Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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July 5th, 2009

@fictillius @erkpod You’re right. I have a lot to write about but… I. Am. Truly. Exhausted. But. Happy.

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Sun plan (D9): A little writing; get some gifts from Tanzania; depart for Bangkok.

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There’ll be plenty of reflection on the long flights home, I’m sure.

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@ApostrophePong Also, your blog has too many irrelevant Twitter links on that last post. I think Tweetback is FTL.

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@zzap Google Translate is attempting to do French. I chat in “French” with @SnarkyPlatypus every day, except when we don’t.

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@ApostrophePong Yes, this is my last morning in Africa. My flight to Nairobi is at 1940, thence to Bangkok, arriving midday Monday.

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I note that Google translated “Sydney” to “Paris”, which is perhaps correct in some contexts, and I had to fix it manually.

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Les Tanzaniens semblent satisfaits de l’avancement dans leur stratégie à long terme. Je pense que Sydney devrait instantanée merveilles.

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Google Translate is destroying all meaning. It creates a pleasantly detached ambiguity.

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RT @jayrosen_nyu: The View from Nowhere is dying, @Mickeleh “Here’s where I’m coming from” is easier to trust. Hunter S Thompson knew that.

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Our new bloggers’ first posts are at “Jambo Tanzania”. http://tr.im/qVN7 I’m sure they’d love your comments and questions.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je me demande comment ça va se dérouler à partir d’ici. Nous avons à peine gratté la surface des possibilités.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis fatiguée et de réflexion. En réfléchissant sur ce que nous avons réalisés en Tanzanie. Et vous?

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“Guarantee seagull”?

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@garthk I do count Dar es Salaam as “civilization”, yes, especially at the hotel. Massive contrast to where I’ve been.

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@jaygee35 The “heirarchical society” issue came up not just when posting to the blog but throughout every decision-making process.

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Emerges. 0745 Sunday in Dar es Salaam. Some cloud over the Indian Ocean, but it’s still outrageously beautiful.

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Exit row. Bonus. Transmitters off. Next stop Bangkok.

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Why push ahead in an aircraft boarding queue? Idiots.

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Late: not boarding yet. But caught up on a week of reading Crikey. Fun @firstdogonmoon commentary. ;)

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Herds of backpackers roam Nairobi airport: like wildebeest, but not as smart.

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There’s a younger version of @SilkCharm at this airport, and she should either pull her jeans up or invest in knickers.

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Weird. Kenya Airways KQ886 for Bangkok and Guangzhou already has the gate open. It doesn’t leave for an hour.

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Why did I buy little elephants when Tanzania’s national animal is the giraffe?

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Touchdown Nairobi. That was a 737, actually, and only 1/3 full.

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This 767 isn’t even half full. Transmitters off.

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Boarding call for my Precision Air flight Dar es Salaam to Nairobi. Yes, them.

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Why did I go to the gate lounge so early? Fail.

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Their prices reflect a strong desire for me to buy in USD not TZS. Surprise surprise.

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Shit! Just foud TZS 50,000 I’d stashed away. Now I’ll have tn gdt some crap in duty free to spend it.

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I’ve cleared immigration control. I’m now in that nether region kmown as the departure area, Dar es Salaam airport.

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My car has arrived. In typical Tanzanian religious tolerance, Moses has been replaced by Hassan.

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I suspect that Pakistani boy’s pink on black t-shirt slogan should read “freestyler”, but “Free Tyler” is a fine call to action.

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Relaxing with a G&T collecting my thoughts, watching East Africa’s elite play on the beach, served by crisp-uniformed statoto

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1245. I’ll check out now, and then spend a couple hours relaxing before the airport. Attention intermittent.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Africa would soon cure you of your autotune obsession. ;)

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I’ve just been told that at 5pm I’ll be driven to the airport by Moses. There’s an obvious joke to make, but that’d be lame.

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New blog post: “ActionAid Tanzania blogs online!” http://tr.im/qWDk

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@danpatmore Or, indeed, Fawlty Towers. However my pants have just been delivered. Suspiciously warm and freshly pressed.

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Housekeeping alleges that they’ve found my laundry. Meanwhile I’ll put my feet up and watch the ocean.

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RT @ThePlasticAge: It now becomes a crazy montage from a badd 80’s flick, where you’ll end up wearing two welcome mats taped together.

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Still no sign of my pants, and no housekeeping have taken the phone off the hook. This does not bode well.

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Albert has to leave for Dodoma again (yes, today!) so he asked me to approve their first blog comments. http://tr.im/qWrH

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@ApostrophePong True, buying new clothes in Bangkok may be the go. We’ll see whether the laundry can find things though.

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@stufromoz @unsungsongs Yes, yes… I am the Malcolm Fraser of Sub-Saharan Africa. Or something. Sheesh!

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Hmmm… my laundry seems to have gone missing. Of all the risks in Africa, losing my pants in a hotel laundry didn’t figure highly.

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They should not make blue cheese available on the breakfast buffet. I’m fat enough as it is.

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Breakfast is needed. Baxoon.

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@erkpod There was some preparation FAIL, yes, but not in the way you might imagine. That’s a blog post on its own. Later! ;)

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@neg2led No, I don’t get to keep the sat phone. :) But then, I never even needed to turn it on.

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@ApostrophePong As you know, I’m not the “Oh, wow, I’m in love with Africa!” type. But it IS beautiful and I’d be good to return, yes.

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I plan to do posts like “Unreliable Bangkok” http://tr.im/qVYl which’ll be of more value than “Sunday: Kilimani village” anyway.

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