Sunday, 18 September 2005

September 2005 Edition.


September 2005 edition

Although the recent disorder in West Belfast was of course regrettable, it was even so unsurprising. Ever since the so-called Belfast Agreement – and more particularly since the despicable Patten Report - the Unionist population of Northern Ireland has quite justifiably felt aggrieved and suppressed in their own country.

The catalyst for this latest disorder was a march by the local Orange Order lodges in the Springmartin district of West Belfast, when briefly the Orangemen would walk down a road where many Republican residents lived, which the sinister "Parades Commission" had ruled "illegal". The Republicans do not own the road of course - it is the Queen's Highway, so therefore all law-abiding citizens have every right to utilise it. The Orange Order, of course, stands for civil and religious liberties for ALL and their parades moreover provide colour and spectacle for all to enjoy. What could possibly be the objection of the local residents to this joyful display of freedom therefore? If they do not like living in the United Kingdom and dislike such manifestations of loyalty to the Crown then their answer is obvious. They should immediately re-locate to the Republic of Ireland or to elsewhere in the world.

But another more sinister factor was in play during this recent confrontation, namely the actions of the newly-constituted Police Service of Northern Ireland, whose actions on the day were construed by many observers to be both biased and heavy-handed. All but Republican terrorists and their apologists agreed that the former force of law and order in Northern Ireland, the Royal Ulster Constabulary, was totally neutral in their application of the law. In spite of unsubstantiated claims by Nationalists that it was a "sectarian" police force, over 8% of its personnel were Roman Catholic - regardless of the great intimidation which they endured from Republican terrorists. The abolition of the RUC as a result of the Patten Report (and it should be remembered that Chris Patten, in spite of being a nominal Conservative, is a devout Roman Catholic and a pro-EU fanatic) was one of the most shameful events in recent British history, and the rules for the composition of the new PSNI display all of the most dangerous aspects of "affirmative action". Patten decreed that the new force should be 50% Roman Catholic and 50% Protestant (in effect non-Roman Catholic) - in spite of the fact that Roman Catholics make up less than 40% of the population of Northern Ireland as a whole. "Affirmative action" has proved disastrous in South Africa, and it will prove equally disastrous in Ulster, as we do not doubt that the real cause of the recent disorder was the biased actions of the new police service. The current quota system imposed by Patten must therefore be abolished immediately, and ideally the police service in Northern Ireland should be re-named the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

The factor which is most disturbing, however, is the part played in this dispute by the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Hain. It should be remembered by all that Hain was the leading figure in the anti-South African protests against peaceful touring South African sports teams during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Several of the actions of his protesters at the time can only be described as crypto-terrorism (such as the hi-jacking of team coaches, the sprinkling of tin-tacks on rugby pitches and threats to shoot off bails at cricket matches). Hain's latest unjustified condemnation of the Orange Order was therefore only to be expected from such an evil man. He should be removed from office immediately, and hopefully one day will face charges for conspiracy, sedition and the glorification of terrorism.



Although the Springbok Club was faced with an acute problem last month when the planned speaker, Aaron Lucas, couldn't be contacted due to his military commitments, we were most grateful to the organisation's Treasurer, and a leading official in the London Swinton Circle, Mr. Allan Robertson, for "stepping into the breach" and delivering a highly enlightening talk under the theme of "The British Empire and its Continuing Legacy". He certainly didn't disappoint, and indeed delivered a most enlightening talk. It was also most encouraging to see such a larger than expected attendance for this replacement meeting organised at such short notice, particularly the high numbers of new faces who were present.



For their September meeting the Springbok Club will be most honoured to welcome Mr. Michael Brufal de Melgarejo, the 9th Marques de Lendinez, as guest speaker. Details of this meeting are as follows:-

Date: Tuesday 27th September 2005.

Time: 19.15 hrs for 19.30 hrs.

Venue: THE CLARENCE (the upstairs function room), 4 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1 (just off Piccadilly opposite the Ritz Hotel – nearest underground station: Green Park). Please note that this is the Mayfair Clarence, and NOT the Whitehall Clarence.

Michael Brufal de Melgarejo, the 9th Marques de Lendinez, was born in Gibraltar and educated in the UK at Downside School and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he read economics and law. He spent many years in Fleet Street on The Times, The Sunday Times and The Observer. For the past 43 years he has been London Correspondent (pro bono) of The Gibraltar Chronicle and has had countless articles published in the British media about Gibraltar. Michael was banned from entering Spain for more than twenty years; his crime being to promote the inalienable right of the Gibraltarians to self-determination. He has also written more published letters about Gibraltar in the British press than any other person. His first letter was published in the now defunct Reynolds News when he was only nine years old. He is a director of The Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society, and at present is endeavouring to prove that the Foreign Office is wrong when they state that the town of Goole was never twinned with Gibraltar. This on-going battle should have reached conclusion by the date of the meeting.



