Back from Namibia, off to Azerbaijan…

I’d expected the return from Namibia to result in rather more of a culture shock than I actually experienced. The weather was pleasantly hot and sunny in England and the quality of the motorway driving [not that Namibia actually has any motorways], pretty much as bad… Lane crossing at will, cutting you up at junctions, undertaking. Ah memories are made of this!

So, Sandra and I have two weeks to visit friends and family, put our financial house in order, restock our wardrobes and try to interest a film production company in Homunculus, Hugh Paxton’s extraordinary black, comic novel. If you don’t know the book, I recommend you seek out a copy. Here is a link: I guarantee it will be the best 68p you will ever have spent!

I had a great couple of days in Milton Keynes, caught up with old friends, got to steer Gracinda up to The Navigation and guested with Fat Freddy’s Cat [thank you guys]. Now we are in Cheltenham, staying with Sandra’s big sister Jen and crying in to our beer after England’s worst defeat in World Cup history. What a shower, with England’s best player being David James who let in four goals… Bah!

I will try to keep you all up to date with our comings and goings over the coming weeks and months.

Here is a taste of things to come:

Monday: While Sandra goes down to Wimbledon [thanks to our mate Charles having a spare ticket for the No. 1 Court], I will be meeting Sandra’s  son Jay to buy a fancy jacket and trousers… Given that he is a model with Nevs and seems to specialise in gay mags, it should be an interesting experience.

Tuesday: Door-knocking the British film industry on behalf of Homunculus.

Thursday: Another trip to town – China Town…

Next week: Heading off to Southampton to catch a freighter for an 11 day [or so] trip around the seedier ports of the med before visiting my family in Cyprus

Next month: On to Turkey then Azerbaijan, where Sandra will be starting her new job at the International School of Azerbaijan in Baku. However, it is run by BP, so there is no guarantee it will still be there when we land in Baku!


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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15 Responses to Back from Namibia, off to Azerbaijan…

  1. andre says:


  2. I see you also watched the world cup debacle – Wimbledon should be a lot more satisfactory. That sounds like a great itinerary – I want to subscribe for sure.

  3. Harvey says:

    wow, that was fast production! I think you have eclipsed the press in producing a brand new hot off the press blog site, fantastic.

  4. andre says:

    Change the design! It is boring and there are so many other themes to work with. Go for a fluid design.

  5. Tanya says:

    Hi Steve and Sandra, Sorry we could not make it to the farewell. So great to see the blog, will certainly sign up! Keep us posted. We are all pretty much glued to the soccer on TV, forgot all about Wimbledon!

  6. Richard says:

    Hi Steve,
    A great idea. I’ve just arrived this Monday evening in Ongwediva…on the plane from Frankfurt- full of Germans about to holiday in Swakop, when the pilot kept updating us on that match. I guess he was as good as the German team in getting us a successful landing in Windhoek.

  7. Hugh Paxton says:

    Nice one, Steve! You’ve bitten the bullet and a fine start to a blog it is to be sure!

    Just got back from a hedonistic few days at the coast. Sister-in-law, Sayuri, plus two children currently visiting us. They’ve ridden on elephants, horses and decrepit tuk tuks, participated in the most excruciatingly chaotic and lengthy mini-golf tourney in living memory, collected sea shells and been drenched by serious tropical storms. Visit, so far, a success. But I’m damn glad I’m not the proud owner of a one-year-old girl. The noise! The wailing!

    Thanks for your valliant efforts on behalf of Homunculus. 68 p, eh? Well that’s 67p more than when I last checked Amazon. Can’t be bad!

    Will greatly enjoy reading about your seedy port adventures! Avoid Casablanca. My friend was offered two camels in exchange for his wife. An offer he reluctantly declined. He subsequently fell asleep on a train and woke to find two Arabs trying to take his trousers off.

    Ah! The joys of travel!

    Hope your freighter doesn’t sink.

    Bon Voyage!



    • stevehollier says:

      Interesting you mentioned Casablanca. I went there back in 1981 with my first [ex]wife. Within the first hour we were spat on twice. I think her strappy top didn’t help matters… As I remember, Tetuan on the North coast of Morocco is far worse! I am looking forward to seedy ports and especially hope we spend a few hours in Porto, so I can intoduce Sandra to the Port caverns. Excellent!

  8. Jason says:

    Nice blog but you need to pimp it out like your blue disco shirt! lol

  9. Jason says:

    I think you can smack this bitch up some more homes! Haha only joking its fine B-)

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