July 02, 2011 GMT
Let's have some words and pictures!

"Let's have some words and pictures!" I've emailed to Caroline and Beau as they depart Nairobi, around Tuesday 5th, towards the Tanzanian border and Mt Kilimanjaro.

Caroline needed new tyres front and back. The most appropriate available in Nairobi were Metzeler Enduro 3s, which cost a king's ransom in Kenya. But they should do the job and last a good while. Plus there's servicing to do, and determining the state of the rainy season which is unusually late this year. When Caroline arrived at the airport a few days ago (Beau had arrived a couple of days earlier), the rain had closed most roads, isolating the airport from Nairobi until the following day.

Earlier, she had spent a little while in Juba, South Sudan, assessing the level of teaching required by the prospective English language students for when the new term starts in September.
A six-hour, 120-mile journey by 4WD on muddy dirt roads followed, to the provincial capital town of Bor to do a similar job there.

The new independent country of South Sudan comes into being in a few days, let's hope it's successful.

Here's a different form of transport, just for a change.....
A short walk from here is what is reckoned to be the country's best-preserved Battle-of-Britain fighter airfield. Kenley.
It's still operational, used by an RAF gliding school and a private gliding club, but completely open to the public on foot. So a fairly unique and accessible monument to times past.
(Many many years ago, Caroline first started to learn to ride a motorbike on the airfield's perimeter track. Those were the days when local police would turn up, watch for while, say "We didn't see you," and drive off).

Last Sunday was the anniversary of the arrival of No 64 Spitfire Squadron at the airfield in 1940. And as they do, once a year at least, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew in a Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire and a Hurricane, to perform a little flypast over the historic airfield.

Southern end of the airfield, with RAF memorial and glider cadets, awaiting arrival of the flypast.

First turn to line up for a second over pass.

Second turn for a third pass.

Final fly past. Banked over, I think, specially for the cameras.

Posted by Ken Thomas at 06:13 PM GMT

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