Stranger In An Even Stranger Land - blog by Gurdur


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The Garissa terrorism attack by Al-Shabaab in Kenya, and its context

Posted 08-Apr-2015 at 03:23 PM (15:23) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Six days ago, Al Shabaab gunmen entered Garissa University and murdered at least 148 people. The initial death toll was reported as 147, thus the hashtag #147NotJustANumber, which was created by Kenyans to honor the murder victims. The terrorists had taken over 700 as hostages, then let most of the Muslim students go, and ended up murdering 149, mostly Christian students aged between 19 and 23. At least one Muslim was also murdered by the Al Shabaab terrorists.

Al Shabaab is an Islamist,...
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Science-communication (#scicomm) in East Africa - Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda

Posted 08-Mar-2014 at 11:10 AM (11:10) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 09-Mar-2014 at 07:27 AM (07:27) by Gurdur

There's far more dedicated #scicomm in East Africa than you might have ever thought. It more than deserves recognition, interest and support outside East Africa. Unfortunately it simply doesn't get any interest or recognition outside Africa almost all the time. One of the major sources for observing and interacting with science-communication in East Africa is the site SciDev.Net. Just to pick four to follow on Twitter: there's @SciDevNetSSA, the Twitter account for SciDev's "Sub-Saharan Africa" section;...
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Composer of African Sanctus, David Fanshawe, died: also looking at Paul Simon, Graceland album and concert in Harare, Zimbabwe, 1987

Posted 08-Sep-2010 at 11:23 AM (11:23) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 09-Sep-2010 at 02:45 AM (02:45) by Gurdur

I was recently alerted to the fact that David Fanshawe, ethnomusicologist and composer, had died fairly recently, on Monday July 05 2010, aged 68 years old, following a stroke. Fanshawe is most famous for composing "African Sanctus", released in 1972, a piece composed partly using recordings Fanshawe had made in Egypt, the Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, on a journey up the Nile from the Mediterranean to one of the Nile's sources, Lake Victoria. I was made aware of Fanshawe's death by the blogger The Mad Priest on his second blog, Of Course I Could Be On Vacation...
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On The Joys Of Swahili

Posted 14-Aug-2009 at 01:57 AM (01:57) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Mar-2010 at 09:14 AM (09:14) by Gurdur

I know I have to get cracking on the Apocalypse, and on the humanist meet-up in Scotland, and now even on intervensionism, and so on, but I like to work in a haphazard fashion, and I want to make some blog posts that will refer back to this one, so here's The Joys Of Swahili. After all, if it can be done for sex, and done for Yiddish, why not Swahili too?

You see, Nahemah came up with a new word on the Hub, "fakelore", so later I want to do a blog post on "Fakelore, Folklore, Cultures...
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