw and one of the people who plays the game will get to choose a free book for themselves in addition to the book they bought.
When I started working at the Centre for the Book in 2001, we worked hard on World Book Day, getting a poster together, organising events in schools, collating all the related happenings around the country. This is my small contribution to this year’s World Book Day events.
If you want to participate email me at cdhiggs at gmail.com or call at 0727743546