I voted blackbird in the National Bird poll. The robin won. Feh. I love the blackbird’s song, and the song about the blackbird:

Vanilla Ice’s development advice

Ice, Ice Baby

Maybe it’s because it’s a four-day weekend here, maybe I’ve been inspired by Britney Spears’ Guide To Semiconductor Physics (look it up), I don’t know, but I just discovered that Vanilla Ice, intentionally or not, offers one of the most essential pearls of international development wisdom I’ve seen yet:

Stop; collaborate and listen.

Do not follow Vanilla’s advice to ‘light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle’. This is usually not appreciated and may be seen as unprofessional. You should also exercise caution when accepting advice from someone who raps wearing peach-coloured trousers.

*gets coat*

Mouth painting and the sound that swept the 70′s

I took a brief trip this morning with Chris, the proprietor of Four Villages Inn, to the Alliance Français to see an exhibition by Ghanaian artist Joel K. Acheampong, who paints with his mouth. We’d just missed the exhibition but there were still paintings on the walls, despite his apparently having sold several. There are …

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