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    The Hatch of the Termites

    In recent times I have been sitting down to enjoying meals with large groups, not business lunches or ‘contrived’ dinner parties; but with families and/or a collection of friends, this is surprisingly novel to me. I appreciate good food and recognize that I really do enjoy the relaxed banter. Today there was an enormous hatch of what looked Mayfly; on closer inspection they looked like big flying Ants. However, I was shown they are in fact Termites. Kioni explained that the Termites come out of their holes, fly around for a short time and on landing their wings drop off. The males and females find each other, go off to…

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    New Nanny Goat

    If I was asked what strikes me most here in rural Kenya, it is the real depth of poverty and pain. Watching children devouring a meal as if it may be their last or until whenever, certainly highlights for me that those in poverty really do live their lives “a day at a time”; a mantra that addicts the world over recognize, and indeed has proved to be the best way for me too! When lacking gratitude I reminded myself of heart wrenching sights at which I will never point my camera and hopefully never personally experience. Over the last few weeks it was made apparent to me that the…

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    Roger vs Cow

    In the orphanage there are plenty of chickens with chicks running around and two cows. The larger of the two cows is white and black with “horns”! Fortunately I am not frightened of cows so when the big one decided to have a closer look at me to the amazement of staff and kids I patted its head. What nobody bothered to tell me was this cow was aggressive and had a particular dislike of Mgenis’! It was approaching to attack, as it tried to headbutt me (technically -gore me) and having no cape I grabbed both horns for self protection and hung on really tightly. I proceeded to get…

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    From Carpenter to Painter

    You may notice I am now working as a painter. My days as carpentry have been cut short; my hammer and saw have been confiscated for health and safety reasons. I was given a Kenyan version of an Italian dish > Spaghetti with cabbage, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes .

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    Extreme Poverty vs The Modern World

    Living amongst extreme poverty is opening my eyes to how easily I getting bogged down with self-centred worries over my perceived position in modern sociality (size of my car/house/job title etc.). Yet, I do and will always enjoy material benefits including a hot shower, a Starbucks, electricity 24 x 7 and more (inc. car / home). Speaking for myself, I have found that an extreme challenge, climbing a mountain or helping others, creates changes in me in varying degrees, some little and some bigger. Certainly each small step alters my perspective of my place in this world. I notice that I am like a recent non-smoker who doesn’t want to…