East Africa Women’s League Meet in London

East Africa Women’s League Meet in London

The EAWL, which of course still flourishes in Kenya, was begun in 1917. Above is the College of Arms Grant of Arms in 1974. We had the annual general meeting of the East Africa Women’s League (UK branch) on Tuesday 19 March, at the Victory Services Club in London. The meeting and lunch was well attended (there are over 370 members) and afterwards we were treated to a talk by David Shepherd. Shepherd reminisced about paintings he had done in the past – once when painting on the Ark Royal he persuaded the captain to sail in the opposite direction because the light was ‘wrong’. On another occasion he told the Queen not to feed her corgis at table and she replied indignantly, ‘They’re my dogs!’ Shepherd said he cringed when he saw his early paintings. He was passionate about his wildlife foundation – check out its...

Castor Oil – Ugh!

One of my most unpleasant experiences as a youngster growing up in Tanganyika Territory was having to swallow terrible tasting medicines for various diseases or illnesses! Having to swallow bitter quinine daily against malaria was bad enough but when worms took up residence in our bodies, we had to swallow a tablespoon of castor oil. This horrible oily stuff made us gag every time! It became so bad that each night my dad would lay us across his lap, holding our nose until we gasped for air. Then mom would shove the wretched medicine down our open mouths. I can still taste the vile stuff today, it was SO bad tasting! Being good kids we really tried to be good and ‘vowed’ each night that tonight, we would be good and take the dawa like good children. BUT invariably, when that time came following our supper, we ended up going through the same awful antics hoping that just maybe one time our parents would relent. But they never did. Poor mom and dad. I think it was as hard on them as it was on us. Bless them for trying to be good and caring parents even when it was tough! We also had to wear pith helmets daily and would get spanked if we went outside without them. In those days they were required on the assumption that they would prevent sunstroke. I think they did help some, though they went out of fashion decades...