Kenya’s incursion into Somalia ‘not going to plan’

The Times of London
Tabda, Somalia

Tabda soldiers
Kenyan soldiers dig in against al-Shabaab (Times photographer, Tristan McConnell)

Crouched with their machineguns and mortar tubes in shallow trenches that snake across the desiccated ground, dozens of Kenyan soldiers blink the sweat from their eyes and peer over the parapet of their defensive line. This is the first time the country has gone to war — and things have not gone entirely to plan. Continue reading Kenya’s incursion into Somalia ‘not going to plan’

Memories of the man who carried the new Queen’s baggage

The Times of London
Nyeri, Kenya

There’s nothing left of the Treetops Hotel in which the young Princess Elizabeth stayed on the night her father died and she became Queen.

The original two-bedroom tree-house, built in the splayed branches of an enormous fig tree and reached by a series of ladders and platforms, was the brainchild of an eccentric Englishman, Major Eric Sherbrooke Walker: vicar’s son, Oxford graduate, war hero, bootlegger, hunter and hotelier. Continue reading Memories of the man who carried the new Queen’s baggage