Saturday, 31 January 2009
Above: 2004, the screening at Cotonou's Hall Des Arts, when over 5000 people came seeking surgical attention.
Above: 2004, the Anastasis Academy's Christmas Play with Anna (3) and Noah (5). Every other child in the photo has since left except Wesley, to the left of Anna.
Above; 2004, Beninoise day-workers cleaning and painting the Anastasis.
Above: 2004, me up a telegraph pole stringing power cables and water pipes to the dock.
Above: 2004, Sally and me taking ballroom dancing on Aft Deck.
Above; 2004, our first American Thanks Giving. Olly
Friday, 30 January 2009
BBC: The UN has warned Liberia could soon face a second wave of crop-destroying armyworms as the pests reproduce. Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf declared a state of emergency this week and appealed for international aid to fight the insects. Some 400,000 residents in 100 villages have been affected by tens of millions of the insects, the UN says. The worms - which are actually caterpillars - are among the world's most destructive agricultural pests. It is the West African country's worst infestation of armyworm for three decades. Both Liberia and neighbouring Guinea, which has also been affected, have been carrying out aerial spraying against the insects. For full article click here.
Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?
Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke?
Why do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?
Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage?
Why do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering?
Why does the sun lighten our hair but darken our skin?
Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
MONROVIA — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday declared a state of emergency in the West African country where thousands of people are affected by an invasion of crop-destroying insects. "I am hereby declaring a state of emergency," Sirleaf said in a speech broadcast on television. Declaring a state of emergency over the plague by the voracious caterpillars, known as army worms, will make it easier for the president to free up government money to fight the invasion but it is also a cry for attention. Monrovia has already said it does not have the means to spray the army worms with insecticide from planes and has asked the international community for help. "Thousands of people have been affected by the invasion of millions of army worms in the centre of the country (...) I have mandated the Minister of Finance to mobilise all possible resources to enable us to curtail the situation," Sirleaf said. Authorities say more than 53 towns and villages in Liberia have now been affected by the caterpillars which can lay waste to an entire crop in a matter of days. Monrovia has warned that tens of thousands of Liberians face hunger due to the insect invasion. Last week the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the invasion by tens of millions of army worms was a "national emergency" for Liberia that could spread across west Africa. An FAO delegation currently in Liberia is due to visit other potentially affected countries Tuesday to take samples of the insects to determine the best way to combat the plague. According to reports, the army worms have passed into neighbouring Guinea. Liberia's other neighbour, Sierra Leone, announced Monday it had started a massive drive sending chemicals and spraying personnel to the border districts to keep the invading insects at bay. AFP Press
Monday, 26 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Above, lounge/dining room/kitchen facing aft.
Above, Libby jumping on our fantastic big and comfortable bed! No more back aches for me!
Monday, 19 January 2009
For Christmas, Sally gave me a SCUBA Diving Course as a combined Christmas and 40th birthday present. Last week I attended a diving school in Los Christianos for 3 very cold and exhausting days. I was challenged mentally, and challenged physically...BUT I am now a qualified Open Water SCUBA Diver! Hooray. It has been a life long ambition of mine to dive (in warm waters), so I will be very happy to continue diving in West Africa. I hope to join the elite ranks of the Africa Mercy's divers who regularly are called upon to remove blockages from the ship's cooling water-intakes, scrape the propellors etc. Olly