Colours of the Congo – Part 3

Storm Clouds gather over the office … and then it all comes crashing down; thunder, lightening and torrential rapid downpours

The Plains of Africa … Big Sky

A small visitor and the road back to camp … with another approaching thunder storm, the horizon is alive with flashes of lightening.

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Colours of the Congo -Sun&Moon

Sunsets, Sunrises and Moon rises over the BIG African sky in the DRC … love these colours …

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Last week in the DRC

Did some traveling around The DRC …Lubumbashi, Kinshasa and others ….

Planes and automobiles …no trains 🙂

Hotels and Dusty Roads

…and of course the odd cigar … or two …

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This Past Week in the DRC

Flying in to work ….. Big Blue Sky …love it …

Sun Sets and rises …and a cloudy moon … love the colours of Africa

Out and about and relaxing after a days work….

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Lunar Eclipse in the Congo

And so it begins…. the moon, with mars in close company …

The Red Moon emerges…. next to the Red Planet …

The morning after …as the moon sets across the African Sky ….

 

Colours of the Congo

I so do love the bright vibrant colours of The DRC at this time of the year, at the tail end of the rainy season. Dark clouds are still rolling in bringing afternoon and evening thunder storms, the rich greens of the forest and that distinctive red soil of Africa.

African Sunset

Took these pictures whilst out walking on Wednesday night, to have dinner at a neighbouring project. …  as the sun was going down after a day of heavy rain … love the rich vibrant colours of the African sky.

Location- In the bush in The Southern DRC.

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Amazing nostalgic soulful song with an African feel on the percussion and rhythm. Love the soul in this song, although it brought a tear to my eye … as I miss my loved ones (family) whilst being so far away ….

Fly, fly away
Do you remember?
All of us sleeping
How many of us dream?
This sky where we live
Is no place to lose your wings
So love, love, love

The Derek Trucks Band – This Sky

 

Rains in Africa

First massive thunderstorm to hit our region in the Southern DRC … made me think of this song. Toto – Africa

I managed to take some photos of the rain, muddy water and gorgeous colours; a pity I could not capture the rolling thunder and loud cracks of lightening across the sky. The storm was right overhead so our lightening siren went off, as many people are killed in this region by lightening strikes. The water was ankle deep in places from the flash storm, and trees were blown over. Thankfully my tent stood solid and is dry inside – tent picture is take from some time back, not from today 🙂

 

A Dystopian Landscape

A series of pictures I took last week, whilst out on my mountain bike in The DRC (Africa), reminded me of a barren wind swept post apocalypse, dystopian landscape. The pictures are of a mine waste dump, so the soil is lifeless, the water is questionable at best, and the wind whips up the waste product into dust clouds that hang in the air, and distort the horizon.

These images have nudged my mind to craft a short story – what do they do for you? what emotions do they evoke?

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What are your favourite Dystopian Novels?

Here are a few of mine: (in no particular order – and I know I have left out so many more)

  • 1984 (1949)George Orwell
  • Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (1968)Philip K. Dick
  • Brave New World (1932)Aldous Huxley
  • Farenheit 451 (1953)Ray Bradbury
  • Logan’s Run (1967)William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
  • Neuromancer (1984)William Gibson
  • The Running Man (1982)Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
  • The Drowned World (1962)J.G. Ballard
  • The Road (2006)Cormac McCarthy
  • The Postman (1985) – David Brin
  • The White Plague (1982) – Frank Herbert
  • The Children of Men (1992) – P. D. James
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960) – Walter M. Miller Jr.

Feel free to add to this list 🙂 – hopefully you will mention some that I have not yet encountered.

Ambulance Today – Autumn Edition

The Autumn Edition has hit the shelves, its live now in Ambulance Today. Click on the link below to download and read the magazine and my article on page 37, An Introduction into the Aero-medical Evacuation Industry in Africa – ‘From the Africa Desk’ by the Africa Editor, Michael Emmerich.

Ambulance Today Autumn Edition 2017

To all the followers of this page, if you want to see an article written about any specific aspect of Emergency Care on the African continent, or get me to interview a key role player, drop me a mail. Equally, if you have any news items you would like us to run either in our magazine or on our daily-updated global ambulance news website please make contact.

To my fellow passionate EMS friends across the world, I trust you are enjoying the start of this journey, as we continue to explore this fascinating continent. Till then be safe out there and stay passionate.