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Raucous, scolding Francolin
January 7, 2012, 9:56 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Finding a wild Flame Lily to welcome the New Year was a difficult task this year. Normally they are all over the bush by late December, glorious flashes of crimson in knee-high, lush green grass. This year, after a decade of completely out of control, illegal cultivation, the search was a difficult one. All my usual peri-urban haunts yielded nothi
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Letter to Father Christmas
December 17, 2011, 7:06 am


Dear Father Christmas,

I know that you only give gifts to children and I’m not a child but I wonder if you would consider the items on my list for the benefit of all Zimbabwe’s children, most of who don’t have a voice, and for their parents who struggle so much every day.

First and most important: Is there any chance you could give us some more w
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Damp squib
December 10, 2011, 10:02 am


Dear Family and Friends,

The day before the official opening of Zanu PF’s Bulawayo conference the collapse of a tree in Harare got tongues wagging and left the superstitious running for cover. A Musasa tree thought to have been nearly 200 years old collapsed on the road near State House when it was hit by a vehicle. The tree, which was a National Monument on a decla
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Chicken dinner
December 3, 2011, 5:53 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Believe it or not, the hot topic of conversation this week was take-away chicken portions. Shock, intrigue and controversy came with an advert for chicken pieces that was aired on DSTV, a South African satellite television broadcaster that is available in many countries in Africa.

The advert came from Nando’s, a South African fast fo
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Plum coloured Starling
November 26, 2011, 1:48 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

The saying it never rains but it pours, was never more true than this week. After another round of scorching temperatures, punishing water shortages and bone dry days, a storm brewed up very rapidly early one evening. Very strong winds were followed by a spectacular half hour of continuous sheet and forked lightning and then the heavens opened. Fi
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