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Of lions, elephants and ordinary Zimbabweans
July 31, 2015, 6:19 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Spring has arrived in Zimbabwe and the sounds and colours of the new season are good for the soul, bringing welcome relief from the harsh, cruel realities of everyday life in a country ruled by the same person for thirty five years. Getting up before five in the morning and watching the moon turn from yellow to orange as its slips into the pre-daw
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It's up to you
July 17, 2015, 10:41 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

The sunsets over Zimbabwe at this time of year are breathtaking: burnt orange, caramel, golden, glowing. Each evening as the sun slips towards the horizon you can’t help but look out on the majestic colours and listen to the clear, haunting songs of the Heuglin’s Robin. The books describe the call as a rising crescendo which says again
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Compensation is a dirty word
July 3, 2015, 9:38 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Seeing pictures of hundreds of people crowded around banks in Greece desperate to withdraw their own money from the banks has sent cold but sympathetic shivers down our spines here in Zimbabwe. Greek banks closed for a week, cash withdrawals from ATM’s restricted to a limited amount per person per day is all too familiar to Zimbabweans. We k
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Of begging bowls and pipe dreams
June 19, 2015, 9:48 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

The frost is lying thick on the ground these winter mornings and on the roadsides the remains of people’s summer maize harvest is painting a frightening picture of what lies ahead for Zimbabwe in the months to come. For the last six weeks we’ve watched a patchy, very lean crop being carried away from people’s self-apportioned, ro
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Practiced hawks or silenced prey
June 5, 2015, 9:46 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Every day for the last fortnight a young hawk has been hanging around the neighbourhood. Sometimes it comes alone and other times with its parent:  learning the ropes, fine tuning the techniques of being a predator. When the adult hawk is there it’s like watching a thriller movie: the silent, unflinching bird; endlessly patient until&nb
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