Day 15

Breakfast was toast and scrambled egg! The cooks have started putting the Weetabix directly in front of my place as im the only one who eats it everyday. I will really miss the breakfasts here.

Not much for me to do today as I’m up to date on all my blogs and work. I created a PowerPoint resource (available on student central) for Ayu, Nat and Peter mainly to look at. As it summarises all of our fieldwork trips so far accompanied with pictures that I’ve taken.

Something that I have noticed by working by myself during the editing process is how much everything is slowed down by waiting for people. The work we are doing works like a chain and often one group can’t complete their work until they have collected something from another group. Or someone can’t move on until they’ve spoken to Peter but his too busy to see them straight away. Accompanied with the fact that the internet seems to break every 15 mins it makes things take ridiculously long. If we were here longer I would suggest revaluating how we go about editing and also prioritising work but seeing as the presentation to the community is tomorrow this seems a bit irrelevant now.

I suggested doing the raffle today as we have had them ready since yesterday but again I was told that we needed to wait for Jerry to do this. I hope we have time tomorrow as I think it will be a busy day but I have learnt that things being organised last minute seems to be the Kenyan way. Classroom work is so draining I’m glad its our last day doing it! At least with fieldwork you have stimulation from other people and your walking round keeping active with fresh air.

For now, I’m just hoping its an early dinner so I can head back to the pastoral centre early and wash some of my clothes ready to pack in my bag tomorrow evening as we leave for the Masai Mara early Thursday Morning.

Day 14

I really didn’t want to get out of bed today. I really contemplated telling the others that I couldn’t go in today but after some sleepy reflection I decided I would be really disappointed in myself if I didn’t at least try to go in and do some work. This is such a unique experience, I may never do something like this in my life again so I really should put my most into the opportunity given to me.

Breakfast was omelette but bread too. So, I abandoned my Weetabix and had an omelette sandwich. Probably not very good for me at all but damn it was good. After breakfast we went in search of Mama to give her some scraps, but alas, she was nowhere to be found. We have decided that most of the dogs look quite Shiba Innu like. They’re all obviously cross breeds but they have the distinctive curled tails pointed nose and smile with lots of them being a sand like colouring.

After meeting in the classroom to collect equipment we set off on our journey to the first destination. I Have used Lucas notes to write this, so thanks Luca! As I was busy taking photos all of today and didn’t have enough hands or time to log my own notes too.

Kanyimach Primary School

  • Long – E034, 3.497
  • Lat – S00,55.272

P.0.Box 46 Sare. Found in Rongo County, South West Cham gi Wadu. There are 17 primary schools in the region. It was founded in 1926 and is one of the oldest schools in the region possibly the district. The teaching age is preschool to class 8. The school’s principle is Magero Maurice and the deputy is Kennedy Ouko. Just at the bottom of the fields for this school is the second school on our visit.

Kanyimach Secondary School

  • Long – E034, 36.469
  • Lat – S00, 55.245

The principle is the same for the primary as it is for the secondary. This school was only founded in 2016 when a man called Ben donated 1.2 million shillings for the structure to be built. It first started under the church with the Pastor acting as principle but then the responsibility was passed on to Magero Maurice who will hand over the position as soon as the government sends another principle. It has 106 students and 8 teachers all paid by the community. Again, just across from this school is a field containing a church. Everything here has been within close walking distance which is nice as I wore flipflops today.

Kanyimach Seventh Day Adventists Church

  • Long – E034, 36.446
  • Lat – S00, 55.156

The pastors name is Zachary Opiyo Songora. The church opened in 1922 and runs a successful Saturday service, like most of the SDA Churches we have visited. We then hopped back on the bus to visit another shopping centre. So as not to confuse anyone I must highlight the fact that the Kenyan Shopping Centres are absolutely nothing like British Shopping Centres. They resemble more of a quiet Sunday market in England.

Kogenya Shopping Centre

  • Long – E034, 36.443
  • Lat – S00, 55.982

It is named after prominent village elder who donated land for construction of the flea market. Its run by the Luo Community. One of the community members introduced us to Rebecca Achieng Odtiamho who was happy to be interviewed. I spoke to Mac and asked if would be able to translate for Luca and myself as this woman only spoke Swahili and Luo. I then left them to talk whilst I went and took more photos. When I returned Luca seemed really pleased with how it all went and told me that she would love a community radio station so that she could have a slot for widows. They can have a space to have a voice and reach out to other women for support and guidance. This is a wonderful idea and hopefully something that can be set up once the station is up and running.

