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    Posted by Brian Jones

    15 October 2003 – It's strange but I've been back in the UK for about 2 months now and am not totally sure where the time has gone to. I had a couple of weeks holiday followed by a stint in the Humanitarian Department preparing for an internal meeting of the food and nutrition department. I then wrote up the meeting and headed off to Italy for another meeting, in the process missing yet another meeting. I returned, full of pasta and pearls of wisdom on the analysis of complexity in 'Complex Emergencies' and Food Security, and did some advisory cover for South Asia.

    Now I've just learned that I'm off again, this time to Ethiopia. I'll be going to the south of the country to an area that is currently suffering a 'green famine' and I'll do a nutrition survey. It's strange because Ethiopia has a big presence in the emergency nutrition world being the place where many of the techniques used now were developed.

    The UK is a strange place to be, full of impossibly improbable characters. It changes each time I go away although somehow the change is slow paced and insiduous. It feels odd to be coming back at times but I enjoy it, not least because it's a time to reinforce my links with people and places, linkes that grow in importance as time goes by.

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