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Londoners – no white Zimbabwean has ever heard of it, but for the Shona people, it is the place to be.  Outdoor braai (BBQ) where the cool people hang, meat and beer in hand, watching the door like lions waiting for a kill; smoky dancehall busting out the dancehall tunes, jam-packed with women gyrating their […]

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(This entry was written on June 1st.) Had my laziness not taken over and I had written this blog entry a few days ago, it would have sounded something like this: “Damn, it’s cold!  I feel cold all the time.  It’s terrible.  I don’t want to get out of bed because it’s so cozy and […]

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I just finished reading a really nice book of short stories written by an up-and-coming Zimbabwean writer. The book is called “An Elegy for Easterly” by Petina Gappah.I have read a few books by Zimbabwean authors, including “The Crocodile Eats the Sun” by Peter Godwin, and “The Last Resort” by Douglas Rogers. Both of those […]

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In Africa, death is ubiquitous.  Every week, I hear of the passing of someone – one week it’s an 11-year old girl dying from a mysterious disease, another week it’s the headmaster of the school being run over by a car. A few weeks ago, Salathiel the driver’s niece passed away.  When he returned to […]

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I am sitting in “my room” in my boss’ castle in Gusterheim, Austria. Never though I would say that sentence! But it isn’t as glamorous as it looks, at least not for me. The castle is cold. It creaks everywhere. The furniture is old, dirty, musty. There is no shower. And it’s not a very […]

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