I spoke to more of the children whilst I waited for people to come back to the bus. I’m finding it less alarming being pointed at and swarmed upon. I don’t know if its because I’ve grown used to it or if it was because the children were in much smaller numbers today. I was trying to talk to them in Luo and Swahili as I’m determined to learn a few phrases.

Fiona and Halima had a heated discussion on the bus about politics. They clearly have opposing views and although I thought It might be awkward to see them arguing it was actually very interesting to see their passion in healthy debate. It wasn’t so different from conversations I’ve had with friends about politics in the UK, showing that there are similarities between our cultures. All of this is in the wake of tomorrow and the leader of NASA getting signed in against the current president and governments wishes. It will be interesting to see what happens!

We then went back to the University to edit what we had produced. Halima wrote some of the spellings for Luo and Swahili words I have learnt so that I can start using them in my blogs.

We had dinner and returned to the centre and did our usual stop off to buy a kinder joy on the way home. They only have two left now so I hope they stock up on them before we leave.

Asante Sana for reading!

Days 12 & 13


I really don’t have much to write about for today so I will start off by talking about last night. I did another pub quiz for everyone when we got back to the Pastoral Centre just a little one with 20 general knowledge questions and 15 music round ones.  As usual for a weekend we had a few drinks too. Were all bonding as a group so well, getting along with everyone so well has made this trip so much easier and enjoyable. We’ve had some right laughs not all that I can write about on here but whilst on a frog hunt last night I made Sam jump and fart at the same time which was pretty hilarious. They didn’t have any Tusker Cider last night so I had the Larger instead. I might recommend it to the pub I work at back home, see if they might trial it for a few weeks.

Today we went to Lake Simbi. It took about an hour and a half to get there and really there wasn’t much to do. We listened to the old folk tales that a local Luo man told us about how the lake came to be, listened patiently as he told us of all its healing powers (I put that down to the high salt content in the water). It was interesting to hear to the tale and its somewhere I can say I’ve been now but I would have preferred to go back to Rusinga Island or something similar as that was really good fun. On the way back, we stopped off at a hotel to use the toilets, it was so quiet and everything was closed up, you can really see how they rely on in season tourist trade as it’s a ghost town out of season.

We also drove past a political rally on the way there and back. The crowd had grown in numbers on the way back past. The Kenyans described it to us as a little bit like Labour vs Conservative. However, a lot more violent. It is between the two main parties NASA and Jubilee Party. People fight on the streets and are sometimes killed, there is a lot of political unrest at the moment. Halima explained the country’s situation to me so I could better understand what was going on. She explained that what we saw was a NASA rally.


Nasa, comprises of different tribes (Luo, Kamba, Luhya and Costal region). The coalition leader Raila Amollo Odinga is challenging the current president.

Jubilee Party:

Jubilee party, comprises of different tribes (Kikuyu, Kalenjin and partly NorthEastern region). The current president Uhuru Kenyatta is leader of the Jubilee Party. This is his second term in power. His legitimacy is under question however, after his initial victory was quashed by the Supreme Court and the opposition boycotted the re-run. He won again much to the disappointment of NASA supporters (which Halima and a number if the students are). The president has been criticised for trying to control the media and enforce censorship and take the county into a dictatorship.

The Rally:

Raila Amollo Odinga challenging the president is seen as treason to the government. However, he has a lot of support from the tribes I mentioned earlier and as we saw for the huge crowds that gathered. He calls himself the peoples president. The plan is for him to be sworn in on the 30th January so a few days’ time. As I mentioned earlier though this will be considered treason and there’s high anticipation and tension in the country, the government has refused to send police to help.

Dinner was the standard; a choice of rice or pasta, a selection of meat dishes and then cabbage and vegetables. The food is tasty I’m just starting to grow really tired of eating the same food every day. Especially as I’m vegetarian so I mainly rotate between rice or pasta everyday with veg and cabbage. We have been very spoilt though and I’m extremely grateful for all the hard work that goes into the preparing food for us every day. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day because there’s more meat free options and variety, I will miss my Kenyan breakfasts dearly when I get home.


