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Some interesting thoughts on what it means to be “well-read” – by Morgan Jerkins of Book Riot

Here is an excerpt from a short article, Is Our Concept of “Well-Read” elitist by Morgan Jerkins: “Let’s face it: we place value in certain works more than others. Not many people may have read Things Fall Apart, but they have read and will most likely praise Romeo and Juliet.

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They Say Home is Where the Heart is. But What if Your Heart is in More Than One Place?

I hopped onto my bike and started to ride. It was half past 7 in the morning but it was still very dark outside. I pedalled enthusiastically, hoping that I would warm up quickly. Each vigorous push of the pedal only seemed to invite the cold wind my way. At this point, what I really wanted was my bed plus […]

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Video: Carl Bernstein discusses ‘How to Be a Great Journalist’

I love this video. Carl Bernstein, a retired journalist and one half of the “Watergate Duo”, discusses what it takes to be a great journalist. With great wisdom and clarity, he shares some of the unchanging principles that need to be present for journalism to be journalism (at least in the traditional sense). He says some brilliant […]

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Zambia the beloved – happy 50th birthday!

It’s the land of… Nkumbula and Kapwepwe, Nkhata and Lilanda, the Kariba and the Bangweulu, the Mosi-oa-Tunya and the Kalambo!

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A question for Zambian historians

The United National Independence Party (UNIP) led the country to Independence in October 1964 under Kenneth Kaunda’s leadership. After quashing and coercing opposition parties led by Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula in the early 1970s, UNIP became the sole national party, cementing KK’s rule which eventually lasted 27 years. Fast-forward nearly 50 years since Independence and UNIP is nowhere […]

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Victoria vs Mosi-oa-Tunya: What’s in a name?

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly ended yesterday. Zambia and Zimbabwe were co-hosting the five day event in the border towns of Livingstone (in Zambia) and Victoria Falls (in Zimbabwe) respectively. Hundreds of delegates descended on the two towns adding to the thousands of tourists that visit each year. The world-famous Victoria […]