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May

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Our Gorgeous Gorge

It has been there for years, waiting quietly downstream as we drifted along, waiting patiently until we reached there. And now we have reached there; reached that stage in our development.  The Batoka Gorge Dam.   The first geological studies of the Batoka Gorge were undertaken in 1904 when the Victoria FallsBridge was being constructed […]

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Twit or Twitter

Whether we are computer savvy or not, we have all heard about the explosion of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and how they are changing the way people communicate. Many see it as akin to the invention of the wheel, allowing them to stay in touch with friends and family anywhere in […]

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Livingstone 200

With the recent passing on of Britain’s Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, and the furore about her funeral coupled with the fact that the month of May sees the 140th anniversary of the death of David Livingstone at Chief Chitambo’s village in 1873, we thought it interesting to see what sort of funeral was accorded David […]

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Dam Spam

“Y’ello! Now subscribe to Love Quotes …”   “Y’ello! Only MTN Mobile radio gives you latest hits of chartbusters …”   “Important Announcement, Send WIN to 7777 and win …”   These are only a few examples of the spam that I receive on my mobile phone and as can be seen, it is from […]

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In The Garden

Aloes are a very undervalued plant.  They come in many sizes but they all need little attention and less water.  The flowers are attractive and long-lasting and best of all they attract sunbirds.  Birds add something special to a garden.  A flock of tiny blue waxbills, the bold masked weaver, the melodious bulbul, the bright […]

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Birds, Bugs and Bushes

The Brown House Snake (Lamprophis capensis)   Brown house snakes are a light brown to reddish brown in colour. Older specimens are dark olive to almost black. There are two light stripes on either side of the head from the tip of the snout across the upper half of the eye. These stripes sometimes run […]

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Let’s Go Camping

It is a sad fact of Zambian life that much of the country’s tourism centres on the Zambezi and Livingstone.  Ask anyone what there is to see in Zambia and it is not just foreigners who will cite Victoria Falls as virtually the only place to visit.  Of course its importance cannot be overlooked, but […]

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Fool on the Hill

To kill a horse all you need is a little love, enough not to feel like a complete swine. And a handgun of a medium calibre, say a 9mm, if you don’t want too much thrashing about afterwards, which tends to upset the owner. The love, this helps both the horse and you. Although I […]

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On Tour

So the boy’s father said to me, if I send him out to you can you introduce him to a horse? I didn’t know that he fancied horses; thank goodness, it turned out that he seemed to prefer the young ladies riding upon them!   So here comes an impressionable lad, he has only got […]

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Down In The Drink! (Part 2)

I taxied the Cessna to the East African Aero Club, tied it down, and checked into their visitor accommodation. During my last stay in Kenya with the Cessna ‘push-pull’ Skymaster, I had a personality clash with a prominent member of the club’s committee. In my opinion he had misused his privileged position to have me […]

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Beauty … Naturally

True beauty comes from within and not from a bottle (regardless of what the label might say). Being kind to your own body, the environment, fellow citizens of planet Earth, plants and animals is an act of beauty in itself. However, as our skin is a vital part of our whole body, attention to its […]

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You Gotta Be Crazy

Why, I ask, would anyone want to walk one hundred kilometres in less than thirty hours through the day and through the night, up and down hills and through unpredictable but probably inclement British weather? This is exactly what Lusaka’s Ruth Puffett is going to be doing on 25 May where she is taking part […]

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Did We Misunderstand?

Whilst researching the article Our Gorgeous Gorge I came across this article from www.zimdiaspora.com, published in December 2012.    Investor to inject $10 billion Zambezi water project The centuries old dream to make the Zambezi navigable from its delta on the Indian Ocean as far as the Victoria Falls is still alive, with an undisclosed […]

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Security Onion

The recent spate of armed robberies around Lusaka serves as a timely reminder to take a long hard look at the security of your home. The most important thing is to ensure your personal safety.   Usually, it is impractical to fully protect an already-built home from a determined intruder, however, a lot can be […]

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Happy and Healthy Feet

Many people suffer from problems with their feet which can often cause further problems with  ankles, knees and backs. Feet problems usually go away with time, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and shoe gear changes. But sometimes these problems won’t go away, and that’s when you need a podiatrist’s help and expertise.   Podiatry is the […]

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Readers Have Their Say

The Speed Hump Plague Is Spreading Faster Than Army Worms I am a Kitwe resident, but I recently drove through Chilanga : about 15 mins to travel the few kilometres from Lafarge to ZAWA HQ. And this on the main Cape to Cairo road !!??! Then the trip back to Kitwe! Lusaka-Kabwe now takes over […]

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