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Ugandan Lunch

Every workday at around half past one Rose the cook deferentially peers through the doorway of my office and says cheerily ‘Lunch is ready,’ or sometimes just ‘Lunch’. She spends the morning cooking over a wood fire stove with large steel pots and long wooden stirring spoons in a windowless corrugated iron shack tacked onto Continue Reading »

End of Term Brass Band

I was sitting at my desk when I heard a faint chaotic melody through the window. The office had a fractious, oppressive air that morning; meetings had been cancelled, work plans delayed, and staff were absent due to the unrelenting bereavements that I will always find shocking. At first I assumed the sound was somebody’s Continue Reading »

Christmas on Lake Victoria

I have to confess: I didn’t get that warm tinselly feeling once over the Christmas period. I had a glimmer of it standing on the British High Commissioner’s lawn during the Christmas Carols service. We drank mulled wine and ate homemade mince pies and sang the standard repertoire of carols under white marquee tents. These usual Continue Reading »

Weekend Safari: Murchison Falls

“Oh my god. If I could just see one giraffe and just one elephant, I’d be the happiest person in Uganda.” Kirstie’s frenetic excitement reached its peak as our safari minibus jerked along the rutted clay road between walls of dense rainforest to the entrance of the Murchison Falls National Park. Spiders with bodies the Continue Reading »