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UP MAGAZINE Dec. 2014

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Traffic: How You Can Take Back The Power

Yesterday UP pointed out the traffic hotspots in Nairobi. While it is one thing to know where these portals to hell are, here is how to deal with them and all the other traffic in Nairobi.

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The Snarls of Nairobi Traffic and When to Avoid Them

Road changes come slow, it’s choke points are too narrow, and the matatu drivers too aggressive for this to be anything but a pit of despair at rush hour.

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Top Ten Tuesdays Feminist Reads

A feminist novel is not one that deals exclusively with stories and lives of women but one that but one that highlights an aspect of the female condition at the same time offers an imperative for change. Here are is a selection of our top ten.

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Prison Reform In Kenya: How Much Has Been Done?

The year that just ended was, by any estimate, a poor one for the advancement of human rights. The arbitrary powers of arrest (and in some grim cases, murder) of people suspected of acts of terrorism, the proposed amendment of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the obstinate response to criticism of their almost totalitarian views toward

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Instamondays

Instamondays is back for 2015 and we have some truly majestic images to kick off the new year.

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Looking back at the Arts, Music and Festivals of 2014

We review happenings during 2014 in the art music and festival scenes

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60 Seconds with Sheel Dread

Share a minute with Kenya’s best reggae DJ, the pleasant Dread Steppa (Sheel Dread).

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Q&A With Yellow Light Machine’s Sam Guchu

We talk to Sam Guchu of Yellow Light Machine about being in a band- and how they do it.

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All Good People Go To J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen Heaven

Samantha Spooner takes time off from her busy schedule writing for the Mail and Guardian to be wowed by the new restaurant that has opened up down in Karen town

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Ozone Friendly Grafitti

Graffiti art is gaining traction in Nairobi thanks to such collectives as Spray Uzi. We spoke to them about the environmental impact of their art, and why they want to bring Montana Cans to Nairobi.

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STORE REVIEW: BRAND AVENUE

Good news for those brand lovers out there…. Brand Avenue has the answer to all your shopping problems!

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The Wire 2014

We started the Wire as a way to keep our print readers up to date with the exciting content we publish online. As you may or may not have noticed, our online content differs from our print content, in that it captures trending issues and stays abreast with current developments and matters of a more

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Fidel’s Death Will Not Be In Vain

The recent passing of Fidel Odinga has brought mortality to the doors of the ruling elite. What effect does this have lower down the chain?

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Tetanus jab: Vaccination Campaign or State-run Mass Sterilization Campaign

Still not very clear that the controversial tetanus vaccine conclusively been declared safe, does the government have the right to impose contraception on its population?

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The Day Ebola Disembarked in Nairobi

Reporter Alex Roberts set out to discover how prepared Nairobi’s emergency services are, in the eventuality that Ebola were to hit our city

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Surviving Njaanuary

Is January making you feel blue? Feeling broke, down and like there’s no way you can get through this month? Here’s a guide to surviving the dreaded month of back to work/school.

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#ThrowBackThursday: Cartoon Cartoons on Cartoon Network!

Remember the cartoons that used to get you sprinting home from school? We think there was more to them than met the eye.

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On the Ethics of a Free Lunch

Foodie journalists suffer their own unique struggles. Katy Fentress discusses the ethics of a free lunch when you’re called for a restaurant opening.

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Nairobi’s Icons of 2014

What the UP Best Of Nairobi Survey told us about you, about us and above all about Nairobi

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New Year’s Themes*

*The Party is over! Go through your five stages of loss by reading this and sending in your own markers that the Festive Season is gone for another 12 months.

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