En route to visit She Who Must sing, the awful truth struck me suddenly in the middle of my lumber vertebra. The suitcase that I had been hoisting with great ease and dexterity for the last twenty years, suddenly caught me in a vice like grip of pain. And what's more .. there is now a blind and frantic grapple for the specs as I am no longer able to read signs of any description, due to some sudden strange eye disease that I have contracted !!
Worst of all those expensive creams I have been purchasing for my face are now failing to smooth out the lines until at least midday and a thick layer of subcutaneous fat is rapidly encompassing my middle from below my bust to just above my knees.
The horrid truth has finally dawned -- the dreadful things they have been saying about the Baby Boomers, have at last arrived !!
We Baby Boomers, according to the fundis, were born anywhere between 1946 and 1964.
Caused of course by the elation of victory and large numbers of returning troops to their country after the end of World War II thus triggering off a baby boom.
In those days most Rhodesians were fighting for King and country as a colony of Britain, and both my Mum and Dad were in the British Royal Airforce stationed at Kumalo Airport in Bulawayo. Hence Baby Boomers abound in Zim today.
Whatever year we were born, we Boomers came of age at the same time across the world, so that while Britain was undergoing Beatlemania ...... people in the United States were driving over to Woodstock, organizing against the Vietnam War, or fighting and dying in the same war.
18 year old Boomers in Italy were dressing in mod clothes and "buying the world a Coke", boomers in India were seeking new philosophical discoveries, American boomers in Canada had just found a new home after escaping the draft south of the border, and boomers in Mexico were discovering new hallucinogenic drugs and rediscovering old ones.
Boomers in Zimbabwe didn't even know about the term Boomer and were not doing anything special except enjoying ourselves as normal healthy teenagers !!
Every day hundreds of thousands of the baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964, celebrate their 50th birthdays. The very earliest Boomers (if you do your maths) are hitting seventy seven next year !! And thousands of them are finding, as I have found, that we are not as infallible as we always thought we were !!
The art of Travelling to Hee Hoo and to me, had become second nature, easy almost, but suddenly the jet lag takes longer to shake off, and whereas before we were iron-men travellers now we feel like dented pieces of luggage after a long haul flight.
Suddenly instead of drinking champagne and watching the movies all night long, we are drinking water and doing exercises to try and avoid DVT .... Gone are the days when we could haul huge amounts of luggage across the concourse, now we have to settle for lightweight luggage and a couple of ibuprofen beforehand !!
And then of course there is all that vulnerability to those germs that lurk around in aeroplanes, trying to keep those little nasties at bay takes a whole suitcase full of unguents and medications.
Oh the joys of being a Baby Boomer !!
Those halcyon days are gone now, when HeeHoo and I would backpack across soggy foggy Ireland, when we would find comfort and joy sleeping on a wooden bed in freezing cold spartan mountain huts with only a sleeping bag and a pair of hiking boots, and we would often drive, seven of us, in a tiny un airconditioned car, across deserts for three days !!
These days I love my private space and turned-down percale sheets. I yearn for that upgrade to business class, I love having porters to carry my luggage, I look for the elevators and not the stairs in airports and hotels.
As we geriatric Boomers approach our middle age, will it still be 19 hour long hauls across the world's various oceans from now on to visit the fledglings who have fled the nest, or will we have to resort to compression stockings and cruises
But excuse me, its time for my nap.......
2) Condolences/In Memoriam/Wreath Funds
The funeral Mass for the late Michael John Booyens Carroll
will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, 20th June at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 13 Russell Drive, Khumalo, followed by a Celebration of Life tea at the community centre, Garden Park, Ascot. Everyone is most welcome.
Former stalwart resident of Bulawayo.
Wife of Tony. Sadly has passed away.
4) Notices and Events
ZIMBABWE ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Tel: 2260684 / 2267195 E-mail: email@example.com
THURSDAY 15 JUNE AT 6.30 P.M. SHARPE'S EAGLE
Sean Bean stars as Sharpe, now a captain saddled with the South Essex, a battalion run by incompetents and filled with soldiers who have never been in battle. When the South Essex loses its colours (its regimental flag), Sharpe vows to save the honour of the regiment by capturing a French Imperial standard: an eagle.
