Here’s a response from Paddy Browning to an article by Tim Pullen. He wrote:
This post relates to Tim Pullen’s entry on the 12th December 2010, “Reminiscences from Tim Pullen”, regarding the COCA COLA rotating advert on the side of the Fairhaven Hotel, its image being visible via my south facing bedroom window (number 23 Danville avenue, just up from Virginia airport). I drifted off to sleep every night through the ‘60’s and ‘70’s with its image whirring its gentle way around and around, the COCA COLA image “disappearing” and then reappearing in the bedroom window, as the hundreds of tiny neon lights that made-up the image were turned off and on.
My bedroom window was also my wind direction guide, as a westerly wind would cause the bedroom curtain to billow inwards and an easterly wind would result in the reverse. As a surf mad youngster, the curtain blowing into my bedroom was often an early weekend morning signal for me to gather up my surfboard and towel and head off to one of the beaches along the Durban beachfront.
Thanks for an excellent website Alan.