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ROADBLOCKS, CHURCH AND TROPICAL STORMS:  yesterday, a too interesting day in Harare

When we got to the exit onto the bridge, we joined a multitude gazing out over the scene below. A tropical deluge had descended on Harare while we were guzzling inside. Wave upon wind-swept wave of heavy rain had the trees gesticulating madly. There was no sky. It was as if we were in a thick grey rain cloud. Below us we saw two figures standing perilously in water up to their thighs, holding umbrellas. I asked what they were doing. Apparently they had removed a blocked grate from a large drain and the torrents were now sweeping into it. They now seemed to be doing their best to resist being sucked into the drain themselves. Julius Nyerere Avenue was no longer an elegant avenue. It is was a river in flood...


It appears I have an appointment with a publisher. I drive out into the countryside, my wife at my side. We find our destination with ease – as if somehow I have been there before. It is a large stately building set in an impressive park.

We enter through the front doors and I ask my wife to wait for me in the waiting room on the left. I ascertain from the porter that the publisher’s office is on the first floor. I ascend the stairs and have no difficulty in finding it. I am invited in... 




1.8.12
MY FANTASTICAL TOUR TO VISIT FRIENDSAND FAMILY

The news from home is that I am now back in my little cottage in Johannesburg and very pleased to be so. I was away from 22nd June and got back yesterday.

What got me away in the first place was a CHIPAWO World project in Oxford. I had not been to England for some years and so this came as a surprise opportunity to see my son, who works in London, my nephew, who is doing a doctorate in Oxford, and other friends in England. I also thought of various dear friends in other neighbouring countries as well as my ongoing lust to be near the sea and put together a whole fantastical itinerary of visits and experiences. The only thing I really planned was first of all the official CHIPAWO World visit, which took a lot of planning and a lot of my time and nervous energy, and then just making sure that the various friends I had targeted, knew I was coming and that it would be OK for me to come and visit them at the projected times... SEE BELOW



16.6.12

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH MONEY

A lot of things have been said about money, like “The love of money is the root of all evil”, “A fool and his money are easily parted”, “Money is a good servant, but a bad master”, “Money has wings” and so on. Now I would like to add to the list: “You can do anything with money” but then I would like to add a caveat: “However, beware, it’s a slippery customer!”

I say all this because of something that happened to me a few years ago in Zimbabwe. It was during the time of hyperinflation...SEE BELOW


The house in Zimbabwe where it happened but quite a few years earlier, with my late wife, Thembani, and my late father

1.2.12

WEEKEND IN WINDHOEK

A visit to Windhoek the capital of Namibia ....SEE BELOW My son-in-law in Japan


3.8.11 - THE DIRECTORS OF STANDSTILL

Some words on the Civil Service...see below

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A journey down memory lane and into the romantic past of Addis Ababa, all in a little over a kilometre.  100k v. 1 6 Sep 2013, 04:07 Robert McLaren
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AND GOD CREATED SEX LETTER TO NOMSA A letter to a young woman in Zimbabwe on sex and religion.  28k v. 1 28 Jun 2011, 12:55 Robert McLaren
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Rightfully called Imbombela, the word refers to the Third Class trains and carriages reserved for black people in apartheid South Africa. This is an account of a short journey in South Africa that takes a long time.  70k v. 1 6 Sep 2013, 03:43 Robert McLaren
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14.5.11 CROSSING NIAGRA If you are a driver and a Southern African who has never driven more than round the block in the United States, this is for you... A Southern African driving up from Connecticut, US, to Toronto, Canada.   44k v. 4 26 May 2011, 09:42 Robert McLaren
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A short story about a young African who manages to get to a university in the United States and exploits a cultural difference to make enough money to more than pay for all his expenses and a lot more.  61k v. 1 6 Sep 2013, 04:08 Robert McLaren
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MY FANTASTICAL TOUR TO VISIT FRIENDS - highlights and experiences visiting friends and family in England, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark  154k v. 2 1 Aug 2012, 04:30 Robert McLaren
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16.6.12 YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH MONEY A story from Zimbabwe in the days of hyperinflation - a personal experience  45k v. 3 16 Jun 2012, 12:00 Robert McLaren
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Musina (once Messina) a South Africa town on the Zimbabwe border with the feel of an old gold rush settlement but with a difference - also some thoughts on the 'new' South Africa..  66k v. 1 6 Sep 2013, 04:11 Robert McLaren
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Yesterday, a too interesting day in Harare. A glimpse into contemporary Harare.  255k v. 1 20 Feb 2017, 03:48 Robert Mshengu Kavanagh
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19.5.11 SCRABBLE WITH MAMA I write as a son who is visiting the United States to see his mother after three years, during which time her confusion has increased and she no longer knows him.  38k v. 4 26 May 2011, 09:28 Robert McLaren
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A Nzou adventure - the famous Ford Cortina and I are stranded with wild lions roaming on the other side of the fence.  64k v. 1 6 Sep 2013, 03:42 Robert McLaren
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3.8.11 THE DIRECTORS OF STANDSTILL What is the relationship between a traffic cop directing traffic and a top civil servant in Zimbabwe?  41k v. 1 3 Aug 2011, 07:04 Robert McLaren
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THE MEDITATIONS OF KING LEAR: Is there any point in a family celebrating the 90th birthday of a woman who is too confused to know much about what is going on?   33k v. 5 1 Jun 2011, 06:40 Robert McLaren
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At this stage in my life, working with authors, writing my own books, making books and publishing is what I do most of the time. This is an account of a recent publishing experience.  302k v. 1 28 Jun 2016, 01:54 Robert Mshengu Kavanagh
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My mother gets a new hearing aid - a testimony on hearing loss and dementia  33k v. 4 1 Jun 2011, 06:36 Robert McLaren
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Two days of education and admiration in the capital of Namibia   109k v. 1 1 Feb 2012, 06:46 Robert McLaren