This reminds of me of ……………..
We arrived later than we had planned. The trip up from Nairobi had taken us longer. We were travelling new ground. The lodge was still some way from the entrance to the Safari Park, maybe another hour’s drive. There was a speed limit in the Park.
The guard was reluctant to let us enter. We had arrived too late. He knew it would be dark before we arrived at the lodge, and it wasn’t safe to let us in.
We thought we were invincible. We had already travelled overland from England to Kenya. Already spent 6 months travelling across Africa. We were young, newlyweds. Catriona’s parents had kindly lent us the Land Cruiser. This was our little break, on our own, at last. Just Pam and I. The remainder of our party of 12 were headed south to climb Mt Kenya. A man thing, macho.
Being this close to the Equator, day to turns to night quickly. Dusk is soon night. We pleaded with the guard to let us through; we could still make it to the lodge before dark? We all knew this wasn’t true, but you guessed it, he weaken and we were on our way.
The trail to the lodge was dry but rough. We pushed on as fast as we dare, hoping that the game would hear us coming and be long gone before we saw them. We were driving through bush and scrubland. Passing between small trees and vegetation, through which the track, we had to follow, meandered its way. The Land Cruiser was throwing up dust behind us, indicating to anyone watching that we were travelling faster than the rules allowed.
As we came around the next twist in the track, we saw him. Standing in the middle of the track awaiting our approach. Instinct kicked in. Brakes applied without any hesitation. The vehicle stopped, but the dust cloud travelling with us didn’t. He disappeared into the cloud. Hearts racing, we briefly exchanged a few words, very quietly. The engine was still running, we could reverse? Suddenly we were alone, in a borrowed vehicle, a long way from home. What if he charged? Who would know? The guard was right; we should not have arrived so late.
As the dust settled, we saw him once again. Head down, ready to charge. He was magnificent. We had invaded his turf. We were in the wrong, and we knew it. Lots of thoughts raced through our heads, as we sat there motionless and silent.
Fortunately, after what seemed a long while, he turned his head to the right, and slowly made his way off the track and back into the bush. We were grateful, and repentant. We drove on at a more leisurely pace until we finally made it to the lodge at Nakuru. Most of our journey through the park had been in darkness. This was Africa, 1974. A brief moment I will always remember.
“At the Mercy of Men”- Lake Nakuru, Kenya – Mitchell Krog – Featured Photographer
Happy Valentine’s Day! I absolutely love this image. One of the hardest things to do in a wildlife photograph is to create an image of an animal while still showing its environment. Mitchell captures this perfectly. It is no wonder this image took first place in the Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife and Environmental Awards 2011. After you read his story slide on over to Mitchell’s Galleries, friend him on Facebook, and follow his tweets!
Take it away Mitchell:
I took this shot on a trip to Kenya in late 2009. I was in Lake Nakurufor a few days primarily to focus on the vast populations of Flamingoes that flock to the Lake. One afternoon on my way down to the lake, there stood this single…
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WordPress.com prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
This blog was viewed about 930 times in 2013. The busiest day of the year was November 20th with 50 views. The most popular post that day was Axafrica.
And this is for a largely “inactive” blog. Maybe I will revive some content during 2014.
An update on HiFi / DAC / iDocks / Cables and Connectors.
And an update to AxAfrica – with new photos…….
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I know that I have posted several blogs about Gun Control of late, but that is because there are excellent articles in The Guardian, The Economist and The New York Times, which I endorse. I look forward to your comments.
This extract from an article in The Guardian highlights how the domestic ‘love for guns’ in the USA helps to feed the supply of weapons worldwide. To read the article in full, follow the link below.
“Mr Obama’s initiative is important not just to Americans. It affects the rest of the world too. It is often forgotten that America is not just the world’s biggest consumer of weapons. It is also the world’s biggest exporter of guns. Last year the Obama administration authorised US diplomats to take part in negotiations about a proposed UN arms trade treaty. Such a treaty would need to pass the US Senate before it could come into force. This week’s fighting in Mali and the bloody siege in Algeria are another set of warnings of the dangers of an unregulated weapons trade. But they are also a reminder that the new political mood on guns in America has implications for us all.”
By WENDY BUTTON Published: January 18, 2013
the following below is an extract from:-
“I had gone as far as to dial the number of the Metropolitan Police Department’s firearms registration division and begin the process. Then I stopped and put my BlackBerry down.
I remembered who I am.
I am one of the millions of people in this country who live with depression. I knew that in the gun registration form there would be a version of this question: Have you ever voluntarily or involuntarily been committed to a hospital? The answer is yes — voluntarily. But because my hospitalization was years earlier and I wasn’t in treatment at the time, I could have gotten a gun.
My depression appeared for the first time in the late ’90s, right before I began writing for politicians. It comes and goes like fog. Medicine can help. I have my tricks to manage and get through it. Sometimes it sticks around for a day or a week, and sometimes it stays away for a couple of years. But it never leads me to sleep all day, cry and wear sweat pants like the people in the commercials. You’d look at me and never know that sometimes my fight against the urge to die is so tough the only way I get through it is second by second; I live by the second hand.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38,364 Americans lost that fight in 2010 and committed suicide; 19,392 used a gun. No one ever attempted to break down my door in the early morning again, but I had an episode when my depression did come back in full force in the early winter of 2009, after I made a career-ending decision and isolated myself too much; on a January night in 2010; and again in May 2012, after testifying in the federal criminal trial of John Edwards, my former boss. If I had purchased that gun and it had been in my possession, I’m not sure I would have been able to resist and would be here typing these words.”
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Now is the time for Americans to decide.
It is time for their country to mature and set an example to the world at large. To lay down their guns and stop assassinating people abroad with remote controlled drones.
The right to bear arms is a selfish desire.
Balfour Declaration 1917
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
OK, this was a long time ago, but the agreement should still hold. Why do the Jews in Israel think they have sole right to “their country”?
It would seem that lessons have not been learnt from the attack on the Twin Towers. The USA continues to use its military might to remotely attack civilians in a vain attempt to improve “the security of Americans”. These numerous attacks, personally authorised by Barack Obama, are not justified and will continue to cause hatred and unrest in the countries they ‘manage remotely’ by these airstrikes.
Barack Obama has a huge challenge ahead, and one that needs support from all Americans. You cannot win hearts and minds with violence. And that applies also to domestic policy on guns in classrooms.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.