July 2008


How many Eiffel Towers are there in Paris?

This was a question asked in the US,sometime back,and I saw it on TV,it was real and believe you me,guys are just unbelievable!One said two, another said many,and another had no idea.Before you give crazy answers,I will tell you,its only one!!!

My weekend was still another cool one.As usual I went to a salsa pub, a completely different place.It was lovely.To make it more interesting,we had a salsa lesson then in a brake, we had like a reggae tone lesson.Just a five minute thing and it was lovely to see how the whites do their thing.I had fun,I just could not stop laughing.

That was it for Sunday night.Yes,on Saturday,I was bored,life can be long and tiring!But on Sunday my moral was up and my friend and I got this place and decided to take a look.Its noted,we will be going back.

On Monday,its the famous 14 juillet.All about the revolution française. In short its a public holiday,no going to work!!

I was screwed.We kind of missed the march.Those who were in Kenya for the past 2 decades know what I mean,if I say its Jamhuri day and things are going on at Nyayo Stadium.With all the armed forces ,oh,its crazy.Ok,I did not wake up early,being out all Sunday night,I thought I was strong enough to make it like nine or latest ten to see them marching.I got there at midday,only to see the last camions de guerre leave.Take photos(silly ones) with those nicely dressed guys,and of course drool over firemen.Paris firemen are hot,I have a soft spot for them.I told a friend this,a Parisian and he told me that he did not give a damn about them,and did not find them hotter than anyone else.I was pissed and told him that he was jealous,of course he denied saying that he had no reason to be!(Just read on,what happens later).

We just hanged out,went to the movie,watched Hancock(Oh just loved it,thanks again to Will Smith) till like six pm or something,then decided to go to champs de mars,the gardens around the Eiffel tower.It was lovely but far too hot.My black skin was getting not only darker but intolerant to the heat.Oh I had to leave wazungus to tan,I went to my place,its like a twenty minute walk to the tower.I took the subway,I was too hot to carry my feet.

I went back at around 8:30 pm.Took some food stuff with me,my friends too.We were going to picnic,just like everyone else.It was a long long dinner full of crisps,biscuits,coca cola and wine. We talked about all and nothing.I kept asking my Brazilian friend who dates a fireman,if his boyfriend has single buddies at work.The answer was yes ,of course but………!

There were thousands and thousands of people,varying in race,religion and origin.Oh my,I had never seen so huge a crowd,just for the french ‘Jamhuri’ day.People are real patriots.The rest are real tourists!

During this time was a well organised concert,it was lovely and James Blunt was there!I only saw him on the huge screen,he was lovely.He sung 1973, and the new one too,can’t remember it now.When he was called to stage,I jumped and screamed like a mad person,oh maybe I was at the time,but it did not matter,James Blunt was there!!

At a quarter to 11pm,I think,was the time we had all been waiting for.The fire works session.

Finally came the time when we had been waiting for like an eternity.It was magnificent.Purely sensational. I could not help taking photos and filming the whole thing.My  camera did me the last thing I expected from it,after seven minutes of work.It just went off,changing bats, had no effect.(I will leave right away to the place I bought it,I will complain till they repair it).I was grateful, it allowed me to watch the whole scene with no disruption.I therefore appreciated the event.The sparks were handsome,the music accompanying it was harmonious

It was half one hour of exceptional beauty.I have always thought the Eiffel tower was pretty,last night,I proved it(or rather I had it proved).It was lovely.

I thanked God for giving me the life,and good health that I made it to see this event.It was a glorious moment.Long live my love for Paris.

At around midnight,half the people have left thank goodness.We now met(and made) other friends who were just lost in tha crowd.We decided to go to the firemens’ bal,which is held yearly on the 14 July,all night.My friends (the guys) including the one who said did not care and was not interested by them,was so enthusiastic…..hmm,I thought he did not like them.Well firemen of Paris are also great party people,yes.And there we danced in a circle.We were like eight or ten of us.Oh it was lively,and wanted it to continue for a lifetime.It however downed on me that I had to get some sleep,I must be in good shape for the day’s work.I have errands to run.

It was sad,I had to leave my friends.They were dancing,so crazy,so bad.Hey,life’s good!

I jumped to bed at three am,set three alarms and prayed that at least one would wake me up.And yeah,I got up,and am good so far.

Once again,long live my love for the Eiffel Tower, and for Paris.

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I love Paris,really. Everyone who is here,I believe does. Putting aside tourist who are here just to love it ,and the French Parisians who have no otherwise.I mean loving it for what it is!Thats what I feel for Paris.

Talking a walk with a friend sometime back, he just told me,”with all one sees and what one feels here,it is surely hard not to love Paris”.I know what he meant, because I felt he was describing me!

That said and done,I will talk about my passion,at least as at now-Salsa.

This leads to why I praise Paris, one can find a thousand and one places to dance to salsa,to learn or simply to listen to this kind of Music….No doubt one would say, but hey,last weekend was just the bomb!

I have been thinking that I have been to most or almost all these places,but on Sunday,I just told myself detrompes-toi,there’s more to see.

Normally, I avoid going out on Sundays ,especially late at night.Monday has its own stuff so I need to be more than just in great form.But this one was exceptional.I had not danced on Saturday,since am somehow addicted lately,I could not see the weekend just pass by.

My friend is great,she always gets lots of new Latina clubs.One was even Irish but played pure Latino music.  Paradoxic?

This one this time round was in one famous quartier Latin.Though Paris has everything, this quartier too has everything.A whole mix of cultures,lots of monuments,a beautiful Fountain ST. Michel, and close to it, Notre Dame de Paris,the one pretty,and sooo touristic Church. This club in quartier Latin  just dumdfounded me.I was thrilled. It is situated in some tiny street,you would not imagine, that makes it even more sensational. Its got like three tiny  underground sales,and hey ladies,its free for you till nine pm. Men,mnajipanga,you just pay, nothing much.

