Thursday, June 28, 2007

Spice World

In the spring of 1998 I was living in Eritrea. The Eritrean-Ethiopian War had just started, and Ethiopian warplanes were carrying out a series of air raids over the Eritrean capital, Asmara. I was staying with Tom Haythornthwaite in a house off Asmara's San Francesco Square. The back bedroom had been converted into a makeshift safe room, with mattresses blocking the windows. A small group of us would gather around a shortwave radio in the living room, tuning in the BBC Africa Service, seeking news of the escalating ground war. And what was the top story? Geri Halliwell--Ginger Spice--had left the Spice Girls!

So the BBC web site evoked a wave of nostalgia today with these two stories on the front page:
Ethiopia 'ready for Eritrea war'
Spice Girls announce reunion tour
The first time as tragedy, the second as farce....



At June 28, 2007 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Melinda June said...

That damn cosmic unconsciousness.

At June 28, 2007 at 5:54 PM , Blogger Tom said...

Ato Ben... wow, has it really been that many years? I think I rode my bike home to the bunker you'd all set up and we agreed there was only one thing for it: we had to boil up a REALLY BIG pot of pasta and wait it out.

I'm sending you a picture of took in Asmara that afternoon. It's a pickup truck full of gesticulating Eritreans. They are either cheering the downing of the Ethiopian MiG or reacting in distress to Ginger Spice's departure.


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