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Posts tagged ‘Africa’

  • Are muzungus all rich?

    Nov 17, 12 • 21548 views 15 comments

    Being a Muzungu (having a white skin) defines me as rich, or so the Rollex man tells me: “For us we know you are rich.” Let’s talk English semantics here: when he says he knows I’m rich, he could also mean he believes I am rich. Are...

  • Driving in Kampala – not for the nervous

    Nov 3, 12 • 18669 views 24 comments

    Driving in Kampala? Then you’ll need to read this first! Welcome to Diary of a Muzungu! This week’s guest post is by Mark Penhallow. Mark has been working in the roads sector in Uganda since 2001 and has recently returned to the UK...

  • Be part of something BIG!

    Oct 16, 12 • 3044 views No Comments

    The Uganda Kob and the Grey Crested Crane adorn the country’s crest  – (which bird will replace it in 20 years time when the bird is extinct?) “Birding@50” focuses on the plight of Uganda’s national symbol, the Grey...

  • Why I love elephant dung!

    Sep 15, 12 • 12200 views 24 comments

    You might not believe it but it was elephants – or what comes out of the back end of them – that first brought me to Uganda. Colleagues back in London laughed out loud when I told them about the first project that the Uganda Conservation...

  • Look up! Urban birding Kampala-style

    Aug 12, 12 • 5568 views 9 comments

    The view from Long Crested Towers, Kampala Kampala is a dusty, polluted city of 2 million inhabitants. The crowded industrial area slap bang in the centre of town, sits cheek by jowl with a slum of 100,000 people and a creaking and inadequate sewage...

  • #UgandaisnotSpain – first published in 2012

    Jun 17, 12 • 3268 views 5 comments

    #UgandaisnotSpain Er … we knew that. The American showman, entertainer and sometime scam artist, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810 – 1891) was remembered for founding his famous circus and for a number of well-known sayings, such as...

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