But his friends come to his rescue and he gives the situation his best shot, in keeping with the esprit de corps of the Diplomatic Service. Bob Dukes lives on the idyllic tropical island of Mazita where he is the single parent of Poppy, Suze and Charlie.
His boss, the Governor of this Crown Protectorate on the East African coast, is always calling Bob into his office and giving him some impossible task, well outside his job description as Commercial Officer and Aide. In this quirky tale the future success of the island as an off-shore center is threatened by the strong whiff of corruption. Bob attempts to get to the bottom of things and see the guilty punished while he staves off life threats to the islanders and his family.
In this offbeat Christmas story about Bob Dukes and his family, Bob is called upon to entertain the Royal Navy over the Christmas period. He is annoyed about this as he feels it is outside his remit as Commercial Officer to the Governor of Mazita, an off-shore island on the East African coast.
The task proves to be even more challenging than expected especially for Poppy, Suze and Charlie who are called upon to display a compassion and knowledge way beyond their years. You should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services online. Amazon Disclosure: KatiePenryn. All Rights Reserved. Facebook Amazon. Available in Kindle Unlimited This is the second story featuring Bob Dukes, diffident hero and single parent to his three children, Poppy, Suze and Charlie.
Chinua Achebe gave us Things Fall Apart, the most widely read book in African literature, and provided the inspiration to a generation of men and women, from this continent, who chose to make a career in journalism. I was one of those who studied Things Fall Apart as part of our set-books but it wasn't Okonkwo and his story who blew me away but the man who created them and one story about Achebe left a lasting impression on me, even in those early days of my teenage innocence.
During the days of the Federation, Achebe visited Northern Rhodesia Zambia and found himself sitting in a whites-only section of a bus to Victoria Falls. Questioned by the ticket checker as to why he was sitting in the front part of the bus, reserved for whites when he was a black man, Achebe's reply was driven with both power and authority: "If you must know, I come from Nigeria and there we sit where we like in the bus.
But that wasn't the part that impressed me the most. It was what followed, when they reached the waterfall, and amid the cheers that he received from his fellow black travelers, charmed by a black man who had stood up to the racist whites, Achebe did not find heroism in his deed but had the presence of mind to realise there was something wrong, something sad. He couldn't understand why his fellow black people would accord him hero status, for taking a bold stance against racism, when they themselves, who suffered this victimisation on a daily basis, were not doing anything about it and seemingly accepting their fate.
That single act left a lasting imprint, on my conscience, and I grew up admiring Achebe as a brave man, which to me was more important than being an excellent writer. The New York Times described Achebe as "one of Africa's most widely read novelists and one of the continent's towering men of letters" and, if you have been a disciple of his work, you will agree with each and every word that this giant newspaper put down for him in their description.
Achebe, crucially, also had his views about journalism and journalists, which has been my profession for the past 20 years working in the same newsroom for the same employer and the same newspaper title. One of his views, about foreign correspondents, caught my imagination. Perhaps this difference can best be put in one phrase: the presence or absence of respect for the human person.
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People have different views about journalism and journalists. American journalist, Henry Louis Mencken said journalism and journalists had a tendency to overplay their impact in society. Its pretensions are enormous, but its achievements are insignificant," he argued powerfully in what has become one of the most iconic journalism quotes.
David Baldacci, in The Christmas Tree, not only questions journalism, but also award-winning journalists, in a very big way.
The civilized world reads about it, then forgets it, but pats you on the head for doing it and gives you a reward as appreciation for changing nothing. English writer, Gilbert Keith Chesterston, was short, sharp and witty in his description of what we do for a living. The late American novelist and journalist, Norman Mailer, maybe summed it up in a way that most of my folks in the journalism fraternity will not take kindly but, in a way, may take it as being closer to the truth.
