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Wire We Here

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and as always, my thanks for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 129 - The Rufous-naped Lark'. There were some super Comments, too. I loved Ronnie's recount of his 19 month old Grandson's 'learning-curve' - but Lynne and Patty set some of 'the boys' off, with talk of red stockings on the Lark's legs. Mick, ever one to exploit a theme, declared it was not a Caterpillar in the Lark's beak - and "My mind has wandered to some exotic dancer in red stockings strutting her stuff with her garter belt between her teeth !!". Wow, that's some imagination you have, Mick. Must be something your Missus put in your Guinness..?!!

Oh Dear, seemingly, I am in 'deep do-do' with Carol again. Apparently, there's a dearth of Caterpillars in Crete and Carol now blames my Lark for nipping over there and stocking up, likening it to the "hordes of Brits going over to France for some cheap booze and fags". If it wasn't so far from The Highlands, I'd be joining them, Carol. I 'emigrated' to Scotland, to get closer to my favourite 'amber nectar', only to find it's cheaper in France...! Hurray for the visit to Spain, in 3 weeks time Wink

No 'Lunch' today. Instead, Wire We Here, a 'celebration of wires'. Thus the title, shared by a sort of 'EPZ un-Magnificent Seven' - LynneJoyce, Gajewski, Irishkate, Annette38, Chiliman and GarrathE. Each of us is posting an image, or images, featuring wires. My offering was going to be featured in a future series on Kenya Transport, but has enough wires in it to qualify for this simple celebration. It was, by the way, taken through a car windscreen...

Donkeys feature in a lot of transportation in Kenya and the Kenyan with his Donkeys and Trap shown here is typical. The telephone and electric wires in the background, were undoubtedly installed by the British, over 50 years ago and have seen little maintenance since. Standing proudly, painted red and white, is a tower mast, for digital communication, for which there has been massive investment in Kenya, by the largely state-owned Safaricom. Unlike many areas of UK, one can receive very fast broadband, even when in the middle of the Masai Mara...!

Will you be joining in with paying some of your bills, using your mobile 'phone in the UK? Kenyans have been doing that for some years now - it's become second nature. A bill for electricity is sent to your 'phone and, while watching digital TV perhaps, within a couple of clicks, it's paid. Standing in the Supermarket, your shopping total is displayed on the till - a few clicks on your 'phone later, you are walking out the door.

The telecom wires shown in the image will be left to fall to the ground..! Shamefully, so will the electric ones - there are very regular power cuts in Kenya. It's not unusual to see them tied up in 'granny knots', where they have previously broken. Well, "you can't have everything"...Wink

Have a Wired-up Wednesday, everyone ...!


Tags: Transport Kenya Donkey Whip Humour and fun

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Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
4 Jun 2014 6:29AM
Excellent Simon, an interesting shot and, as usual, an interesting and informative write-up. You really are our very Alan Whicker...Grin

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
4 Jun 2014 6:44AM
Not a 'muncher' in sight, Simon Sad The wiring over here is Crete is appalling, how anything works amazes me. Carol
JohnoP 15 2
4 Jun 2014 6:50AM
Alan Whicker, David Attenborough, Michael Palin, Chris Packham, Bill Oddie.....the list goes on......but in this instance with a play on words of the must be Judith Chalmers and 'Wish You Were Here'! Smile You are a mind of information Simon! Smile
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:10AM
Excellent lines Simon,

Ali GrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:21AM
Wonderfully wacky wiring with wonderfully wacky transport too. A great contribution to the project Simon.
GarrathE 12 4 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:40AM
I love the complete contradiction of the donkey cart and posh Merc behind it. This shot wouldn't look right without the tangle of wires behind them.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:49AM
Wires and humans are inevitable.....sad to say
4 Jun 2014 7:52AM

Quote:I love the complete contradiction of the donkey cart and posh Merc behind it. This shot wouldn't look right without the tangle of wires behind them.

