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Friday, June 30, 2006

The World Cup- Uganda Style.

The country has taken on a frenetic air over the last few weeks. Business in bars and restaurants- and any location with a TV- is booming. For the enterprising, the purchase of a TV and power source has become a little goldmine. One local woman, in the local, hired a generator and TV. On the days when there is no power, she asks for a small contribution to the generator fuel costs… and now she could start a football team herself with the regular match viewers.

For those with no access, radio must suffice. The commentary in the local language is most amusing. I don’t understand the words, but I can follow the score through shouts, yelps, signs, high pitch screams and fits of laughter.

But the power ‘struggle’ can cause disrupt. I’m not much of a football fan, but was watching the English v Equador match. Half- way though the game, the generator failed- and when the power did come back on, England had scored; the only bit of real action in the entire match!

Good job I am not too much of a fan!


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