Category: Archive

Travellers’ Tales

No booze on EgyptAir from Joburg to Cairo to Rome and so I got stuck into the best book I’ve yet seen on ‘Lucky’ Lord Lucan, the earl of the...

A Zimbabwean Abroad

Dateline: Ostuni, coastal southern Italy Italy has a right-wing prime minister. Ms Giorgia Meloni is the first woman in the high office but not so pleasant is that she’s a...

Dictators we have known

It’s not only climate change in Libya … Our old buddy Muammar Gaddafi, or rather Robert Mugabe’s old buddy, might have been a badass but for the most part he...

Different strokes for different folks

The swearing-in of the new, old president has been and gone after our disputed elections.  Only three African presidents flew in for the grand jamboree at the stadium. Many more...

Lighten up

In times of turmoil and uncertainty, there’s a need to lighten up. Not necessarily with beer. But Derek Watts, an old friend who died last week, sums it up in...

Beautiful Zimbabwe. All is not lost. Yet

Check this out on a somewhat fraught national elections day    Here’s an absolutely stunning video. To plagiarise David Livingstone, angels in flight must be gazing on scenes as lovely...

Heroism

The national holiday this week, Heroes’ Day, remembers fallen freedom fighters and their surviving, now-elderly brothers and sisters.  In the words of the ancient Chinese masters, a guerrilla must swim...

Man buys comb

  The comb is for tidying a new beard gown to distract you from my thinning cheeks and jowls, the side effects of weakened health and aging. Before the chin...

A great loss …

Farewell Jane Birkin, singer and actress dead at the age of 76 in Paris. To those of us initiates in our distant Bohemian days, she was born British, in Chelsea...