ANGUS SHAW Blog

The cat with no tail

This is Chimhini, or ‘Short Tail’ in Shona. She is a pub cat and, like many of the patrons much of the time, she’s a darn cool cat. She is...

Odessa in Ukraine, an awfully long way from Chinhoyi

Phew, that’s a relief! Mr Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe has acquired 600,000 tons of grain and staple foods from Ukraine to ward off  starvation. The Grain Millers’ Association calculates that at...

Damned to the heart of darkness

Those unfortunate enough to need protective psychiatric care in Harare are surely among the damned of the earth. The only lock-up is the Annexe at the government’s  main Parirenyatwa Hospital,...

They say money talks, but ours only says goodbye

They say money talks, but ours only says goodbye. This is generally the case unless you are in the tiny elite that has accumulated immense wealth in Zimbabwe through corruption,...

Rain: hedging bets on divine intervention

Zim should stand together in prayer, says the headline above Mpofu’s cartoon in the The Herald,  Zimbabwe. And God speaks? After a prolonged dry spell, much needed rain has come....

Navigating another year

Let the New Year smile upon us  and if it doesn’t we’ll just have to grin and bear it. And hold our noses. (Right:  The Marimba river entering Lake Chivero at...

Santa and the hard facts about angels

Dear Santa, when you bring the presents this year please go around inside all the houses and collect up all the guns and all the instruments of hatred and torture...

Monkey business in Milton Park

My old friend Brown Moyondizvo has already spoken of the stunning surrealism in Kiki Divaris, once a staunch follower of Ian Smith, being declared a liberation hero before her burial...

Bootlicker of the Year Award, 2015

And the Oscar goes to the Zimbabwe Sunday Mail for this second-to-none performance. The British have a similar trophy. It is called BrownNose of the Year: “When Obama, Cameron met...