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20
Jul
09

In the mood for Mostar

It is hard to imagine as you wander round the picture postcard city of Mostar how much this place was affected by war in the 1990s. They’ve rebuilt the famous old bridge but the scars of conflict remain…….

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01
Apr
09

A Picasa Postcard from Kenya

There was a time when you’d waste half your precious holiday sorting out postcards. First find them and buy them. Second write them and find some stamps so you could post them. And finally hunt around for a post box to deliver them to the custody of an international mail service that would deliver a couple of weeks after your arrival back in the UK. I’ve just discovered the Picasa approach to postcards. Take some pix and make your own. Here’s mine…..wish you were here?

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01
Apr
09

Mobile Madness in the Masai Mara

When a lion’s roar is disturbed by the ring of a mobile phone, it’s a sure sign that global communications have no hiding place. The Masai Mara is a game reserve in Kenya with vistas unchanged for thousands if not millions of years. Apart, that is, for the mobile phone masts on the summit of every hill. It means there is no escape from the phone and the internet. But do I really want to escape it? On a visit to a Masai village where the locals live off the land and live in huts built from cow dung, I could read the morning’s headlines from the Times on my mobile phone. Mobile technology brings the world a little closer to people who are a world away from the lives we live in the prosperous West. And the image of the most famous boy-made-good of Kenyan descent on the backs of Masai women says it all. The caption, if you can’t quite make it out, reads, “Congratulations Barak Obama”.

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31
Mar
09

Kenya’s Cartoon Tigers

I found a wonderful animation on YouTube with an incredibly catchy tune about lions and tigers ‘only in Kenya’. It’s by Weebl who are behind Yell’s latest 118 247  TV and radio advertising campaign. The Weebl Kenya tune is so catchy that I’ll forgive its one factual inaccuracy. There are no tigers in the wild in Kenya. Watch it for yourself and I am sure, like me, you will forgive their artistic licence……..