Archive for February, 2005

Power failure

Friday, February 25th, 2005

There has been no power in Tala for a couple of days. I’m writing this from the good Cybercafe in Nairoibi in the Norwich Union Building. Last night I started preparing a lessn for this morning, reading from the on-line Cisco material for the first time since wendesday because either I had been busy or […]


Monday, February 21st, 2005

In the UK if I found a beetle in my porridge oats I might toss them out and buy some more. Here the story has to be different.

Foo Fighters

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Someone, and I’m afraid I don’t know who, has given me a Foo Fighters album which I now have on my PC and am enjoying very much in a sort of Terrorvision meets the Violent Femmes sort of way. Whoever it was, thank you very much!

Valentine celebration?

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Valentine’s day 2004 was landfall in Tala for me. I arrived hot and thirsty after an hour and something spent in Sister Pauline’s little Paugeot and was introduced to Kateka the weekend watchman: “What’s his name?” “Kateka” “No, not his job, what’s his name” “His name is Kateka” “Ooh, I thought you were saying he’s […]

Little Consolation

Monday, February 7th, 2005

At the end of this morning’s Cisco class, while I was packing the cables back into their boxes, Consolata, a student from another class, was examining the wires I had packed away. I smiled at her. “We are curious”, she said…

Half way

Monday, February 7th, 2005

So, today I’m really half way through my voluntary “service”.


Friday, February 4th, 2005

Tomorrow a bunch of vol-au-venteers will descend upon my house to celebrate the fact that some of us (precious few in fact) have been here 1 year come Monday. So this new logo is a few days premature but I can’t wait. I’m sure I won’t be flying out of kenya by monday.


Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

I had a Unix II lab class today. We had arranged that the students would be completing their assignments which meant they would be presenting mini-classes on how to use certain commands that appear in the past papers. The idea is to get them to study on their own and come up with a mini […]


Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

This is Benard Mutua looking proprietorial at Kenbric Vocational Training Centre which he and his friend Patrick Keli (pictured below) have set up in Nguluni over the last month or so. I think the name of the college is formed by taking some of the letters from both guy’s names, mixing them up and then […]