Ken Lee, Edition 255

The title probably makes no sense to anyone except this one, this one, and possibly this one. I tried to find a link to explain it, but the search button jammed. 🙁 Sorry. But it’s got something to do with Pop idols, South America, and Mariah Carey.

I’m in a workshop this week, working with some University profs from East Africa. So far it’s been…an experience. Rooftop pool, tiny gym, good food, free wireless, working till 2 a.m…but more on that later. [@Intel, I finally got the cable, lakini the cow has refused. Something about conflicting IP’s, I’ve no idea]

And might I add that I have found my dream house! YAY!! It’s a thirteenth floor apartment; huge windows, great lighting, slumberland bed, DSTV [which I’m yet to use…], pretty painting s of pots, tasteful African decor, leather two-seater sofas, microwave, hot water, pool, gym, view of the Indian Ocean… The catch is that my dream house is a 5 star hotel that costs…a lot. Sigh. Oh well.

Back to the point. I’m at a workshop where, among other things, I read out this as a sample of irony. [I edit English textbooks for a living].

The Kenyans at the workshop couldn’t stop giggling. The piece was pronounced beautiful and brilliant.

The TZis at the workshop didn’t get it.

A few minutes later, the following joke was offered as a sample of…something or other.

Teacher: Listen children, my supervisor is coming. When he comes in, you should greet him by saying ‘Good morning Sir or Madam,’ whatever the case may be. You understand?

Children: Yes teacher.

Supervisor enters.

Supervisor: Good morning children?

Children: [chant] Gooood mooorning Siiiir or Maaadaaaam whateeever the caaaase maaaay beeee.

And finally, one of the TZis offered a sample of his own. It’s a letter he received in response to an ad he had placed in a … prominent location. The ad was a job offer for a watchman.

What I want to know is this: Am I evil to laugh?

Application Leta

 I am aply to my job of security guard to you boss in you
company of uTH.
 I complete to Grade 7 examination certificate in 1997.

  My skool Tembisa high very good.
 I am 27 ears to be Born of age and no mallied and no childish.

 My father is dead long time ago and my mother mary in
 country there 10 years now, no see she so nobody known
to help me.

  My certificate is just sitting home for itself, but passes
 Mathematics, Geography, Science and all subjects but fail
in English
 because of Tsonga teacher teaching me is jelos of myself.
Me wear expenses
 cloth than
 Tsonga teacher.
 I here people you want security guards to you company
and I tell you I. Am
 one of that job experience for 2 years. I shot thief dead.
I want to Join the
 company of you and chase criminal out with me AK47.

  Please consider my aplication careful and call me
any time because me.
 Have celphone. I am red for interview with you. I am
very honest and can speak
 English free.

  Please also great your wife.
 And rememba that English is not our mother land!!

 Am ur honest a Tanzanian Guy.

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2 Responses. Yay! I like it when you talk back ... to “Ken Lee, Edition 255”

  1. Val says:

    You have killed me with the joke and the TZ you’re not evil for laughing..

    Ken Lee..I love watching the worst auditions for Idols..they rock..but Ken lee is classic..

    that girl should be given a prize man!!

    View of the Indian Ocean..I’ll go away and be jealous someplace else..enjoy it lakini!

  2. Mama says:

    Oh gosh, just had to come and say something about that letter! You made my day.

    mine too!! just had to spread the joy 🙂

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