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CollectionsYour library (1,061), Recovered books (2), All collections (1,061)

Reviews532 reviews

Tagsfiction (293), railways (211), africa (210), spirituality (164), sudan (102), uk (101), war (90), steam (88), fantasy (83), christian (79) — see all tags

MediaNot set (105), Book (955), Paper Book (891), Ebook (1), Other (1)

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About meBorn in UK, I've spent most of my adult life living and working in Africa (Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa) in various sectors - education, church, justice and peace, human rights, reconciliation, nonviolence, humanitarian aid and development. I'm passionate about railways and I was a steam locomotive driver and fireman when I lived in South Africa. I'm also a volunteer on steam locomotives in Kenya, and I've just begun building an Africa-themed model railway in a forty foot shipping container at our new home at the top of the escarpment overlooking Africa's Great Rift Valley. I'm married and we live in Kenya where I claim to be semi-retired, but I still spend some time working in South Sudan.

In 2020 I changed my username from "johnthefireman" to "John5918". Over the years a few people had assumed I was a firefighter. In fact I don't belong to that noble profession and the term refers to a steam locomotive fireman ("tallow pot" in US railroad jargon), stoking fires rather than extinguishing them. My new username is of course related to steam locomotives - 5918 is the number of a 250-ton East African Railways Beyer-Garratt named "Mount Gelai". This behemoth survived into preservation and I have been privileged to help maintain and operate her.

About my libraryMy non-fiction collection probably falls into three main categories: (1) railways, related to my hobby; (2) and (3) spirituality and Sudan/Africa, related to my work. My taste in fiction is eclectic. For many years my books were divided between two continents, so the LT online catalogue was very useful for me.

GroupsAfrican Literature, History and Politics, All Books Africa, Birds, Birding & Books, Catholic Apologetics, Catholic Tradition, Christian Worship and Liturgy, Christianity, Council of Elrond, Current Events, Emerging Churchshow all groups

Favorite authorsThomas Berry, Thich Nhat Hanh, Anthony de Mello, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://groups.google.co.za/group/sudan-john-ashworth

Real nameJohn

LocationEndoinyo Sidai, Kajiado County, Kenya

Account typepublic

URLs /profile/John5918 (profile)
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Member sinceJan 3, 2006

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