Walking the Victoria Lines, ‘The Great Wall of Malta’

  ‘Originally known as the North West Front and sometimes unofficially known as the Great Wall of Malta…a complex network of linear fortifications known collectively as the Victoria Lines‘ What a revelation… to find so much nature, and tranquility, particularly after having read recently the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta equated with the word: ‘cementation’‘.Continue reading “Walking the Victoria Lines, ‘The Great Wall of Malta’”

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Blessed by a Marabout – spiritual healers, Koranic scholars – in West Africa

    ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ 2009 When we stayed with Alkalo, Fatou Dansu (one of only 5 female chiefs, at the time, in The Gambia), in the town of Basse, we met a strange, yet intriguing, old man called Mr Bah. Outwardly, he reminded me the obsequious UriahContinue reading “Blessed by a Marabout – spiritual healers, Koranic scholars – in West Africa”

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The gift of ‘Silafando’ to Gambian village chiefs, Image West Africa

  ‘All the village chiefs we met, very kindly permitted our raggle-taggle, road-weary, team to turn up, unannounced, and pitch our small camp, each evening. To show our respect, as strangers, when approaching the village chief -the Alkalo – we used the age-old traditional protocol, called ‘silafando’ (which roughly translates as ‘a gift to you onContinue reading “The gift of ‘Silafando’ to Gambian village chiefs, Image West Africa”

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