Skip to comments.Kevin Kallsen Reports From Tanzania At 300 Baud [Anglican]
Posted on 02/15/2007 3:22:19 PM PST by sionnsar
Main Entry: pri'mate
Etymology: Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus
Date: 13th century
1 often capitalized : a bishop who has precedence in a province, group of provinces, or a nation
2 archaic : one first in authority or rank : LEADER
3 [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] : any of an order (Primates) of mammals comprising humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers)
-pri'mate-ship \-*ship\ noun
--pri-ma'tial \pr*-*m*-sh*l\ adjective
So this is why we arent getting news; maybe the Primates picked Tanzania for this very reason. From here:
Today was a typical day here on the East Coast of Africa. Although it may have seem strange to see sixty or so reporters laying around the hotel pool waiting for a 6:45 pm press conference. While the Indian Ocean feet from the pool offers a glimmering view of a waveless inlet, you will never forgive yourself for not catching over weight reporters from stammering around in tee-shirts two sizes too small and five year old swim trunks. The white glow given off by their skin is an easy confirmation of which continent they are native.
I know America (and the world) is super hungry for news, but you need to know this place is in lock down. This is not like General Convention or the Hope and a Future Conference. This is a global meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion and Lambeth Palace does not want to repeat any of the mistakes that occurred in Ireland. In fact, the man who destroyed all the wonderful work done by the primates in Ireland showed up today with an old laptop and a helper. He is a great reminder of why the primates are segregated from the press.
Press people like myself rise around 7am (11pm est). Go to the outdoor restaurant and eat a hearty breakfast by the pool. The breakfast is free so if you eat enough you can skip lunch and have an early dinner.
Dont eat the salad! I have spoken to about a dozen reporters who have been filing report on their laptops from a certain porcelain throne.
Bp Minns, Chris Sugden and a few others can often been seen eating an early breakfast and are willing to talk to anyone. The problem is they dont know much about what is going on in the meetings. Often we are telling them things they havent learned yet.
The rest of the day we wait for glimpses of the ACC staff to appear so we can asked questions. The news reporters day really starts until at the 6:45 pm daily press conference. And as you have read from the Living Church article there is a lot of news about Schori and the 3 Bishops from America.
There is another article floating around out there published by an episcopal writer, but it is about 80% wrong. I think you will find more facts and reality from Living Church. Even ENS is doing a pretty good (although very one sided) reporting job.
After the press conference we race to our hotel rooms and file our reports. I edit video so my fruits have been largely unseen by the Anglican World, but Internet is the Achilles heel of my ministry.
The real story at the primates meeting is the Internet and the electricity. You can NOT have one without the other. The Internet stops working about 3 or 4 times an hour. However, each time the electricity groans off so does the Internet. So, it is easy to have no Internet most of the day. Yesterday no one in the three hotels surrounding the Whites Sands Resort had internet from 3pm to 9am the next morning. I was getting the shakes
Today we have Tanzania Internet. This is a little faster than dial up when it works well. The only way to describe how it is when it is slowwell you remember the days of your 300 baud model. Your 300 is a screamer compared to slow Tanzanian Internet.
Kevin Kallsen commenting from Tanzania
For those of you wondering who that particular journalist was, that was David Virtue who, in the opinion of many, prematurely released a story from the Dromantine Primates meeting.
Yes . . . I was wondering. Thanks. Not surprised, he's always been a little quick on the trigger.
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