NNTL (No Need To Look) Investment Opportunity (fiction)

Rocky Patch

Rocky Patch

NNTL Investments are proud to bring to market a highly desirable property with interesting prospects, currently experiencing rocky patch.

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Review: A Plague of Caterpillars – A Return to the African Bush by Nigel Barley

A Plague of Caterpillars - A Return to the African Bush by Nigel Barley

A Plague of Caterpillars – A Return to the African Bush by Nigel Barley

This book was sent to me as a review copy.

He is back!

This is the second part of The Innocent Anthropologist’s adventures in the land of the Dowayo in Cameroon.

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Book Review: The Innocent Anthropologist – Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel Barley

The Innocent Anthropologist - Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel Barley

The Innocent Anthropologist – Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel Barley

This book was sent to me as a review copy.

The Innocent Anthropologist is a cultural dive into the deep end.

Written in the early 1980s by anthropologist Nigel Barley, it describes the author’s first attempt at fieldwork in Africa. The result, built around us and others, is shocking and funny, and bashed about with the perils of first hand observation. Continue reading

Impressions of Prague

Flying into Prague over the Vltava River

Flying into Prague over the Vltava River

This is our first visit to a city we know of but do not know, and we have just one October weekend to make its acquaintance.

The Vltava River is the eye-catcher as we fly in.

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Zimbabwe – “I think we’ve got the gist of it…”

What next?

What next?

The telephone connection sounds thin. I turn up the volume to catch the reporter’s voice. A few horrific details staccato down the line then stop…suddenly the voice is gone.

There’s an awkward silence, a brief in-between space, and then a curt announcement from the show’s host: I think we’ve got the gist of it…”

Papers shuffle and a new topic fills the air.

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The ‘whys’ and the ‘whats’ of the School Governor Role

Here’s an updated version of a piece I wrote when I first started to blog. At the time I still worked in the hectic world of schools, and saw at first hand the difference governors could make.

The Phraser

School Governors

Why be a school governor? Because the more our children succeed the better we’ll all be.

What’s needed? Time, enthusiasm, and the willingness to learn and work with others.

What else?

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The Reunion – Walking the Talk in Extremadura, Spain

Walking in Extremadura in the spring of 2018

Walking in Extremadura in the spring of 2018

Seven of us – female, and last together decades ago at school in Zimbabwe – leave our lives in England, South Africa, Spain, France and Australia, and head off for a week’s reunion in Extremadura.

The plan, born from a cyber whim, somehow, suddenly becomes real.

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