Friday, 27 March 2015

‘Lockdown in Freetown 3… Latest Installment’

Two things happening. Yesterday we completed another school delivery. Second, a third lockdown began 0600 hrs this morning; we are confined to our homes for the next 72 hours. The first countrywide lockdown since last Sept. Unbelievably, that was 6 dark months ago. Wet season. Where’s the time gone? My road (The Loop), early this morning...



As covered in recent posts, we're no longer in the dark days of Aug - Dec. However, the last 10% of Ebola is proving stubborn. This drastic measure is meant to help us over the finishing line. The chequered flag means 42 days without a new case. These days Ebola’s reduced to isolated pockets and mini flare ups. The daily death toll has returned to single digits mostly, following an increase into the teens for a while. Same for new cases. We haven’t begun the count yet…

Even the UN has said this tragedy will be finished by August, across the sub region. Even the UN? Well, together with their cohorts, WHO & CDC, they haven’t been the most reliable throughout this crisis.

The Jeremy Clarkson rubbish. A fracas? Really?

Now this is a proper fracas. Sierra Leone has been in the news recently for the ‘removal’ of the Vice President. This saga, despite everything else happening in the country, rumbles on. Bodyguard of the VP dies from Ebola. VP quarantines himself. President fires VP. Government claims he isn’t a bona fide Muslim, and his Master’s Degree is bogus. VP refutes allegations. VP goes ‘missing’. VP claims his life is in danger. VP seeks political asylum in US Embassy, or elsewhere. President fires him again for seeking asylum and being absent from duty. Appoints a new VP. Critics claim unconstitutional. Opposition up in arms. Government sticking to its guns. Only in West Africa...

After watching the Cameron / Milliband ‘debate’ last evening (“Hell, yeah I’m tough”), which could've sent a glass eye to sleep, you realise the raw fascination of African politics. Never a dull moment in the pursuit of power.

Yesterday a mad scramble prepping for lockdown. I rarely cook in my apartment. I rarely shop. A shock to the system. So much to do. Was there credit on the meter for electricity (you never know, might be power)? When does DSTV (cable) run out? Need a phone recharge? Need Internet installed in my apartment prior to lockdown. You’ll remember I’ve recently moved. Divas - thanks as always. Could I really survive without you both? All lastminute.com. Enough protein?




In the September lockdown I was fortunate to spend 4 days at the Radisson. The ‘Aid Circus’ was starting to arrive, you could obtain 4 nights for $500 with plenty of extras. ‘Hi De Hi’ for a few days. Aerobics, water polo in the deck side pool, film matinees, tennis competition, knobbly knees, happy hour, and live music... quite surreal…  No such offers this time. The hotel is now full of the ‘Aid Circus’.

Talking of my meter. In Sierra Leone, what’s the difference between NPA (National Power Authority – meaning electricity) and an eclipse of the sun? Well, we’ve had an eclipse most recently…

Spending the first day of lockdown in my new apartment has been good. First 14 hours over. Imagine still being in Rigsby’s place? The landlord with no heart. The landlord with no compassion. Cockroach infested, mice everywhere. Last seen in Miami. A landlord who couldn’t give a mouse’s arse…. the guy should be in prison.

Excuse me, the sun is over the yardarm. Let me open a bottle of something (rat poison in the last place) as I fine tune this post. Cheers… good health… (SK - this to you and the boys in Miami)...



Thanks for reading the last post. Took the total viewings past 12,500. Some movement in the top 10. In fact, a new country tops the leaderboard. From the outset it’s been the UK. Now surpassed by the US. France has moved into the top 5. Zimbabwe slipping a place. Canada remains number 3, Sierra Leone at 4. New entry at number 10, Switzerland. Ghana drops out. Thanks to everyone, wherever you are reading.

Over the next couple of days, while lockdown continues, I’ll write up the second school delivery. 3 posts in 3 months, now 2 in 3 days. A wonderful day yesterday, photos like this… Emmanuel Cummings, of Year 2, chats with Senior Diva… (Emmanuel, I know, I've been there...).



Easter is coming. Fly out next Weds. April fool’s day. UK via Belgium. To my Belgian brothers who work at Brussels Airport, I say this… only kidding. Love Belgium.

Since the Sept lockdown and now, I’ve been home once, Christmas. ‘O’, ‘H’, & ‘Tea Cake’ - see you soon. And to my Mother-in-Law, I say this… ugh, see you next week…

Footnote: To friends and colleagues in Freetown, go well over lockdown..., and a special shout out to 'Ops' in Lunsar. Keep up the good work...

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