In October the Springbok Club will be organising a delegation to visit Gibraltar in order to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. It is planned to stage a wreath-laying ceremony at the Trafalgar Cemetery during the day of Friday 21st October, to be followed by two events being organised by the Gibraltar Heritage Trust - a Trafalgar Day Dinner during the evening of Friday 21st October and a trip to Cape Trafalgar on Saturday 22nd October. Evidently hotel places on the Rock for this period and vacancies for the two events being staged by the Gibraltar Heritage Trust are filling up fast, so it is therefore suggested that all those who wish to join this trip should make arrangements as soon as possible. For more details please e-mail:

In November the Springbok Club will be organising a party to visit Lewes for the annual Bonfire Festivities on November 5th - which this year, being the 400th anniversary of the Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, will have even greater significance. Again for more details please e-mail:

Later during November the Springbok Club will be staging their annual UDI Day Dinner in central London, when a most interesting personality with strong connections to Rhodesia will be Guest of Honour.



The Kent Branch of the Springbok Club staged a trip to the "Sea Britain" Saxon Community Fair in Herne Bay during August. This proved to be a most pleasant event organised in a traditional British country fair fashion, which the Springbok Club contingent enjoyed tremendously. Of particular interest was the performance of the New Scorpion Band, who played a medley of traditional British sea-shanties (as well as a selection of other traditional British folk songs), which was especially significant during the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The Chilterns Branch of the Springbok Club is hoping to stage a get-together towards the end of the year when a well-known personality from the British patriotic movement will be present.

The London Branch of the Springbok Club is planning to hold a meeting early during 2006 when one of their members will be giving a talk on early Anglo-Saxon history.



The London Swinton Circle's summer buffet was staged earlier this month, whereat the Guest of Honour was Mr. Simon Heffer, the acclaimed Daily Mail columnist. Mr. Heffer gave a masterful speech in which he gave a full analysis of the current British political scene, particularly in relation to the forthcoming Conservative leadership election.

[Alas this gathering was marred considerably by the unwelcome presence of a certain Mr. Mike Smith. Smith is evidently the leading-light behind an obscure organisation called the "Conservative Democratic Alliance" (CDA), which in spite of its total insignificance still manages to run a fairly impressive web-site. This web-site contains a discussion "forum", upon which there recently appeared some quite vile and abusive attacks upon the London Swinton Circle, the Springbok Club, and certain leading officials of both these organisations - some of which were posted by Smith himself. It was therefore quite astonishing that Smith should wish to attend a meeting staged by an organisation which he evidently holds in such low esteem. When one of the leading officials of the LSC confronted the scruffily-dressed Smith to complain about these offensive postings on his site, however, he began to cause a scene by first threatening to "call the police" and then starting to hurl infantile and offensive abuse at the leadership of the organisation. Only the desire of other officials to prevent violent confrontation in front of guests present prevented Smith from being physically ejected from the meeting. We were subsequently informed that this Smith character has a long history of legal actions and Internet confrontations, thus suggesting that he attracts trouble wherever he goes. We would therefore be most keen to learn more details about this trouble-making individual and the organisation which he claims to run. Needless to say, all information received will be treated with the utmost confidence.]

Details of the next London Swinton Circle meeting are as follows:-

Date: Saturday 24th September 2005

Time: 13.00 hrs for 13.15 hrs.

Venue: The Clarence (the upstairs Parliament Room), 53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1 (nearest underground stations: Embankment and Charing Cross). Please note that this is the Whitehall Clarence, and NOT the Mayfair Clarence.

Guess Speakers: Mr. Roger Ison and Mrs. Laura Midgely of the Campaign against Political Correctness.



We would like to report that thanks to various people and organizations who donated money for the tranquilizer M99 in response to our appeal for the snared Bumi elephants, wire snares have been removed from an elephant and a buffalo in the Bumi Hills area.

We would like to offer our heartfelt appreciation to the donors and to all the people involved in the removal of these snares which is an extremely dangerous and complicated operation. Thanks also to the very kind people who flew the team into Bumi free of charge and to the aviation company who flew in the M99.

It has been reported that the elephant and the buffalo have recovered since the snares were removed and are doing very well.



