Monthly Archives: March 2007

she just collapsed

‘I tried to go to England but eventually I gave up. The visa process was humiliating. They wanted so much information – what I earn, what my daughter was earning… They even asked me if my daughter was earning enough … Continue reading

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corrugating

A huge signpost bowed down into the middle of the road – a hand in front, a hand behind – as I drove home in a grey car. Its waist had melted. Large metal structures, overnight, let loose on Luanda. … Continue reading

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angolan oil

All those bodies that fell into the sea from vast vessels designed to transport slaves – they are the reason Angola has so much oil. That’s what I have been told. Over the centuries the preserved remains of these women, … Continue reading

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more on reporting zimbabwe

It’s odd this should happen just after my rant about the way we (don’t) report Zimbabwe and Angola. London called this morning. Could I do an interview about the 3000 troops that Angola is going to send to Zimbabwe to … Continue reading

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substantially strange

Well there’s a funny thing. I wrote a blog four days ago, criticising the BBC (and indirectly British foreign policy) for its contradictory approach to Africa, in particular its interest in Zimbabwe compared to Angola. And this afternoon, some time … Continue reading

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go Bono, go

Bonehead: Every time I clap my hands another child dies in Africa. Audience: So stop clapping your fucking hands then. If you want to find out more about Bonehead, please, do have a look at this and this.

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substantially worse

It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks. I’ve made a number of enemies including the Archbishop of Canterbury, possibly God (scroll down), a potential landlord, a potential employer and – by the time I’ve finished this – a current employer. … Continue reading

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