Three Days in Johannesburg: My TripAdvisor Travel Guide

I often say that Joburg is a great city to live in but a difficult city to visit. It’s not like Paris or Newmasthead York, where you can just pop out from the subway, basically anywhere, and entertain yourself for days (assuming you have a big load of cash). Joburg takes a bit more time and effort to get to know and it helps tremendously if you have a local to guide you.

For exactly this reason, I was thrilled when TripAdvisor asked me to write a three-day travel guide for Johannesburg. The world needed a guide like this and writing it was pretty much the best job ever. I loved imagining that I was a first-time traveler to Joburg and trying to figure out the most exciting, enjoyable way to spend three days here.

TripAdvisor has created a fantastic format for these guides, complete with a map, transportation advice, and other tips, so I highly recommend that you go to TripAdvisor to view the  guide. But here’s a quick run-down of the places I recommended. I’ve linked to relevant blog posts that I have where possible, although I’m ashamed that I’ve never blogged about some of these places.



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    Am very glad to hear that a clean-up is underway in Bridlington.I await one in north Wales, particularly in the light of today’s revelation that the lethal failing Betsi Board, infested with criminals, has received special permission from the Welsh Gov’t to pay enormous salaries to a number of ‘senior managers’, because they are operating in an ‘international market’ and have to pay for the best. Well if that Board wasn’t led by the paedophiles’ friends Peter Higson and Margaret Hanson and wasn’t giving a home to the likes of Martin Jones and Lyn Meadows, people would actually want to work there without being paid more than the PM.In terms of a public service clean-up in north Wales, I wonder whether a man with aspirations to lead the Labour Party can shed any light on who behind the scenes might need ousting. I am talking Owen Smith. A look at Owen’s biography makes it quite clear that he has been where the action is, knows where the bodies are buried and knows who needs to be removed – in addition to those named on this blog. After graduating, Owen worked for the BBC. He was a radio producer for BBC Wales – he was appointed in 1992, the same year that his dad Dai was appointed Editor of Radio Wales. 1992 – the year that the allegations of a paedophile ring in north Wales with connections to public figures appeared in the London media, the year that the mass murder of witnesses took place. Of course Owen would have heard about all this – particularly as he had just graduated from Sussex University and Brighton was the site of the arson attack that killed the witnesses. In the mid 90s Owen worked on the Today programme – mid 90s Owen, the establishing of a Public Inquiry into the abuse of children in north Wales, does that ring a bell? Owen also worked on Good Morning Wales and on the Welsh political programme Dragon’s Eye. In 2002 Owen became special advisor to Paul Murphy – who had just finished being Secretary of State for Wales and in that capacity had taken receipt of the Waterhouse Report. Murphy was the Secretary of State for N Ireland at the time that Blair achieved his Good Friday agreement. Perhaps Owen could tell us what deals were done regarding the scandal at Kincora Boys Home – and of course the less reputable activities of Martin McGuiness – to achieve that agreement. This is Blair that we’re talking about, it won’t have been clean. Owen then worked for US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer – in 2006 he was appointed Head of Policy and Gov’t Relations with them. Pfizer spends many millions of dollars on persuading Gov’ts to do what it wants and WikiLeaks revealed that Pfizer even lobbied against New Zealand getting a free trade agreement with the US because it objected to New Zealand’s restrictive drug buying rules – Pfizer tried to get rid of New Zealand’s former Health Minister Helen Clark in 1990. In 2006 Owen stood as the Labour candidate for Blaenau Gwent – he stated that Pfizer were ‘extremely supportive’ of his aspirations to public office. Why ever would they have wanted their former Head of Gov’t Relations as an MP in Blair’s Gov’t?? The Blair who was so keen to do deals with Big Pharma… Owen didn’t win in Blaenau Gwent and in 2008 he was appointed Head of Corporate Affairs for Amgen, an American multinational which is the world’s biggest independent biotechnology firm. When Owen stood against Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party, there was a lot of flattering coverage of Owen in the Mirror. The Associate Editor of the Mirror is Kevin Maguire, a graduate of the School of Journalism at Cardiff University – that School does a lot of toadying to some rather lame people who have worked at the BBC (such as Richard Tait). Owen’s dad Dai formerly held a Chair at Cardiff University for many years.During the leadership challenge, a lot of people on social media and in the Guardian became outraged when Owen said that he wanted to ‘smash Theresa May back on her heels’. As ever, all this fuss about nothing – I’m sure that Owen didn’t mean it literally and Theresa did go on about those sodding kitten heels endlessly – provided a distraction from much more important questions that Owen could answer, questions relating to Paul Murphy and Blair’s continued cover-up of the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Paul Murphy has already been outed on my blog, but I omitted to mention something that’s probably quite important. Murphy was MP for Torfaen 1987-2015. His immediate predecessor was Leo Abse. The Leo Abse who was recently investigated by the South Wales Police for historic child abuse – as was Abse’s friend George Thomas. Murphy knew Torfaen well – he was a member of Torfaen Council 1973-87 and the Secretary of the Pontypool/Torfaen Constituency Labour Party 1971-87. No-one even farts in Wales without the rest of Wales knowing about it, let alone molests children. Murphy is now in the Lords. Which is where George Thomas ended up.


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