- One of the best in the series. Lots of action and adventure with an outstanding Sean Bean doing a wonderful job as Sharpe. Amazon]
- It's got everything a Sharpe movie needs. Enemies within his own ranks, enemies to fight, little subplots, romance, singing, comedy, monologues, death, killing.... [Leterboxd.com]
- The film adaptation of Sharpe's Eagle brings the book's essence to life. Every time I watch, I think to myself, 'this is a damn good show.' Sharpe's Eagle is neither a perfect book nor a perfect film. Both are, however, as near to perfection as is perhaps possible. Fine storytelling, characters, love triangles, action, history. [Blogger]
Admission: US$2.00 [free to Film Members]
FRIDAY 16 JUNE AT 6.30 P.M. OPERA GALA FROM BADEN BADEN
This glamorous live concert features Anna Netrebko, Elina Garan a, Ramon Vargas, and Ludovic Tezier in a programme of well-known excerpts including the Pearl-Fishers Duet, the Flower Duet, the Toreador's Song and many more from operas by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Saint-Saens.
- You don't have to be an operatic aficionado to like this one. It is, in the main, a succession of popular operatic pieces, some arias, some duets, with a couple of quartets slung in for good measure, and sung by four of today's finest artists. [Amazon]
- Operatic galas on disc can show the participants on careless form. No sign of that here, with an opening 'Flower Duet' from Lakme whose essential intimacy is conveyed in a nicely blended performance from Anna Netrebko and Elina Garan a. [BBC Music Magazine]
Admission: US$2.00 [free to Film & Red Carpet Members]
THURSDAY 22 JUNE AT 6.30 P.M. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan came out 25 years ago on 24 June 1998 and became one of the year's most successful films, earning critical acclaim, in particular for its graphic portrayal of combat. Chief of Staff, General George Marshall is informed a woman is about to receive the notifications of the deaths of three of her sons at the same time. When he learns that a fourth son is still unaccounted for, he decides to send a unit led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), to find him and bring him back, despite being told that it's highly unlikely that he is still alive and the area where he was known to be is highly dangerous..
- The 24-minute sequence at the start of Steven Spielberg's Second World War drama is one of the greatest pieces of combat cinema yet made. [The Times]
- An old-fashioned war picture to rule them all - gripping, utterly uncynical, with viscerally convincing and audacious battle sequences. [The Guardian]
- This is simply the greatest war movie ever made, one of the great American movies. [Washington Post]
- A soberly magnificent new war film. [New York Times]
Admission: US$2.00 [free to Film Members]
SATURDAY 24 JUNE AT 6.30 P.M. CONCERT - KLARA ANA ROSA (VIOLIN), TINASHE JERA (PIANO)
Klara Ana Rosa is a Polish musician, director, writer, storyteller/ actor and teacher. She is the founder and director of Mhondoro Dreams Ceremony Productions and School, which in 2020 produced the musical epic NZARA-HUNGER, a, full-length animated feature, and she is also director of the Nyamatsatse Festival in Zimbabwe. Tinashe Jera is Zimbabwean and works as a music teacher, collaborative pianist, organist and composer. He is currently the Head of Music at Peterhouse Boys.
They present a generous programme of music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Sarasate, Vivaldi and Wieniawski.
Tickets: $5.00. Snacks will be available after the concert at $5.00 but must be booked in advance.
BOOKING OPENS ON MONDAY 12 JUNE FOR ACADEMY AT 70 EVENTS
- Saturday 24 June The Academy at 70: Concert - Klara Ana Rosa (violin), Tinashe Jera (piano)
- Friday 30 June The Academy at 70: Around the World in 80 Minutes (or a little more!) - Anniversary Concert
- Saturday 1 July The Academy at 70: Anniversary Dinner
Thursday 22 June Saving Private Ryan [released 24 June 1998]
Saturday 24 June The Academy at 70: Concert - Klara Ana Rosa (violin), Tinashe Jera (piano)
Wednesday 28 June The Academy at 70: Tales of Beatrix Potter / Youth Orchestras on DVD
Thursday 29 June The Academy at 70: Music from the Heart [Meryl Streep]
Friday 30 June The Academy at 70: Around the World in 80 Minutes (or a little more!) - Anniversary Concert
Saturday 1 July The Academy at 70: Anniversary Dinner
Thursdays 6 & 13 July Prime Suspect 2:1
Saturday 15 July The Academy at 70: Concert: - Zdenka Kotek (soprano), Jeanette Micklem (piano)
5) Roses And Raspberries
6) Pets Column
8) Bulawayo News
9) Harare And Gweru News
10) Wining, Dining and Coffee Houses
11) Property For Sale or to Rent
RODOR PROPERTIES (PRIVATE) LIMITED
5A, 9TH AVENUE, BULAWAYO
PROPERTIES FOR SALE. WE HAVE PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN BULAWAYO, HARARE, BEITBRIDGE, BINGA, HARARE, HWANGE, MLIBIZI, MUTARE, REDCLIFF, AND PLUMTREE.
