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Stop sniggering at the world record set by SA's Vernon Kruger

Let's set the record straight: the Dullstroom man who sat in a wine barrel atop a sky-high blue gum post for 70 days is an artist in pole-position

26 January 2020 - 00:00

I know you think Vernon Kruger is a bit of a joke, but you're wrong. Kruger is, if not a hero, at the very least an artist. Kruger is the bloke in Dullstroom sitting in a barrel on top of a pole.

The pole is 25m high and Kruger made it from a blue gum that he cut down himself. Blue gums are an invasive species, so at the very least Kruger should have your respect for being water-wise. What have you done for the water table lately? Have you cut down a blue gum tree and used it to break a world record? No? Then stop sniggering at Kruger...

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