Somewhere in Laikipia


And don’t ask how this car got to be on a flat bed, just enjoy the video. In the first minute, a land cruiser pick up tries to get the stuck lorry out of mud unsuccessfully. Then a work horse, a land rover does the job.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

23 thoughts on “Somewhere in Laikipia

  1. a burned-out countryside just like Australia

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Can’t beat a good old Land Rover for terrain bashing. They’re just hell to drive in.

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    • makagutu says:

      When i rob a bank, I want to own one for rough terrain

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      • Tish Farrell says:

        One Christmas when the rains had washed out the Mombasa Highway and there was a double-parked truck jam miles and miles long through Ukambani, trusty Land Rover did some magnificent under-taking i.e. off road driving, and got by the lot. So definitely a good choice if you’re planning a heist.

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        • makagutu says:

          The heist must include money to pay the judge, the prosecutor and anyone in between so I can enjoy my land-rover in peace.

          Hope you are keeping well, Tish. I saw your government instituted new restrictions. BTW, I finished that book. Interesting. Thought provoking to say the least

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          • Tish Farrell says:

            I am fine, Mak, thanks. As to our government – yep – completely insane. We have a casedemic based on graphs 3 weeks out of date, using data no one can check that is generated by 4 different universities’ computer models that don’t deal in reality, while people continue to be tested en masse by private enterprise, with tests that don’t diagnose infection. Even the blurb with the test says it’s not suitable for clinical diagnosis. You actually need a doctor to do that, and people can’t see their doctors…

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            • makagutu says:

              Looks like governments have found a means to restrict rights without so much effort.

              I hope when after this pandemic is past, a post mortem will be performed of government action to determine whether their actions were rational or driven with little to wrong information and what other interests were responsible.

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              • Tish Farrell says:

                I think we’ll need something like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission if we ever have a return to some semblance of democracy. The wrongs that have been done ordinary people in all this are breathtakingly awful. Yet the majority have been so scare-mongered they are happy for more lockdown and rule by decree. Surprisingly the only politicians speaking out about loss of democracy and the need for a written constitution are Tories. The Tory back benchers are rebelling. Also I think you might like to hear one of the sane, and outspoken UK voices on what’s going on: our ex Lord Chief Justice, Lord Jonathan Sumption. He’s our only hope, and much of what he says has relevance to all of us. His latest speech here, posted on Tory MP Steve Baker’s blog:
                https://www.stevebaker.info/2020/11/02-11-2020-briefing-with-mps-scientists-and-other-experts-lord-sumptions-speech/

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                • makagutu says:

                  My only quarrel with Lord Sumption is his faith in legislatures. Maybe yours is different. I have no such hopes in the ones we elect. Shortsighted and others are morons

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                  • Tish Farrell says:

                    Yes, so much depends on the calibre of the elected whether in the law or in parliament. That’s where it can badly fall apart. We do have the House of Lords though, which includes the judges and, apart from the party political place-men/women, also some very fine minds. And though it often seems a complete anachronism, sometimes they are the only defence the public has against complete government lunacy.

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                    • makagutu says:

                      You, Tish, are lucky

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                    • Tish Farrell says:

                      Yes, I’ve come to think this too. Actually our corruption is so institutionalized that no-one seems to wake up to it. Which is another reason to be glad of Lord Sumption. There has otherwise been a huge lockdown on truthful/balanced reporting, medics threatened with being struck off if they speak out.

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  3. basenjibrian says:

    Oh, Maka and Tish, You are all just TRUMPALOS (if you were Americans!) And we all know that the epidemic and all those deaths purportedly from COVID are exclusively Trump’s fault. Bosh! Just listen to the universally TRUE prescriptions for PERMANENT lockdown! That will work!

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  4. basenjibrian says:

    I hope Nan doesn’t read this stuff. I love her blog, but there is a lot of ALL TRUMP’S FAULT posting going on-especially in the comments. And a good deal of Covid hysteria. Not that there are so many other reasons not to despise that THING in the White House.

    Myself…I am fatalistic. It is NOT going away, and the policy approaches will not work. I thought the linked speech was pretty good. Many of the COVID hysterics deny the serious impacts of the lockdowns-which may end up damaging more lives than the virus! I do wear a mask. But I think a lot of the anti-mask violence is just people reacting to an unsustainable policy approach. As foolish as their behavior may be. (Churches should probably be remote or outside for the interim, for example)

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    • makagutu says:

      Myselfโ€ฆI am fatalistic. It is NOT going away, and the policy approaches will not work.

      You and me too. We must learn to live with the disease just like we have other corona viruses

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    • Nan says:

      It’s a “catch-22.” Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

      There is something to be said about shutdowns, however, when you consider that New Zealand was able to get a fairly early handle on the virus. Of course, it snuck in the backdoor since then, but from what I’ve read, they’ve run it off again.

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  5. basenjibrian says:

    My conspiracy theory is the approach was driven by the Lords of Internet Commerce who wanted to push more and more of our lives to remote ordering through a computer rather than visiting locally owned stores. I note that a hair salon with one customer at a time and the smell of disinfectant in the air is closed down yet again. But Amazon, with hundreds of workers in close proximity doing strenuous work is an “essential service” and remains open…despite reported infection outbreaks. Or a florist-shut down. A Big Box Home Supplies store that also sells flowers? Why that is an essential service! Home Depot, with hundreds of employees and vast areas that have to be sanitized is still open.

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