#1 Spice

'Bring the flavour to the fish, Bring the flavour to the rice ... Number one spice' Queen of Katwe's soundtrack to Kampala, Uganda's vibrant capital, is a homily to the flavour-giving qualities of Lake Victoria salt. But the word 'spice' has a wholly different meaning in Northern British cities. This kind of spice adds flavour... Continue Reading →

Aircraft Internet: From Entebbe to Dubai

It seems unreal connecting to the internet thousands of miles up in the sky between Entebbe and Dubai. I guess its progress. If I ever have children, they'll probably think such connectivity is entirely ordinary. Such is life. Anyhow: What will I remember? What will I miss? What won't I miss? I'll remember the ex-pat... Continue Reading →

Homecoming. On TV.

For Tom Reynolds, the NHS' most prominent paramedic blogger, the London where he works is a city of ghosts: every street tells a story of a patient he has looked after there. For me, today has been the inverse. Places remind me of other places. It's as if the immediate future of returning home makes... Continue Reading →

A perfect day

Today could not have been more wonderful: Swimming in the lake with the four boys from the resort. For an hour, nothing matters, neither space nor time. There was only the sensation of the cool water, and the shimmering droplets washing over the black silhouettes of my new friends, cardboard cut-outs on a sun-drenched sky.... Continue Reading →

Lodwar

I arrive at Nairobi and pass through security three times (everywhere else it has been a mere twice). Nonetheless, I'm at the departure gate within half-an-hour of my arrival at the airport. It's much bigger than I remember, and completely unrecognisable: it burnt down and has since been rebuilt. I don't know a great deal... Continue Reading →

From Kigali to Nairobi

On the motorbike taxi journey to Kigali Airport I think about all the people I have met and all the stories that we have told: Fragments of personal existence. Ways of building friendship through the laughter or sadness shared. Kigali has been a place of many stories. I think first of Kathleen, the wonderful American... Continue Reading →

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