Just watching or rather listening to Call my Bluff on BBC 1 this morning. The word Wahala pricked my ears - surprised it's now in the dictionary. It's one of those convenient words that saves a lot of talking - can be used on it's own as a slang or exclamation - as a verb, noun, adjective etc - I still use it without thinking.
Originally a Yoruba word but now generally used in West Africa (mainly Nigeria) - means complexed, mixed up, difficult to sort out, confusion, trouble, problematic, argumentative. It's one of my favourite words - descibes so many people I have to deal with (especially some Lib Dems).
Had an email enquiring if I received my replacement vacuum withing two days - amazed such interest and pleased to say yes - by special delivery. Now to return the old one is 'Wahala'. Got to follow their long-winded procedure - waiting for special packaging so I get my refund. Until then it's stuck in a box on the landing in front of my flat door.
Don't have comments on my blog - have a special email box so anybody who wants to contact me can. I do reply (unless they're 'Wahala' rude or sarcy) but it sometimes takes me time to get round to them. Some of the emails are interesting. Noticed that the number of hits (and emails) depends on the subject matter. The days I write abut my life always get many hits - noticed that the two postings that generated the most hits.
Liberal Democrats own Cyberman and Islington - Gunners' new home - enough said.
Argos has just solved the problem of taps for my bathroom refit. Looking for them has been another 'Wahala'. Decided to buy my own taps with a shower mixer (washing my long hair is 'Wahala'). Unfortunately the bathroom walls are all plaster-board and old (sure they're not within the current standards guideline) so fixing a shower on the wall is impossible. Had to find the old fashioned cradle type with matching taps for the wash basin. Couldn't find them anywhere except way above my price range. The new Argos catalogue came out yesterday - my friend Robert found just what I was looking for and brought them round.
All the hype about the new 'The Big One' catalogue (it's certainly heavy). Robert said that yesterday the Argos store in Holloway Road (superstore) had balloons everywhere like a childrens' party with special bags for the new catalogue (very sensible - it's 'Wahala' carrying it). I'm presuming that now Index has closed down, Argos will get all their business.
Well everythings ready - I'm expecting 'Wahala' when they come to strip out my bathroom next Wednesday - they claim it will only take two days - we'll live to see. I'm concerned about having no loo and how they will get everything up and down stairs. I'm very curious to see what they find under the floorboards (a property over a 100 years old must have some secrets).
My son Sule called this morning - he's definitely a 'Walaha' person when it come to his and my relationship. Always wonder why he calls ( he's not one for quick chats) - usually involves needing me to do something at the last minute or picking my brain for something.
Since being made redundant he went to America and bought an embroidery machine (franchise arrangement). He set up a small business designing and making logo's and badges which is now taking off. I've kept out of it because I didn't want the 'Wahala'. It started via the so called 'Black Brothers network' with caps, tee-shirts, sweat shirts and hoodies. He created his own website 2cold - exciting to see his caps on MTV and his jackets on the Budget car adverts. Now through word of mouth he's developed into supplying some impressive corporate clients. The standard of work is first class. He even produces for Lib Dem Image (Lib Dem shop) - all above board so no conflict of interest for myself as a party member. Sells to a few local parties who contact him so they can make some profit toward their campaigning funds - some members in Southwark where he lives (Simon Hughes's constituency) also phone him for gear.
Now he's creating a corporate website - important so the two worlds don't clash. As he rightly says he can hardly put Lib Dem caps, Budget jackets and Mayfair clients on the same website as MTV - it sends out the wrong message. His corporate business will vanish overnight.
Now back to another 'Wahala' - the back garden. Going to put down the weedkiller but don't want to mistakenly poison the neighbours dogs.
Update - 20 Feb 2009: I stand corrected by those who know it is originally a Hausa word hijacked by virtually all the languages in Nigeria. It literally means suffering!