Daily Archives: April 26, 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract Dinnertime

A third submission to this week’s photo challenge on the theme of Abstract, but could equally qualify for last week’s dinnertime photo challenge too.

Whilst waiting for dinner at a Pizza Restaurant on our last night in Kigali we messed around with exposure and movement resulting in some abstract family pics. We possibly love inked a little silly as we moved about but thankfully the restaurant was quiet. The pizza at Sole Luna was excellent,  by the way.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract Flight

A second submission to this week’s photo challenge on the theme of Abstract.

Taken on the return journey from Rwanda as we crossed the Busisi Ferry we were bombarded by tens of thousands of Lake Flies. These were swarming around the floodlights on the boats and at the suggestion of my son we took a long exposure picture of their flight paths.

 Each insect illuminated by the beams and blurred into a mesh of patterns, almost fur like.

My Music: Power, Corruption & Lies

This is the first and possibly the last of a series reflecting on some of my music collection which may or may not resonate with life here.

Power, Corruption and Lies is one of the first albums I ever bought, on tape for my Walkman – the iPod of it’s day,  a portable music player which allowed you to insert a cassette tape giving you up to 45mins of unbroken music (whilst it’s batteries lasted).

The album by New Order was amazing and even today 33 years on I like to listen to it’s tracks. On the cassette version there were a number of extra tracks, the most famous track  is Blue Monday which is a classic. Mum used to hear the thumping intro (dum dum d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d dum dum) and call up the stairs to “turn that music down”. The song incidentally was the biggest selling 12″ of all time.

Sadly the tape eventually wore out and a Vinyl album was bought later to be replace by MP3 versions.


Why do I share these facts? In truth life here in Tanzania can often resonate with the title of this track. I mostly share the positive side of life here, to do otherwise would be depressing, but sometimes it seems like we’re living  in the title of this particular album – “nuff said”.