06 March 2009

How I get around when the car's broke

Motorcycle Juba style: sit as far back on the seat of the bike as possible. Hold handlebars only loosely when riding but rev frequently whenever stationary.

Put a giant fake diamond into your ear, a Rastafarian or woolly gangster style hat on your head. No helmets, but sunglasses.

Go fast. So fast your shirt seems about to fly off your back. Grow your hair long and ruck it into waves that redden in the dust of your vocation.

The joyous, looping traffic-dodging irreverence of Juba’s hundreds of motorcycle boys - many pre-pubescent - or young men have become a visual centerpiece of peacetime Juba.

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