I think Labarse had fallen head over heals for you - he just doesn't leave you alone for a moment. Perhaps it's because of your South African background - he has a secret fascination for that country and everything/one connected to it. As if he single handedly was responsible for the downfall of the wicked white regime (without actually having a clue about how it came about).
Northern California wildfire doubles in size, displaces thousands (Reuters)
from the article: Leading Israeli authors, intellectuals call for truce with Hamas