Almost la rentrée again

The leaves are beginning to turn, which just goes further to confirm that it’s almost over. Les vacances with their hot summer afternoons and warm long evenings are coming to an end. The temperatures are dropping ever so slightly in the evenings, and the mornings are just a tad nippier than they were a few…

Happy Birthday Madiba!

Today in Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday and South African’s celebrate Mandela Day by making at least 67 minutes of their day count by dedicating them to acts of charity. I cannot write anything else about Madiba that has not already been written. Given his current frail state of health, South Africans and the world at large are happy…

Brussels in 48 hours

I was doubtful at first whether two days was enough for a stay in Brussels. It is. Between indulging in some of the national foods – chips, waffles and chocolate – seriously courting heart disease and obesity at the same time; we found time to do the hop-on hop-off bus tour, visit Mini Europe and…

Chinua Achebe : 1930 – 2013

I was around fifteen when I first read Things Fall Apart. It was a set book for our English class. We were, or at least I was, reading an account of Nigeria’s history – and more broadly Africa’s history – in the face of colonialism and not contextualising what it really meant.