TODAY’S WEATHER, EVENTS, SPECIALS & PROMOTIONS
☀ Today: 31°C A gusty breeze with variable cloudiness and a couple of afternoon thunderstorms around.
🌑 Tonight: 20°C Partly cloudy.
🌟 Max UV Index: 11 Extreme
⛈ Thunderstorms: 60%
🌬 Wind: 30 km/h
🌬 Gusts: 46 km/h
There is a low risk of loadshedding this week.
CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:
11 NOV 2019 – 31 AUG 2020: Scanlan Street between Bishops Avenue & Lawson Street: https://www.kimberley.org.za/?p=25127
25 NOV 2019 – 20 DEC 2019: Phakamile Mabija Road & Hull Street: https://www.kimberley.org.za/?p=25131
TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY
25 December 1909, Two African miners die and another 51 injured during an inter-tribal fight in the Wesselton compound.
25 December 1909, Theft of valuable jewellery at the Oppenheimer home on Lodge Road.
TODAY IS X-Mas Day
CHRISTMAS DAY IN KIMBERLEY – Thursday 25 December 1919
On this day in Kimberley 100 years ago the citizens were still struggling to come to terms with the horrific Spanish Flu epidemic that took so many lives in October and November a year before (1918). Many of the families were also in mourning for their loved ones who had been killed or died on active service during the Great War that had only ended on 11 November 1918.
The Diamond Fields Advertiser reported: “Last year Christmas Eve was held with peace restored – but there was something lacking. The Kimberley boys had not yet returned from the scenes of their gallantry, and the thoughts of most were turned towards them. This year the celebration approximated more to the old-fashioned Christmas Eve and Day, now that the absent had returned. One of the finest festivals of the whole year – indeed the finest – had arrived, and everyone was desirous to welcome it with shout – or smile – in the absence of choirs and brass bands whose Christmas carols are such a gladdening feature in other parts. Needless to say, lungs failed the occasion, and consequently resort had to be made to artificial aids. These were of the rattle and trumpet type mainly; they were not very pleasing to the ear, but they produced the required result, which was to make a great noise of welcome. Other features, such as confetti, were introduced to add to the rejoicing, and with laughter and merriment the wilkin was made to ring. The shops were bright and attractive, though the toys beloved by the children were less numerous and more costly than in days gone by, but all appeared ready to adapt themselves to the new times, and to meet with cheerful countenance the joyous festival.”
It was very hot – is it ever not? The temperature was 46.6 degrees Celcius in the sun and 32 degrees C in the shade. The ice merchants must have made a fortune! There had been no rain and none had been forecast. There is no doubt that Father Christmas and his reindeer had suffered dehydration problems.
The then daily newspaper the Diamond Fields Advertiser – published Monday to Saturday – would have a Christmas Day edition but not on Boxing Day (Friday 26th December), and unlike today, would publish throughout the week that followed including on New Year’s Day. The Swiss Café was still advertising a “…seasonable and acceptable present but not too costly” – their Home-made chocolates in fancy glove and handkerchief boxes
The Kimberley City Council would only close their offices on Christmas Day, Boxing Day as well as from 1 to 3 January 1920. The Market on the Square would also close on the above days.
All hotels would be open and all had advertised Christmas Day menus for several weeks.
On Christmas Eve Mr Rybnikar’s band rendered an attractive musical programme for two hours at the Alexandersfontein Hotel. Extra tram cars had been laid on.
The cinema would be open on Christmas Day. The Olympia had the silent movie “The Parisian Tigress” starring Viola Dana, while the Trocadero featured “A Soul’s Crucifixion” starring Violet Hopson and Basil Gill. The Empire in Beaconsfield would be showing Fannie Ward in the 1916 six-reel story of South Africa titled “The Years of the Locust”.
The De Beer’s swimming bath on Warren Street would also be open on Christmas Day. Assuredly, it would have been visited by many.
But it was still hot, very hot… – By Steve Lunderstedt
TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’s SKY
Sunrise: 5:21 AM
Sunset: 7:20 PM
Duration: 13:59 hr
Moonrise: 4:33 AM
Moonset: 6:45 PM
Duration: 14:12 hr
🍽 #WHERE2EAT SPECIALS & PROMOTIONS
ALL WHERE 2 EAT DETAILS, LOCATIONS & TIMES @
🍴DAILY: Breakfast Specials @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=33492
🥩DAILY: Pub Lunch Steak & Egg Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34394
🌯DAILY: Chicken Wrap Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34383
🍖DAILY: Spare Rib Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34387
🥩DAILY: T-Bone Steak Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34389
🥩DAILY: Mixed Grill Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35656
🍖DAILY: Black Friday Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35859
🍗DAILY: Thumbs Up Feast @ Barcelos: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=31926
🍗DAILY: Ayoba Meal Special @ Barcelos: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35278
🥖DAILY: 2 Subs & Coke Promotion @ Debonairs: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=30727
🍕DAILY: Khetha 5 Promotion @ Debonairs: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35739
🍕DAILY: Cram-Decker Promotion @ Debonairs: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=30135
🍗DAILY: Quarter Chicken Meal @ Steers: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=31641
🍔DAILY: Cheesy Bacon King Steer Meal @ Steers: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35721
🐟DAILY: Hake & Rice Promotion @ Fishaways: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=30362
🐟DAILY: Double Up Meal @ Fishaways: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35760
🍔DAILY: Lunch Time Promo @ Fishaways: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34552
🍕MON: Monday 1/2 PRICE Pizza Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=33613
🍔MON+WED: Tasty Twins Special @ Barcelos https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=6199
🍴TUE: Tuesday Free Waffle Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35256
🍔WED: Wacky Wednesday @ Steers: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=22002
🍴WED: Wednesday 1/2 Price Schnitzel Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=31041
🍴SUN: Sunday Kids u/12 Eat Free Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch: https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34970
🗓 #WHAT2DO & EVENTS
ALL EVENT DETAILS, LOCATIONS & TIMES @
🎉DAILY: The Urban Corner Kersmark – 11/12/20119 – 24/12/2019
🎤WED: Karaoke Wednesdays @ Omidraai
🎷THU: Live Jazz Thursdays @ Diggies Pub & Grill
🎤THU: Karaoke Thursdays @ Bar 129
🏃SAT: Kimberley Parkrun
🏃SAT: Galeshewe Parkrun
Xpanda Garage Door Promotion – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34142
Xpanda Glass & Aluminium Garage Doors – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34493
Xpanda Wendy’s Introduction Special – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35032
My Photos Special @ Liza’s Creations – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=34667
Crazy Coffee in a Cone @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35065
Crazy Cappuccino Special @ The Crazy Horse Steak Ranch – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35063
Double Brandy & Coke Special @ Crazy Horse – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=33764
Flow Bin / Tanker Promotion @ Sondre Vervoer & Gas – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35382
Agricultural Promotion @ Sondre Vervoer & Gas – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35934
Conference Special @ Horseshoe Inn – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=33732
Magnificent Mid-Week Year End Function Special @ Horseshoe Inn – https://www.kimberley.co.za/?p=35861
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