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The elephant in Zimbabwe's room
October 14, 2016, 12:49 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

Zimbabwe’s notorious October heat has descended over the country and we are positively wilting under a blazing sky. Respite comes only early in the morning and evening when the liquid, bubbling song of the Coucal fills the air while mosquitoes emerge by the dozen to chase you back inside hot houses! It’s usually the time of year when a
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Them and us
September 30, 2016, 8:23 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Along the banks of the river a burning bush Combretum in full flower is a sight to behold in Zimbabwe in late September 2016. Crimson flowers cascading along overhanging branches, their splendor reflected in the water, almost takes your breath away. The days here start with a magnificent pink sunrise and end with the  grunting of hippos while
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The Master Predator
September 16, 2016, 7:32 am

Dear Family and Friends,

Summer has arrived in Zimbabwe: the spring colours in the trees have turned into shade, the voices of orioles, coucals, hoopoes and shrikes have joined the dawn chorus and everywhere the red dust rises and settles at the slightest movement. For the last few evenings an unusual spectacle has unfolded in the re
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A new resolve has been born in Zimbabwe
September 2, 2016, 4:29 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

Two young children wearing faded blue track suits ran along a dusty roadside in my home town on a cool spring morning this week. They were pushing home-made wire cars, the wheels made from shoe polish tins, the steering from long pieces of steel wire, their faces alight with glee. Further on a  little boy was rolling an old car tyre down the
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Brutality poised against Bravery
August 19, 2016, 3:31 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

Returning to Zimbabwe after a short time away, it doesn’t take long to know you’re home after landing at Harare International Airport. First it’s the colours: the golden grass, the hints of red spring leaves in the Musasa woodland, the red rust on roofs of the airforce buildings, the green grass creeping into the tarmac all along
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