We didn’t leave until 9am today so I got a whole 15mins extra in bed! WooHoo! Breakfast at uni was delicious as always, today I had toast with butter and marmite, so so yummy.

Isobel took us to get our hair braided it was 400 shillings for the hair extensions which me and Hafsa shared so just 200 shillings each which is about £1.40. You’d never get hair extensions that cheap in England. The labour cost was only 500 shillings each too so about £3.50. all in all, my hair that took over half an hour to do cost just over £5 (excluding the tip we gave her for doing such a good job).

I only had 2000 shillings left for the rest of the trip so I decided to go to the bank to get more money out as I still want to get people back home gifts. I took out another 3000 shillings totalling my spend for this three week trip at 13000 shillings, I checked my online banking and it translated into £90!!! I’d spend £90 a week easily in Brighton. I can’t get over how cheap everything is here, I’m coming back to Africa for sure.

We then went to treat house, I felt no guilt in splashing out on a few drinks and lunch. Lunch was amazing chips! Proper salty French fries! I practically inhaled them. We were joined by Fiona Lydia and Halima today. They’re all such lovely girls we’ve started chatting about having a WhatsApp group with them to keep in contact when we are back in England. We were also joined by Zarah and Amaya who are Isobel’s daughters. Zarah is 12 and Amaya is 6. They are beautiful little girls im trying to persuade Zarah to come to England to be a model she’s so beautiful they would adore her back in the UK. Amaya is so cheeky she’s so strong willed and independent I’m really going to miss them and Isobel too, she’s been like a second mother to us here.

I read a load of The White Masai (Corrine Hoffman) over 100 pages in 2 hours and totally missed all the drama that unfolded when a man bought his girlfriend to treat house where he was confronted by his wife. Drama! She was still throwing stuff at him when we left t go back to the Uni for dinner. I couldn’t eat anything as I was still full from lunch but the girls wrapped my hair for me in traditional African style to protect my braids. This was very funny and we took some great pictures of me resembling EastEnders Dot Cotton. We said goodnight to each other early and I hopped into bed to continue watching Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002) the extended edition of course. I hoping to finish all three by the time I get back to the UK if I watch about 45mins a night.

Day 11

Standard morning really woke up at 8 got the bus at 8:45. Ate breakfast, we haven’t seen Mama in a few days but we met one of her puppies today she’s just as friendly and approachable. People don’t have dogs as pets here and there’s this attitude that you have to be mean to the animals to show them who’s in charge but I find animals respond better to you and are more willing to protect you if you show them kindness. People keep telling us we will get bitten by the dogs but I’ve been here 10 days and I’m yet to have one even growl at me. You just have to be patient and soft and you gain their trust. I find the culture differences difficult to deal with at times but I must try to respect the culture and the community I’m surrounded by.

I’m finding that I’m feeling myself becoming more reserved as an individual. There are some wonderful people here but a lot of loud of characters. I’m a confident person but not particularly loud and I’m not sure if its coming off maybe that I am disinterested in getting to know everyone which is not the case. I will try to make more of an active step in joining in with the different groups and out myself out of my comfort zone a bit more.

Today has been a very academic day. I’ve been mainly reading academic texts and focussing on my CM4K final essay report which will highlight my experiences and findings in a 3000-word report. I’m not sure how I’m going to condense everything I’ve produced into 3000 words as I have already written over 15,000 words so far… we still have another week and a bit left!

The reports I read today were:

  1. Community based participatory research from the margin to the mainstream: are researchers prepared? By Carole R Horowitz, Mimsie Robinson and Sarena Seifer. 2009. Published by the American Heart Association.
  2. Glasgow centre for population health: Putting asset-based approaches into practice: identification, mobilisation and measurement of assets. By Jennifer McLean. 2012. Available at

I also spoke with Peter again today as I was worried about self-plagiarising with my report and my dissertation as they are both based around CM4K. He has agreed to keep an eye on my work so I avoid doing this and will show me how to reference myself in my own work. That seems really weird as I’m not a published theorist but apparently it is something you can do.

