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November 2013 in Tanzania through the eyes of an Englishman

27/11/2013 - Got Sentimental Over My Beer.

For Alicia

I am the helmsman, none but me
can steer the damaged, fragile craft
around the dark and rugged coast.

At each tide there can be reef or rock
to bring the journey to an end.
My final harbour's also not of choice.

But there's a little lighthouse for my voyage.
Alicia, ahead of me from point to jagged point.
Her smile lights up the dangerous dark.

Old Davey Jones, grant her the right,
to light me at that harbor wall,
and make my voyage useful after all.
At Ease: I love it when Alicia sleeps like this.

At Ease.

11/11/2013 - Armistice Day.

Not that anyone here, except for a few old Brits, would give a shit! But it's important to remember the horror and tragic losses of total war. And it was not just WW1 and WW2; there's a war been going on in the DRC not so far from here that has cost the lives and happiness of countless men, women, and children. Will we ever learn?

Here, life remains relatively tranquil. We appear to have power rationing again - don't know why exactly, and the English language newspaper websites here are silent on the topic. I know in general: There just is not enough generating and transmission plant to allow any margin for breakdown or demand surges. Our little generator got its oil changed last week, and is soldiering on for 8 hour spells.

We have had some signs of the short rains - a couple of heavy downpours. But as it's going, not enough for agriculture, and to replenish the aquifers. Maybe we'll get more before Christmas.

As I've said on the feed, I've had my head down for a few weeks now working on software, and there's a lot to do yet to get where I want to be. This is purely a self-imposed ordeal. There will soon be a new version of COMPO, and a mobile version of the newsfeed already exists to some extent. That will hopefully be improved. Then I have to get my software page and sub-pages into some sort of order. So far I have managed just an index of articles.

Alicia will be four months old quite soon, and it's her mum's birthday tomorrow - Happy Birthday Adia. We have no guests except for two of the cottages, and no bookings, which is a bit depressing. But things have a way of working themselves out. In the meantime any friends or relatives at a distance should take the opportunity to come and stay ;=)

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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 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.

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!

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Mt Meru

The clouds give a good impression of how high it is.

Random BEV Poem.


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.

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