|Muthaiga - The First One Hundred Years
Muthaiga Country Club celebrated its Centenary amidst an evening of New Year splendour, sirikisa dancers, much popping of champagne corks, an array of sumptuous dishes and dancing by nearly 400 members into the wee hours - and more until dawn.
Members were in jubilant mood - becoming of its great traditions spanning ten decades from that first evening on 31 December 1913 when a mere fourteen founding members launched the establishment as darkening clouds of war scurried across Europe and Eastern Africa. So it was thought that a Centenary commemoration in scrapbook style was appropriate to mark such a historic milestone in the Club's long existence....Learn More
|History of Muthaiga Country Club
Many settlers made the trek from their distant farms in the Highlands to revel in Nairobi during Race Week. Some came to get supplies.Others came to drown their sorrows following the latest crop failure, cattle disease, drought or flood.
The only club available in those days was frequented mainly by Government officials, authorities who most settlers were at constant loggerheads with over their land policies. As a result, the settlers decided to build their own club on the other side of town....Learn More
|Dreams, Schemes & Flying Machines
Dreams, Schemes & Flying Machines tracks the evolution of aviation in East Africa starting with the first lighter-than-air gas balloon ascent in Parklands, Nairobi, Kenya in September 1909, a 'flight' of 150 feet and a mere five minutes in duration. Then, as the military realised the potential of flying machines as a combat tool during WWI, aeroplanes were battle-tested in East Africa for the first time against the German cruiser SMS K'nigsberg in the Rufiji River delta in German East Africa, known today as Tanzania....Learn More
|A Railway to Nowhere
The Lunatic Express was the name given to a railroad built by the British colonial government in East Africa during Victorian times. Officially called the Uganda Railway, it was constructed over the period 1895-1901 from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast to Lake Victoria in the interior and later onward to Kampala in Uganda....Learn More
|The Drinking Mans Cookbook
I doubt if there is any man alive who hasn't been at the brunt end of periodic tantrums over his drinking habits, often combined with seemingly baseless accusations of not helping around the house, especially in the kitchen. This book therefore provides the perfect solution to both problems by offering all hen-pecked men a broad array of liquor-driven original recipes, guaranteed to cement a high level of domestic harmony, which can only result in a lasting bond between spouses through the equitable division of labour around the house....Learn More
|Drinking Man's Guide to Housework
Gentlemen, we've been had.
Women's wily ways have persuaded us to go along with arbitrary delegation of household chores we would never agree to if we only took more time to think about them. In this book, we have listed how us men have been brainwashed into domesticity....Learn More
|The Norfolk - The Hotel That Built A Nation
Creating a tradition destined to endure was the Christmas present that Major Charles Harding Newman Ringer gave what was then known as the East Africa Protectorate when he opened his little Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi in the year 1904....Learn More
|Nairobi - Then & Now
A little more than half-a-century ago, there was no town of Nairobi. Lion and rhino roamed freely where modern streets and buildings now provide a centre for the commerce and administration of Eastern Africa. A great city has arisen where once the explorers, the missionaries and administrators pitched their lonely camps, and along the route they marched now speed the shining cars of a new age....Learn More
|Historical Postcards of Kenya
Until recently, there was nothing like Kenya. There was only, from Somalia down to the Comoros like the pearls of a Muslim rosary, a series of harbours of flourishing cities. Most were safely situated on islands where sailors had come since Antiquity from as far as Arabia, India and even China to trade and mix with the local African people. This is where the Swahili civilization blossomed.
These are postcards which tell the story of a nation in the making....Learn More
|Kenya Pioneer Chronicles
Before the turn of the nineteenth century the white man’s destination in Africa was more often fixed in his mind than on a map; his route was unlikely to be charted; the land mass was known in Europe by three words... ‘The Dark Continent’... Every pioneering family in Kenya had equally fascinating tales to tell and each member of the family many unique anecdotes. Some pioneers were barely in their twenties, holding a common conviction of exchanging an old way life for something new brim-full with promise and opportunity. Their departures from “home” were filled with bustle, panic and a sense of finality; mothers, fiancées and wives mopped their swollen eyes believing that the dark continent would swallow their beloveds whole. A few men did disappear but Africa was honed again and again by those survivors with technical knowhow, who made British East Africa their home. They strove daily for the dream and once achieved, the dream did not last for as long as they had hoped....Learn More
|Samaki - History of Big Game Fishing off the Kenya Coast
Before the Second World War, game fishing, as we know it today, didn't exist in Kenya, although a number of stalwarts must have ventured out in small boats or dhows, trolling along the reefs with split bamboo rods fitted with the old wooden Nottingham 'knuckle-basher' reels filled with linen line.......Learn More