With the world poised to enter an urban age when more people will live in cities than in the countryside, Josiah Tobiko sees no need to move from his cow dung-covered hut in rural Kenya.
"You can choose city life with televisions and mobile phones but I prefer living here," said Tobiko, a Maasai teacher who lives in a settlement of 125 cattle and goat herders with no electricity or piped water at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tobiko, 35, moved into a new one-storey home this year -- made of tree branches tied with sisal and coated with about six inches (15 cms) of cow dung and mud.
Here in Amboseli, lions and elephants are residents' most pressing concerns, not road accidents or muggers.
Complete story at REUTERS, where in a RELATED article you can read about how U.S. home lenders brace for bad news, legislation.
UPDATE: As long as we're discussing things financial, here's an interesting article on the dollar/euro:
"Oil producing countries have reduced their exposure to the dollar to the lowest level in two years and shifted oil income into euros, yen and sterling, according to new data from the Bank for International Settlements.
"The revelation in the latest BIS quarterly review, published on Monday, confirms market speculation about a move out of dollars and could put new pressure on the ailing US currency."
Rest at Oil producers shun dollar in the Financial Times.
FINAL (so help me) survivalist tip of the day (it's a quiz actually):
If you were starving, would you rather have a:
3) Liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti?