I am on leave in UK until 26th September and enjoying life in Brighton. The weather? Yesterday the sun shone and we took advantage by going out to Lewes and having a really English pub lunch in the Juggs, a 600 year old pub in rural Sussex. Nice? You bet! There’s the photo.
State House Zambia? You might think so judging from the size of the pad and the Zambian flag flying outside! In fact it’s the home of Len and Pat Norman (very old friends of mine) on the Isle of Wight. Len, who was in Zambia for years, firstly with the Colonial Police and then with the Anti-Corruption Commission, writes:
“Also attached is a pic of the Zambian flag proudly flying in the garden of our house on the IOW earlier this month on the 48th anniversary of my first arrival in Zambia! It will also be fluttering there on the 24th October, we don’t forget old friends and loyalties – its appearance caused a stir locally and many questions were asked about the country it represented and why we were flying it, glad to report all comments were very favourable.”
I loved this from UK Zambians
Zambian children in Thurrock – Essex, took to the stage in Taiyaka Taiyaka style, strutting out their stuff in truly Zambian style, to the delight of an 8000 strong crowd. The children shared the stage with X- factor finalists Stacey Solomon, Chico, Rachel Adedeji and other performances from hip hop, rock to Asian culture.
The seventeen – member dance group (including two boys) mesmerised fans with Zambian –waist- wiggling to ‘Taiyaka Taiyaka and ‘Namoonga Oyeye’ tunes on Saturday 24 July 2010, at Grays Beach. A visibly thrilled member of the audience remarked that the swish-swashing moves made the dancers’ bodies look ‘disjointed’ at the waist.
Thurrock Festival is a yearly event organised by the Council and its partners. The event celebrates the rich community of Thurrock, its history and residents. Music and dance are at the heart of the festival with a mixture of traditional and contemporary sounds.
This is the first time the group has performed at the Thurrock festival. The group’s maiden appearance was at a Black History Month event at Gray’s Convent Secondary School in Grays last October. The group’s popularity is steadily growing and is set to raise the Zambian flag higher and higher.
Dancers include Ndelina,Tamara and Mumbi Mulenga, Mphambo and Kasuba Konga, Natasha and Mutale Mushibwe, Nzila Siluwe, Musalwa and Nokwanda Siyunyi, Tishana Nyamustamba, Mwila Mupepa, Makungo Mutale, Mulengu Monga, Sultana Scott, Chisha and Cecilia Masafwa.
The dance group has been brought together by Zambian parents in Thurrock with the aim of teaching Zambia cultural heritage through dance and song. This initiative has fostered in the children, most of whom where born abroad, a sense of identity and pride in their Zambian culture. It was a happy ending with a big ‘family picnic’ for the Zambian families at the gig!
August 1st was my late father’s birthday so he’s often uppermost in my thoughts at this time of year. Here’s a great photo of he and my late mother resting during one of their many rambles over Exmoor. I guess he was in his early 80’s when the photo was taken.
The Yorkshire County Council Department of Labour, claimed a small northeast farmer was not paying proper wages to his help, and sent an agent out to investigate him. The Department of Labour employee said, “I need a list of your employees, and how much you pay them.”
Farmer:- Well, there’s my farm hand, who’s been with me for 3 years.
I pay him £200 a week, plus free room and board.
Then there’s the mentally challenged worker. He works about 18 hours every day, and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about £10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night, so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.
IDL employee:- That’s the guy I want to talk to…the mentally challenged one.
Farmer:- That would be me.
“Just returned from research for creating tours in Zambia/Botswana. Had a great time on safari in Botswana. Fitted in visit to Victoria Falls. Stayed at Chanters Lodge which I would recommend to anyone for a fairly priced, welcoming, family run lodge where nothing is too much effort for the host Richard Chanter. I have stayed with him before and would stay with him any time I am in Livingstone.”
That’s Mike with one of his hats on, sitting at the back of that elephant!
