A Festive Season in Freetown

There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.

Douglas Adams

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Being away from friends and family is surprisingly difficult over the Christmas – New Year period. It seems I miss the family drama that inevitable occurs over this period, or perhaps it is that I am having a realisation that I simply miss my friends and family. I had this feeling on Christmas Eve, when I was sitting by myself sipping a beer at a The Hub writing a few Christmas messages to family and friends around the world. Now I am at Franco’s (Francisca’s) a quaint restaurant on the beach about half an hour out of Freetown, writing this and reflecting. Continue reading A Festive Season in Freetown

TEKNO: The No-Show

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

Mark Twain

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To throw off the bowlines and sail away from safe harbour, and to Explore, Dream and Discover, I have resolved to do things in Sierra Leone I wouldn’t have usually done in the past – although hopefully no more forced exploring after being locked out of my house… Continue reading TEKNO: The No-Show

Three Weeks In Freetown – A Comedy of Errors

Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell?
Sleeping or waking, mad or well-advised?
Known unto these, and to myself disguised?
I’ll say as they say, and persever so,
And in this mist at all adventures go.

Shakespeare

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Freetown Panorama at Sunset

Where to start…? So I am now three weeks into my latest adventure to go work in Freetown for the next 2 years as an Oxford Policy Fellow. It has been a crazy few weeks to say the least. Continue reading Three Weeks In Freetown – A Comedy of Errors

Solomon Islands Sunsets – Honiara – The Deep Blue

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The lack of internet (imagine dial up in the 90’s), the constant smell and sight of betel nut that stains Honiara’s streets blood red or the constant oppressive heat, humidity and dust are among many things made living in Honiara exceptionally difficult. But one of the saving graces of the Honiara and of the Solomon Islands were the incredible sunsets. My next few posts will be sharing a few of these stunning evening vistas. Continue reading Solomon Islands Sunsets – Honiara – The Deep Blue

Burning Off

Burning Off

As something a bit different to my food and law posts, I have decided to post pictures from my life be it from places around the world I have visited or lived, to home which is where I am starting. The photo pictured is of my farm. It was taken looking out from the house into the fire and smoke whilst we were burning off the stubble from an old crop. I took this photo a long time ago but I always have a great time when the burning off is occurring. The smoke and visuals, often combined with an amazing sunset are magical. The photo relaxes me and makes me feel nostalgic about the farm. Hope you all enjoy it!