Ethiopia: Interview With Comedian Azmeraw

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Interview With Comedian Azmeraw

 

 

Most classic car owners are highly selective of potential buyers. In fact, there is etiquette to asking to purchase a car. One does not simply walk up to a car they happen to admire and ask for a price. There’s a delicate dance to admiration itself. Osman had visited an owner for months, developing a friendship and even carefully washing the car. “You must make sure the car won’t be abused. The buyer has to be capable of taking care of it. They must understand. They must respect and value the car.  Asking for a price outright is like asking to borrow your wife.”

There are car owners that refuse to let strangers touch their car, let alone drive it. Osman attentively watches how a person enters a car, searches for key scratches at the door and at the ignition, how they treat the leather of the seats, how clean the interior is, how careful they are about how the car is washed. “It tells of a personality. This is proper work. It has to be respected. Some buy cars because they have the money or have seen others do it. They let anyone wash their car and go to the garage. Don’t do anything themselves. If they washcloth used is dirty, has sand, it sands off the car paint over time.”

The price of vintage cars has skyrocketed in recent years. The price of a VW Beetle, one of the most commonly found old car in the country, has risen from a mere 5000 Birr to over 70,000 Birr in the past decade. Most refuse to sale them after restoration, having formed an attachment. The love is not about making a profit. Besides the amount of money spent on purchasing a vintage vehicle, restoration itself can be quite expensive. Addis estimates 200,000 or 300,000 Birr can be spent in trying to find parts alone. And this is discounting the time and effort day-to-day maintenance takes.

People think it’s stressful and expensive. Why not just buy a Vitz, they ask. But I get satisfaction from it,” says Addis. He had received disapproval from girlfriends unwilling to drive long distances in the event of a breakdown or malfunction. “I don’t mind that it’s messy or dirty. I still fix it myself. The obsession won’t leave you. You talk to the car while driving. It’s invigorating.” It’s an obsession close to addiction, akin to disease.

To Osman, it is a lifestyle choice. He describes this purist restoration of cars as refreshing. “It brings me joy. It is a restorative feeling.” The cars outside his shop rotate based on the season or his mood. “It’s about choosing what makes you happy in life. This makes me happy.”

 

The crackdown on dissent in Ethiopia under the state of emergency has intensified in the Oromiya region with several arrests made on Thursday morning. Some of the notable personalities who have been arrested include a university lecturer and blogger, Seyoum Teshome, who is a vocal critic of the government. DW Amharic confirmed Teshome’s arrest saying he was picked up from his home by security forces at 9am local time. displayAdvert("mpu_3") #Ethiopia- DWAmharic confirmed blogger & univ. lecturer #SeyoumTeshome has been taken by security forces from his house in Woliso at 9AM local time today. This will be the 2nd time he is targeted by security forces during a #StateOfEmergency. He has been tortured during the 1st. https://t.co/839bfE5rHg— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) March 8, 2018 Teshome was previously targeted in the state of emergency that was imposed last year. In a recent blogpost on a think tank he runs, Teshome urges those resisting the regime to take up self defence strategies. Facebook blocks Ethiopian activist for ‘posting too fast Ambo University teacher and blogger Seyoum Teshome is also likely taken to Makelawi— Jawar Mohammed (@Jawar_Mohammed) March 8, 2018 His arrest had been reported by an online activist, Jawar Mohammed who" />
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Interview With Comedian Azmeraw

 

 

Most classic car owners are highly selective of potential buyers. In fact, there is etiquette to asking to purchase a car. One does not simply walk up to a car they happen to admire and ask for a price. There’s a delicate dance to admiration itself. Osman had visited an owner for months, developing a friendship and even carefully washing the car. “You must make sure the car won’t be abused. The buyer has to be capable of taking care of it. They must understand. They must respect and value the car.  Asking for a price outright is like asking to borrow your wife.”

There are car owners that refuse to let strangers touch their car, let alone drive it. Osman attentively watches how a person enters a car, searches for key scratches at the door and at the ignition, how they treat the leather of the seats, how clean the interior is, how careful they are about how the car is washed. “It tells of a personality. This is proper work. It has to be respected. Some buy cars because they have the money or have seen others do it. They let anyone wash their car and go to the garage. Don’t do anything themselves. If they washcloth used is dirty, has sand, it sands off the car paint over time.”

The price of vintage cars has skyrocketed in recent years. The price of a VW Beetle, one of the most commonly found old car in the country, has risen from a mere 5000 Birr to over 70,000 Birr in the past decade. Most refuse to sale them after restoration, having formed an attachment. The love is not about making a profit. Besides the amount of money spent on purchasing a vintage vehicle, restoration itself can be quite expensive. Addis estimates 200,000 or 300,000 Birr can be spent in trying to find parts alone. And this is discounting the time and effort day-to-day maintenance takes.

People think it’s stressful and expensive. Why not just buy a Vitz, they ask. But I get satisfaction from it,” says Addis. He had received disapproval from girlfriends unwilling to drive long distances in the event of a breakdown or malfunction. “I don’t mind that it’s messy or dirty. I still fix it myself. The obsession won’t leave you. You talk to the car while driving. It’s invigorating.” It’s an obsession close to addiction, akin to disease.

To Osman, it is a lifestyle choice. He describes this purist restoration of cars as refreshing. “It brings me joy. It is a restorative feeling.” The cars outside his shop rotate based on the season or his mood. “It’s about choosing what makes you happy in life. This makes me happy.”

 

The crackdown on dissent in Ethiopia under the state of emergency has intensified in the Oromiya region with several arrests made on Thursday morning. Some of the notable personalities who have been arrested include a university lecturer and blogger, Seyoum Teshome, who is a vocal critic of the government. DW Amharic confirmed Teshome’s arrest saying he was picked up from his home by security forces at 9am local time. displayAdvert("mpu_3") #Ethiopia- DWAmharic confirmed blogger & univ. lecturer #SeyoumTeshome has been taken by security forces from his house in Woliso at 9AM local time today. This will be the 2nd time he is targeted by security forces during a #StateOfEmergency. He has been tortured during the 1st. https://t.co/839bfE5rHg— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) March 8, 2018 Teshome was previously targeted in the state of emergency that was imposed last year. In a recent blogpost on a think tank he runs, Teshome urges those resisting the regime to take up self defence strategies. Facebook blocks Ethiopian activist for ‘posting too fast Ambo University teacher and blogger Seyoum Teshome is also likely taken to Makelawi— Jawar Mohammed (@Jawar_Mohammed) March 8, 2018 His arrest had been reported by an online activist, Jawar Mohammed who
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