Something I have noticed is that even though we discuss the day’s work at the end of the day we do not always speak specifically about what we have all done as individuals. I will bring this up later as I would love to hear what everyone has been up to and working on. There is talk of getting beers from Treat House again tonight which sounds good to me! Can’t wait to just chill out with a cold tusker, hopefully Sam will read us more of his book The White Masai (Corrine Hoffman) and we can find out what happened next to Corrine.

Day 10

I went to bed too early last night about 9:30pm which meant that I woke up at 4am this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. I’ve slept really well since being here I’ve found the bed comfortable and the pillows and blankets soft. I know other people have struggled, all our rooms are very different. St Clare was a good choice even if I did choose it because it’s my mums name haha. Last night I just couldn’t get comfortable after waking up. My body is feeling very physically drained and my brain is sluggish and tired I’ve been trying to stimulate it by listening to some of the old music I found on my iPod but I think its just one of those days where I’m going to be a bit low. Its been raining today; big heavy droplets, nothing like the storms I saw in Ghana but still exciting to see. I say that like we don’t have rain in England but it so different here, mainly because I don’t mind it as the weathers still warm and it cools my skin down.

Breakfast was eggs again! I had a bowl of Weetabix too (I must remember to buy some when I get back to Brighton) partnered with my hot chocolate sachet of dhioralyte and malarone tablet. I went to put my sunnys on but realised they had snapped in half (not a great start). If I’m honest I’m feeling quite antisocial today I just want to be by myself so I’ve kept my headphones in most of today when we’ve not been doing fieldwork. Its interesting to take a step back and just watch how everyone interacts with one another. The two university groups have noticeably become more connected with one another and we’ve formed one big group instead. I also finished my book, I just couldn’t help myself! so I need to find another book that I can steal off someone to read.

I did my usual work of documenting the process and the other guys in action throughout the day. First place we went to was the Osaha Seventh Day Adventist Church. We interviewed the elders, in particular the third elder Pamela. She told us that the church had 70 members who were from all 6 neighbouring communities Hollo A, Hollo B, Central, Mlimani, Town A and Wang Cheng. The church itself was established in 1982 and runs a popular Saturday Service and Health Programme.

Secondly, we went to Lango Arek Mixed Secondary School. We were greeted by Onyore Caivince the Biology and Chemistry teacher. He told us they had 120 students but were expecting more as the school was only founded in 2009 so its still relatively new. They have 10 teachers, 3 of which are government employees he also told us the headmaster was called Vincent Okinyl.

The last place we visited was Cham gi Wadu Market. It was a lot busier than it had been when we went the first time they sell most things that a market sells including fish, fresh fruit and clothes and fabrics. They also have a cattle market so the place was very busy and noisy. Members of the community approached me and asked me to take their photographs. I was by myself at this point so decided it would be a good opportunity to get more involved in the action. The butcher was excited to have his picture taken in his shop. He called all his friends over and soon I was taking candid shot of them all outside there hangout, a shoe shop. Just as I was showing the butcher the image on the screen of the picture I had just taken I was stung by an African Bee.

I like to think I have a good pain threshold as I have lots of piercings and tattoos but this was up there on the pain scale with them. The sting itself was like being jabbed with a needle and the pain afterwards was a slow throbbing like a heartbeat in the top of my arm. Funnily it stung me just where you would get an injection. I tried to pick the bee off carefully so that I didn’t kill it but his stinger was firmly wedged in my arm and his little guts fell out as I pulled it off. I felt bad that I knew it would die but I couldn’t help it. Peter pulled the sting out of my arm for me and Mercy checked it on the bus to make sure none of it had broken off in my arm.

I know I’m almost 22 but I think I deserve one of those well-done stickers you get from the dentist when your little for being brave!

P(oo).S Everything is still okay down there I’m starting to get worried that I’m pushing my luck and my time is sure to come soon.

Day 9

We bought some drinks from treat house again last night as we knew we didn’t have fieldwork today so we could stay up a bit later than usual. We all joined together on the veranda to chat and wind down, Sam brought out a book his dad had bought for him called The White Masai (Corrine Hoffman). I don’t think his dad realised that its written a bit like an erotic novel. We amused ourselves for a good half a hour reading passages from the book and joking about if we would have the some experience when we visit the Masai Mara, even Pete joined in saying he was secretly the character Marco. After a few more drinks we decided to bring over some of our British culture to Rongo and do a Pub Quiz. I used the questions again from the one that I did to raise money for CM4K back in October. at some point during this someone mentioned that it would be a good idea to crack open the Kenyan Cane again. About 11:30pm and a dozen or so drinks later we all stumbled off to our rooms to finally hit the sack.

