Sunday, February 10, 2008

Similarities in Malawi and the UK

There are some things I have seen today which I can use to compare the UK with Malawi.

I noticed that alot of space is taken up wherever there is a cemetery in the UK, especially London, and the graves are close to each other. This is similar to the cramped quarters in the graveyards of Malawi. Some cemeteries in London are the size of townships like Chinyonga in Blantyre!!


Then I also saw that students' behaviour at my university here resembles what used to happen during my undergraduate days at Chancellor College: vandalism and thieving. Chanco students would steal property from shops and take the stuff to campus. It was called 'ku raiser' which in rough terms meant taking without permission, but in truth it was stealing. Look at the trolley at the gates of Whitelands College( part of Roehampton University)!!

It was taken from ASDA supermarket about two kilometres from campus, and dumped at the gates of Whitelands College. I have seen road signs abandoned on campus lawns too!

2 Comments:

At 11 February 2008 at 12:39:00 CET, Blogger Cryton said...

Great observation Joe. The only difference on the graveyards is the age at which the dead entered their graves. Most of the English were very old when they died and most of the Malawians were very very young. May be half, if not less, the English age - that bleeds my heart.

 
At 14 February 2008 at 10:48:00 CET, Blogger Joe Mlenga said...

Dziko layipa pa Malawi..

 

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