CTMT 2015: Bookings open at Computicket!

With only two weeks left to opening night on the 11th of November 2015, bookings have finally opened at Computicket for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015. Click on the picture to access the link.

We have five full and amazing shows lined up: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening, and two shows on Saturday – the first at 15h30 in the afternoon, the second in the evening at 19h45. Both of Saturday’s shows are the full shows.

NB! Each night’s performance starts punctually at 19h45, so spectators need to be in their seats before then.

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Remembering the Second Battle of El Alamein (2015)

On Sunday 25 October 2015, the Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town hosted the 73rd anniversary commemoration service of the Second Battle of El Alamein. This annual service was organised by the Cape Town Highlanders regiment, the Cape Western Provincial Dugout of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHS), and the Department of Military Veterans.

Tourists who happened to visit the Castle that morning for a guided tour looked on with much curiosity, as the atmosphere suddenly became quite solemn and the service began. The SA Army Band Western Cape, with WO2 Jerome Mecloen conducting, had been playing some beautiful background music to set the scene. During the service, the Army Band and the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders together played the beautiful and melancholic “Highland Cathedral” and “Amazing Grace”.

One of the 25-pounder guns of the Cape Field Artillery’s saluting troop stood on the front parade ground, facing several rows of chairs that had been set up in the shelter of the colonnade. Captain John Manning of the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) regiment welcomed the invited guests, participants and visitors to the event, and explained the protocol.

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CTMT 2015: Photo shoots for the programme booklet (Part 5)

We were still working frantically to complete the programme booklet for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015 before the printing deadline.

There were many ideas floating around for the booklet’s cover – which we wanted to be the same as the official poster, so I made arrangements for another photo shoot at the Castle entrance, this time with some of the members from the Castle Guard.

As they were all drawn from the Cape Town Highlanders regiment, which is headquartered at the back of the Castle, MWO Alfie Wort, their Regimental Sergeant Major, was the man for the job, so we arranged to meet.

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CTMT 2015: Photo shoots for the programme booklet (Part 4)

As the Opening Night of the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015, Wednesday the 11th of November, happened to coincide with Remembrance Day – or Armistice Day, and as red poppies are traditionally associated with this day, we wanted to include the Legend of the Red Poppies in the programme booklet. And I thought it would be nice to incorporate some photos of real – or paper – poppies.

The Red Poppies

During a morning walk to the nearby shops to buy some bread and milk, I walked through the adjacent Garden of Remembrance – and noticed, to my great delight, that the red poppies had just started blooming in one of the flower beds. What a remarkable coincidence!

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CTMT 2015: Photo shoots for the programme booklet (Part 3)

As the night-time photos from Table Mountain Road didn’t quite yield the result I’d envisaged (see https://tattoomemories.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/ctmt-2015-photo-shoots-for-the-programme-booklet-part-2/) — (hm… this is starting to become a theme… ), we got up really early two days later – just after dawn had cracked, in fact – and headed up Table Mountain Road once again.

“If we go very early in the morning,” hubby had reassured me knowledgeably the night before, “there will be no wind.”

I nodded my head sagely, packed all the gear we’d need, and set the alarm clocks early.

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CTMT 2015: Photo shoots for the programme booklet (Part 2)

As the panorama shots at the Castle hadn’t worked out as envisaged (see: https://tattoomemories.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/ctmt-2015-photo-shoots-for-the-programme-booklet-part-1/), hubby graciously agreed to drive up Table Mountain service road with me the next evening, to see whether we could capture some interesting night-time images of the City of Cape Town – and hopefully the Castle too.

Night-time Panorama of Cape Town

We hadn’t been up on that road at night-time for a long time, because it’s not really that safe; also, as I knew I’d need to use a tripod for long exposures, I was uncomfortably aware that we wouldn’t be able to make a quick getaway if things turned pear-shape.

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CTMT 2015: Photo shoots for the programme booklet (Part 1)

While Mandy and I were compiling the programme booklet for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015, we realised that we would need some additional photographs.

  • A panoramic image of the Castle to use as the backdrop to the running order in the centrefold
  • A portrait shaped image of the Castle entrance to use as the front cover or as the poster
  • Photos of red poppies

I had a couple of ideas for a suitable panorama image: inside the Castle, from one of the roofs overlooking the arena, with a view of Table Mountain beyond; outside the Castle, showing the Castle entrance and Table Mountain beyond; a night-time panorama from Table Mountain Road looking down on the city; a day-time panorama from Table Mountain Road or Signal Hill Road, looking down on the city, preferably with the Castle clearly visible.

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CTMT 2015: Coming soon to a Castle near you!

It is incredible how fast this year has flown past. When I look at the calendar hanging on my wall, I am astounded to see that we are already in October, and that I haven’t updated my blog in months! Life was simply too busy and all-encompassing this year, and the effort of blogging or even just writing something for myself was too much, in the face of so many other urgent demands and commitments.

Anyway, I have managed to clear my desk sufficiently – well, … um … not really clear it… but just shove things aside a bit – so that I can focus my attentions on my favourite upcoming event of the year: the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015!

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CTMT 2015: The Countdown begins

An international singing sensation, a colourful 60-piece military band from far beyond our shores, a famous larger-than-life puppet horse, and a foot-tapping troupe of traditional rieldansers from the Cedarberg who recently won the world championships – these are just some of the exciting acts awaiting spectators at the upcoming Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015.

On Friday, 9 October 2015, I attended the official media launch for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015 at Weltevreden Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch. As we drove up the long tree-lined driveway, the whitewashed thatched roof buildings in their distinctive Cape Dutch architectural style appeared in the distance.

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