Others, though, see journalism and journalists in a different light and view the profession, as a very powerful tool, and its professionals as very powerful individuals. Oscar Wilde famously wrote that "In America, the President reigns for four years and journalism governs forever. Henry Anatole Grunwald wrote that "Journalism can never be silent, that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
Journalism, Fifa, Zifa And Asiagate. The great Chinua Achebe died on March 21 this year in Boston, United States, the very day that the Fifa executive committee were closing their two-day meeting at the world football governing body's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The latest round of the Fifa executive committee indaba had a special interest for us because there was a general expectation that a curtain would be drawn, by the people who run football in the world, on the long drawn-out saga called Asiagate.
If we go with Henry Anatole Grunwald, journalism was not supposed to "be silent", after the Fifa executive committee meeting, because probing to find out what happened in those corridors of power is this profession's "greatest virtue and its greatest fault.
So journalism probed, as it should do, and our Special Correspondent used his rich links and contacts with Fifa officials to look for material to paint the picture that could give the people here an understanding of what has transpired in those corridors of power. Our Special Correspondent wasn't in the mood to wait for Fifa media statements, to wait for Zifa media statements, to wait for Jonathan Mashingaidze giving us his version of events that had unfolded in Zurich, to wait for statements that would, in most cases, be spin-doctored to play a certain tune.
His interest was purely driven by getting the story first, no matter what it was all about, an endorsement of the punishment meted out by Zifa to give them a worldwide effect, which power Fifa can wield in such cases, or a rejection of the appeal by the local association for such an endorsement to be effected. To him journalism was about breaking the story, being the first one to get it, and having established his good network of contacts at Fifa headquarters, who over the years have learnt to trust him as a journalist they can rely upon, he was certain he would get it first.
He was a perfect description of Grunwald's journalist, the man who wanted his story to "speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of triumph and the signs of horror were still in the air. Our Special Correspondent had shown his strong hand, when it came to his Fifa contacts, in the past, and we had been able to produce a detailed report of how this case was moving, within the corridors of the world football governing body, by using official correspondence and material that he had obtained from his sources.
Because of him we had learnt, and helped the people understand, the frustrations that Fifa legal and disciplinary experts had endured, in just trying to get documents from Mashingaidze, and we were able to obtain and produce official correspondence to confirm that, including the February 18 deadline letter.
So he searched for his story and was given a transcript of the deliberations of the Fifa executive committee, on Asiagate, and when his sources told him that the information was embargoed, until a certain date, they were so sure that he would not let them down. When that embargo was lifted, he provided the material and the story was published and, for all the denials that have followed on the domestic front, amplified to a large extent by journalists who felt so uncomfortable at being scooped of the big one, noone has dared to challenge the validity of that transcript.
Noone has dared challenge that it's not a true record of what transpired within the Fifa corridors on March , when Asiagate was discussed, and to us, and our Special Correspondent, that is the crux of the matter, all that matters and everything else is not important.
At no point did he suggest, in his story last week, that Asiagate had been thrown out and he was careful, guided by the transcript, to say that "until Fifa advises otherwise, or Zifa fully complies with the provisions of the football laws, the matter remains unenforceable. If someone asks Fifa today whether they have thrown out the Asiagate case, the answer that will certainly come is "No" and at no point, in his report last week, did our correspondent pretend as if Fifa had thrown out the case but, clearly, he left the window open, guided by the transcript, that the matter would only be concluded once Zifa fully complied with the football laws or Fifa advised otherwise.
It's very clear now that the sanctions, which are only valid on the domestic front where they apply only to Guthrie Zhokinyi, Taurai Mangwiro, Luke Masomere and Emmanuel Nyahuma, would have been quashed, as per the determination of the Fifa executive committee deliberations, if the first bag of documents that Zifa sent did not arrive in Zurich on March The Fifa executive committee empowered its secretary-general, Jerome Valcke, to bring the case to finality and that was captured by our correspondent's report but it would have been unfair, no matter the frustration that Fifa officials had endured in the past six months, for them to just close the chapter, without looking at the Zifa documents, now that the material was in Zurich.