One sunny day in May, 2010 an old man approached the door of 10 Downing Street from across the street where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the policeman standing guard and said, “I’d like to go in and meet with Mr Brown” The policeman looked at the man and said, “Sir, Mr. Brown is no longer the Prime Minister and no longer resides here.”
The old man said, “Okay”, and walked away.
The following day, the same man approached the door of 10 Downing Street and said to the same policeman,”I’d like to go in and meet with Mr Brown.” The policeman again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Brown is no longer Prime minister and no longer resides here.” The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.
The third day, the same man approached 10 Downing Street and spoke to the very same policeman, saying “I’d like to go in and meet with Mr Brown.”
The bobby, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you’ve been here asking to speak to Mr. Brown. I’ve told you already that Mr. Brown is no longer the Prime Minister and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”
The old man looked at the Bobby and said, “Oh, I understand alright, I just love hearing it!”
“The bobby snapped to attention, saluted, and said, “See you tomorrow, Sir!”
I liked this story by Lewis Clarke on Tiverton People Why? Well…
Petroc is the combined North and East Devon Technical Colleges. My late father taught at the East Devon Technical College in Tiverton, Devon, my home town, after he retired from the staff of Blundells School. Then of course I’ve been in the catering business throughout my career and have always taken a close interest in staff training. To top it all, I happen to have been a friend of Rick Stein’s when we were in the same house at Uppingham School in the 60’s.
Well done to the students concerned! (From left to right above): Basking in glory – Joe Martin, Jim Smith and Lloyd Gribble outside the Exe Restaurant at Petroc in Tiverton. Here’s the piece:
“Two young catering & hospitality students from Petroc in Tiverton have just been offered the kind of jobs that could sky-rocket their careers to success. Following two weeks of work experience over Easter at the famous Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, seventeen year old Joe Martin from Uffculme has been offered a job to join Rick Stein’s team when he completes his course in July. Lloyd Gribble, 18, from Tiverton, has also landed himself a top job following his week of work experience over Easter at Somerset’s Award Winning ‘Dining Pub of the Year’ – Woods in Dulverton.
The pair had worked hard throughout the year and earned their work experience – while on their work placement, they impressed, and have now been offered their dream jobs. Whilst at The Seafood Restaurant, Joe was working under the expert supervision of Head Chef Stephane Delourne and 2008 Master Chef Winner and former barrister, James Nathan.
Before starting his job in July, Joe will spend a week at the Michelin starred Castle Hotel in Taunton under the expert supervision of Richard Guest. Joe said: “When Head Chef Stephane offered me the job I accepted immediately, I was delighted. I can’t wait to start in July. I couldn’t believe how friendly everyone at Rick Stein’s was.”
Lloyd has been offered a full time job by Paddy Groves, owner of the renowned Woods in Dulverton. He said: “I was so impressed by how organised the kitchen was, it was great. Once I’ve finished my Level 3 qualification in July I’ll be starting at Woods.” Jim Smith – Chef Lecturer at Petroc, who had organised the work experience for Joe and Lloyd through his connections said: “It’s fantastic that both the lads did so well.
“Both Rupert Wilson the general manager at Rick Stein’s and Paddy Groves the owner of Woods had nothing but praise for our students and that makes me very proud. “We hope that this is the start of a good relationship between the college and these businesses.”
My daughter-in-law Jo Gaffkin is technical manager at the Design Museum in London and at the moment they have a very interesting exhibition at the museum:
“One of the leading architects of his generation, David Adjaye has stepped out of his regular line of work to photograph and document key cities in Africa as part of an ongoing project to study new patterns of urbanism. Often regarded as a continent defined by underdevelopment, poverty, war and tourism, through this exhibition Adjaye presents Africa in a different light, examining the buildings and places which have a special resonance with his preoccupations as an architect.
This detailed survey will reveal a unique snapshot of life in Africa today, documenting the nature of urban life in a developing continent, a unique geo-cultural survey profiling the African city in a global context.”
Is the picture David Adjaye? Nope, it’s Jo and husband Jan Chanter on top of the mighty Victoria Falls! Now there’s a photo!