Rags to Riches no more

Rags to Riches no more

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http://razorsedgebarber.com/?search=prednisone-20mg-5 The phrase ‘from rags to riches’ has stood the test of time since it was coined in the Georgian days of the English speaking world to describe the one in ten thousand fortunate working class person who had overcome all the barriers the ruling class had thought out to stop him and had succeeded in climbing the ladder to material success. In Kenya, however, this has ceased to be true. The gap between the developed and the developing world is becoming wider every year, despite half a century of promises that it would soon close. The tiny number of the establishment ruling corporate capitalists became fewer and fewer and each is becoming richer and richer and they have now closed their ranks completely so that not even one in ten thousand could join their ranks. The strange thing was that the increasingly impoverished proletariat in the developing world was actually becoming better dressed. The reason for this was that clothing sold from High Street shops of the developed world were later being donated to groups like Oxfam, which collected large quantities of clothing from the idle rich, who discarded articles of clothing they had become tired of, and which they no longer required, not because the clothes were worn out but because they were ‘out of fashion.’ Hundreds of shipping containers containing used clothing crossed the seas every month from the developed world to the developing and the income bracket of the working classes discovered that smart clothes now in piles in what the Kenyan’s call mitumba markets were now available at reasonable prices. A Saville Row suit, for example, whose...
Marmite and Kippers

Marmite and Kippers

http://afternooncrumbs.com/?search=get-levitra-online-with-paypal by | Sep 19, 2012 | Dick Hedges |

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Aerogrammes – Communications Of Yesteryear

Aerogrammes – Communications Of Yesteryear

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Pure White Hunters Safaris

Pure White Hunters Safaris

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God Save Our Gracious Queen

God Save Our Gracious Queen

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The White Man’s Grave

The White Man’s Grave

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Today, not even the most adamant critic of living in Sub-saharan Africa, would suggest that it was a particularily unhealthy area in which to live. This shows how very far medicine has advanced in the last 100 years, because for well in to the 20th century, Africa, and West Africa in particular, was called ‘The White Man’s Grave.’ If the snakes did not get you, then disease would! Caucasians dared not venture into Africa without donning a pith helmet and a spine pad, otherwise heat stroke or brain damage would strike them dead. Jackboots were strongly advised for both male and female attire because behind every bush a poisonous snake might strick and the leather of such boots offered a slight chance of survival. Every snake should be killed on sight, despite the fact that less than 10% of the snakes of Africa are seriously poisonous. It was thought that if they bit you, they injected you with poison through their fangs. And non-poisonous snakes like pythons were constrictors, who could strangle you to death and then swallow you whole! There was no 100% cure for a snake bite; the anti-venom serums were only about 60% effective. The majority of snake bites took several hours to kill you. Others killed you instantly. The ones that took several hours to kill might, if you were lucky, responded to a series of timely anti-venom serums and death might be avoided. One did of course have to have the serum handy and there were certain serums that had to be frozen at all times. Serums effective against African snakes were and still...