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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I believe if you look on 'YouTube' under the right heading..... Laughing

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I think this was before YouTube was even around, but had it been at the time I'm sure the video would have made it onto there.

I remember playing Cardinal Puff too, and a few other similar games. One I particularly remember was at college when we played that kind of game at the Students Union on a friend's birthday. I mostly got away with it other than downing a pint and not being able to retain about the last quarter and just spraying it out of my mouth, but the worst one was the guy whose birthday it was - he downed a pint and then leaned back in the seat, only to lose the entire pint (and more) from chest to feet. Didn't stop him in his tracks though - a few paper towels later and he was drinking again...

What really killed everyone that night was after we were done drinking we went back to someone's place and proceeded some smoke something akin to a 'Camberwell Carrot'. No one lasted more than a few minutes before shutting down for the night.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that movie. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We went to a village called Rimi in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria a few years ago. As we were setting up a screen and sound system to show Gospel films, some Fulani gathered around to watch. One group of women and girls caught my eye, so I brought out my camera. I approached them, gesturing toward my camera to ask if I could photograph them. They shied away so I immediately put the camera down. But they were looking toward an older man, who spoke loudly to them, gesturing-- he was telling them to pose for a picture! The women immediately began primping themselves, tucking and smoothing and perching those sunglasses on their heads. This was BBC's photo of the day sometime in 2009, I think.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's beautifull Deer!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photo!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing these girls would be from an area seriously impacted by Boko Haram activities [isn't that much worse in the North of the country?] - this stuff should not, should not, should not be!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boko Haram has not yet reached Kaduna State, but the Fulani are highly nomadic and yes, these people could have roamed as far as Niger and the states bordering Cameroon and Chad but I doubt it; they were not Woodabe (the real Sahara Fulani) by their dress. I should post a picture of the boys whose dress was quite flamboyant as well. Mostly they wore capri pants, with a square blouse like two floral scarves sewn together, large beaded-tassel earrings, and pirate hats. If I was told what branch of Fulani they were, I have forgotten.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By what means do they secure thier existance? Do they 'farm and graze' [which would limit their movement to a degree] or is it strictly nomadic in the sense of moving with their stock and obtaining their vegetable protien by either barter or foraging. Or indeed do they persue other forms of income generation? Whatever the case they are a strong looking people. Yes - if you have photo's of the boys/men I'd love to see them Deer; seeing the people 'doing their stuff' has always been the greatest thing for me anywhere I have been.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Primarily they follow their herds around, they eat and sell their milk and milk products and some animals for meat. They produce some woven mats, and some traditional crafts like touareg-style silver jewelry, blankets, embroideries, sandals, leather purses and shoes, beadwork... the unrest has made these things difficult for them to trade, and it's really hard to find. It also has a chilling effect on their culture; for example in areas where there is conflict between Fulani and other tribes the Fulani give up their flamboyant dress and cute hairstyle and wear caftans, and the women wear hijab, just to blend in.

I'm supposed to be working, so the pics will have to come later.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look forward to them. Alas travel to these regions is beyond 'the tourist trail' to which the average westerner can aspire to; It's great to hear from someone who has really 'got in amongst it'. Can't always by any means be easy. Respect.
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I was down in Mazouga on the Erg-Chebi [the nothernmost sand-sea of the sahara dessert] with some friends in four-wheel drives, and one of our vehicles had [unsuprisingly] become bogged in the sand. Some local bedouin guys came and gave us a push and as we were about to drive away one of the attendant kids who had gathered to watch started tapping on the window and pointing at an empty water bottle in the car. I wound down the window and handed him the bottle at which point he scurried off to the side of the vehhicle. He scooped some sand into the bottle with a few deft flicks of his hand, then sped back to the window and offered it to me with his other hand outstretched saying "Genuine Saharan sand - only 15 dhirams!"
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dug up this old thread since Sorus' comments about spiders in another one recalled this story to me again. I've mentioned it in passing over the years, but never actually told it in full.

Some years back, my uncle invited me to accompany himself, his partner at the time, and my cousins on an extended, all expenses paid, trip visiting a selection of seriously luxury game lodges. (He was a member of some conservation consortium and as such was entitled to a certain number of yearly nights at any of their partner destinations.)

At one of these, (near St Lucia on the KZN coast), we'd been on an afternoon game drive that, due to us finding a pride of lions, had turned into an extended night drive, resulting in us entirely missing dinner in the dining room.

However, returning to our chalets, we found a couple of the catering staff and guards in attendance, ready and waiting to arrange us a private dinner on our patio.

(As an open camp, it was regulation for all movement inside camp after dark to be done in the company of an armed guard. Indeed, a couple of years before our visit, a tourist came to a sticky end when she dashed from the dining room to her chalet to get a jacket, and met a lioness en route.)

Very impressed with the service, and glad to be getting a meal, we sank a few bottles of wine with dinner, then, just as we were wrapping up, the lodge manager dropped by with another bottle (which turned into a few bottles) and we ended the night rather inebriated at quite a late hour.

Knowing that I was facing a 6am game drive in the morning, I took the precaution of requesting an earlier than usual wake-up call.

Wake-up call duly arrived at 5am, and hungover me promptly sank back into slumber, until a hammering at my door at 06h00 informed me that everybody was waiting on me and would I hurry the hell up.

I dragged myself across the flagstone floor, and lay curled on the bottom of the shower for a few minutes, as the water beat down on me.

Barely revived, I managed to snag my jeans from where I had dropped them the previous night and pulled them on. As I did so, I was annoyed by a prickling sensation at my hip, which, without looking, I attempted to scratch with my elbow.

A sharp and sudden pain in my inside forearm instantly focused my attention on the area, and it was with something like horror that I saw a very irate looking scorpion crawling out of the waistband of my jeans.

Moving very carefully, I managed to grab a denuded grape stalk from the remnants of the last dinner course on the table and use it to lift away the scorpion.

After a quick assessment of its likely venom capabilities, (claw to poison sac size ratio) and determining it probably wasn't dangerously venomous, I flicked away the offended arthropod, finished dressing, notified the guide in case I collapsed, and went on the game drive.

The combination of hangover and scorpion venom felt sorta like a low grade LSD experience, but the sting itself felt exactly as if somebody had pressed a lit cigarette into my flesh.

Since then, I've never failed to check clothes and shoes for unwelcome squatters whenever I'm in the bush. No matter how hungover I am.

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Reminds me of this cartoon:


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Ceylon was a place for insects; stayed in an eco-hotel out in the Forrest and at dinner one night realised the reason I couldn't see out of the window very well was due to millions of small flies (midge's?) on the window pane outside. Our rooms led out onto passages open to the outside and in the morning as we emerged a man with a broom was sweeping up the nights accumulation of the dead ones with a broom. His pile when we passed, was three-quarters as high as me, and he still had a ways to go!

(We were also warned to lock our windows firmly and I soon discovered why; emerging from the shower shortly after arriving I found a number of large rhesus monkeys (or similar) trying to physically prize their fingers into the cracks in between the sliding panes!) Laughing
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Haha, yeah, monkeys are bastards. Very Happy

When I used to stay at my uncle's place they were constantly sneaking in and making off with any food that had been incautiously left lying around. Very Happy

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