Archive for June, 2010

Filed Under (General) by Rob on 23-06-2010

…but maybe not in spelling!

The writing on this bike translates as “Champion of Africa”. However, look closely and you’ll see that the letter ‘i’ is missing from ‘Afrique’. I’ve seen more than one bike like this and wondered whether it’s actually another bit of Chinese ‘Engrish‘.

There you go!

Filed Under (General) by Rob on 16-06-2010

I recently saw this sign outside a school in Mali:

It says:
Open the doors for disabled children.
To have access is to exist.
Let’s have a school without barriers.

Nice. You don’t often see this kind of thing in Africa and any provision for the disabled is unusual. Many paraplegics have hand-cranked tricycles, or adapted motorcycles, like the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili use. Of course, you also see many begging at traffic lights, but this is the first time I’ve seen an ‘access for all’ school in Africa.

The same place also had the following ‘ABC’ of access:

It says:

A for access
B for modified seats
C for equal chances
D for children’s rights
E for equality

Amen to that! Keep up the good work folks!

Filed Under (General, Things to do in Bamako) by Rob on 12-06-2010

Visit the Broadway Café:

Apparently run by someone who lived in the USA for a while, this place offers good quality, western-style food in a pleasant, air-conditioned environment and at affordable prices! What more could you want?

Well, as you’re asking, slightly faster service! However, as long as you take a pack of cards with you (as we’ve become accustomed to doing in Africa) then the wait will go quickly!

My favourite item on the menu (so far) is the ‘breakfast burrito’ – only a couple of quid, but HUGE – you could almost share it between two people. Filled with potatoes, cream, veg and other tasty things, it’s a real treat!

They also do coke floats (or sprite or any other fizzy drink), and you can choose any two flavours of icecream from a decent range! Don’t take my word for it – visit yourself! It’s located a block north of the Route de Koulikoro, not far from the Fourmi supermarket or the ‘Express’ restuarant.

Meanwhile, have a butcher’s at the following sites:

This one has info about the restaurant – including a map

This is a blog of some missions folks who went there once.

And here’s a photo of the Broadway’s meat soup and rice, which someone thought worthy of publishing on a blog!

Thanks for reading – bon appétit!

(Added March 2011): the Broadway Café has moved to the main Route de Koulikoro, across the road from the Fourmi supermarket. The old Broadway is still there, now called ‘off broadway’ and has had a complete makeover (but now caters less for kids). We still prefer the old place, as it is much ‘cosier’. Here are Lois and Mics enjoying a meal there recently:

Filed Under (Ethnomusicology, General, Malian culture) by Rob on 09-06-2010

I like t-shirts; they’re comfortable, cool and fun to wear! Therefore, I was delighted to see this one, being worn by a motorcyclist in Bamako, and even more delighted that my friend had a camera to capture it:

It says: “When we unite in song, we find a common ground: our love for music.” What a great motto – I agree 100%. Let’s have more singing! Finding this on a t-shirt in Bamako is all the more rare and bizarre given that Mali is a French-speaking country and this is in English! I wonder if the owner even knows what it means…

By the way, I also blogged about t-shirts here, here and here. Have a look!