Monday, August 4, 2008

Happy Snippets

I took my new router to the internet place to get configured. We now have wireless internet at home. Hurrah!

I bump into a Robert Mugabe look-alike on my way in. Spooky. Maybe it was him....

I hand over the router to the fundi (expert bloke) and he points out that I’ve forgotten to bring the adapter. I slap my forehead and say “ah, I’m so stupid”. He scurries off to look for a spare one. An old man who is in the office when I say this comes over to me, touches me on the shoulder and says “you just forgot, you’re not stupid”.

Aint that nice?

It wasn’t the Bob Mugabe look-alike.

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Oh and I also met a fellow Zambian today who I can talk Chinyanja to! Ah! I am a parched desert receiving spring rain. After all this Swahili spluttering. We moaned about the state of groundnuts in Tanzania (Zambia has the best in the world – honestly), swapped names of other Zambians in Arusha and generally giggled and jumped up and down. She asked me to bring her some mopane worms/caterpillars to eat next time I go to Zambia. And I shall…

10 comments:

Janelle said...

can i be spring rain too???? or am i like toxic plastic....? aaaargh...just been writing about it...niggles the brain...hope you got all the nuts and bolts today darlin'! love you. xxx j

Miranda said...

Ah Janella - you deserve a better metaphor than the spring rain one...

Chimera said...

Thats such a nice shoulder tap! I wish wish i could speak Nyanja or even a bit of Bemba. It was a great failing of my folks not to enforce holiday lessons inbetween the gaol of British School and now when i meet someone from home I can only mutter 'sinisiwa kukumba chinyanja' and shake my head 'sorry sorry'.
Hopeless,
T xx

Ernest de Cugnac said...

miranda - reading the lines, or between them, a recent post of yours, sounds like your mother is a totally serious artist. Is that so? Do tell.

On another matter entirely, I trust I will not offend if I infer that you don't know how to do links in all there gory glory. e.g. as seen in the Men and Machines post.

In case it is useful, here is some text I prepared for someone else. But do tell me to get lost, I shan't be offended:

OK, so this is how it's done. Go to the post you are interested in (or the web page, or the profile). At the top of the frame you will see something like http://www.somethingorother.com or whatever. If you click in that the whole line of text should go blue. Now hold down the CTRL key and type C, then let both keys go. That operation will copy the text to a temporary store on your computer called the clipboard.

Return to the thing that you are writing, probably the standard editor in blogger. Type a sentence something like "I can recommend this website for it's humour". Go back to the words 'this website' which won't have the quotes of course. Highlight say those two words, or one of them, it doesn't really matter.

While those words are highlighted click on the button above the editor pane - it is 6 along from the left and looks like a small globe with a link of chain above it. A small window called hyperlink will open. In that window you will see URL and next to it, already highlighted, will be http://. Don't click in there; if you do you will unhighlight it ... all you need to do now is CTRL V which will paste the string you originally copied into that line. Click OK and you are done. You will see that the text you are editing has changed a bit; the words 'this website' will now be a different colour and underlined. There's you link, and anyone who clicks it will be taken to where you want them to go.

Phew. Does that make sense?

Miranda said...

Tanvi - I know - I was really lucky to be able to grow up speaking Chinjanja. Its a blessing I take for granted. But hey - "sinidziwa kukamba chinyanja" - its a start....

Ernest - my mother is indeed a totally serious artist. Has been all her life (its her job!)and has just completed her masters in Fine Art - after getting rid of the education needs of us lot. I'm helping her work on her website now, will send it through once its done if you're interested.

And THANK you for the linking advice. You tried to tell me before (and I think I even thanked you on my blog, but can't show you where coz I can't link!). I got the whole copy and paste bit but I can't find the world with the chain thingy. Ha! I am rather technologically challenged I'm afraid. I'll keep at it though....

Thanks for reading....

Reya Mellicker said...

Your life sounds so exotic to me. I love reading your blog. Oh yeah!

Miranda said...

Thanks Reya - and YOUR life sounds exotic to me!

Val said...

we need more shoulder pats like that in the world, and less of the person the look alike looked like (?) ;
have to read that thing about cutting andpasting links a few times i think.... would be a handy trick...
love your happy snippets.. is it warming up there yet?
VX

http://reluctantmemsahib.wordpress.com said...

what a nice man. wish my husband said that to me when i said, ''god i forgot, how stupid of me''. he just raises his eyes heavenwards and looks, sadly, as if he agrees with me.

Angela said...

Hi my sweet niece,
here is your auntie from Germany speaking! Oh, I love your blog, too! Just wish you`d not only speak Chinyanja (moni, mo li bwangi? Nde li bweno, secomo!)but also GERMAN! Ich grüße Dich, meine Süße! Sigh, too late now, I guess. I also think your life is exotic. We only have a green frog in our pond and never eat mopane worms and caterpillars.
Keep on writing! Can`t wait to read more!
Love from Geli