Guess who is coming to dinner

I have asked two guests for supper. I have not seen them for over a year but tonight I have them to myself. The table is polished, the silver gleams in the candle-light throwing shadows over portraits from the past who would want to join the evening. On my right I place my mother and…

My Nigerian Adventure Chapter 10

What else could have I expected? No one wanted Naira and in the fruit and food markets dollars made your buying power better. I had to try and get the group to at least trade together so we continued calling each bank. Then by posting new information on the screens gradually confidence increased and soon…

My Nigerian Adventure Chapter 8

The teaching was going to plan but slowly. By the time of the second week I had a son, I had a telex from the bank in London and they assured me that all was safe with the mother and baby. As for my son’s arrival that was happy news and on telling the steward…

People are basically good.

People are basically good I believe.  Yesterday I traveled to London and as the train trundled along passing the green contoured large fields that turned into the grey suburbs of Basingstoke, the rain started to streak over the greasy windows. As we swayed in between the empty Battersea tower blocks a storm was drenching south…

My Nigerian Adventure Chapter 7

H M S Cumberland had been the guard ship off the Falklands. The war there had finished and even though there was not much appetite for further Argentinian adventures, the Royal Navy was taking no chances patrolling the channel between West Falkland and the enemy coast. She was coming home, calling at Ascension Island and…

Wales revisited

Today I drove to Wales and was worrying about the traffic and the problems on the M5, M49 and all roads that lead to Ystradfellte where I am on a course for off-road motorcycles. I needn't have at all. The start of the journey was not too bad and it was when I reached the…

My Nigerian Adventure Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Breakfast had arrived on time on the first working day. I was looking forward to my full Nigerian masquerading as a full English. The bacon was pale and streaky and the toast tasted of sugar. However the eggs seemed to be missing a vital biological ingredient, that of the yolk so it was…

My Nigerian Adventure Chapter 5

Chapter 5 I sat on the edge of the pool, thrashing my legs in the warm water. It was late in the morning and surf, dragged up from the Gulf of Guinea, pounded the beaches at the end of the compound, rumbling with a deep roar. I tried not to worry about my brushes because…

My Nigeria Adventure Chapter 4

Chapter 4 We had been on this trip for over a day, were very tired, hungry and no doubt dirty. My safari suit looked nothing like the one Daktari wore, indeed for all I cared I might have resembled Clarence the cross-eyed lion or Judy the chimpanzee. We just wanted to get to the appropriately…