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Stuck in the moment
September 12, 2014, 4:42 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

“This is my farm.” Those four little words that took Zimbabwe from being the grain basket of the continent to being a nett importer of food consistently for the last fourteen years have taken on a new twist this year. Now the four little words are: “This is my plot.”

Visiting a friend the other day I was shocked to
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The many faces of Zimbabwe
August 29, 2014, 8:28 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

What a strange, tangled web Zimbabwe weaves this August. On a political level is the meteoric rise of the President’s wife who, in a single month, has gone from having no political standing at all to being nominated to take over as the head of Zanu PF Women’s League and on the Zanu PF Central Committee by year end. Sixty-seater buses o
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Snap, crackle and pop
August 15, 2014, 10:57 am


Dear Family and Friends

As the full moon pulled what we hope is the last cold front through Zimbabwe this week, it added to the chilly air of unease in the country.  The front page newspaper photograph of a victim of political violence with a swollen face and dressings covering a head wound sent goose bumps down our spines. ‘Violence flares up in Zanu PF’
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Golden grass, glittering rock pools and sacrifice
August 1, 2014, 11:07 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Travel East of my home town on a Monday and it’s beer day. Travel West on a Tuesday and it’s their beer day. Hard to believe that this one simple event, using such primitive methods still goes on in this modern world. A rusty, battered ox cart loaded high with blue plastic crates each filled with brown plastic beer bottles emerges from
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Millions, billions, trillions
July 18, 2014, 12:08 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

All week a spotted eagle owl has been hooting early in the afternoon in my garden, hours before the stunning  caramel sunsets so typical of winter in Zimbabwe. The strangeness of the day time calling of the owl comes in the same week as the sad news of the latest casualty to Zimbabwe’s long struggle to a new order.

Since Februar
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