HIGH/ LOW DENSITY, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND HOLIDAY HOMES
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VALUATIONS AND ESTIMATES WANT TO SELL WE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH AN ESTIMATION OF THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY. WE ARE REGISTERED WITH THE VALUERS COUNCIL OF ZIMBABWE, AND OFFER A COMPLETE AND EFFICIENT SERVICE OF PROPERTY VALUATION FOR ANY PURPOSE. FOR VALUATIONS, PHONE (029) 2274581/3 (LANDLINE), OR EMAIL email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Or email@example.com
OUR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT STAFF WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU IN SECURING SUITABLE TENANTS FOR YOUR PROPERTY, AND MANAGING IT THEREAFTER.
RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR RENT
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR RENTING, OR IF YOU WISH TO PLACE YOUR PROPERTY ON OUR LETTING LIST, YOU ARE INVITED TO CONTACT US ON (029)2274581/3 (LANDLINE), E-
MAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com , OR VISIT OUR OFFICES AT 5A 9TH AVENUE , BETWEEN ROBERT MUGABE WAY AND JOSIAH TONGOGARA AVENUE
HOURS OF BUSINESS: MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8AM -4.30PM
WE NEED PROPERTIES FOR SALE AND TO RENT FOR REGISTERED BUYERS AND TENANTS. ALL VIEWERS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A MEMBER OF OUR STAFF.
IAN & CO. REAL ESTATE
111 JOSIAH TONGOGARA STREET,
BETWEEN 11TH /12TH AVENUE
HOUSES FOR SALE
PELANDABA - US$30 000
3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, toilet, walled and gated.
COWDRAY PARK - US$36 000
4 bedrooms, lounge cum dining, kitchen, main ensuite, toilet, 2 500l Jojo tank, walled and gated. Stand Size: 312m2
COWDRAY PARK - US$40 000
3 bedrooms, lounge, dining, kitchen, main ensuite, toilet, walled and gated. Stand Size: 450m2
MAHATSHULA- US$70 000
A neat house comprising lounge cum dining, fitted kitchen, study, 4 bedrooms, main bedroom with ensuite, single car garage, walled and gated.
KUMALO - US$150 000
Neat family home comprising 4 bedrooms, main ensuite, lounge cum dining, neatly fitted kitchen, 2 roomed domestic quarters, carport, working borehole, walled and gated.
BUENA VISTA- US$30 000
Undeveloped stand for sale, ready to build. Stand Size: 1 acre.
ASCOT - US$80 000
A neat 2 bedroom apartment comprising 2 bathrooms, lounge cum dining and a kitchen. Close to Ascot Shopping Mall
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR SALE
CBD - US$260 000
Commercial Property suitable for a Doctor's Practice comprising of a reception area, waiting area, consultation room, medical procedures room, kitchen, domestic quarters, ideally located close to other medical facilities, also suitable for office use.
THORNGROVE - US$375 000
Well situated property comprising offices, warehouses, ablution areas, working borehole, suitable for warehousing, bulk wholesaling, workshop, close to the CBD, walled and gated
ESIGODINI - US$150 000
Warehouse, 4 storerooms, outside toilet, 3 phase electricity and water available.
TOWN HOUSES FOR SALE
VICTORY HEIGHTS DUPLEX COMPLEX - US$250 000
Victory Heights town houses situated in the resort town of Victoria Falls consists of a gated community with 24 units being 2-3-bedroom double storey apartments, comprising lounge with functional living space, dining area, neatly fitted kitchen, bathroom and toilet, neatly manicured gardens, these units are spacious, private and lavish and are ideal for holiday homes, first time buyers, young couples and investment. NOSTRO PAYMENTS ACCEPTABLE
PROPERTIES TO LET
QALISA (RETIREMENT HOME)
2 Bedrooms, lounge cum dining area, neatly fitted kitchen. Asking Rental US$800 Available 1st July 2023
3 Bedroom house to let. Asking Rental US$600, immediate occupation.
2 Bedroom flat to let - Asking Rental US$450, immediate occupation.
Commercial space available, suitable for offices. Asking Rental US$400, immediate occupation.
Warehouse space to rent - Asking Rental US$1000, immediate occupation.
