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My Time at St Marian CC, Nairobi

10.03.2011 St Marian Children’s Centre, NairobiI have been remarkably quiet about my voluntary work in Nairobi last summer. I worked, for 2 weeks only, at the St Marian Children’s Centre in the district of South B, about 200m from the Mukuru (Mukomo) slums. I never even wrote about it on my blog.I think of my… Continue reading My Time at St Marian CC, Nairobi

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St Marian Children’s Centre, Nairobi Kenya

This is an appeal for the amazing St Marian Children's Centre which is where I did my voluntary work when in Nairobi in the summer. If you don't feel able to contribute financially, then please help by forwarding this appeal or link to my blog/Facebook account to 5 other people who may be able to… Continue reading St Marian Children’s Centre, Nairobi Kenya

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Pamela, Aggy, Alice and Me

11.02.2011 Pamela, Aggie, Alice and MeJust a quick Nairobi footnote; we are still in touch with our fantastic housekeeper and childminder extraordinaire, Pamela, who writes us lovely chatty emails when she can. Her daughter Aggie is doing very well in school, often coming in the top 2 of her class and they will be going… Continue reading Pamela, Aggy, Alice and Me

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Kitengela Glass

A couple of weekends ago we spent the night at Kitengela Glass and what a place! Back in the 60’s, Nani and her husband Eric came from Germany to start an artists commune about an hour outside Nairobi and wonderful and mad it is too. It has grown organically over the years so that the… Continue reading Kitengela Glass

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Sister Mary

Or the Mother of Mukomo as she is also known. Mukomo is a slum of about 400 000 people out towards the airport and Sister Mary Killeen has been working there since 1976. I spent this morning with her and she kindly took some time to drive me around and show me the main 3… Continue reading Sister Mary

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Alfie Update – First Steps!

Alfie took his first steps yesterday!!!!! At 11 months almost exactly. Just casually strolled over to Daddy, taking 3 steady steps without fanfare. Mummy and Daddy (the only witnesses, but the ones that count) got so excited and whooped and cheered and clapped so loudly he burst into tears. Which may not be exactly the… Continue reading Alfie Update – First Steps!

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The Car in Front Really is a Toyota

Which is their current advertising slogan. Except over here it is 100% true. I have never seen such a prevalence of one make of car. There must be some shenanigans going on here, no-one can sell that many cars to that many people when there is a globally competitive market. But with a few exceptions… Continue reading The Car in Front Really is a Toyota

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Technology is slowing the world down…

as my mate Conal always says. And for me at the moment it's certainly true. Having spent an entire day trying to upload some photos and a video to one of my blog posts, I decided that next time I would simply put it all on Flickr and add the relevant link. Except... my photos… Continue reading Technology is slowing the world down…

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They are voting in a referendum here tomorrow and it has been declared a public holiday (no Pamela, how will we manage?)There are some quite fundamental changes proposed, including land reforms and women's right to abortion so it's a big deal. The president is, naturally, behind the 'Yes' campaign and they have been working vigorously.… Continue reading Referendum

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Toto Safari

So last weekend we went to Amboseli National Park and stayed at the Serena Lodge for the first safari of our stay. Amboseli is south of Nairobi and fairly accessible in that it only takes a few hours to get there and you don't necessarily need a 4x4.The drive there was hilarious; what passes for… Continue reading Toto Safari