A massive Worldwide Rhodesian Reunion will be held at the Shamwari Club, Westville, Natal, over the week of Sunday 6 November to Sunday 13 November 2005. For more information visit: or e-mail:

The annual rendezvous hosted by the Rhodesian Services Association in New Zealand will take place over the weekend of 11, 12 & 13 November 2005 in Tauranga. For further information please contact the secretary, Hugh Bomford, at



Radio Pretoria, Afrikaans independent radio station in South Africa, can now be heard live over the net [e.g. for listening to Rugby in Afrikaans!] at:

On Tuesdays at 15h00 [RSA time] and on Fridays at 11h30 [RSA time] a special programme "Ver oor die diep blou see" is broadcast for people living overseas to send and listen to messages for family and friends.



Recently La Nacion carried a major article entitled "Los Kelpers ya no son ciudadanos de segunda" (The Kelpers are not second-class citizens any more) about how economic development has raised the standard of living, and per capita income, in the Falklands to the second highest in the American continent (after the United States). It says this comes from tourism and more importantly fishing – although income from this has dropped recently. It outlines how this income has been spent on infrastructure, education, etc. It also says that the Islanders hope for oil development. It says this could cause friction with Argentina - although it mentions the 1995 Oil Accord in this context.

The article points out the unwillingness of Islanders to trade with Argentina – for obvious reasons. Interestingly it suggests that the Argentine Foreign Ministry believes that for trade there would have to be an agreement recognising Argentine sovereignty! (This is difficult to believe – but if it is true then it’s yet another very good reason for not having trade between the Falklands and Argentina).

This main article is fairly upbeat over the Falklands, but on the same page there is another smaller, and rather unpleasant, article by former Foreign Minister Adalberto Giavarini. He says that the prosperity of "the British colonial population who occupy our islands" shouldn’t lead to errors of perception. He goes on to say that Islander prosperity does not change anything. He clearly wants Islanders to be thought of just as Britons living in an overseas colony, and particularly criticises what he considers to be attempts by Islanders to establish a separate identity for the Falklands (from Britain). For example, he even complains about the use of the suffix "fk" for Falklands e-mail addresses instead of "uk", which is what he thinks it should be. He again uses his offensive description "media babble" for Islander claims to the right of self-determination at the UN.

There are also reports in the press of the burial of three of the founders of the "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo", the organisation that protested during and after the military dictatorship about the disappearance (murder) of their children. The mothers’ three bodies were only found and identified recently. They had been murdered by Alfredo Astiz (the not very gallant defender of South Georgia during the Falklands War).



Roger Wilkinson (Churchill High, 1975–1980) writes as follows:-

"Did you do your high schooling in Salisbury, Rhodesia? Did you go to, or know anyone from Churchill Boys High or Roosevelt Girls High? If so, or knew anyone who did, or you just want to see some photos from way back then (including the Roosevelt Drum Majorettes At Donkey Derby !), then please visit to see listings of ex-pupils, some photos, and information about the forthcoming Reunion in October 2005 in Durban.

"p.s. If you have any photos/memorabilia to add to the existing, please email them to"



We are delighted to be able to report that we have at last been able to raise sufficient funds to publish edition No.36 of S.A.Patriot-in-Exile, which is actually at the printers at the moments.

Now would therefore seem to be an ideal time either to take out a subscription to the magazine, or to make a bulk order of issue No.36. Subscriptions are £9.00 (first-class) or £8.00 (second-class) for 12 issues - overseas rates R180.00, US$27.00 or Aus$30.00 airmail or R120.00, US$18.00 or Aus$20.00 surface-mail. Bulk-copies can be purchased at £8.00 or R80.00 for 25, £12.50 or R125.00 for 50, £20.00 or R200.00 for 100 and £35.00 or £350.00 for 200.

All payments should be made payable to "Patriotic Press" and sent to: S.A.Patriot-in-Exile, BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.



We have recently received the following report from South Africa about the current position of former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Douglas Smith:-

"Mr. Smith at present stays in a hotel for the aged, not far from where Rhodes died in Muizenberg. He never misses a chance to be with 'you wonderful Rhodesians', and attended one or two events that were not too good for his health, even if they lifted his spirits. Consequently, his daughter Jean Tholet has been managing his outings since May. It is best to communicate with Mr. Smith through Jean at"



A small delegation of Springbok Club officials were again most honoured to join the UK Branch of the BSAP Regimental Association for their monthly "sundowners" gathering in London earlier this month. This turned out to be a highly enjoyable event and friendship and liaison between the two organisations was cemented even further as a result. The BSAP Regimental Association are certainly to be congratulated upon their efforts to keep the spirit of Rhodesia alive, and happily they are not alone in this respect, for other organisations such as Rhodesians Worldwide, the Rhodesian Army Association, the Rhodesian Christian Group, the South African-based Flame Lily Foundation and the New Zealand-based Kamina Kawena organisation are doing similarly. Hopefully there will be even closer links and liaison between all these most praise-worthy movements in the days ahead.



