I'm writing this post from my last favourite place on earth, otherwise known as Dar es Salaam airport. Two lots of security, downstairs and upstairs, and no use AT ALL of the information boards!!!! So, if you're willing to believe it, no plane ever leaves late from here - according to the information provided.
Except for two things today. One is that I had a good run down here, as one might reasonably expect on a Sunday afternoon. The other is that I met Jandwa, a friend from church, who works here and insisted on escorting me to the front of the queue. Not sure what my fellow passengers made of this, felt slightly embarrassed but managed to restrain myself from going into my 'Hello, I'm Prince Edward, mater sends greetings to all Commonwealth citizens' routine. And ended up with seat 1A! Alas, economy only on FastJet, I had thought for one heady minute I was going business class....
I'm here on my way to Kilimanjaro then to a conference here Arusha for the week, so hoping to be able to get some pictures whilst I'm here. And I have a couple of other trips lined up soon, watch this space!
Meanwhile, keeping this blog going a bit of a challenge. Sometimes I find myself with ideas stacked up three weeks in advance, in others it's really hard to think of something to say. Particularly when, however many hours I put in, the job feels like it needs at least as many hours again, so leisure time is largely sleeping or getting ready to sleep.
So, what else can I tell you? My iPhone is learning Swahili gradually, so when I send texts it no longer corrects 'sawa' (OK, all right) to 'saws' or 'Sara' and 'habari' (general greeting word, habari za asubuhi is good morning) to 'gaberdine'. Still working through Isaiah, just been studying chapter 53, the big 'servant' chapter, much quoted in the New Testament and in Handel's Messiah, I particularly like 'He was despised'. Hellen my housekeeper is currently at home in Malawi celebrating her twin daughters' 18th birthdays, leaving me to look after myself (more or less). I saw her before she went, and then she 'phoned a few minutes later, 'Don't forget to water the plants' - which I haven't. And I've discovered Lionel Shriver as an author, 'We need to talk about Kevin' is an extraordinary book, do read it if you haven't, not a comfortable read. Similarly,' 'Big brother' makes for an excellent but uncomfortable read, there's a twist near the end which some reviewers on Amazon don't like, my own view is that it works really well given the subject matter.
So, faithful readers, help me here! Ask some questions! Ask for photographs to be uploaded! Tell me what you think might be interesting to hear about! Coment on what I've written! I know you're out there, keeping an eye on usage figures is a borderline obsession. Help me to keep this blog going!