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Crocodiles, mermaids, goblins and the constitution
January 26, 2013, 6:06 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When we heard the news that fifteen thousand crocodiles had escaped from a crocodile farm into the swirling waters of the flooded Limpopo River, it seemed hardly surprising after a fortnight of the strangest events occurring in Zimbabwe.  Our internationally famous boundary river, immortalized in Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories
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Tough luck
January 19, 2013, 6:17 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Zimbabwe’s 78 year old Vice President John Nkomo died of cancer this week. He was the fourth Zimbabwean Vice President to die in office after Joshua Nkomo aged 82 in 1999, Simon Muzenda aged 80 in 2003 and Joseph Msika aged 85 who died in 2009.

It was ironic that in the same week that Vice President Nkomo died whilst occupying the se
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Mushroom sombrero
January 12, 2013, 9:41 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Greeting senior allies on the tarmac at Harare airport when he returned unexpectedly early from his annual Christmas holiday in the Far East, Mr Mugabe said that number thirteen was considered by everyone else to be unlucky but not for Zanu PF. 2013 was going to be their lucky year he said.

Thirteen years after life, stability, the economy
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Dubious miracles
January 5, 2013, 10:32 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Happy New Year from a very wet and soggy Zimbabwe. Everyone said that our rainy season was six weeks late and now it’s making up for it with downpours of at least 25 mm (one inch) every day for the last ten days and  in between times producing the odd 75 ml (three inches) storms too. As a result we’re afloat. Monster potholes are
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