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Re: Water Buck at sunset

Wow :-) back here in the north east of the UK I have ventured over the river tyne to Sunderland once it was just like being on safari :-)

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Re: Water Buck at sunset

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I've taken good care to arrive before dark ever since!
Car jackers are almost everywhere. We were driving through an area of Cape Town called Bellville and at the traffic lights was a street sign warning motorists to watch out for them. Driving in Kenya at night outside of the city is a “no,no” due to the unseen dangers of trucks and cars being driven or stopped with no lights. In the city of Nairobi, we rarely drive into it at night because of car jackings and kidnapping. Certain roads are safe with security/police placed at the lights or junctions. We have a strategy if we get taken. The same rules apply in South Africa.

The BBC still have that office you worked in. My wife is a retired architect and back in the day, we had to drive over to it to meet up with one of the staff who asked for some work to be done on the building. Interestingly, we can get the World Service in Nairobi, clear as a bell, but nothing not even a whisper down at the coast on FM. I tried searching for affiliate radio stations with the World Service, but no luck. So no radio, this morning only the sounds of the ocean, the calls to prayer and the sounds of the Ibis!

Next month I am in the UK, on the look out for a new lens and to drive to a classic car meet in Anglesey. Have a great day
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Re: Water Buck at sunset

We used to kit all our cars with the five battery Maglite. In the UK they seem to be regarded as an offensive weapon but in Nairobi they were definitely defensive.

In the days when life was slightly less fraught we were driving the LR after dark from Tsavo to Mombasa when we came upon a VW minibus. It had shunted at considerable speed into something. The driver and a passenger were dead in the front and trapped. We stopped at the next police station to report the accident. There was a lorry in the yard unloading the bodies from the rear of the VW. Sobering.

Life in parts of Africa has changed for the worse. Back in the 60s you took care after dark and there were at least two of you. Now you wouldn't go.

Back in the 30s a distant relative was vicar of Germiston, then described as being in the Transvaal, now a suburb of Joburg. We visited a few years ago to meet the current incumbent, a lady. The church was defended with the usual ironwork but still suffered vandalism. Interestingly the vicar was welcome in all but on of the nearby shanty towns. The cloth provided adequate protection.

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