Category Archives: Richard Burton

What John H. Speke, Explorer, Can tell Us about Gum Arabic, 2 of 3

As the African explorers Livingston and Burton, the explorer Speke detailed the important uses of gum acacias in local life and in national and international markets.  The potential of gums for colonial powers [read colonial U.K.] reflects the market interests that could … Continue reading

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Posted in Agroforestry, Botany, Colonialism, Ethnography, Food, Richard Burton, Sudan | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-General, City States, Colonialism, Ethnicity, Food, Race, Richard Burton | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sir Burton’s Recipe for Love, from 1001 Nights

A Story about Love and Friendship for Valentine’s Day: First published 5 March 2011; revised 8 Feb. 2003 Prior to Richard Burton’s years of exploits in Africa, while stationed in India, he learned Arabic and studied widely both religious and … Continue reading

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Posted in Arabic, Arabic poetry, European explorers, Food, Middle East, Recipes, Richard Burton, Social Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

What Happened to the Black Mamba in the Bathroom

We don’t know.  A group of villagers came over and searched everywhere in the house, but snakes are so clever at finding small places to hide… On the other hand, one of the folks pointed out that snakes are pretty good at … Continue reading

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Posted in Burundi, East central Africa, European explorers, Explorers & exploration, Food, Living here, Pets, Richard Burton, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

French Passport for Immigrating Africans – How to ‘get around’ Slavery Laws – 1860s

Slavery was outlawed by England in 1834, and France in 1848.  The Emancipation proclamation in the U.S. was signed into law in 1865. However, in order to procure raw manpower needed by plantations in the West Indies , French interest … Continue reading

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Managing Pain – Epiphanies of Childhood & Now

The past few weeks I’ve been miserable from a terrible ‘attack’ of hive-like itchy-skin, which my doctor thinks is linked to the ophthalmic shingles of some months back. It is getting better – and in the meantime, I’ve returned to … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Health, Living here, Richard Burton, T.E. Lawrence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Colonial Musings on Mount Cameroon: Out with the Plantains! In with the Coffee & Sugar!

Colonial world views were, on the whole, extraordinary.  Explorers and missionaries marched out to record, save and reorder the world according to notions of Progress that placed Europeans at the apogee of Civilization (self-defined) – and ‘Everyone Else’ pretty far … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-West, Agriculture, Colonialism, Crop harvests, Environment, Explorers & exploration, Food Security, Richard Burton | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments