By Chris Harvie

Bored with tragic tales, Chris Harvie units out to work out thepositive aspect of the 'Dark Continent' and to take pleasure in its lifestyles andlaughter. don't Take This street to El-Karama is the entertainingaccount of an epic street journey that takes him from hishome outdoor the Kruger nationwide Park to the banks of theNile in Uganda – and again again.In his haphazard and just a little eccentric travels, Harvieencounters missionaries and mechanics, locals and ex-pats,rascals and rogues. Delving into his personal combined British andSouth African id, he attempts to fathom – in his trademarkwitty and sardonic kind – the post-independence nationalcharacter of the southern, vital, and east African countriesthrough which he and his partners pass.Delightfully opinionated, brimming with fascinating facts,questionable remark and doubtful speculations, this bookis crucial interpreting for an individual with greater than a passinginterest in Africa, commute, heritage and folks; in an excellent read;or simply...

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There was a speed limit of 100 km per hour and a reduced one for truckers of 80 km, accompanied by the warning that TRUCKERS ARE TO ADHERE TO THIS NOTICE (or they would no doubt come unstuck). Mike’s vehicle was comfortable doing a hundred and I am not keen on fast driving, especially when donkey-dodging, so I led the way at that speed along the main road towards Namibia. It was fairly sparsely populated and with unusual markers on the roadsides to point out the entrances to the occasional dwellings.

We had all travelled together before on a number of dry runs and had contrived to get on well, regardless of our hugely different ages, interests and languages. Mike had first turned up at Rissington one night in 1999 with a couple of army mates with whom he had served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland. They had kept me up most of the night, destroyed their room during a pillow fight after I chucked them out of the bar and left before I got up the next morning. He wrote a few months later to thank me and to tell me that he’d like to bring the new love of his life to Rissington later in the year.

It was Day 1. We had 109 days to go. To celebrate, I gave up smoking. Two: Loaded up and looking for Lake Ngami Palapye – Francistown – Nata – Gweta – Maun The eggs were all broken after a thousand kilometres in the egg-holder, which had a fundamental design flaw in that its cavities were too large and had plastic egg-holding pins emerging from their walls, so that, as they rattled around, the eggs were perforated like pin-cushions. We picked out the broken shells, made scrambled egg from the remains, accompanied it with fried bully beef for breakfast and resolved that the egg-holders, once we’d got the damned things clean, be re-christened hard-boiled-egg holders, a function for which they proved ideal.

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