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Politics in Malawi 2012-2014

on Sunday, 23 March 2014. Posted in Health and Politics

  The first paragraph was written in 2012, the second now in February 2014.   On talking to a local about the state of the economy, I was told that the President is in a row with the British, who have been financially supporting the country for a long time and that the British...

Death and Funerals

on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

  The other night I went to bed with the sound of wailing from a funeral not far away. I woke up to the same wailing in the morning. A woman had died during the birth of her fifth child. The child also died. She was having the child at the local community hospital, which has little...

Home in the Village and local thieves

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

    Since I was here last Racheal has built a new outdoor kitchen, storage and washing area. The house was finished one year ago, but like all African houses, the kitchen and washing areas are outside. Glass windows and iron bars have been fitted in the house, making it more secure....

Malawi 2: Eating and Drinking: The Challenges

on Tuesday, 18 February 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

Eating and Drinking Our day starts pretty early, around 6am, with various activities around the home, including collecting water from the local bore hole, about 400 meters away. Malawian law states that every home should have access to water within 400 meters so we just make it. 400 meters may...

Poverty and its impact on human relations.

on Tuesday, 04 February 2014. Posted in Health and Politics

original blog written in 2012

  There was a political rally in our town on Saturday evening. The President has been under pressure recently because of the difficult economic times and a number of civil society groups, many of them religious have stated that President Bingu should resign in 60 days or face a referendum...

Back in Malawi

on Tuesday, 04 February 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

    My last attempt at trying to be an African farmer was thwarted by nasty looking ulcers on my ankles due to a local staphyloccus infection, making me fairly bedridden for two weeks. So arriving back in Malawi, I was determined to make up for lost time!! However, the monsoon is in...

Speed Bumps Part 3

on Friday, 13 December 2013. Posted in World Travels

Part Three Driving from Pipa to Natal - the nearest big city - takes about 1 ½ hours and is a journey of about eighty kilometres. You have to cross about fifty speed bumps to get there. I haven´t counted but maybe I will when I next have to take that formidable journey. Eighty kilometres is...

Speed Bumps 2

on Thursday, 12 December 2013. Posted in World Travels

Part Two It was 6 days after my arrival in Pipa and 2 weeks since arriving in Brazil that it happened. We had only been gone for about 90 minutes, walking over the cashew tree strewn dunes to a friend´s house. We walked into the house and as we went into the living room and then the bedroom,...

Speed Bumps, the Hiccoughs of Life and Brazilian Police

on Tuesday, 10 December 2013. Posted in World Travels

  Part One The worst ones are those painted black that you don’t see in the dark. There is a nice large one like that not far outside Natal, heading toward the coastal tourist town of Pipa in the north east of Brasil. It is perfectly situated as you come over a hill and are speeding up...

Kafka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana: Part Four

on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

We are done. The forms have been inputted and off we go back to the customs office where apparently we have to get the forms checked through, to ensure all fees have been paid and processes followed and then we will be given the name of a customs officer who will be inspecting my bag. We go...

Kaftka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana: Part Three

on Wednesday, 06 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

Part Three: Into the bowels of Ghanain customs shenanigans After about 20 minutes, I am beginning to get worried, not that she will run off but simply that something is happening that I have no idea about and that I perhaps should know about. I go and look for her but can’t find her and...

Kafka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana: Part Two

on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

  Get ready: This is just the beginning!! The next day, it is 9.30am and I arrive at the airport in a little better frame of mind after a good sleep. First of all I go to the ATM to try and get some money. A bad idea. The machine takes my card and then doesn’t do anything for about 2...

Kafka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana

on Sunday, 03 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

    This is one of my first experiences after arriving in Africa in 2009: I thought it was worth sharing. It is long so I shall upload it in stages. Part One: I made a big mistake. The Emirates Airlines counter person told me I was 17 kilos overweight and she wasn’t talking of my...

Agra: The Taj Mahal and one of the Shittiest Places in India

on Thursday, 31 October 2013.

  Well, we made it.  We survived Agra.  What a dump. It is very strange. One of the most exquisite buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal is surrounded by the most squalid, polluted city, the air full of industrial effluent and the people seem to be the most aggressive and...