“Happy Anniversary!” – this was the slightly confusing greeting that filled the streets of Freetown on Wednesday. The Sierra Leonean capital was as hot, noisy and gridlocked as ever, but thousands of green, white and blue national flags fluttered above the dust-coated traffic jams, and the fierce rows among motorists and street peddlers somehow did not have the same edge as usual.
Two Oktoberfests – from Munich to Taybeh, Palestine. The Oktoberfest has long since gone global. It is a mad lorry charging around the world full of boobs, beer and drunken Australians. In Munich it has become so saturated with itself that people basically get drunk to block it all out. But it’s a bit different in a country under military occupation where the population is 95 percent Muslim.