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FLAGS etc.

The Springbok Club is now retailing full-sized real South African and Rhodesian flags. They are priced £6.00 each for Full Members of the Springbok Club, £8.00 each for Associate Members and £10.00 each for non-members (please add £1.00 for p. & p.).

We are pleased to be able to announce that we now have stocks of the 2005 edition of the annual Ulster publication "The Twelfth" published by Glenwood Publications, as well as some copies of the 2004 issue. Copies are available priced 50p each; though please add 25p for p. & p.

Payments should be made to "The Springbok Club" and sent to: BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.



"WAY OUT OF LINE" by Trisha Jackson is a novel which tells the story of the profound impact that an innocent youthful love affair has on the lives of two young lovers. The plot moves from a cult and a maximum security prison in the US to the savannah grasslands of Mozambique and Zimbabwe - this makes for adventure, suspense and melodrama. Packed with conflict and sexual tension, anyone who loves romance, passion and excitement should enjoy reading this story.

Trisha Jackson was born and grew up in Rhodesia. She immigrated to the USA with her husband and three children in 1990. She and her husband live in a unique, rural community in the Tonto National Forest in the eastern mountains of Arizona.

Copies of WAY OUT OF LINE can be ordered from


"THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN LAND SCANDAL" by Dr. Philip Du Toit is a vital piece of work. South Africa can do without many things, but it cannot survive without its farmers. Thirty-five thousand commercial farmers feed 45 million people. Read what has happened to many productive farms which have already been handed over under the government's restitution and redistribution programmes.

It is available priced R150.00 in South Africa from: Jack Loggenberg, TLU/TAU, P.O.Box 91251, Silverton, Pretoria, 0127, Transvaal, South Africa (payments to "TLU/TAU"), or priced £9.95 (+ 15% p. & p.) in the UK from: The Springbok Club, BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX (payments to "The Springbok Club").


"GOVERNMENT BY DECEPTION" by Jan Lamprecht details the disasters of Mugabe's Zimbabwe, and illustrates the similarities between Mugabe's rule and that of Mandela/Mbeki in South Africa. It can be ordered on-line at:


"OF RICE AND MEN", by Jimmy Walker

111 pages. Illustrated. With excellent cartoons by Fusilier Norman Lambert, produced whilst in captivity. Soft-back £5.00 (cover price £10.00)

An irreverent, left of centre, look at life as a POW by Jimmy Walker, who was captured by the Japanese following the fall of Singapore in 1942. Jimmy takes us through incarceration at the notorious Changi jail, forced labour on the railroad, and deportation to Japan, where the Japanese exploited the mining skills of the boys from Northumberland. Norman Lambert’s sketches are both amusing and frightening at the same time. Through the bitterness and resentment, and physical trauma of captivity shines the humour and the indomitable spirit of the British soldier. An enjoyable and educational read, with a surprise ending.

rices include p+p. Payment can be made by credit or debit card. To order on line, log on to and enter as payment destination.


THE BLIGHT OF BLAIRISM" by Francis Bennion is a devastating indictment of the "new" Labour administration. For more details about the book visit:


"KING'S GOLD" by Glenn Macaskill, a former member of the Rhodesian BSA Police, is an adventure novel set in Zimbabwe and South Africa in 1983 and 2000, involving espionage against Mugabe's regime and the exciting quest to unravel the secret of an ancient priceless relic. Considerable historical research makes the work informative and entertaining and current sales show interest by all Southern Africans. Sells at £9.95 plus registered p&p. Contact Glenn at or order on-line at:



Biltong Brother produces top quality, handcrafted biltong. 100% British beef is used, no artificial flavourings or preservatives.

There are 5 types, Traditional, Garlic, Pepper, Hot & Spicy and Ostrich.

