Archive for September, 2004


Thursday, September 30th, 2004

This morning I stood outside the computer lab clutching my lever-arch file to my chest. hakuna stima in the college. My colleagues joined me there for a moment of solumn reflection. “There is no power”, said one of them. “Guess who turned if off”, I replied, jabbing at my chest with my thumb.


Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

It rained yesterday. I mean properly. There had been drizzle on sunday but it rained properly yesterday for about an hour. Hopefully this means we’ll get some more and peoiple can start to grow food again. I’m hobbling about because I got an Acacia thorn in my foot through the sole of my red rubber […]


Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

I am teaching Unix II this term. Unix II: The Sequel. And Im teaching it to the same class who were so stubbornly quiet last term. I tried this:

In the car on monday…

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

On the way back from Nairobi with some donated computers in the back, the driver drew my attention to a place by the road where there were a lot of people. “Your government”, he said, ” and other governments, are giving away food” There is a famine in this area at the moment due to […]

‘Ello Miss!

Friday, September 17th, 2004

Sister Pauline has gone to Naivasha to collect our new volunteer. Yes! New volunteer: we’re getting a Peace Corps volunteer who — apparently — will have been trained in the CISCO Network Academy Programme. She’s here in Kenya now and doing the massive 8 week training (cut from 3 months! because of funding cuts to […]

The wrong page of the Psalms

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

I was just walking round the lab shutting down computers and I found this: It made me smile.

Strike II

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

Its very odd here today, the IT students are on strike.


Saturday, September 11th, 2004

Today I dragged myself out of bed late and put off cleaning the floor of the house until after I’d whittled new rawl plugs for the towel rail which keeps falling off the wall in the bathroom. After sweeping up most of the sawdust and wood shavings I set off to the computer lab… to […]

The choice facing our American friends

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

This morning, with my breakfast cup of Melvin’s Tangawizi Tea, I read This article in the Guardina Weekly. Got me interested in Ralph Nader. So come on… leave a comment and tell me what you think/know/wish about Ralph and the US Elections.

Goods and services

Monday, September 6th, 2004

We, at college, have just been joined by a student doing his work attachment. He’s very good at PC repair and we’re learning from each other. Last week he replaced the faulty network adapter card in one of the PCs wiht a good one from an otherwise bad PC. He approached me with the defective […]