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South Africa Diaries – Chapter 8

Central Cape Town from Lions Head
Central Cape Town from Lions Head (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Landsat image of Cape Town overlaid on SRTM ...
A Landsat image of Cape Town overlaid on SRTM elevation data. Elevation is exaggerated by a factor of two. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

April’s column – Chapter 8 of my South Africa Diaries is entitled ‘Back for Good’ and chronicles my return to Cape Town in 1995 and the real beginning of a permanent life in South Africa until 2011.

 

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How did Thailand escape the poverty trap?

Abundance of food today

When you see the abundance of natural produce that is readily available to the whole population of Thailand it is easy to forget, or ignore even, that many of the rural Thai people, were on the ‘bread line’ less than 40 years ago. Those people now represent 70% of the Thai population and comprise primarily farming families. Fresh food markets abound in the cities, towns (large and small) and villages all over Thailand and they are very busy. Continue reading How did Thailand escape the poverty trap?

How I recalled my 1980 safari by restoring old photos

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Leaving London prepared

In February 1980 I took a plane from London – Gatwick to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. I was about to spend one week at a tented camp in the Masai Mara – safari memories never to be forgotten. Continue reading How I recalled my 1980 safari by restoring old photos

Do you know what put West Africa on the map in 1977?

While holiday package tours were commonplace by 1979 next year it will be 35 years since Thompsons (UK) offered the first holiday package tour to The Gambia in West Africa. A destination described in 1943 as a ‘hell hole’ by US President Roosevelt when he stopped off in, the capital, Banjul before going on to meet Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Casablanca.

Banjul landing

I was privileged to be one of the early Thompson ‘guinea pigs’, able to experience a totally uncommercialised capital Banjul and the seemingly endless flight on a Boeing 737 charter plane. Continue reading Do you know what put West Africa on the map in 1977?