Pilchards

“Hello … hello? Is that you, Becky?” My elderly neighbour is on the line. Her voice is strong and resonant but carries a chord of concern. “I just don’t know how everyone will cope,” she says, “How long is this going to last, do you think?”  Mary is worried, of course, about the coronavirus crisis … More Pilchards

Messages from Malawi

“We are eating mangoes now. The picture I have sent is one of our own trees outside our house.“ I wake to messages like this often. They arrive on my phone all the way from Malawi in the middle of the night, at the latest by 5 o’clock, when most Malawians have been up and … More Messages from Malawi

Yesterday

Yesterday, I met a woman in a shop. She didn’t give me her name, but she did divulge her age: 92 – yet she looked closer to 72 with her bright blue eyes, and I told her so. I asked her what her secret was. She looked a little bemused by my question, paused to … More Yesterday

Malawi Matters

I’ve taken you out to Margret’s Malawian Kitchen, and introduced you to Israel (again) and F Man (briefly). So here now is a fuller idea of why my son and I went to Malawi. (This post can also be found on Empathy Action.) I’m tagging along on my son’s trip (he’s here to gain some … More Malawi Matters

About F Man

A little bit about my friend, Fazili Gama, shared originally by Empathy Action. Meet Fazili, otherwise known as F Man. He lives in a town called Kasungu in Malawi, and is THE man to go to if you need your phone fixed. He started out young, fixing his teachers’ phones when he needed to pay … More About F Man