Laugh or Cry?

So Kenya stands on the brink of catastrophe. Ethnic tensions have been laid bare in a month of post-election violence. Kalenjin and Kikuyu gangs are intent on taking lumps out of each other. Slums have been razed and hundreds of thousands of people sent fleeing. “Violence continues, threatening to escalate to catastrophic levels,” is how … More Laugh or Cry?

A Rant

I never understand footballers. Rugby was my game. After kicking seven bells out of each other we would give the opposition three cheers at the end, shake hands and then go to the bar and drink until we couldn’t stand up. Footballers seem to touch fingers while looking anywhere but at each other, and get … More A Rant

Disgusted of Hurlingham

The death of Heath Ledger, and Meskel Square’s marathon debate about homosexuality in Africa, remind me of the time a friend went to hire the DVD of Brokeback Mountain, I think from a store in Hurlingham here in Nairobi. Shop Assistant: Are you sure that’s what you want? Friend: Yes Shop Assistant: Do you know what it’s … More Disgusted of Hurlingham

My Week in Media

Andrew Heavens at Meskel Square has tagged me in the growing my week/month in media meme (btw I’m not entirely sure I understand the difference between a meme and an idea. And that’s only one of my problems with Richard Dawkins. But anyway.) Here it is: What I’ve read My normal day starts with a double … More My Week in Media

Clear as Crystal, Polished and Viewed Through X-Ray Specs

So Adam Wood, British High Commissioner to Kenya, was called in by the country’s foreign minister, Amos Wetangula, for clarification on Britain’s attitude to President Mwai Kibaki today. Or at least that’s how British Foreign Office staff characterised the meeting. I’m not quite sure there was any need for clarification. Here’s what Meg Munn, Foreign Office … More Clear as Crystal, Polished and Viewed Through X-Ray Specs