Archive for July 1st, 2013

July

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Lusaka Gets Going

At last, after many months of anticipation, it has finally arrived. July. Centenary month. The month in which we celebrate one hundred years of Lusaka being formally established as a local authority. Yet, as I write this a few days before the start of ‘the month’, I feel a little disappointed.  With just a few […]

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Lusaka 100 Centenary Celebration Events

Date: Monday 1 July: Official Launch. Events: • Flag off by Mayor Daniel Chisenga with March Past with Zambia Defence Forces • Traditional Dancers, Live music and a display of cultural crafts. Time: 7.30 am Venue: Nakatindi Grounds, Independence Avenue. • Football Match : Lusaka City Council vs Chongwe District Council Time: 14:45 pm Venue: […]

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Livingstone’s Elephant

Almost a year since it started to take shape, the Kachere Art Studios’ Rhino at Longacres Shopping Centre, stands solid and strong.   The Rhino, moulded from plastic bags and bottles picked up on the streets of Lusaka, carries many lessons. What started off as a message on the need to protect our wildlife heritage […]

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Palibe Zesco

‘Palibe Zesco’, said the call from home around 1 pm.   This is a regular occurrence and resulted in the inevitable call to Faults to report the outage.   However, when nearly two hours later someone responsible got home, it was Zesco installing a pre- paid meter, with no prior notification despite the fact that […]

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In The Garden

It is a pleasure to wander into the garden and pick fresh fruit. Pawpaw trees (papaya) are very quick and easy to grow. Allow the ripe black seeds from a pawpaw to dry for a day or two then plant them in full sun in good soil. You cannot predict whether the tree will be […]

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Fool On The Hill

Psychopaths. They’re all around us. They’re in our homes, they sit down to dinner with us. They loom behind us in the back seat as we drive, our bulging eyes alert in the rear view mirror to the next twist of their unpredictable behaviour. They roam our neighbourhoods in gangs and extort money out of […]

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Mole In The Hole

Groundee Rent AGAIN   I use a saying “I may not always be right, but I am never wrong”. Well, it just goes to show you, my far better half did indeed prove me wrong. She is quite good at it, it is rather irritating but there you go, my boundless optimism was misplaced again. […]

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Prince And Pauper

        In 1972 I returned to Nairobi to collect my Piper Comanche if not the wiser, at least a much poorer man, as Larry Popp had been justifiably upset about the loss of his Cessna Skyhawk I had hired. And most of all the small profit I had made from the British […]

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Beauty Naturally

TONERS   Many people skip the toning step and go from cleansing directly to moisturising. It is your decision but personally I really like toning for two main reasons: toners help in removing the last traces of cleanser or mask and it is a great way to refresh your face on a hot day (it […]

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Up On The Ridge

Sixty years on and whilst it has had its ups and downs, they have mostly been ups and it has maintained its reputation as one of Lusaka’s top hotels. The Ridgeway.   Officially opened in 1953, this Grand Lady has had many thousands of people from all walks of life enter her front doors, whether […]

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Boys Will Be Boys

With the current cold spell that we are experiencing in Lusaka, we have to admit that it sounds like a wonderful idea – a day running around in the bush, dressed up in long sleeves and long trousers. It will certainly get one warmed up.   Even better though, shooting people could well be a […]

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Music Review

Vested In Love By Marsha Moyo   Music reviews are not something that we usually do at The Lowdown, as we don’t feel qualified to undertake such a task. But when Marsha sent us her latest album, we thought about it and realised that music is a personal choice and whilst we might not have […]

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Northern Poles

The Polish Refugees of Mbala By Mary Mbewe The pay cheque is definitely not one of the perks of working for a museum. But there are many other perks, not the least of which is getting to visit and find out about places that hold great historical and heritage value. Due to the poorly developed […]

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Valika Dothi

Ninety four year old Rev. Aston Mhango of New African Methodists remembers that fifty years ago there were still lions and other wild animals that roamed about in Naluyanda area of Chibombo district – known as 6 miles by Lusaka dwellers. In the 70s and early 80s most trees were gone, wild animals disappeared and […]

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