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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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Where's the money gone?
May 22, 2015, 11:08 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Winter has arrived in Zimbabwe and while the nights and early mornings are already into single digits with misty mornings and frost lurking, the days are gorgeous with clear blue skies and warm sun. Like lizards we  Zims take every opportunity to go outside and stand in the sun at this time of year, treated by glimpses of purple crested Louri
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The Ambulance
May 7, 2015, 5:41 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Unbelievable things are happening in Zimbabwe. While the chill of winter creeps in, politics is heating up to boiling point ahead of forthcoming by- elections. Following the expulsion from parliament and  Zanu PF for allegedly supporting the now expelled Vice President Mrs Mujuru, ex Zanu PF MP’s are putting themselves forward as candid
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Here not safe, home not safe
April 24, 2015, 5:20 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Ninety one year old President Mugabe inspected the forces on Independence day from a standing position in a grey and red open military vehicle. As the vehicle drove slowly around the assembled forces, the President stood head and shoulders above the people he was inspecting, like a spectator in the upper gallery. Later, when his speech was almost
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