I thought the same too. How the other half do live.
Love to read your info Simon. You are so interesting and the shots are great too.
Patty Smile
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
4 Jun 2014 8:02AM
A `Barrel' of that the local Guiness supplier? GrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 8:15AM
For me Simon the contrast in transport makes this image. Like Garrath and Patty the Merc and the donkey cart show the gulf between rich and poor in 'developing' countries.

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
4 Jun 2014 8:19AM
If you want to see wires in a scene just pop into Google Maps and visit street view in Tokyo, esp. the smaller back streets: I am always amazed at the complexity and amount of such festooned above their heads.
And an interesting commentary from you up top.
The donkey transport does contrast with the vehicle behind as Garrath says.
4 Jun 2014 9:21AM
Fine composition Simon, lots of detail to digest SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile,
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 9:51AM
Poor donkeys! and to have the fumes from the cars as well
unfair...but that is life huh? as for all those wires! the everyday way of getting by as you say
need those wires
Good shot by the way
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 10:36AM
Very humdrum imagery Simon...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 10:44AM
Ugly or not these wire do belong in this image. It is a great picture with many aspects of Kenyan life
to drink in - I love the donkeys, the barrels for that touch of colour and the fashionable Kenyan lady, then the little boy
running in your line up of three !
Garreth's comment about the Merc is spot on for incongruity.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
4 Jun 2014 12:49PM
A wonderful capture Simon and always love reading your informative write ups GrinGrin

mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
4 Jun 2014 1:26PM
You missed a trick here Simon.
You could have combined this theme here with your lunch series
and had the driver chewing through a live electricity cable !!
Bantu 7 7 1 India
4 Jun 2014 1:59PM
Simon very good twist on the line of capture,interesting.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 2:17PM
My award goes for those wonderful docile animals who have to work so hard for a living... The harness of the one on the right looks like it's about to drop off... Amazing street shot, very well captured and i still feel sorry for the donkeys. They were used up to the 80's in my village in Portugal so I feel a great love for the poor things... Very well spotted Simon...
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
4 Jun 2014 2:37PM
A good example of photojournalism, Simon, but those donkeys look more like mules to me. May be I am wrong?
annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
4 Jun 2014 3:00PM
a wonderful write up for your wired contribution.
BTW Costa Rica knows the system, too. No such thing in Fracne, they just about start to realize that you can 'wire' money by bank transfer!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
4 Jun 2014 3:50PM
I wondered how long it would be before you had to have a break from your series Smile
I was thinking along the same lines (wires Grin, couldn't resist that) as Mick in that you could have combined this theme with lunch in some way.

Does the Merc not have air con, as the driver has his window partly open?

JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 4:18PM
A cracking shot;
I have a very similar one with an ox cart, taken in India.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
4 Jun 2014 5:57PM
Simon, this is a great contribution to the "Wire We Here."
This shot is also a nice commentary on the juxtaposition of economic groups -- as evidenced by the various modes of transportation.
Thank you also for the extensive commentary you included here. I found it both entertaining and informative.

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
4 Jun 2014 7:29PM
Nice rural scene Simonn.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Mike_Smith Plus
13 774 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:55PM
Hang on the title doesn't say LUNCH, unusual that. Certainly plenty of wires about
4 Jun 2014 9:55PM
Lovely donkeys and at least he has two. Great shot Simon. I was amazed that they have no bridles so showing my ignorance how does he 'steer' them? And why is there no carrot on that stick? Then it could be lunch! Cathy
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
4 Jun 2014 10:23PM
I assumed you'd be continuing with the lunch theme Simon, how wrong could I be!Grin A fine travel shot showing us a slice of everyday Kenyan life.
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 10:25PM
Love the contrast between the merc and mules Simon and I do believe if you look very closely there's a man eating in the background so well done for capturing him
Rob ( ps is this an elite group forming here )
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
5 Jun 2014 1:03AM
So fascinating reading about the wired AND wireless situation you have over there, Simon! Of course I like the sound of the fast broadband Smile

Great shot you've got here with the wires juxtaposed with the modern tower. Not to mention the juxtaposition of the Mercedes staring at the asses of the two asses!


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