Saturday, 4 July 2015
When I was a young journalist on the Bath Evening Chronicle, I was lucky enough to go on Ethiopian Airlines' inaugural flight from London to Addis Ababa. This was in the last days of the famous Emperor Haile Selassie and I partly got to go because he had spent his wartime exile in Bath and remained very fond of the city (which has always returned the compliment).
I was also the only reporter on the paper who had a yellow fever vaccination, because of a gap year spent teaching in Zimbabwe, and the flight required both this and smallpox immunisation. Because in those days you could not have any other injection within six weeks of the yellow fever one, more senior colleagues were ruled out (and I was saved from any jealous recriminations).
It was a great trip and I specially remember discovering a 'poor school' run by a very bright young teacher right next to the top public school which taught the country's then elite. They were given the 'posh' boys' leftovers and were issued with cards saying 'Scrapeaters'. Two other journalists on the trip, from the Sunday Times and Daily Mail, tried hard to get the details out of me, but I managed to frustrate them.
I tell you all this because I don't - yet - know anything about the two scraps of mini-moth shown here. I hope I will soon, either through my own efforts or thanks to the help of kindly, expert commentors.