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sunny 24 °C

Monday began with a cold frost and then bright sunshine. Supposedly, it is to reach 25 degrees C during the week which is pretty much as hot as it gets in Scotland, so I definitely had my shorts on. I like this weather.

We started in the topic of Pumping Water and mainly we were down in the yard taking hand-pumps apart and putting them back together again.
Hand pumps such as the one shown here: This is called the Bush pump.DSC_2493.jpg
There are hundreds of different types of pumps in the world, though there are a few that are most common in the developing countries where we will work. I feel like I am getting it which feels good!
To get a bit of perspective on the issue: supposedly in the 80's, the UN had a massive drive to put pumps up in countries around the world. 10 years later, 80% of them weren't working again. This means that many people are not getting their clean, fresh water and will be using alternative sources making them ill.
This photo shows a Chicago geezer called 'Scotty' investigating what the problem is on the Rope Hand Pump. Scotty talks with the most incredible accent I have ever heard- more like the mafia gangsters in the movies than a real-life person.
In the evening, we ate out again- and ended up at a diner called "Moondoggys", which is a 50's style diner that I guess looks like the one that 'Happy Days' or 'Grease' could have been shot in. It was probably quite a quiet hang-out for locals till the 5 of us turned up there. Dan, the big English guy made some impressive noise, although we all made our mark. The owners seemed to think we all were from Scotland, where they got that idea, I don't know. A beaming couple leaving Moondoggys looked right at me, and out the blue told me their name is 'Buchanan'. I was glad they shared that information with me. I asked them whether they had been to Scotland. No, they said, but they had been to Ireland. Good for them.

Posted by africraigs 18:10

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