‘Annnd, Action!’

I do love my movies, so I was pleased as punch to hear that ‘movie night’ was being resurrected. Apparently it used to be a regular deal among the expat community here in Makeni, but as more and more people left, so too did the desire for communal movie watching.  Xavier (the man behind the projector)  says there is all but two people left from when he first arrived a year ago.  That’s always been one of the bummers of this kind of life.  People constantly coming and going, including the people saying that.  Anyway, movie night is back, and I’m glad for it.


‘X marks the spot…on the wall’

Mavi hosted this week’s showing at the Street Child’s compound.  Street Child is an NGO that looks to help children and families in Sierra Leone out of poverty, of which there are many.  You can read more about it here:



Back to front – Scott, a.k.a. ‘The Oyster Man’, Halima, a.k.a. ‘Mama Bear’, Mavi & Justin (the last two have managed to avoid nicknames, but no-one is ever truly safe)

Back to movie night.  As soon as Scott and I arrived, I was given the task of dicing up a massive pineapple Xavier had received from one of his farmers.  Sadly, I’d just had half of one at our place before we left and was already over it, but I did as I was told and duitifuly started slicing away.


‘Flip a coin?’

Next up was ‘the decision!’  This is always a funny scene, if you’ll pardon the pun.  Watching people attempt to agree on what movie to watch among the hundreds of options available.  It came down to ‘Walter Mitty,’ which I love, and ‘The Boat That Rocked,’ known as ‘Pirate Radio’ in the U.S., which I’d never seen.  I was secretly pulling for Mitty, but everyone decided on the latter.  I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised!  The soundtrack was dynamite and there were some really good laughs in there!  I’m going to go ahead and give if the Stewart stamp of approval.


‘Pirate Radio’


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