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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
  Hippos, Hyenas and Pets
From Zimbabwe, Firepussy's Harare Diary

-- Earlier this month I went into the bush to a place called Mana Pools in northern Zimbabwe. Mana is one of the few game parks where you’re allowed to walk about on your own and take your chances amidst lion, elephant and such like. On the way there I heard that a woman had been killed by an elephant just near the campsite we’d be staying at. Just recently I was reading a Popular Magazine (ie Vanity Fair) article about Joan Root (the Kenyan conservationist) which stated that in Africa, Big Things happen, specifically mentioning bites by hippos, plane crashes and disastrous love affairs. I could mostly resonate. Especially on the hippo front. Some years ago, while canoeing the Zambezi River a hippo surfaced directly under my canoe launching everything, including me, sky high. Luckily everything, including me, came down straight which meant that we weren’t capsized, and left flailing in crocodile infested waters. And the hippo bobbed off, head sore most likely.

Anyway going camping near a recent elephant kill didn’t fill me with great joy but what the heck as my nephew would say. --

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First African citizen media and blogging conference on 14 and 15 September 2006
The first Digital Citizen Indaba on Blogging is planned as a series of practical workshops and discussions, specifically aimed at civil society, media practitioners, and bloggers who are planning on staying after the Highway Africa Conference on behalf of an organisation or representing their own interests.


 
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