Joseph Bloggs

Online home of Joseph Talbot: Little Briton

Main menu

The Cameroon diaries

Collected here are all my blog entries for the (almost) year we spent in Cameroon (July 15th 2006 - June 7th 2007).


12 November 2006 - 5:34pm -- Joseph

We went to Limbe today to attend a remberance day memorial service held by the British High Commision at the War graves in the botanical gardens. We were invited by the High Commision because we'd registered our presence her in Cameroon with them.

Suits you Sir (Parte the Second)

14 November 2006 - 5:50pm -- Joseph

I never did report back on the outcome of my first trip to a tailor. The results were, shall we say disappointing...

The suit fitted me in no way whatsoever. The waist was way too big, the shoulders were a Dynasty-like horror show and the lapels bowed out weirdly when the suit was buttoned up. It's weird, because the outfit that Heather had made fitted her perfectly. He's obviously a good tailor, but suits clearly aren't his thing. I had the suit adjusted a couple of times, but it wasn't salvageable.

One of the those days...

18 November 2006 - 12:31pm -- Joseph

We had quite a day yesterday. First off, we went to visit a school, to see the Headmistress about a project we want to set up. Unfortunately she wasn't present due to a bereavement, so we were told to come back later.

We went to the office, to find out the power was off, and was going to be off all day. This meant I couldn't teach my final session of the Web design course, so we put it off until the next day (Saturday.)

Comedy customers

8 December 2006 - 3:51pm -- Joseph

There's a particular kind of customer that comes in to HINT to use the internet that simultaneously amuse me and drive me crazy. They're normally blokes (but not always), they have good jobs and with it an inflated sense of self worth, but very little idea about computers and the Web.

Thus we have someone who is used to demanding respect and being in control, thrust into a situation where they feel helpless.

Eek! No water!

12 December 2006 - 3:12pm -- Joseph

Due to some strange situation about changing over water meters, we've got no water supply for the next couple of days. Apparently the previous 'tenants' (I say tenants, but asset-stripping, rent-paying, squatters would be a better descriptions) have finally got around to imforming the water company that they no longer live there, so the water company have come and taken the meter! We now need to go through the teeth-pulling agony of bureacratic nonsense that is required for everything, to get a meter of our own.

High and Dry

19 December 2006 - 9:58am -- Joseph

Looks like the lack of water supply is going to be as temporary as we thought. Various delays in paperwork mean we may have missed the boat in our attempt to get them to come and refit the meter that they took out (which, ridiculously enough, was plan A).

We're probably going to have to wait for a new meter, which will take, y'know, as long as it takes...

Ho hum....

An Introduction to Web Design, mk. II

20 December 2006 - 10:34am -- Joseph

I've started teaching my An Introduction to Web Design again this week. Despite the many people who tried to enroll on the first course after it started, and asking when the next course will be, I've only got three students, one of which is Genesis!

I'm not sure why this is, maybe December is a quiet time (certainly turnout at football has been low the last couple of weeks ) - I guess everyone's driving home for Christmas.

I said I'd post the pdf of the course once I'd done the re-writes after the first run. It turns out that doing re-writes = not that easy...


21 December 2006 - 2:50pm -- Joseph

We have water again - hurrah!

I was beginning to wonder if we were facing a long-term outage, but this afternoon a meter appeared, and we now have running water to the house again.