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Queuing up for the front page
September 29, 2012, 7:49 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

An hour before midnight the calls of an Eagle Owl chased sleep away. It’s that time of year when the heat of summer doesn’t persist long after dark and so you spend all  night pulling the blankets on and off.  For a long time the Owl called out again and again, its deep, drawn out ‘hoo-hoooo’ haunting and alluring
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Purple splats
September 22, 2012, 7:59 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

In the eerie glow thrown by a thin orange crescent of the setting  moon, sausage flies and flying ants filled the evening sky this week. The orange moon sinking into a dark, dusty horizon along with the sudden reappearance of gossamer-winged insects  is a sure sign that summer has arrived.  Clouds are starting to build up, Jacaranda
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The Forgotten Ones
September 15, 2012, 7:48 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

So many things aren’t often talked about in Zimbabwe anymore. Things like what happened to the families of at least four thousand people who died of cholera. Or what happened to the estimated three hundred thousand farm workers who lost their jobs and homes during land seizures or what happened to all the children who used to go to little fa
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Mopping up.
September 8, 2012, 7:11 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Unbelievably, census mayhem continues in Zimbabwe a fortnight after the conclusion of the 2012 population count.  Ten days after they said they’d finished counting us in the2012 census, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) said they were about to embark on another mop-up operation. The original census took place from the 17
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Spring doesn't come quietly
September 1, 2012, 10:33 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

It’s red in Zimbabwe at the moment, all shades of cool, warm and hot red.  A fortnight earlier than last year the Musasa trees have thrown off all their old dusty leaves and announced spring.  In a perfect artists palette the colours of the new leaves range from a soft delicate pink to shimmering orange, hot crimson and  deep
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