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A good day

Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise.  Surangama Sutra With its matchless landscapes, unparalleled wildlife, smiling children and the constant threat of adventure, Africa is on the face of it one of the most interesting … Continue reading

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A Toubab in Rufisque

This Sunday Francoise invited me to a party to celebrate the Confirmation of her cousin in the town of Rufisque, about 30 km from Dakar. Cathy is Francoise’s sister. I met Francoise during my first week in Darak. Since then she … Continue reading

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A Receipe for Chicken Yassa!

I was at my new friend Francoise’s house this weekend, watching a cookery programme with her Mum when I expressed an interest in Senegalese cuisine. “I love cooking too!” her Mum said, “I will teach you to make yassa!” Two … Continue reading

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Working Animals, Microfinance and Conservation

  Life as a water buffalo in the Sapa region of North West Vietnam is not easy. Buffalo provide an essential source of power needed to till the mountainous rice paddies, but for much of the year they are left to roam … Continue reading

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What donkeys have to say about a culture

  I think you can tell a lot about a society from its donkeys. The way they are treated, the way they are dressed. What sort of work they are asked to do. For example, in the West of France, they dress … Continue reading

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Microfinance: Application for a Kiva Fellowship

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