Manhattan seen across the Hudson river from New Jersey.December 2013 in Tanzania through the eyes of an Englishman
Merry Christmas: My annual attempt at an e-card.
31/12/2013 - December Flown Away.It's a fair cop! I have to admit that this December entry is retrospective - it is already January 4.
My excuse? Well, the same as for everything else at the moment. I'm working on a piece of software called 'COMPO', which is a successor to another piece called 'Publicity' that I wrote back in the 90s. It is a grandiose scheme that I hope to get finished before I die. More on the subject later. The e-card was made using COMPO.
Christmas and the New Year passed off smoothly. We had lunch at The Mount Meru hotel on Christmas Day, which was not bad, and we got some free tickets for a do at the Kibo Palace on New Years Eve, which was better.
We're all well, and Alicia is rapidly developing an interest in grow-up food. She has a baby walker now, that she got for Christmas, so she can now scoot about the tiled floors of our house with ease in her 'Chariot'. There's a picture of that on the News Feed.
Our girl helper Savera left suddenly - possibly because of some romantic involvement in Dar. We haven't got a replacement yet, since Adia has not yet found anyone suitable. The man Nico is doing double duty at the moment, and the garden is turning into a jungle in consequence. I should be doing something about that, but "He's software crazy he's software mad - the software craze has taken away the wee bit o sense he had."
More in January, but check the Feed also - there are more regular postings there.
Squash This ListCheck out the BEV retrospective
currently covering 1942 - 1975. 1976 is yet to be started.
What is BEV?Brits Eye View is the personal blog of a 70 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, 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. 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 large proportion 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, 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. For the years 2003 - 2012, choose a year/month from the tool bar, or go to the archive page. For 1942 - 1975, choose a year or go to the retrospective page.
Visiting Tanzania?Adia's Place now has . 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. If you have done all the usual tourist destinations, then make a leap and discover Africa! Come and visit Arusha, Tanzania. You might be able to stay at - a great centre for safaris to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro, and of course our own pet volcano, Mount Meru. Please feel free to contact us. We can tell you about hotels, facilities, prices of basics, etc. We now have very pleasant bed and breakfast rooms available at $20 per night. The Old Cottage and the South House are also available for longer term visitors.
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 - 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!
This Month's PostsIf there's something particular you'd like to go back to, just click it here
Top 20 BEV Pages.
BEV Software Blog.GTK3 broke the image rendering in COMPO. I found a way around it that might be useful to others,so I wrote it up.
Moods of Meru.
The clouds give a good impression of how high it is.
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.
BEV Partners.Please check out our partners page. BEV extends thanks to:
Hostelworld If you would like to advertise on BEV, or to contribute toward its running costs, please check out the sponsorship page.
Contact BEV.If you want to get in touch outside the built-in comment system, email Steve Teale.