I FLEW back from Belfast recently in a strange dwam. In contrast to the bright winter day that had framed my flight out the previous morning our descent to Glasgow was shrouded in cloud and drizzle. Perfectly usual; all things present and correct, you might say. Perhaps I'm reading too much into all of this, but the weather on that dull February morning contrasted perfectly with the previous day's sunny, crisp clarity and seemed to mirror my own thinking.
AT THE height of their fame, UB40 topped charts across the globe as they sold more than 70 million records worldwide, cementing their position as Britain's biggest reggae band. After forming in Birmingham in 1979, the eight-piece remarkably rejected the stereotypes surrounding bands of young musicians – not least those containing siblings – maintaining an almost identical line-up for nearly three decades. But all that changed in 2008.
THE long memory of colonial Britain; and the long reach of David Livingstone. On the edge of the wilderness where the Scottish explorer, slowly dying from loss of blood, made his last agonising journey, is a health clinic called Gibson. The name, we’re told, of “a white man who had a farm near here.” The farm is long gone but Gibson Clinic is the farthest outpost of Chitambo Hospital, another legacy of another version of colonialism: the evangelical kind.
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Selecting a term
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