We are looking for more properties for sale and to let, we also do Valuations and Estimations for all kinds of properties. For more information call Kelvin on +263 773 366 207, Mihla on +263 772 478 287, Ian +263 712 871 455, Landline (0292)886626 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Visit us on our website ian.co.zw
SEEKING A TOWNHOUSE IN ILANDA GARDENS
Executive CASH BUYER from UK seeking to purchase a three or four bedroomed townhouse for CASH ..
Sellers that are serious / ready / willing to sell for CASH please make contact DIRECTLY to discuss in strictest confidence ..
Dewpoint Properties PBC - Estate Agency [EAC2023126]
Unit 6, 1st Floor, Saint Georges Building, 10th Ave/JMN Nkomo St, Bulawayo
Are you having troubling selling your home
Contact Dewpoint Properties today, we are currently listing properties for sale...
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Our firm is a Registered Estate Agency located in Bulawayo, we specialise in the marketing of immovable property in the Greater Bulawayo Area, we list homes, flats, land, commercial, and industrial properties...
Contact SHAHID @ DEWPOINT today on 0773-790-194 to list your property now...
Fully Furnished 2 Bedroomed Cottage to Rent
2 bedroomed Cottage in Suburbs
Emergency power generator
Cottage is fully furnished !!
For viewing call +263 776435605 or +263 773000263
12) Accommodation in South Africa
12b) Accommodation in Botswana
13) Accomodation and Travel In Zimbabwe
14) Catering and Food
15) Vehicles for Sale and Hire
16) Travel and Tours
17) Computers And Electronics
18) Lifts Wanted And Offered
19) Seeking Friends
20) Situations Wanted and Situations Vacant
LIVE - IN HOUSEKEEPER/COOK REQUIRED FOR A POSITION IN ZVISHAVANI
We are looking for a male, experienced housekeeper who can cook as well
as do household work.
Please contact cell number 0775891230
Young Swedish nurse, looking for care work in Bulawayo, has worked years in hospitals in Sweden and is very experienced. Willing to do night shifts.
Please phone Amal +263 78 418 1091.
For all your plumbing and building jobs.
New installation and repairs call Rob on 0772230551
Are you stressed out, not getting enough sleep, go neck, shoulder, hip
and back pain Got sore muscles, suffering from constant headache,
feeling down or depressed, need to relax and pamper yourself. The
simply call the massage therapist and enjoy a relaxing body massage
and muscle toner which will leave you feeling energized and renewed.
This can be in the comfort of your home.
Please contact: 09 - 2260498
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
For all your property maintenance, plumbing, tiling, painting,
electrical, welding, roof leaks, carpentry, fencing, building, paving
For a quotation please contact:
0771 390 115
0716 510 242
0772 315 265
Adrian Bolze is back in business!!
He and his expert staff are ready to assist you with all tree felling and maintenance requirements.
Mobile +263 71 240 4987
We maintain graves around the city of Bulawayo Cemeteries.
Once every month for one year at a price of $50 per grave per year.
We remove weeds around the grave and sweep as well. Wash the tombstone, trim the flowers it there are any. We also do tombstone repairs that comes with an extra charge.
For more information contact : App/Call +263772327574 and +263718727574.
ANTE NATAL CLASSES AND BABY VACCINATIONS
I teach a set of 4 classes covering pregnancy, labour, baby care, breastfeeding and other information. I also do a "crash course" for out of towners. These classes are valuable even if you're having an elective CAESAREAN SECTION!!
Please book early.
(I work part time at my BABY CLINIC doing vaccinations and growth monitoring :-)
Appointments are essential.
For any further information contact SISTER JAN JOHNSTON on 0292466741/2 from 8 am til 12 pm Mon to Fri
or 0292237240, 0712 728 350 or 0772 749 749 (w/app) or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
22) Health And Beauty
PRIVATE LESSONS OFFERED
Private Tutor offering private lessons for the following:
Mathematics form 1 to 6
Accounts Form 1 to 4
Please contact Craig Hepburn 0712 735 261
Lady '0' Levels Pitman Diploma..
Accounting Level 4 First Class.
Experienced Accounting Clerk/Secretary
Calls 0773 935 738
Whattsup 071 947 6038
24) Miscellaneous For Sale
25) Wanted To Buy or Hire
26) Clothing And Fashion
27) Boats and Fishing
28) Garden, Decor And Home
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EXCELLENT FOR POTS, VEGETABLES, FLOWER BEDS, SEEDLINGS AND LAWNS.
WILL DELIVER 5 X 50KG BAGS OR MORE LOCALLY.
CONTACT JILL AT 2246688 OR 07784955 99
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