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Life in Tanzania through the eyes of an Englishman

What is Brits Eye View.

Brits Eye View is the personal web site of a 72 year old Englishman - Steve Teale, started in January 2003. It's currently about life in Arusha (Tanzania), and previously in Bangalore, Manhattan, and the Bronx. It deals with life in general, building a house, designing and making furniture, food and drink, computer programming, opinion on current affairs, 20th century history, and so on. It may give you some insight into what life is like in 'the third world', or encourage you to visit Tanzania.

I started playing with it in January 2003, when I was living in Manhattan. At the time I felt I was going nowhere, and exposing the details of my life could be no worse than not. A little notoriety is rarely harmful ;=) Almost immediately I changed partners, and quickly recognized that while I might be prepared to live in a goldfish bowl, other's weren't.

The same year I lost my job - recession, exhausted my NY State unemployment benefits, and got a job in India. Consequently a good deal of BEV was written in Bangalore. India was OK, but I could not see what I was going to do there when I retired.

This uncertainty was resolved when I met my current partner Adia in 2006. She was a Tanzanian, studying law in India, so I came Tanzania in 2007. Here we have built a house - actually a guest house, and made new friends. The rest, you can read on BEV.

At about the same time I had the ridiculous idea of extending BEV backwards to cover the years 1942 to 2002. So far I have got to 1975, and the effort is currently stalled.

For the years 2003 - 2014, choose a year/month from the menu above, or go to the archive page. For 1942 - 1975, choose a year or go to the retrospective page. After May 2014, all posts now go to the Newsfeed

Latest Newsfeed Post.

This page is a portal to the various features of the BEV web site. If it's the blog you want, then go to the Newsfeed. Older blog posts are available through the archive element of the main menu.

Squash This List

Check out the BEV retrospective
currently covering 1942 - 1975.

1976 is yet to be started.

Visiting Tanzania?

If you have done all the usual tourist destinations, then make a leap and discover Africa! Come and visit Arusha, Tanzania.

You might want to stay at Adia's Place - a great centre for safaris to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro, and of course our own pet volcano, Mount Meru.

Adia's Place now has On-Line Booking. Please feel free to check it out. It may not be 100% yet, but if you get a confirmation email then it's a safe bet that we got your booking.

In the short term we will re-confirm.

Please feel free to contact us. We can tell you about hotels, facilities, prices of basics, etc.

Studying in Arusha?

Some of the major study centres in Arusha are at Njiro. There, you'll find the Arusha Institute of Accountancy, ESAMI, and TRAPCA.

If you are not happy with the accommodation there, you are only a 5 minute drive from Adia's Place - a secure haven of tranquillity with African food like your mother cooked for you. Price is competitive with the on-campus accommodation.

Just call Adia - 0762 442888 - and she'll come and get you and show you her place. You won't regret it!

Newsfeed Features.

You can simply view the posts and comments in the Newsfeed, which allows you to view associated pictures at full posted size.

In addition, the Newsfeed allows you to register, and then to log in and make posts of your own to BEV, and to comment on existing posts. If you are logged in, you can also message other users. You can also log in using your Facebook or Google identity.

It also allows me to post status and images from my moderately-smart phone ;=)

Exchange Rates.

Random BEV Poem.

COMPO.

If you are a Linux user, you might want to try this piece of graphical design software I worked on last year. You can use it to design business cards, labels, logos for your web site, and things of that sort.

You can download it from the BEV COMPO page, where you'll also find the documentation.

About You.

A bit of nonsense. If you've ever wondered what a web site can discover about you when you visit one of their pages with little or no effort, then now you know.

Contact BEV.

If you want to get in touch outside the newsfeed system, where you can post just like I can, email Steve Teale.