Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, November 03, 2008

NAIROBI NEWS NOVEMBER1919: THE ROYAL DRAIN

NOTE: The Serpent’s Daughter is NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!

When the November 8, 1919 issue of the Nairobi newspaper, The Leader of British East Africa, called the holes in the street “That royal drain,” they undoubtedly made a play on words. Assuredly, the holes were a “royal pain” and they were in front of The Theatre Royal. The Nairobi Municipal Committee had good cause for concern. These open drains had been the cause of several accidents already. This was a site for many rickshaws which transported elegantly dressed men and women to and from the theatre for plays. It was only a matter of time before one of them was seriously inconvenienced or injured.

The colony’s Public Works Department had been given a “fortnight” to cover the drains after repairing the road itself, but hadn’t yet accomplished their task. They hadn't repaired the bridges either. However, true to city officials everywhere, they agreed to give the P.W.D. another go at it and proceeded to discuss what types of covering the P.W.D. should use, assuming they actually got around to the job. Wooden slabs won the approval of one committee member (Mr. Tannahill) over concrete due to cost. Another, more forward thinking man (Mr. Henderson) argued that concrete wouldn’t cost that much and would be more permanent. He argued the need for manhole covers “to be provided at intervals for the purpose of cleaning.” The question was “left in abeyance” until the P.W.D. stated their intentions.

And so another problem was left on the table and unsolved due to passing the buck, or passing the rupee as the case may be.

NEXT WEEK: MORE NAIROBI ISSUES – A Public Park

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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