Daily Archives: February 7, 2015

12 Months Ago Today : Appointment

Little did I realise as I turned up for work 12 months ago that it was going to be a life changing day. The thought of teaching overseas had grown in my mind for several months – rekindling a fire which had burned low for the previous two decades.

The previous months had seen me questioning the way British Education was going and despairing at the decisions of my school to downgrade ICT to an option at GCSE. I needed a change and having spoken with Anita in the New Year and having talked through the option with the children I embarked on a lot of research. The first post which came up was in Thailand – I thought long and hard but felt this was not right for now. I then saw two jobs both in Africa, one in Isamilo (Mwanza, Tanzania) the other in Malawi. Funnily enough it was the Tanzanian job which appealed more (given Anita’s previous experiences in Malawi this was a surprise to both of us). We looked at blogs written by ex-pats living there and did a lot of research. After nearly two weeks of investigation  I made the application to Isamilo in the early days of February (just four days earlier).

Everything was unreal even after the interview – as ever I second guessed myself, convinced I had ‘muffed up’ and ruined my chances. At the same time it was still unreal as no one had actually employed me and I was still safe in England – though increasingly unhappy with education there. Then it all changed…. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale (Nana in Hand)

A submission to this week’s photo challenge. A juxtaposition of scale shows my daughter holding my mum in her hand. Taken a few years ago near Lincoln

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Kenya fires next salvo in tourism spat with Tanzania

A sad state of affairs on Kenyan -Tanzanian relations! It really can!t benefit either country in the end

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

POSTPONED TALKS COST TANZANIA DEARLY

(Posted 07th February 2015)

The reaction in Kenya was swift and sharp after Tanzania earlier in the week had cancelled the proposed meeting in Arusha between the two tourism ministers and their respective delegations, which was to follow up on a meeting held last month in Nairobi.

Kenya’s tourism cabinet secretary, who in in a twist of the tail also holds the portfolio for East African Affairs, yesterday announced the restoration of a ban for Tanzanian registered vehicles trying to access Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

With many tens of thousands of visitors to Tanzania using JKIA, mainly for better connectivity and substantially more flights, before taking the half day drive to Arusha from where they then start their safari, this will deal once again a heavy blow to Tanzanian safari operators. ‘They dilly dallied with us’ wrote a source who got…

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