We were few in there,so it made things easy.I thought I was about to say that I can dance Salsa well,but looking at those feet, those South American guys are good!Consolation,that is their thing, just like a Kenyan is good at sending please call me thank you sms.I will still take a glimpse in flashback then practise all week,in preparation of next weekend.In the meantime,I have to look for this Colombian guy’s phone number,I will need it,bearing in mind thet there were many Colombians in our new discovered pub.

I danced with one guy, a south American of course(from Peru to be precise) who told me that he did not speak French,and while I did not speak Spanish except for Je te illamo (or something like that), we did not talk. But I loved dancing with him.

I am looking forward to going back there!I was like the only African ,which makes me at times uneasy,but those guys were just good. They are not discriminative,like some place I once attended and vowed never set my foot.Oh,unless am well armed.To come some day….!

Well long live Salsa,and long live Salsa lovers.


 

Kenya / Statement at the Conclusion of an International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Staff Mission to Kenya

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 3, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission, headed by Mr. Thomas Krueger, visited Kenya during June 23-July 2, 2008, to conduct discussions for the 2008 Article IV consultation. The mission met with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Finance Minister Amos Kimunya, Central Bank Governor Njuguna Ndung’u, and other senior government officials, as well as with representatives of the business community, labor unions, civil society and Kenya’s development partners.

The mission issued the following statement in Nairobi today:

“Economic growth in 2007 reached 7 percent, the highest growth in over two decades.

This cannot be the truth and has to be barred,completely!!!!!!!!!!!

Unless someone needs to define to me what Economic growth is.Oh sorry maybe it meant,everything,and I mean every fucking thing,from bread , via fertilizer to fuel and fare rises!

 This owed much to sound macroeconomic policies and progress on structural reforms—and Kenya also benefited from a favorable external environment. The strong momentum was interrupted, however, by the post-election turbulence in early 2008. This left a severe human toll and its economic effects were evident not only in Kenya, where tourism, agriculture, and transport were particularly affected, but also in the region as transport links were interrupted.

what on earth is this?Post -election turbulence?Spare me crap! Things that had been twice expensive,went just thrice or even four times more expe!

By the way,sikatai, Kenya had been a sort of island for a long time.Kenyans have been working so hard to keep end meet,stop blaming the election turmoil!It was Kenya’s way to show that they are fed up with corruption in front of their noses!
“With the formation of the grand coalition government, the economy is regaining its footing.

Am I dreaming?Its like the Grand Regency saga is just another economic growth!

While a full recovery in some sectors is likely to take time, including in tourism, the economy as a whole is already rebounding. Overall, we expect GDP to grow by some 4 percent in 2008—a respectable result given the events of the first quarter.
 

“We support the Central Bank of Kenya’s (CBK’s) recent actions to tighten monetary policy. Indeed, the CBK needs to be prepared to take further steps if this proves necessary to forestall second-round effects of rising food and energy prices on overall inflation. Inflation has clearly increased, even though the official consumer prices index (CPI) imparts a substantial upward bias. The mission looks forward to expeditiously implementing steps that would bring the CPI-compilation in line with international best practice.

“The government’s Vision 2030 sets out rightly ambitious longer-run objectives, with Kenya aiming to reach middle-income status. Achieving these objectives will require further structural reforms but also public spending to address crucial supply bottlenecks. The mission was encouraged by the widespread recognition that this needs to take place within a framework that has the private sector as the engine of growth and preserves macroeconomic stability. Strong growth will also require a highly competitive tradable sector. The mission agrees that improving competitiveness depends foremost on addressing supply bottlenecks and structural reforms—with progress all the more urgent in light of the strong exchange rate. On structural reforms, much has already been achieved in recent years, including with improvements in public procurement and the streamlining of business licensing requirements. Some of these steps formed part of the Governance Action Plan for 2006/07, and we look forward to its update. We also note the intense public debate concerning the sale of a property in the course of recovering a debt owed to the Central Bank of Kenya; the swift initiation of steps aimed at providing a full public account and taking follow up actions, as needed, is welcome.”

OK, lets see how this will go.

OH,Mps always see the economic growth,after all,they get more and more allowances,and salaries, always increased,so,things have never been better to them!
 

SOURCE : International Monetary Fund (IMF)

These are just my views,as a Kenyan, on the article.

I am a believer,I know that God exists,I know that he lives.

Anyone else can say and believe and what they want,mine is satisfactory,as far as am concerned.

This is just about one Ingrid Betancourt.She is a damn believer ,this lady.After spending six good years under the FARC,the rebel army in Colombia, she was yesterday set free,by the army. She says it was God’s hand that delivered them,and that it is a miracle.Diring the six years she kept praying.

God said wait to her prayer to be set off, for six long years.As she waited,she said jokingly that she has studied the FARC and has their Masters and PhD.

Now she needs to catch up with the lost times.Am sorry to say that am one of those who had lost hope in seeing her undetained,live and kicking,the latest photos ,a few months ago were compromising.

All the joy and happiness to her family and friends.

Today is a damned,doomed day.

I am so low……..everything is on the rise(like fuel prizes for example), except me!

Oh Damn you!How dare you?!!!!!!!!!You know what?Just go to hell,thats where you belong!

Its July already, damn, time goes so fast!I wish it would drag a bit….argghrrrr!

I am listening to Capital FM,thanks to Mwangi of The Displaced African,he linked this to today’s post on His website.Thats all I can do.Thanks.I am re-appreciating Luther Vandross, and its great.

Its sunny today, have been waiting for so long but I feel like going to bed right away,…………….!