04 septembre 2014
The Malagasy Highway Code for Motorbikers When you see a lorry coming your way, take a big breath and hold it. It's going to stink. A full helmet is great for safety if you fall and hit your head, but it does mean you can't scratch your ears. Even after 1500 kilometres of practice, you still can't scratch your ears. Stop trying, you're in the middle of the road. You'll... [Lire la suite]
04 novembre 2013
Mayotte is a French department and therefore receives all the French adverts. The TV adverts stay exactly the same, advertising things that haven't made it as far as Mayotte yet, but the paper adverts are tailored to local taste, one might say. You might remember the Ramadan adverts I put on the blog a few months ago. The one above is a current ad by the Orange phone company for a new phone plan. Its slogan is "Pay less, that's more chicken wings".
02 mai 2012
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]