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Last week I undertook a two-day bike ride in northern Scotland to travel up to my friend’s wedding. 

The whole process of getting it sorted was pretty fun, and the ride itself was incredibly enjoyable, passing a variety of terrain and affording some lovely interactions with very generous Scottish dwellers.

This is a bit of a longer read than normal.

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Relying on people vs “the system”

I’ve hosted a few visitors from Europe here in Kenya recently which has exposed a bit of a cultural difference: how people make bookings.

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“Can you drop your pin?”

Last weekend there was in interesting discussion about phrases which now have a completely new meaning.

In 2019, asking someone to drop their pin is (I think) widely understood to mean sending someone your current location.

Even 5 years ago it could’ve been construed as an instruction to fumble your sewing box.

This naturally got us on to other examples of common parlance which would seem nonsensical in previous times.

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Vitamins

This week I had vitamins on my mind. 

From Tuesday-Wednesday I had a borderline flu-cold* and so to remedy had several weeks’ worth of lemon consumption in a 48 hour period.

With all this Vitamin C doing its business, it got me realising that I didn’t actually know if there was any logic behind the letter naming convention.

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How to find (and keep) a Significant Other

I’ve had a few conversations with people recently about how it’d be nice to have a boyfriend/girlfriend.

There were lots of similarities in the conversations. We brainstormed some ideas, and so I thought I’d share the essence in the text below. For those in long-standing relationships, there’s a link for you at the bottom.

Anyway, off we go…

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Conversation starters

There are a few lists out there of expansive questions you can ask people beyond “What do you do?”. E.g. here.

One I always like is “Are you more like your Mum or your Dad? Is it 50:50, 70:30..? Why?”

Recently I’ve enjoyed asking the question “What’s the story behind your [Whatsapp/ Facebook] profile picture?”

It’s almost always a fairly interesting anecdote which people get happy talking about, and can be a springboard into lots of other interesting topics about a person (travels, hobbies etc.).

Do you have any questions you like to ask?

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2018 in review

As this is the last newsletter of the year it feels like I should at least make some attempt to write something thoughtful.

Rather than a chronological run through of what’s been happening, I’ll instead share some things I’ve been thinking about, which you might find interesting to read.

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Hiking Mount Kenya

Last weekend I climbed Mount Kenya.

It was 4 days and 3 nights in the National Park on the equator and offered up some pretty phenomenal views. See here

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Hypothesis on sugary tobacco vs sports betting in Kenya

There’s a concept in economics of substitute goods. Basically if the demand one for one product goes, demand for another goes down.

If pasta becomes super popular then you might see sales in couscous go down (substitute good). Other products though, such as tomato sauce, may instead go up in demand (complementary goods).

Anyway, two conversations last week made me think there might be such a relationship going on between two slightly contentious products in East Africa, which could have some interesting implications…

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What is your normal?

A friend has just quit his job and started travelling. This week he told me a story of an Italian guy he met living on the Kenyan coast who is currently building a boat.

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