postcards from lynedoch III

Sitting down to the last of the themed SI lunches that were part of a master’s student’s thesis on sustainable food systems- otherwise known as how Lynedoch can feed itself locally. This one was one of the two that were African indigenous themed. That oxtail/beef stew in the pot you see there in the middle….aisee,…

writing the city: community newspapers

Then came the 2010 World Cup, which helped us fast-track a number of urban developments: public spaces were upgraded, public transport rollout was fast-tracked, pedestrian corridors were created, the city became more user-friendly seemingly overnight. We were on our way to becoming truly “world-class”, a “liveable city”. Off the back of our World Cup success…

this past week…update

So I was on a radio show on Friday…!!! I accompanied my host, Fernando Diaz Enciso, one of the founders of the Escuelita and Yolanda who works there and has been working there for a very long time. Fernando was being interviewed on a weekly show on the right to the city and had been…

spectacle

Feria de libros. It starts to pour, and feet pour into the stands, Feet attached to eyes, that will look more keenly at books displayed- that is what they came to do after all- and that will look at me seated here, wondering any multitude of things. At the feria de libros- a spectacle.

olympic city rio- reflections on the way to the airport

Another site we passed on the way to Galeão airport is Olympic City, Rio de Janeiro- or what is to become the location for the 2016 Olympics (growing up in Kenya I only realised that there existed winter Olympics after studying in the US-forgive the non-specification that these are summer Olympics). I probably should have…

drums heating up

Dimas and Ro take turns checking the readiness of the drums: ta! ta! on the biggest drum- almost ready; ta! on the middle-sized one- this one too; ta! ta! … ta! ta! ta! the smaller ones- candongueros are not quite done yet. One more application of cachaça, and move them closer to the flames, that…