June 28, 2007

The ten bed mattress man

I have just got back from Mulago Hospital, it took an hour and a half to do a trip that would have taken 10 minutes in a ‘special’ aka a taxi. I did pay a tenth of the price so I suppose in the time = money ratio it was fair enough. Whilst stuck in traffic I saw approaching from a distance a whole load of mattresses, initially I thought that they must be on a motorbike and I was suitably impressed by the manoeuvrability, however, as the mattresses approached it became clear that they were bouncing up and down in such a movement that even on the bumpy road of Kampala could never be associated with a motorbike. As carefully given away by the title, it was actually a young gentlemen carrying no less than 10 carefully balanced mattresses on his head I was suitably impressed and he had certainly made the traffic jam more interesting.

I also did my random sampling, I carefully calculated the necessary stratified sample sizes and then, with the aid of my assistant who is a small boy at Mulago, he selected the names from a hat. Obviously, due to the nature of random sampling, none of the staff members that I wanted to talk to were present. So its back again to Mulago tomorrow but I can avoid the nightmare traffic this time and get a Hospice car.

Just as a small side note: whilst you are stuck in the numerous traffic jams you will be approached by a preacher, and they will ask you ‘have you been saved?’, depending on your honesty you can choose to reply ‘yes I have been saved by Jesus’, this might encourage to them to leave you alone, but its more probable that they will preach to you anyway just to assure that you ‘have really been saved by Jesus’. I have never been so thankful for having to study GSCE RE as I have been here as a few solid St Mark quotes will usually convince them that I am a true fan of Jesus.

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