Everyone looked a bit worse for wear today. I felt quite bad as I was quite perky and had a good night’s sleep. Angel and Hafsah had both been ill in the night and Sam Luca and Peter all had stomach cramps. Everyone seems to think that it was a combination of the lunch from yesterday mixed with the alcohol from last night however I still stand by the fact that it’s the meat (trying to convert everyone to vegetarianism) I’m the only one not poorly and the only one who doesn’t eat meat.

Hafsa was too poorly to come to uni so we left her behind at the Pastoral Centre. Breakfast was scrambled egg! I was so happy as it was absolutely delicious! We then went up to the classroom to get on with our individual work. It was an intense day of writing and researching for myself but they had tea, coffee and hot chocolate to keep us going. After lunch I met with peter to discuss what I needed to do with the rest of my time on the project and what would be useful for my dissertation. I have already started collecting emails of people that will be important to contact for opinions and quotes.

Luca went home at lunch, were all dropping like flies! After lunch was much of the same work wise. We had an early dinner at 5 most people barely touched their food and then we returned to the pastoral centre (with small plates for Luca and Hafsa). It was only 6pm by the time we got back but everyone retired to their rooms straight away. I read a good chunk of Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) I only have about 30 pages left but I want to delay finish reading it for as long as possible but its such a good book! I then started watching Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) I think I got about an hour into it and then fell asleep. I’ve watched a few different films since being here including Moana (2016), Ratatouille (2007) and Dr Strange (2016).

Wednesday 24/2018:

I woke up at exactly 5:20 am by my trap phone alarm for the morning prayers. I then had to do some washing as some of my clothes were dirty and I could not keep them anymore up to weekend since I am not sure if I will be available for cleaning. At around 8:00 am I was at the school waiting for my colleagues to join me. They walked in one after another ready for the day until 9:30 am when the Brighton University guys arrived.

Being the seventh day of the project, we were to edit the two day work that we had captured on Monday and Tuesday. The University of Brighton students joined us after they had their breakfast but unfortunately Hafsah didn’t make it with them because of illness; I felt my day wouldn’t be complete without a joke and strong exchange of words from my ‘customer’ Hafsah. Quick recovery dear. Back to the business of the day, in my video group, though we didn’t do much of editing but Angelica collected the establishment shots of the places we visited and opted to compile them by the use of iMovie on her laptop.

It was a nice experience to learn the basics of iMovie since it was my first time to work with it though I didn’t find it the best software for editing but may be it’s because I am used to Premier Pro. The work wasn’t done and we expect to complete it tomorrow with the seriousness and commitment it deserves.

I attended a lecture by madam Millicent Atieno at 2:00 pm as guys went for lunch. One will ask what the lecture has to do with this, relax and read my blog up to the end. The course unit is CMM 404, Development Communication and today’s lecture was basically on why the mass media is not appropriate for effective communication. It depends on ones understanding about mass media in this case. Mass media is controlled by elites and it’s commercialized, unlike the rural media that is liberating, indigenous and egalitarian. Some of the features of this rural media that made me see the lecture as a coincidence to what I am doing in the community are; Participatory, Gives a sense of belonging and develops and support cultural identity. A good example of rural media is a community radio station. Now tell me, is what I am doing in this project different from what I learnt today?

We had a short discussion on religion with Sam and Angelica; why do we exist? Sam argued on how he feels it is through evolution that we exist and that there is no Supreme Being that controls everything as my faith and Angel’s tells us. Katie seemed not happy with the topic that he requested us to either shut our mouths up or find another topic of discussion.

Our delicious dinner was served few minutes past 6:00 pm as we experienced a heavy rainfall that none of us expected.


Kassim Mohammed.

Day 8

Fieldwork Day 2:

Today I had some bad news. No Weetabix.

After a disappointing start to the day I had little hope that the rest of the day would be any better. I was proved so wrong.

After breakfast we grouped in the classroom and Peter addressed the issues that we had highlighted last night. We started by having meetings in our individual groups so that the Brighton students could make sure that the Rongo students knew how to operate the equipment properly. It also gave us an opportunity to delegate positions within the groups so that everyone was clear on what their role was and most importantly felt valued within the CM4K project.

