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Arthur

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I asked this Inverary gentleman if I could take his photo and he very kindly agreed. This was the first morning of the horse trek for us so, once the riders were in the saddle and off across the boggy moorland, we spent our morning drinking lattes in Inverary and buying gorgeous deli things. You can take the girls out the city but well…you know the rest.

 

 

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May 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Big Skies

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Big Skies

Skipping down the Shire River (pronounced Shi-ree) in a motor boat, dodging crocodiles and hippos all the way, beneath big, beautiful African skies.

 

 

 

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May 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

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Wall Painting

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I really liked the way that the red earth left its mark on many of the white walls in Malawi. It looked like the buildings had been painted in this diminishing earth tone from the bottom up.

 

 

 

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May 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

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Theatre of the Absurd

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Canteen

Here is the deal. With this picture, I’m giving you the stage design, all you have to do now is give me the play.

I’m thinking along the lines of Waiting for Godot meets One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

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May 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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Tomatoes

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Window

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May 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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Angry Elephant

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Angry Elephant

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately, mainly because I’ve spent the last few days chasing horses round the Highlands in the pouring rain. That is a set of blog posts that will be coming shortly but in the meantime, I still have a couple of Malawi pics to share with you.

This was taken at Mvuu Camp in Liwonde. Literally two minutes out of the camp we came upon two agitated young male elephants – apparently it’s the mating season and the agitated elephants were looking for a lady. Bear in mind I don’t have a zoom lens, this giant animal was very close. I was quite scared of its proximity but luckily I don’t think you’ll notice the camera shake.

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May 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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Zomba fruit seller

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A few days before I went out to Malawi, a leaked dispatch to the Foreign Office written by the British Ambassador to Malawi said that President Mutharika was becoming increasingly intolerant of criticism and more and more dictatorial.

President Mutharika, with no hint of irony and bluntly proving the statement to be rather more fact than opinion, responded by swiftly expelling the Ambassador.

Much talk while I was there was about this and the possible ramifications for British aid/support for projects in Malawi, not to mention the withdrawl of the Malawi Ambassador’s royal wedding invite.

This is the chatter in the towns and probably not of direct concern to the fruit sellers of Zomba at the moment but somewhere further down the waterfall it does and will affect them.

Let me give you an example. Since 2001, UNICEF (funded by the International community including UK) has been providing mosquito nets to the poorest communities of sub-Saharan Africa. In Malawi, 2 million nets were distributed in 2005 alone. The aim being to meet the Abuja Target – to provide mosquito nets to 60% of the population deemed at risk of Malaria.

A paediatric surgeon I met in Blantyre told me that this project has made a massive difference to the rates of childhood malaria they see at the hospital. And on a continent where Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds projects like this, and UK funding for projects like this, need to be protected from the politicking and posturing that may be going on above.

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May 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm