Archive for March, 2015

Up the top

28/03/2015

Finally made it up the Burj Khalifa. What’s really interesting is the amount of space around still left to build on.

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How they make them in Africa

27/03/2015

Kenya has lots of buses plying the roads, as you might imagine.

I’ve often wondered where they were made – they all have Isuzu, Scania or Hino badges, the but the designs look a bit, well… Kenyan.

During my last trip I happened to visit the coach makers where they are made. The chassis are bought in and the bus built around it. The cabs are usually dispensed with but sometimes not. Some of the buses you see are literally large lorries with some seats welded on.

Lifetime is around four to five years of constant use. I’m sure after that they are sold on to neighbouring countries.

Kenya also has some Isuzu and Bedford lorries that must be forty plus years old. I’d love to talk to some of the drives, take some pics and find out what these things sell for even after years of use.

I knew the answer already, but asked if the buses being made met European safety standards. The answer was an emphatic ‘no’, but then again a European bus wouldn’t last a year on these roads.

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Movement

27/03/2015

I love the way the iPhone camera sometimes catches movement.

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Solar’s here

15/03/2015

This is brilliant and long awaited.

Dubai is really coming along in leaps and bounds.

There’s been an incredible improvement in services recently – government and telcos’ online offerings and smartphone apps now abound. The road infrastructure is frankly superb now, du have 4G internet everywhere, the airport is absolutely world class and carries more passengers than Heathrow.

Compare Dubai and the UAE in general with the rest of the region…

Tuning up

13/03/2015

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