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We were there!

Sat, 2010-05-08

Someone told me a joke a while back. In Europe, where democracy it seems runs free, it can take days before anyone finds out the result of an election. (He had a point: the Western Isles ballot boxes aren’t looked at until the next day.) In Africa, they are far more efficient than that. They even know the result of the election before the voting takes place!

The good old days

Wed, 2010-05-05

Anyone that can remember ‘old money’ before decimalisation entered our lives may be familiar with the fond remembrance that one could get the bus into town, watch the pictures, have fish and chips on the way home and still have change out of half a crown.

The big test

Fri, 2010-04-30

It was unusually fast journey on the bus into CPR the other morning. The route usually takes an hour give or take a bit, but that morning I was there inside forty minutes. Something was wrong.


Fri, 2010-04-30

It has been another busy week at the school in Kinamba. On Wednesday morning the nursery children were taken for their annual vaccination against worms. The thought of having to cope with over one hundred children having a needle stuck in them in quick succession is enough to fill anyone with dread, but fortunately the dose was administered by mouth.

Food again

Sat, 2010-04-24

Hands up anybody that has heard of a fourpit o’tatties. This is an expression that goes back to early 1960′s Edinburgh, and possibly elsewhere, that I have never heard since. I was only six at the time but Mrs Killin at the grocer knew what I meant. Anyway, I was reminded of this the other day as I slid through the mud on my way out to the road the other morning.

Back to school

Sat, 2010-04-24

On Monday the children here returned to school after the break, and so did I. Like the primary 1 and 2 classes I did not arrive until after lunch. The school is in Kinamba, near the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and about 45 minutes from the house. It is situated in a very poor part of the city and many of the children would not get the chance of an education if it did not exist.

Easy shopping

Thu, 2010-04-22

I was out with Jean-Pierre into town the other day on CPR business. This usually means going to the bank and beforehand going to get cheques signed. The process seldom takes less than an afternoon. As a rule, we are driven by one of the CPR drivers who drops us where we need and picks us up again for the next stage of the mission.

Mwaru's big day

Tue, 2010-04-13

It isn't often that we let domestic life at Kigali Towers leak onto these pages but today couldn't pass without us reporting the excitement of the cat's inoculation. If it hasn't been mentioned before, we are looking after a feline who is claiming squatter's rights at our front door. At the request of her owner we organised for the vet to come with the annual rabies injection.

Scripture Union camp

Tue, 2010-04-13

On Saturday I was at Scripture Union's Rwandan Headquarters in Kigali to help run a one day bible camp. The theme was "The Importance of Families" with an emphasis on being a positive influence and encouraging one another. The camp was to run from nine o,clock until 4.00pm and as it had taken me an hour and a half to get there earlier in the week, I decided to make an early start.