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Ok, so now you all know about our new zoom feature and, of
course, you know that this little digital mag is 100% connected.
Click on any link or advertisement and go visit our advertisers'
websites, with direct links within most of our stories.
Happily this is our largest edition to date; and even more happily, advertisers in droves
have come on board in record numbers. They know like you do that we are doing
something that ticks most of the boxes. Our reach quite frankly shocks me everytime I
look at the numbers - but enough of self-promotion.
We welcome back Storm Stanley who this month tells of her trip in words and images
to Shiwa Ng'andu in northern Zambia, made famous in Christina Lamb's book Africa
House. Ever since I read the book, a great African story well told, I wanted to go there
and Storm's article has rekindled those thoughts.
Columnista's Duncan Mitchell and Steve Shelley tell the good story; the new amendment
to the Traffc Act comes under the spotlight in Miscellaneous Ramblings; while Jane
Barsby's Speakers Corner spins a great yarn about Chinese tourists.
Lord Erroll features in Bryan Harris' whodunnit - Who Murdered Lord Erroll? To be
honest, I was a little bit jaded on this subject; it's been done to death — do excuse the
pun. Bryan seems to have taken everyone elses' theories and come up with a very
readable piece — part two will follow in February's edition. In Days Gone By, Juliet
Barnes tells of the old houses and history of Soysambu — which is just across the road
from Happy Valley.
Good friend Warren Samuels - this month's Guest Photographer - shows real quality
on a recent photo shoot in the Etosha National Park in Namibia. Another In The Niche
article explores Kate and Mermaid tourism and just gets sillier by the day - a fun read
I could go on... Enjoy the read.
To you and yours, have a wonderful festive season and all best wishes for
a great and prosperous 2013.
Travel News is my favourite magazine. I
must admit that I do print it out once in a
while to take on my travels.
I always leave a copy where I know
fellow travellers will pick it up and enjoy
it. The photos in the November issue are
wonderful. Thanks for keeping this going.
You asked about a counting problem in
Florida (US Presidential election). Maybe
I should volunteer.
Lots of us went to absentee ballots this
year. I guess we slowed the process down.
Our ballot papers were six feet LONG;
on average it was taking each voter 45
minutes to vote.
There was a great website that explained
all the proposed amendments. However,
how many people take the time to
understand what they are voting for?
Keep up the good work. I have a doctor
who wants to travel to Kenya and I will send
her the current issue of your e-magazine.
As always, the latest edition is a welcome
lump of nostalgia for me.
However, a couple of items are a little
The New Stanley never was "close"
to Mansion House! Close to Torr's,
Woolworths and E.A.A., and the statue
of Lord Delamere, (none of which remain
now) but not Dave Singer's restaurant (on
top of Mansion House).
Plus, in the Old Houses section... please
not "Thompson's Falls"! The explorer
would turn in his grave if he read it!
I arrived in Kenya in 1947, and spent many
wonderful years there, before heading
south in 1970.
Ed - Thomson Falls I would have spotted
a mile away; I didn't. The buck ends here,
my apologies for same.
As far as Mansion House goes, it is and
was and remains 'close' to the New
Stanley. It is today's Jubilee Insurance
House, where my GP used to be situated
and is no more than a 2-3 minute stroll
away --- that in my book is close.
Just to make 100% sure, I asked John
Lloyd a well-known estate agent of yore
whose offce used to be in Mansion House
and to quote him, 'It took no more than a
couple of minutes to get to Bacchus' ---
which was a watering hole of note in the
New Stanley a long time ago.
Okay, I will give you the fact that Mansion
House is "close" to the New Stanley!
I remember now why I thought it was a long
way away. After a hard month in the bush
in 1953, I had a weekend pass in the big
city. I parked my Land Rover somewhere
near the Stanley, and joined the lunch
time crowd at the Long Bar; some hours
later I emerged and, you guessed it, could
not remember where I had parked. It was
a hell of a long trek, going round in circles,
until I found the vehicle, beyond Mansion
House towards City Hall.
Glad you agree with me on "Thompsons
Falls". I worked for the K.C.C. there in
1951, and also served in the 5th Battalion
of the KAR.
PS - this is what the
new zoom tool looks like...
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