Vincent van Walt's
Travel Journal

Why do Bees Build Hexagons?

Mathematician Thomas Hales explains the Honeycomb Conjecture in the context of bees. Hales proved that the hexagon tiling (hexagonal honeycomb) is the most efficient way to maximise area whilst minimising...

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Connection types and the Hex Quick Pin

There are straight threads and there are tapered threads, some are metric, some are imperial and some are bespoke to a particular manufacturer or organisation; the pitch of the thread can be all over the...

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Coming of Age

Van Walt has just celebrated its 40th birthday.  It’s a milestone but one which came and went with little fanfare. Not because it’s unimportant but because we continue working to the core values that...

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Van Walt Ireland

“When we are old and grey, what will we look back on and wish we did differently? What memories will we cherish, what choices (or lack thereof) will we regret?” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

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Project Gotham

It is to my shame that I must confess that in the year prior to the pandemic I clocked up 116,000 airmiles. It would seem logical to assume that as a seasoned traveller a short hop to the south of Spain...

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Of Data Collection and Procrastination

“Be wise to-day; ’tis madness to defer;

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LevelSCOUT Four Years On

I’ve been reviewing  some LevelSCOUT pictures. Clearly I was trying to find the fusion of a jewel and elegance and "tough as old boots".  Hmmmm. Perhaps I didn't quite succeed but they reminded me...

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Jo’s School, Cape Town

We’d anchored our 1955 wooden sailing boat “Lady Ailsa” near the oyster beds on the south eastern leg of Newtown Creek and it was time for a shower and brunch. Yarmouth would provide both. It’s...

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Van Walt SA (Pty) Limited

The girl behind the Avis desk at Cape Town Airport sported intimidatingly large breasts and couldn’t find my reservation. It happens a lot; the not finding the reservation I mean. I am an Avis preferred...

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