Friday, September 27, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Jamaica, Mells Manor, Rossetti and Baobab Fruit...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
People sometimes bear a slight resemblance to something from the animal kingdom, and I remember playing a fun game called 'what sort of Bathroom are you?' In this game one has to guess who one is talking about by describing them as say, a bathroom; a plant; a style of music or indeed an animal. Well, if we played this game and my mother's husband Gillis (above) was the person to be so discribed, I would definitely describe him as an elk. A forester by profession; a great hunter and wildlife expert he must have slowly adopted its looks and characteristics over a whole lifetime...
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
IBK sworn in
"I swear before God and the People of Mali to preserve faithfully the Republican system; to respect and to ensure that the Consitution and the Law is respected; to fulfil my functions according to the interest of the Malian people; to preserve the gains of democracy; to guarantee national unity, independence and territorial integrity."
The ceremony was conducted in the presence of the international diplomatic corps and the leaders of the departing interim government who have governed Mali in the last 18 months or so. These included Cheik Modibo Diarra, ousted in December as Interim Prime Minister. There was another dignitary present, whose invitation also illustrates the characteristic Malian traits of forgiveness and generosity: Moussa Traore, Mali's dictator during 23 years (and friend of my Keita's father) not only graced the inauguration with his presence, he also enjoyed sustained applause from the crowd. ATT however, who led the coup that overthrew Moussa Traore in 1991, was not present. It seems that he is now less popular than the dictator he overthrew.
The problem with the Malian state is that the President wields too much power. And we know what happens, don't we? 'Power corrupts, and Absolute Power corrupts absolutely' in the well worn quote of Lord Acton.
But fortunately the Malian president does not quite wield absolute power. So let's wish IBK well and let's hope and pray he will be a wise and fine president to lead Mali back on course again.
Vive le Mali!
Monday, September 02, 2013
Out of Africa
But this was a Sunday Special.
I am otherwise hectically engaged in useful occupations like the revamping of my flat, and the organizing of a hundred practical details to do with the prosaic side of life... so correspondence will be brief and lacking in Mali connections for this month of September.