Does Britain owe reparations to its former colonies? Indian MP, Dr Shashi Tharoor, thinks so. Watch him “sweep the floor” at the Oxford Union

Watch Indian Member of Parliament Dr Shashi Tharoor answer the question, at the Oxford Union, “Does Britain owe reparations to its former colonies?” Tharoor is confident and engaging. This is 15 minutes of pure history gold. Watch it!

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

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

New additions to my “Zimbabwe” reading collection

IMG_6371 I ordered these books last week and they arrived today. Very excited to start reading these new additions to my “Zimbabwe” collection. Continue reading “New additions to my “Zimbabwe” reading collection”

Some advice for writers, from Anne Lamott

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently finished reading the book ‘Bird By Bird’ by Anne Lamott. I’ve extracted some quotes from the book which I found interesting and helpful. Here goes:

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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 a nice cup of tea. But I had to quickly banish such thoughts because I wasn’t going to be getting any. “This 20 minute ride had better go quickly”, I thought. I pedalled harder. I needed to get into work on time.

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Why Zambians need their opposition MPs more than ever

Zambians finally have their sixth President! Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) beat Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) in a tight contest (48.3% vs 46.7%). This is not the result I wanted to see but it’s a result I will respect. I hope to remember the biblical command to “pray for your leaders” mainly because I hold quite different views to President Lungu and the PF. Continue reading “Why Zambians need their opposition MPs more than ever”