Archive for June, 2008

Filed Under (General) by Rob on 06-06-2008

It’s that time of year when the flame trees (or flamboyants in French) start to bloom. And what a stunning sight they are:


These are only in bloom for a few weeks, so make the most of this impressive spectacle while it lasts! Interestingly, their blooms don’t seem as impressive in the south of Togo/Benin (where they are often only 50% red and the rest still green). The one above was taken in Atakpame, towards the north of Togo.

I first fell in love with the flame tree when I lived in La Réunion, where it is one of the national symbols. I’m not an expert in arborology, but the ones here in Benin look the same as the delonix regia of Reunion, which actually originate from Madagascar.

Matt Murdock, a missionary friend in northern Benin, recently commented on them in this blog post too.

Thanks for reading!


Filed Under (Beninese culture, General) by Rob on 03-06-2008

Here’s some tasty meat for sale at Dantokpa Market in Cotonou. Who can tell me which animal was it when it was alive?


(NB Not to be confused with the ear & snout I mentioned in this post)

Filed Under (Trivia Question of the Week) by Rob on 02-06-2008

Q: The Severn is the longest river in Great Britain (220 miles). Which is the second longest?

Answer to last week’s question: Jethro Tull was inspired by organ pipes to invent the seed drill.

And the winner was Rachel Lewis – well done and thanks for getting all those bulletins out too!
Bonus points to Mike Griffin for the following addendum to TQW 21:

“The seed drill was invented by Camillo Torello and patented by the Venetian Senate in 1566, and was refined by Jethro Tull in 1701.”
(Though he did look on Wikipedia!!)