Author Archives: Africa Clockwise

Karibu

The settlement of Malindi was developed by the Swahili civilization during the 5th–10th centuries – the word Swahili meant ‘coasts’. KiSwahili has served as East Africa’s lingua franca since 9th century. Bantu-speaking farmers moved into the area, smelted iron, and … Continue reading

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Bombshell

I started writing this blog the week before Christmas 2021. A month later, I abandoned it. I’d hit a brick wall. It wasn’t only because my Mom had a stroke just after New Year. Everything seemed to have skidded to … Continue reading

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Still Life

Today I saw the cobra lying by the side of the path about ten metres ahead of me. Coiled up like a liquorice wheel, like a hosepipe, she was so still that for a while I thought she was dead. … Continue reading

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Bliss Beach

After leaving CAT, I was able to sleep on in the mornings until my chronic pain ebbed enough to be able to get out of bed more easily. In these winter temperatures, it was exponentially harder to push myself to … Continue reading

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Renewable

This blog is dedicated to the beautiful family of Nawir Ibrahim who shine in my memory like a beacon. This was a gruelling week for me – I felt at almost the lowest ebb of the whole trip both physically … Continue reading

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A Pause for the Prisoners of Sub-Conscience (Sick Consciousness part 2)

I had a different plan for this blog. But that was before. Before NICE (the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) folded to pressure from Very Important Psychologists at the Royal Colleges on 17th August and halted publication … Continue reading

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KALRO Kindness

The Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organisation KALRO was a haven for the Big Green Truck in Nairobi. Sampson had made the contact when he brought the house down presenting at a science education conference at the Unizulu Science Centre … Continue reading

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A Pause for Sophia (Sick Consciousness part 1)

To mark Severe ME Awareness Day 2021, 30 years after I first fell victim to post-viral ‘fatigue’, and 3 years since I first vowed to do it, I finally got strong enough to get a Pause tattoo. In my August … Continue reading

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Some Equators Are More Equal Than Others

The morning before we crossed into Kenya, when Sampson announced he needed a day off to rest, I was hugely relieved there would be no border duty that day. The previous evening, we’d stopped in deserted bush 75km before the … Continue reading

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#LonghaulersUnite 2: Chronic COVID Time Bomb Ticking

COVID-19 is not simply a binary threat of life or death: the third outcome is a spectrum of post-viral symptoms seriously affecting even young survivors’ abilities to work, study and parent. A year ago, I wrote about how the growing … Continue reading

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