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First Impressions – Day 60

May 6, 2012

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The road to Biiso is remarkably smooth. You notice when your teeth are no longer chattering driving along a Ugandan road. The potholes have been filled and the road flattened – it’s one of the main routes used by large oil trucks heading to Lake Albert. Our white pick-up truck cruised along speedily with Zephyr […]

Catch up- Day 49/50

April 23, 2012

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It’s been 7 weeks since I last my Uganda friends. This afternoon (Saturday) I arranged to meet Richard and his wife Teddy. As I loitered outside the shopping centre on Entebbe Road, I was approached by Boda guys; the God squad; letchy men and begging children. In typical African tradition he turned late: an hour […]

Jasonga – Day 41

April 18, 2012

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It’s taken a while but I’ve finally had my first encounter with a pit-sawyer. It wasn’t hostile so I wasn’t chased out of the forest by people brandishing spears (stop panicking Mum and Dad!!). It was in fact instigated by me and the man I questioned is retired and pushing 70. They call him Jasonga […]

Palm Sunday – Day 29

April 4, 2012

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I am not a religious person. I was brought up as a Hindu but I do not practise. I love wine too much and a rare steak now and again. Beef is a big no-no as a Hindu because the cow is considered to be sacred, so that’s me going straight to hell. Since I […]

Flies – Day 25

April 1, 2012

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In the last few days I seem to have gotten more bites. Some are on the nape of my neck, I have one on my big toe, there’s another in-between my knuckles on my right hand, one under my armpit and most irritatingly a bite below my temple just where my ear starts. At first […]

Row row row your boat – Day 24

April 1, 2012

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Up until now I have had no evidence other than hearsay (albeit reliable hearsay) that Cordia was being logged to fuel the boat/canoe building trade. Today I came across more pit sawing sites in N5 and in one of them we found an oar. It must have been about 15 foot in length.   These […]

Trees – Day 20

March 25, 2012

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It’s been a week since Moses told me about his wife’s illness. She has now had the necessary injections and is taking a course of drugs. He tells me she is improving every day which makes me very happy indeed! —————– You would not believe the number of species of tree there are in Budongo. […]

Line 4 – Day 11

March 18, 2012

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Today we finished off-line 3 and I was delighted to see a number of primates on the way to plot 10. There were black and white colobus monkeys as well as red-tailed monkeys, which were busy feeding high in the treetops, not far from our path. I also saw for the first time, two blue […]

Back to Uganda

January 25, 2012

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It’s official, in six weeks time I’ll be back in the Ugandan jungle. This morning I got an approval email for one of three research permits I’ve applied for. Woo-hoo the countdown has begun. It’s been almost two years since my first taster of fieldwork and this time I’m prepared, focussed and raring to go. I […]

The Primatarium in Kings Cross

August 15, 2011

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Earlier this month I was intrigued to learn there was a Primatarium in Kings Cross during the end of the 1970s. It took over the site of where Scala nightclub in Kings Cross currently stands, but there’s very little information about what it offered the public. I imagined it was place where people would pay […]