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Disconnected: Faith and poverty in Nairobi (2)

October 27, 2011


Continued from previous blog post. Church service over, there was no rest for the wicked (or, I hoped, slightly less wicked given my morning holiness). I was straight on a bus from Karen into the centre of town, where I spent a good hour waiting for my fixer to arrive. In the UK, this would […]

Disconnected: Faith and poverty in Nairobi (1)

October 26, 2011


It was a strange way to spend a Sunday, seeing two sides to the city I now live in and confirming why Kenya remains such an enigma to those that visit it. My morning began early, even earlier than it would midweek, as I dragged myself from bed to catch a matatu and a bus […]

Finally, the actual truth on Hillsborough

October 18, 2011


“Now for the truth”. The Liverpool Daily Echo has every reason to be happy with the outcome of yesterday’s parliamentary debate on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Twenty-two-and-a-half years is a long time to wait for justice. But the families of the 96 Liverpool supporters who tragically died will finally get the truth after Home Secretary […]

This is not democracy: NHS reforms

October 17, 2011


Some wit used his Sunday afternoon to offer Andrew Lansley’s integrity for sale on eBay yesterday, dubbing it a “brand new item, never used”. At a measly 1p, one wonders whether the Health Secretary might do well to put in an offer, such is the level of the anger directed at him and his rapidly […]

Media Watch: Kenyan journalists still susceptible to bribery

October 12, 2011


When people hear mention of corruption in reference to Kenya, most assume that it is with regard to the ‘graft’ that has characterised the Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki regimes in the country, or perhaps to the corruption that is endemic within the police force. These are forgivable reactions, with the Goldenberg and Anglo Leasing scandals […]

Time will tell on the philanthropy of Steve Jobs

October 11, 2011


Bill Gates: $25bn. Gordon Moore: $6.8bn Paul Allen: $1.2bn. Michael Dell: $1.2bn. Jeff Skoll: $1bn. All billionaire beneficiaries of the technological revolution who have donated vast amounts of their own wealth to philanthropy, be it through their own foundations, other organisations or promises via the Giving Pledge. The big name missing from this list? Steve […]

Trouble in paradise: Kenyan tourism faces severe hit

October 6, 2011


Trying to convince friends and family that relocating to a sub-Saharan African country is a sensible move is difficult enough at the bext of times, but recent killings and kidnappings on the northern Kenyan coast made that task even more difficult. Having barely graced the western media for some time, Kenya is now under the […]