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A country in waiting
November 20, 2015, 8:16 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Going from a first world to a third world country is always a trip of mixed emotions, culture shock and confusing adjustments. On the last leg of the journey from anywhere to Zimbabwe you know you’re almost home because rules suddenly go out the window. One piece of cabin baggage on the plane is ignored as people heft two, three or more bulg
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Making babies, pinches of salt and British passports
October 23, 2015, 7:46 am


Dear Family and Friends,

You know its October in Zimbabwe


 When it’s too hot to walk barefoot outside 

and the Jacaranda trees drop purple flowers far and wide.

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Shooting yourself in the foot
October 9, 2015, 9:21 am


Dear Family and Friends,

People start to queue from as early as 5 am on weekday mornings outside a local bakery in town. They’re queuing for bread, not because it’s in short supply but because they want to buy the cheap bread that’s available first thing every morning. The cheap bread  is breakages: loaves that have got damaged in deliveries or come
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Like chalk and cheese
September 25, 2015, 8:30 am


Dear Family and Friends,

After a couple of weeks out of the country it’s always great to come home to Zimbabwe.  It’s a wrench to leave the wild beauty of golden beaches, Coconut trees and Mangrove estuaries where Palm-Nut Vultures and Mangrove Kingfishers have been your delights. To leave a country where it’s not unusual to see four or even five pe
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Of little boys, bees and the state of our nation
August 28, 2015, 11:39 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Five days before 91 year old President Mugabe gave his State of the Nation Address to Parliament this week, a nightmare was underway in a small rural village in Zimbabwe. It wasn’t the sort of event that makes headlines or gets referred to in a State of the Nation address but maybe it should be because this is the re
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