Archive for May, 2009

The 2009 Doughman

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Last Saturday I participated in the second edition of the Doughman – but not in the competition this time around. Instead I helped document the World’s premier Quadrathlon  as one of four volunteer videographers. Due to our trip to Togo I was a bit late with the registration, and by the time I got serous […]

The BBC’s Mark Mardell about Freiburg

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Mark Mardell is the BBC’s Europe Editor and he wrote in his Euroblog about Freiburg, Germany – the town where I was born, and where I went to college. Mardell seems very impressed by how green and clean Freiburg is. It’s possibly my imagination, but the air here seems to taste cleaner. This pretty city […]

The Accra Mall

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Maybe Obama will check out the Accra Mall while he is in Ghana.  I am bummed we missed that when we were in Accra. We came through Tatteh Quashie Circle several times, but never saw any signs. The Accra Mall is the largest mall in West Africa, and it is remarkable because many of the […]

Obama’s going to Ghana

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

The BBC reports: US President Barack Obama is to make a week-long foreign tour in July that will include Russia, Italy and Ghana, the White House says. … In Ghana, the White House said Mr Obama and his wife looked forward “to strengthening the US relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan […]

Loremo in the wild

Monday, May 11th, 2009

The German upstart car maker Loremo did a first test of its EV prototype on public roads. Eventually, this vehicle is supposed to be available in three flavors: gasoline (petrol), diesel or electric. The YT video below shows the electric version. Sadly – no sound, just ambient music bubbling along …

More arrests after Togo coup attempt

Friday, May 1st, 2009

While we were in Togo two weeks ago, apparently Kpatcha Gnassingbé, a half brother of the president tried to overthrow the current regime and was arrested a few days after the attempted coup. Today, the official Togolese government news website announced more arrests in relation to this attempted coup. On Easter Sunday, April 12, troops […]