Two brief comments on the Bulletin. It now reads fine in its new big print glossy-papered format. Was Mary Boyd’s protest in the last issue written tongue in cheek? However, am I alone in my feeling that endless accounts of political strife and of projects charitably funded and operated by international bodies are overwhelming other items more likely to enhance the standing of Tanzanians on the world stage? I cannot believe that the many talented and highly qualified people of that country outside politics, are without home-grown successes worthy of record in the fields of business, research, invention and creativity. Could you please consider redressing the balance.
(Fair point! As a first step in redressing the balance please see the article by Cuthbert Kimambo on page 5 – Editor)
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Your issue No 45 was as good as any I can remember, if not indeed the all-time best. I would like to mention a few points.
Firstly, I was taken aback by the coincidence of the obituaries of Dunstan Omari and Lucy Lameck, because when I arrived in Dar es Salaam in 1953, having travelled from London by sea with Dunstan, he lost no time in introducing me to Lucy Lameck. We all went to a dance together and I shouldn’t have been surprised to hear of their engagement!
The reference to War graves on page 22 reminds me that the Commonwealth War Graves commission provides information about named individuals; it also has lists a) of those who died in World War I and are buried at the Dar es Salaam War Cemetery, Bagamoyo Road and b) for World War 11, all cemeteries in Tanganyika. The lists are alphabetical. It occurs to me that you might wish to get someone in Dar es Salaam to report on the matter.
On ‘This Maddest of Pursuits’ on page 24, who on earth is Martin Cropper? What is ‘cyclothermic’ (Livingstone) and ‘melanothobe’ (Burton)? And what is meant by ‘Livingstone himself never made a single permanent conversion’? Or is it all a joke?