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Zimbabwe's Jingle Bells
December 18, 2015, 10:18 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for reading my letters for another year; for your emails, messages and support of my books. I’m not going to tell you about politics, corruption, greed or our daily struggles today, instead I offer you my version of Jingle Bells.


Dashing through the dust

In an ox cart full of hay

Through farms
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The collective national secret
December 4, 2015, 2:56 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

“Inspire us,” someone wrote to me from the Diaspora recently, urging me to “be the change you want to see.”  Whew, I thought that’s exactly what I was doing: fifteen years of telling the story of life on the ground in Zimbabwe; never giving up; never shutting up and always standing up for what I believe in. That,
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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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