Well, I’ve recently returned from 4 fantastic days on the Chris Packham birding tour in The Gambia. We dragged ourselves through thorny acacias in forty degree heat – heat the local owls avoided, skipped around marauding cattle in the lessening light of evening, and ran the gauntlet in the noisome charm of the fishing village at Tanji, and all this to get a look at some birds!
An interesting short film this (hat tip to Dennis for finding it), featuring the glorious Mandina Lodges and the Makasutu culture forest. It draws in some of the main elements of the project, focusing particularly on James and Lawrence’s ideas of creating an ecologically sound environment that didn’t impact on the local area too much. Enough from me though, over to Lawrence…
I consider myself a relatively well-travelled person. I have been to many countries; I even lived in three, always hoping I would find the one I would love to come back to. They were all great, fantastic countries to visit. Once. Always once. February 2010 and I am finding myself going to the Gambia. For the third time! How on earth did that happen?
If you have ever watched frantic dancers, leaping wildly to the polyrhythmic patterns of a Gambian drum and dance troupe and fancied trying your hand at playing the djembe yourself, here’s the perfect opportunity. Ali Baba Bangoura will be running a West African Drumming workshop on Saturday 6th March, 2010 at Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk [...]
There’s an interesting and over on the Lush website. Lush (the purveyors of fine lotions and unguents) recently sent 14 volunteers over to Kwinella in The Gambia, to assist with a school building project (amongst other things) – one of many started by the fantastic Fresh Start Foundation.