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Salts of lemon is what you need

I’ve been sharing some helpful household hints… helpful that is if you were in the Congo in the 1940’s. I’m not sure many modern cookery and recipe books would contain helpful ways to manage your home; in ‘The Congo Cookery Book’, by Clare E. 416 more words


When your hot water bottle has perished...

I mentioned before that my father-in-law was in Africa during the war; I never knew him so I never was able to talk to him about his experiences. 348 more words


Battling the Belgians

This African warrior queen is defending her kingdom from the depredations of Belgian imperialists. Her steed, a mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, wants to know if Belgian invaders taste anything like waffles. 30 more words


Things useful to know about the house

My father-in-law was in Africa during the war, but he was nowhere near the Congo as the Democratic Republic of the Congo was then called. However, somehow my parents-in-law ended up with The Congo Cookery Book by Clare E. 399 more words


The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Category: fiction

Subject/Topic: The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. 222 more words

Books - Fiction

Missionary Dan Crawford (1870-1926) - photo

For some reason, my 2012 post on Dan Crawford, Scottish missionary to the Belgian Congo, has been attracting lots of views this past week, and serendipitously I just found a photo of him while continuing with my mission to clean out the garage. 74 more words

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Independence in Thirty Years?

Today we will look at a pivotal event in the history of the Belgian Congo’s transition to independence which can also tell us something about a very particular moment in Belgium’s political history in the 1950s. 813 more words