The Great World Debate

The Chamber => The Comfy Chair of Conversation => Topic started by: Dutch Rosie on March 12, 2018, 04:43:15 pm



Title: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 12, 2018, 04:43:15 pm
Can't wait to see all my friends again and enjoy the sunshine and good company.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: ymrader on March 13, 2018, 07:13:33 am
Can't wait to see all my friends again and enjoy the sunshine and good company.


Try not to break anything....


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 13, 2018, 07:23:47 am


Try not to break anything....

I still have one real hip to break. Maybe it would be better to have matching false hips...


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: vladimir on March 13, 2018, 08:46:10 am
Tell everyone I said "hi."

I realize that's 2,163,765 people, but if you do it in large enough groups it shouldn't be a problem.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 13, 2018, 10:08:11 am
It might be 3 million by the time I get there, Vlad (the population is very rapidly growing and the country will be bursting at the seams by 2050) but I will do my best to convey your good wishes.  :D


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Weyland on March 13, 2018, 10:59:56 am
You might like this, Rosie, and I dare say your Gambian friends might be interested as well . . .

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09v0xbs


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 13, 2018, 11:38:33 am
Thanks, Weyland. It is certainly interesting for me, but none of my Gambian friends have internet access, so they won't be able to read it.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Weyland on March 13, 2018, 11:45:51 am
Thanks, Weyland. It is certainly interesting for me, but none of my Gambian friends have internet access, so they won't be able to read it.

Read it? You could download the audio file and play it for them on your smartphone or other device. It's a 30-minute radio programme.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Snotty on March 13, 2018, 12:06:24 pm
Have a good time :)


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 13, 2018, 12:45:10 pm
Read it? You could download the audio file and play it for them on your smartphone or other device. It's a 30-minute radio programme.

It"s a case of the blind leading the blind, Weyland: They don"t have the money for technology and I don"t even own a mobile phone. ;D

Very simple people, living in compounds, no electricity, no running water in most cases and no money for anything. Only one of my friends is educated and middle class. One of my women friends is her polygamous husband's 3rd wife. She has 7 children and has to provide for everyone, including the other wives. She works from 7 am till 10 pm in her little shop, with her baby and toddlers around her. Her baby was named Jan in honour of my partner.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 13, 2018, 01:21:24 pm
Have a good time :)

Thank you, Snotty, I always have  good time there, even when I fell and broke my hip. ;D


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Weyland on March 13, 2018, 03:03:48 pm
It"s a case of the blind leading the blind, Weyland: They don"t have the money for technology and I don"t even own a mobile phone. ;D

You don't know what you're missing, Rosie. Trust me.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 13, 2018, 03:05:42 pm
 I do, endless phone calls. No thanks.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Weyland on March 13, 2018, 03:34:28 pm
I do, endless phone calls. No thanks.

I hardly ever use my smartphone for calls. It can do so much more, such as displaying photos and videos and playing music and downloaded radio programmes like the one I indicated. And ebooks, including Kindle books. There are thousands of free ebooks available online, such as the complete works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Trollope, James, Wells, Austen, the Bront√ęs, Bible, Koran, and many more.

And a helluva lot more, even forgetting phone calls.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Dutch Rosie on March 27, 2018, 07:14:31 am
Got home last night, after a two hour flight delay and jumping the passport queue, to the great indignation of other travelers

Had a great time, best ever. Lots of building going on so Mr Barrow seems to be doing a reasonable job. I asked a lot of people how things were now in the country and the main advantage seems to be democracy and freedom to say anything you like without fear of being picked up in the middle of the night by police.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Rasta on March 27, 2018, 11:25:42 am
Bournemouth > Gambia



...the snare is set.


Title: Re: Off to Gambia again next week
Post by: Red Herring on March 27, 2018, 12:47:12 pm
Bournemouth > Gambia



...the snare is set.

Bournemouth > Everywhere.

Red