Brain Dump: Larndan Boys, TAFLON, Living with a ‘fro and UXCampLondon
Boy 1: Nah man, I belled her yea, and I was like, re-a te te, caa at the end of the day, tings is gwanning innit…so bwoy, ‘ave to just flex
Boy 2: True say, it’s not even like, man can go thru or nuttin, just ‘ave to be like, blood, it ain’t beefing.
Boy 1: Exactly. She was like, aw, nargh, it’s bla bla bla, and I was like what?! and she was like, nargh, it ain’t even like that
Boy 2: Bruv, thats wot am saying tho, them tings dere is just boopsing…..
And I got off the bus. In case you didn’t know, black people in the UK have got their own version of ebonics….and this is what it looks like on paper! lol! My feeble attempt at deciphering is below.
Boy 1: No man, I called her and I told her what’s up. Because at the end of the day, things are going on and you just have to do what you have to do.
Boy 2: Exactly, It’s not like you can just do what you want, you have to say, you know what? I don’t have a problem.
Boy 1: Exactly. She said it’s not that, tried to explain, but I still didn’t get it and she said it isn’t like that.
Boy 2: Brother, that’s what I’m saying, that kind of thing is a scam in which she attempts to get things out of men (the term ‘boopsing’).
Doesn’t sound quite as fancy in plain English!
I accidentally ended up at the launch of the fantastic Taste of Africa London (TAFLON) event on Friday. Pretty inspirational stuff, off the top of my head the event was run by Songhai Creative, and had a wealth of speakers who were all up and running African social enterprises in London. One of the keynotes was Cyril Nri who used to be Adam Okaro in The Bill. I was really impressed, especially because I ended up there by accident. Serendipity you say?
I’ve had a few interesting reactions to my afro this week, it’s getting bigger and bigger. One guy on the bus asked me if I worked in fashion, when I told him what I actually did, he looked a bit dissapointed. A lady on the street asked where I got my wig from. A friends relative asked what I was planning on doing with my hair…clearly because it must be in transition. And finally, I asked a good friend why she wouldn’t let her beautiful natural hair out from under weaves and extensions, her reaction “no way, its just not neat…….but…er…it looks good on you though!”
I’m getting good hair inspiration from the LeCoil tumblr blog where I grabbed the pic above from.
So, fellow geeks, website is up for UXCampLondon! It’s going to be held at Gumtree’s offices in Richmond which is two minutes away from the river (tis very gorgeous!). Tickets are limited, so follow @UXCampLondon on twitter or subscribe to the rss on the site so you know when to sign up.
Have a good week folks!