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Redhead
November 28, 2010, 5:57 am

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Three months ago a Redheaded Weaver arrived in my garden and began building a nest in exactly the same spot as the last time it had been here a few years ago. The male is a very striking individual with a bright scarlet head, chest and upper back. It’s impossible not to notice him when he’s in the garden. There was nothi
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Chickened out
November 20, 2010, 8:59 am

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

A few weeks ago something really peculiar started happening at the beginning of the main evening ZBC TV news bulletin.  The newsreader would announce a “brain teaser” for the evening, usually the meaning of the initials of some government organisation or other. Night after night we watched in bemused wonder as the b
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Family, friends and elephants
November 13, 2010, 8:37 am

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Under a wide blue sky a warthog and her three babies ran across a red dirt road below a kopje. The piglets ran with tails straight up, like aerials, as they followed their mum into the surrounding bush. In the sky nearby half a dozen vultures circled low over a clearing and in the distance, the haunting call of a fish eagle promised
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Multiple choice
November 6, 2010, 9:39 am

 

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Not many people can bear to watch the main evening ZBC TV news bulletin these days. Thirty one years after Independence it is still filled with stories that apportion blame for everything that is wrong with Zimbabwe on: “the whites, the neo colonialists, the colonial settlers, the west.”  

Six years ago
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