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The Springbok Club has recently decided to appoint an official fund-raiser with the task of building-up a capital reserve, thus preventing the cash-flow problems which from time to time have plagued the organisation. If you are interested in taking on this position (which will have its compensations) then please e-mail:



John Hardcastle reminds us of exciting holiday opportunities which he can provide in the Philippines:-

I am from Rhodesia, educated at Chaplin, Gwelo. Left in 1984 for South Africa, and then in 1995 for the Philippines. I've lived in the small village of Coron for the past eight years, and bought a dive shop "Dive Calamines" several months ago. If you would be interested in having a holiday in this part of the world please contact me. The following is a sample list of price breakdowns:-

2 dive day US$ 45.00

3 dive day US$ 60.00

Equipment rental/day US$ 7.00

Nitrox tank US$ 7.00

Accommodation from US$ 4.50 to US$ 80.00

Average meal US$ 2.14

Beer/soft drinks US$ 0.45

Domestic flight US$ 46.00

Check our web-site for more details at:



No.82: Miss COLLEEN LETARD of Durban

Colleen Letard was a leading Natal Table-Tennis player, who won a number of provincial titles during the late 1970s. Of French-Mauritian ancestry, she was a breath-taking beauty who had many admirers among local sportsmen, and indeed it is believed that she bore a child to one of them during the mid-1980s. She served for a while in the South African Embassy (as it then was) in London during the mid-1970s, and an old friend from that time would be very keen to make contact with her again.



Martin Saggers, the Kent and England fast bowler is also a keen wildlife photographer. During his regular winter sojourns to South Africa he often makes trips to the Kruger National Park to photograph the wildlife there, and has now constructed his own web-site on which copies of the pictures which he has taken can be viewed and purchased. This excellent web-site can be accessed at:-





If I may say so, our Empire Day Celebrations went off superbly, and it was an honour to be able to address such a receptive and friendly audience upon the topic of "Flags of the Empire". Hopefully by next year, with a "second glorious revolution", we may be able to hold our Celebrations in the Colonial Office, Dominions Office or the India Office, and to consign to history the evils of the European Union and unwanted mass foreign immigration! The sooner the Third British Empire is up and running the better, and not least because it will stop hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers money being spent on foreigners, which in reality only ends up in the pockets of the governments instead of the welfare of their citizens.

Malaya, Singapore, Ceylon, India and the Dutch East Indies will be better off under European Imperial Rule, as not only will money spent in these lands actually be spent on helping the ordinary people, but also the daily administration will be more effective and fair.

Besides, it is only right and proper that buildings such as Government House Calcutta, Fort Fincastle in the Bahamas and Government House in Cape Town fly the Union Flag which is the birthright and protection of all the peoples of the Third British Empire, instead of the mishmash rags of mob-rule majority-rule Republic of India, the Bahamas and the "new" South Africa. Instead of living in a "World Turned Upside Down" of chaos, misery, hypocrisy, madness and quisling politicians, we must have a world order based upon justice, the rule of law and common-sense, with the Third British Empire at the forefront.

Yours etc,

Robert Lee Shipley, Gillingham, Kent, U.K.




I notice that the Left are slowly getting round to the plight of the Blacks in occupied Rhodesia - no word about the Whites of course. 25 years of tyranny and terrorism and now they feel they must show some sympathy – but no guilt, even though it is they who brought about the evil of Mugabe and his 'Zimbabwe' state.

Yours etc,

Daniel Wilkinson, Eltham, London, U.K.




I am struck at the irony of the London bombings - essentially these are the progeny of the IRA campaigns in mainland Britain. We know what happened there - capitulation to the terrorists, followed by political preference to Sinn Fein.

Who can doubt that there are now two active threads in relation to Islamic terrorism?

1) The public face of "utter determination to prevail"; and

2) The private face of "secret concession and double-speak", leading to fundamental betrayal.

We can only hope that President Bush will give Blair some backbone.

Time for a change in Britain.

Yours etc,

Maurice Brown, Lanark, Ontario, Canada




Knowing the attitude towards their former colonial masters, I believe Africans would rather go back to their barbaric past than be restored to their colonial prime. Mugabe's destruction of the benefits that colonialism brought to Rhodesia/Zimbabwe is proof of this. What African leaders want is Western technology and material benefits, without strings attached. G8 decisions taken were not as well received by African leaders as the propagandists might have given us to believe. Too much is asked of them in return for debt relief and aid, and I believe time will show that few of them will meet with the criteria laid down at Gleneagles.

Yours etc,

Jan Geelvink, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa




I have just come back from Israel - did you know that the colour of the Gush Katif residents opposing disengagement is orange?

I had a good time there on a pro-Israel solidarity tour by evangelical Christians and Jews.

Yours etc.,

Simon McIlwaine, Croydon, London, U.K.




Brilliant stuff in the July SCN. I especially like the special touch you did re Edward Heath. I only regret that he did not stand trial for treason. He is now meeting the God of Ian Paisley whom he defied.

Yours etc,

Nigel Owens, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, U.K.


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