22 septembre 2012

Happy Birthday Nanny

            Happy Birthday Nanny ! Hope you have a lovely day.   Lots of love, Em xxx               
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17 septembre 2012

Daytime Fireworks

            In a tropical country, I have just found out that this is the single most important item to have in the house. It's light, it's colourful, it plugs in and it produces fireworks. It's wonderful. Buying a mosquito racket does strange things to the mind.                         
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03 septembre 2012

Ahhhhh, ewa !

            "Ewa" is Mahorese for "Yes". Depending on the tone of voice, it can mean anything from a basic "yes" to "I understand, light has finally dawned!". The kids at school always say "ewa" when they understand something, and finally getting them to say "ewa" when you've been explaining the same thing for the last ten minutes is great. The other day, P went out for lunch with a few colleagues. They went to a small restaurant in Passamainty, the sort of restaurant that doesn't look like anything... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2012

Charming flora and fauna

        A brief review of some of the various animals and plants we've seen during my first year in Mayotte. These photos do not come close to showing what it's really like, and I haven't taken photos of everything. Please bear in mind that all these animals are relatively big. Water buffalos are the size of decent horses, lemurs (maki) are larger than cats with long tails, the black and white birds (pie-corbeau) have a wingspan of roughly 1.2m, same for the bats. The birds with the yellow feet (mainate... [Lire la suite]
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06 août 2012

Population Study episode 1 : Bouénis

              Bouéni means "madam" in Shimaoré. It's the name given to all married women, or those who look old enough to be married. It's more than a name, though, it's a way of life.                 Bouénis are the ones who have all the power in Mahorese societies. They're the ones who own the houses, do the shopping, look after the children, work at the markets, they're the ones you see most of, with their brightly-coloured salouvas and sparkly tops.... [Lire la suite]
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11 juin 2012

Vhat do iou dou?

                                  
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28 mai 2012

Sunday best.

          People here do dry their washing in the most extraordinary places. Public railings, pavements in front of schools, bridges, even fields full of water buffalo. It makes for very colourful displays. Most people can't afford washing machines. They wash the clothes under pipes and gutters during the rainy season, or in the rivers. I'd love to see an aerial photo on washing day.             ... [Lire la suite]
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21 mai 2012

Hot country, cold chain.

        This singularly appetizing photo is of several cardboard boxes of mabawas - chicken wings again. What the photo doesn't show is the large yellow and red sign just above the food, saying "DO NOT OPEN THE BOXES". Written in French, which most people here understand. Obviously not all - either that, or they don't care, or they don't realize the importance of the cold chain.                Cold chain hassle is pretty much a... [Lire la suite]
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02 mai 2012

Internet

            The Big Antenna In The Sky went down the other day. Mobile phones stopped working for the morning. Which is roughly as much a catastrophe here as it would be in any other country, as people don't have enough money to buy chicken wings or cheese, but everybody - including the kids - has at least one mobile phone. Most families have a satellite dish on the corrugated-iron roofs of their shacks as well. ... [Lire la suite]
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02 avril 2012

What's the weather like?

                   The rainy season is over now, and the wind is just starting up. It's still hot though, and will remain so until next November, at which point it will get slightly hotter. It's slightly more breathable now, however. These screenshots are from my Windows weather application on the computer. They show the temperature in Mamoudzou, Poitiers and Dorchester. It makes for interesting comparisons, especially first thing in the... [Lire la suite]
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