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Tanganyika Tour

Tim Aldington

Seated before the helpful official from the British military service bureaucracy, I didn't know that I was to be presented with an option that would determine the course of my future career and indeed life.

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ISBN : 978-1-84897-942-0
Published : 27/09/2018
Pages : 351
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


Tim Aldington

Born in 1936 and then living on the south east coast of England, because of the WW2 threat of invasion and hence the absence of schools there, the author didn't attend a school until his tenth year of age. However, he later went to The King's School, Canterbury. More from an interest in nature than in farming, he studied agriculture and agricultural engineering, including irrigation. Therefore, he was qualified to work as a Field Officer (Agriculture) in Tanganyika during 1958-1961, then still under British colonial administration. On returning to the UK, he obtained a B.Sc. in agricultural economics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Then followed thirteen years working in East Africa in a variety of research and governmental advisory posts in Kenya and Tanzania. In 1980 he returned to Europe to work for a UN agency based in Rome, editing reports on the state of world food and agriculture and fulfilling other technical roles. He retired in 1998 and continues to live in Italy.

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Seated before the helpful official from the British military service bureaucracy, I didn't know that I was to be presented with an option that would determine the course of my future career and indeed life. It was mid-1958 and now twenty-two years old and close to completing three years of studying agriculture and agricultural engineering, my deferment from military service was due to expire. The option was to seek employment in one of Britain's colonies or administered territories that then still existed. Such employment was easily found for I was young, healthy, unmarried and trained in relevant subjects. In what country? Uganda and Sudan beckoned but Tanganyika, as it was then named, was selected. Thus it came about that one day in early October 1958 I found myself on a propeller-driven aircraft bound for East Africa with a work contract of two and a half to three years' duration. There I was to experience the hardships and pleasures of African colonial life and work: its responsibilities of managing agricultural research sub-stations yet its freedom; its solitude, yet this enlivened by the company of my often amusing, if sometimes perplexing, African staff as well as the company and antics of the cast of colonial characters clustered around the local European clubs; its rigours of living without electricity, telephone or even piped water yet its simplicity; its colonial administration with its arcane mixture of benign neglect - "You're young, you'll survive"- yet with a modicum of sympathy and understanding - "Is your request for immediate transfer really necessary?"- it was and was granted. Above all was the never-to-be-forgotten experience of living in the natural splendours of East Africa as it then was. By the end

of my tour I was transformed. I then, now fifty-six years ago, wrote down my experiences disguising, where appropriate, the actors involved in them.

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