Monthly Archives: September 2011

Composting Hot Water Heater

In my quest to learn how to be more self-sufficient without modern power I recently attended Imagine Rural Development Initiative’s workshop on how to create a hot water heater with yard waste.  Danny (our gardener) was keen to go with … Continue reading

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Euphoria

The relief in Zambia Friday morning was palpable.  When they announced the winner of Zambia’s 2011 presidential election at 12:34 am, there was literally dancing in the street.  It so easily could have gone the other way, with the incumbent … Continue reading

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Celebration!!!

Thom got home about midnight from his trip to Nairobi and after a long walk we had just gone to bed and fallen asleep when he jumped up and said, the phone’s ringing.  Now, you know how those middle-of-the-night phone … Continue reading

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Conflicting Reports

Well, it’s night time here in Zambia and most people are in bed (it’s a rise with the sun and got to bed early kind of place; something about not having electricity that does that to you).  As usual, there … Continue reading

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News Blackout

  As of this morning, the government has ordered all media to stop reporting on the election until the Electoral Committee has had a chance to properly release the results (see this and this). It appears that the court ruling … Continue reading

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About the Chinese…

In case you haven’t heard, China is taking over Africa.  Okay, I don’t really know if that’s true but everyone from the grocery store clerk to UNZA professors to taxi drivers tell me this.  The Chinese have done a lot … Continue reading

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Nervous and Tense

On election day yesterday there was an electric excitement in the air, with chants of “we want change! we want change!”  The sometimes 2-3 km lines at the polling stations gave everyone hope that the people’s voice would be heard. … Continue reading

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