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Distinctly second hand
May 19, 2012, 11:03 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Bleary eyed and feeling distinctly second hand, Zimbabwe is stumbling into winter 2012. At first a cheer went up when we heard news that ZESA (the electricity supply company) were going to introduce nine hour a day power cuts. The cheer was because when they made the announcement we were already having power cuts that lasted for at least twelve ho
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This is Africa
May 12, 2012, 8:16 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Travelling over the Odzi River a few minutes after dawn when the landscape is  just emerging from silhouette, a trail of warm, white mist lifts off the water. The  vapour hangs almost unmoving in the cold morning air and as you look further, it’s easy to identify the path of the river: the straight stretches and the bends, all are
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What's in the briefcase?
April 21, 2012, 10:27 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Nothing about our thirty- second Independence day in Zimbabwe seemed real this year. It was a gorgeous day under a bright blue sky and warm sun. Heavy dew covered the early morning landscape and an extravaganza of birds were busy harvesting seeds from the golden grass and carrying fluff for their nests. Everywhere the aloes and indigenous succulen
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Sizzling fireball
April 14, 2012, 8:57 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When there was a loud roaring noise and then a big explosion late one afternoon this week, most of the neighbourhood ran outside to see what had happened. It was one of those rare occasions when the electricity was on during the day but that didn’t deter people’s curiosity. It’s school holidays at the moment so there was soon a g
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Mums and Dads, Gogos and Sekurus
March 31, 2012, 10:28 am

Dear Family and Friends,

The first whisps of winter are beginning to drift over our horizon. The days are getting shorter and the sunsets more copper. Early these mornings the mist lies thick in the dips and valleys, often not burning away until eight or nine o’clock. Visiting a friend when the dew was still thick on the grass one morning this week, there was neither electricity n
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