Back when the Internet was young, before the iPhone was invented, the cheapest and quickest way to find out the latest English Premier League scores in Zanzibar was to wander down to TV Corner in Stone Town.

Yussuf, the guy who ran the general store there, would listen to the BBC World Service on his battered transistor radio, jot down the scores and then chalk them up on a blackboard hung on a wall.

Yussuf was much more reliable than the ancient modems at the nearby Internet cafe. 

Locals gathered to watch as he wrote out the scores. Backpackers checked them out on their way to breakfast.

It was so much more exciting and inclusive than checking the results on a betting app, like we do these days.

And if you were really lucky, you could pick up a new rim for your car while you were at TV Corner as well.

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