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The crack in the rock
March 21, 2014, 8:27 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

In the bush the other day I sat watching two long-legged riverside birds on a small rocky island in a dam. For a long time they seemed unperturbed by my scrutiny but when they both turned and ran into a patch of tangled shrubs in a hurry, I knew something was up. From nowhere a shiny grey reptilian head appeared over the top of the rock. Its camou
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For the youngsters who died underground.
March 7, 2014, 12:37 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

Zimbabwe is still getting over the opulence of two multi million dollar  events that left most people open mouthed in disbelief in a country which is on the very edge of bankruptcy again. First we had the lavish 90th birthday party of President Mugabe which was held in white tents at the football stadium in Marondera and apparently
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Utterly shameful
February 20, 2014, 4:07 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

For a few months I’ve been slowing down on the frequency of  my fourteen year marathon of Letters from Zimbabwe. There are many critics but also much despair about the backward slide of our beloved country. I can only tell the story of life in Zimbabwe from my perspective and my snapshot this week is of the good, the absurd , the annoyi
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Birthday town and beatings from behind
February 14, 2014, 4:13 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

President Mugabe turns 90 on the 21st February and his public birthday celebration is being held in Marondera. For a few weeks we’ve been waiting for the usual frenzy of face lifting that comes before a VIP arrives in town but it’s going to take more than spit and polish and a bucket of whitewash to sort things out.

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Monster pay packets
January 31, 2014, 2:23 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

It’s a time of excesses in Zimbabwe: big storms, big reptiles and monstrously big pay packets that have left us wide eyed and open mouthed in disbelief and disgust.

When the fourth black mamba in a few weeks slithered through the undergrowth of my garden the other day, it didn’t take long to work out why there are so many snake
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