Super Market in Cham gi Wadu:

Beginning (Entering from Rongo University):

  • Long – 34, 36, 8
  • Lat – 0, -53, -38

End (Leaving towards Ongo Health Centre):

  • Long – 34, 36, 13
  • Lat – 0, -53, -39

The shopping centre is used for the community they sell goods like food including fish and have retail shops such as a salon and barbers. There is a hotel and safe places for people to stay. It’s an open market its very busy on weekends. Its used to trade between the communities.

Ongo Health Centre:

  • Long – 34, 36, 30
  • Lat – 0, -54, -36

We spoke to Lewis Evens Messe who is a manager at the health centre. They treat roughly 200 patients and have 3-4 in patients. They have antiviral treatment for HIV. The buildings are split into two wards maternity and In-patients. The building opened in 1985 as a dispensary and in 1996 (the year I was born) became a health centre. The telephone number of the centre is 0729303274.

Ongo Primary School:

  • Long – 34, 36, 28
  • Lat – 0, -54, -36

We were introduced to the deputy Kennedy Ochieng. He didn’t seem to know a lot about the school he worked at but what we could gather was that the school was opened in the 1980’s, it had roughly 360 students and 8 members of staff. They specialised in mainly academics.

Ongo 7th day Adventist Church:

  • Long – 34, 36, 29
  • Lat – 0, -54, -38

The church was closed but what the locals could tell us was that it was open for a Saturday service every day.

Kitere Primary School:

  • Long – 34, 36, 20
  • Lat – 0, -49, -29

The deputy head George Andhamo and senior teacher Madame Rosemary greeted us upon arrival. The chief was also there having a meeting with the community. We were introduced and welcomed and the left to go about the asset mapping work we were meant to do. We found out that there were approximately 650 students and 18 teachers, 5 males and the rest female. They pride themselves on the fact that they are ever expanding and always ready to accept new students.

We got back to the university at 3pm a much more reasonable time than yesterday. Everyone worked so efficiently and I’m so proud of the hard work that everyone put into today. It made everything run so smoothly.

Days 1 & 2

We have decided as a group to do joint blogs for the first two days whilst we are doing the same activities.

We began our journey by meeting at Gatwick Airport at 4pm (UK time). Our first flight was at 8:25pm to Dubai which took roughly 7 hours the plane was a huge double decker seating over 500 passengers. Luckily there were loads of films to keep us all entertained. We then arrived in Dubai where we had a 2 hour stopover. The smoking room was a new experience for us. We flew to Nairobi, which took 5 hours. The plane was slightly smaller this time and even though we were full of food and coffee we were really starting to lose energy.

Once we got to Nairobi there was a slight panic after we got through the visa control as the time on our phones hadn’t yet up updated from Dubai time. We rushed though the airports running with our cases because we thought we had 10 minutes to check our bags in, but in fact we still had over an hour… thanks Sam. The flight from Nairobi to Kisumu was only 30 minutes for which Katie slept through the whole flight. Once we arrived it was great to be greeted by Halima, Mercie, Charluf and Eve. They picked us up in the mini bus and drove us to Rongo University which was 4 hours away we finally arrived here at 9:30pm (Kenyan time). It was fascinating looking out the window and seeing the sun setting over Kenya and watching them going about their lives. Once we got into the Uni we had a great dinner and then drove back to our accommodation and crashed into bed.

This morning we drove to Kisi in a small 15-seater van and were all glued to the windows as we watched the amazing difference in culture and lifestyles pass us by. Once we were there, we bought SIM cards, withdrew some money from the bank, and bought some snacks and supplies from the supermarket. Including Toblerone ice creams!

Had a lovely lunch back at the university before doing ice breaking activities. First, we played concentration, it was clear that the Kenyans had played it before and we hadn’t! After we played What’s the Time Mr Wolf and then we played bulldog which was great fun but it left us very sweaty. Afterwards we all sat down and chatted, mostly about Katie dressing up her dog, which amazed our new Kenyan rafiki’s.

Lastly, we had dinner before saying lala salama and heading off to the accommodation.

P.S. Pete said we had to keep rude and vulgar postings to a minimum so … Bowel movements are still regular, for now.