It Ain't Easy Being Green
Heres a special thought for all of the Zimbabweans who have left their precious country and are busy re -colonising the rest of the world !!
The jacarandas are still blooming !!
The jacaranda on the corner of our road in Suburbs, Bulawayo was always one of the first to bloom and we would always anxiously scan the bare boughs daily for the exciting signs of purple. Sadly it succumbed to the dreaded white ants last year and is no more so we have no Jacaranda alarm bell.
But we still have an annual vendetta with our Burnside cousins as to whose tree will be the first to burst forth in glorious purple profusion !!
An interesting little fact about the jacarandas is that they were brought in from South America where in fact they flower not once but twice a year !!
Another interesting thing about Jacarandas is that some folk consider them to be vermin and indeed there have been moves afoot to eradicate them from areas of indigenous trees like the Matopos. Strange idea for environmentalists in a country bordering on the desert. A tree after all, is a tree and one should be grateful for every single green leaf one can get, to my simple mind.
This time of the year in Zimbabwe is usually green and verdant, sadly we are experiencing another excruciating drought and the countryside, apart from the Eastern Regions, where Cyclone Idai settled in her particularly venomous way, is vaguely green but rather more dusty and untidy.
I suppose this might be from where the term "browned off" is derived !!
One tends to watch movies made in England and Ireland during this season in Zimbabwe. Movies where there are endless fields of rolling emerald downs, where the mist falls gently on fields of the softest clover and where the women's faces are soft and smooth, creamy and unlined from the harsh African sun...
However the unrelenting browns, khakis and the burnished colours of the African earth will always have the stronger pull for us Africans. I will always remember a holiday we spent touring Ireland when She Who Must Run was just eleven and She Who Must Wear Kevlar was only a twinkle in her fathers eye !!
He Who Must Be Obeyed (Or HEHOO as is affectionately termed) had just returned from a day of indulgence in the Irish countryside. He was all "Greened Out" after four weeks of unadulterated green grass. Green hedgerows, greens rolling downs, and little green people too.
He had eaten his fill of Irish pub fayre with the odd Guinness and Scrumpy thrown in for good measure ( In those days our holiday allowance would only stretch to a couple of Guinness and one Scrumpy a day perhaps, but only if one gave up the after dinner kitkat )
He sat down and turned on BBC One and there, before his green eyes, was a documentary narrated by Terry Wogan of all people, on Zimbabwe. It was filmed at the height of winter with all the browns, the sepias, the yellows, the ambers, the oranges of a typical day at Hwange Game reserve, and with typical firmness and reserve , Hee Hoo changed his ticket to return home the very next day.
He had had enough of the soft greens and was suddenly longing, aching for the browns of the land of his birth.....
And so it is in Africa ....its ours, it's in our blood, we will always be happier here where the Mopani trees stand proud and stark and the knob thorns mass like candy floss along the road sides.
If you need a lift, (you know the sort of lift I mean), the "my soul needs to be cosseted" type of lift, the "my heart is heavy" type of lift, , the "One foot in front of the other" type of lift, and you find the Jacarandas are taking too long to cheer you up, take a drive right now into the country along the Falls Road.
The Flame Lilies are long gone but the Teak Trees are brilliantly green in the hope of rain, and despite the unrelenting drought, its always good to be home in the Summer...
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2) Notices and Events
Upcoming Events at the Museum
Join us for Dynasties, Sir David Attenborough's new series from BBC Earth every Wednesday for five weeks at 1pm starting 27th March.
Follow the true stories of five of the world's most celebrated, yet endangered animals. Each in a heroic struggle against rivals and against the forces of nature, these families fight for their own survival and for the future of their dynasties.
Chimpanzee 27th March. Follow the life of the African Chimpanzee
Emperor 3rd April. the story follows the lives and survival of the Emperor Penguin
Lion 10th April. A two year journey of a Pride of Lions in the Maasai Mara
Painted Wolf 17th April. Filmed in Mana Pools and shows the life and struggles of two packs
Tiger 24th April. A Bengal Tiger raise four cubs to adulthood
There will be an outing to Sauerstown to discover the early history of Bulawayo coupled with the Friends of the Museum AGM on Saturday 4th May. More details to follow in our next newsletter. Please make sure that you have renewed your Friends Membership.
Holiday Movies will start on Friday 12th April at 10am $4/person.
Contact us on 2250045 or email@example.com
THE ACADEMY AND PERFORMING ARTS BULAWAYO
ALL EVENTS IN THE ROBERT SIBSON HALL
Thursday 4 April at 7.00 p.m. Roman Holiday
With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy. Also starring Gregory Peck and directed by William Wyler, the film won three Academy Awards including for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Writing. In this timeless classic, Hepburn is at her transcendent best as a sheltered princess who falls for an American newsman in Rome.
'Immaculately directed by William Wyler, and written and played with style and grace, this is a film to treasure, both for its endearing action and marvellous performances.' [Radio Times, 2014]
'Only the big screen can do justice to its scintillating monochrome images.' [The Observer, 2013]
'A lovely film.' [The Guardian, 2013]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Film members]
Friday 5 April at 7.00 p.n. Bernstein Celebration
In 2018 the Royal Ballet celebrated the centenary of Leonard Bernstein s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.
'A revelatory tribute to Leonard Bernstein.' [The Guardian ****]
'Hurrah for Mr. McGregor and Mr. Wheeldon, who have created a pair of terrific new pieces for the Royal Ballet's Leonard Bernstein centenary programme.' [New York Times]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]
Saturday 6 April at 7.00 p.m. Note2etoN\
Note2etoN is an Harare-based community choir that was founded in January 2016. Within a short time it has been recognised as one of the very best choirs in Zimbabwe and in 2018 it broke new ground by qualifying to participate in the 10th edition of the World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa. It was the first time that Zimbabwe was represented at the games and the choir won two silver medals.
Those who heard the choir last year will need no encouragement to come again. On this occasion, they will be joined by Bulawayo s Pieter Cloete and they deserve nothing less than a full hall. Their programme is very wide-ranging with something to appeal to all tastes and includes 'May It Be' (from 'The Lord of the Rings'), Henry Olonga s 'My Zimbabwe', 'Pamuhacha' (a courting song), John Legend's 'All of me', Ed Sheeran's 'Photograph', 'Panis Angelicus', 'The way we were' and many more!
Tickets: $10.00 / $5.00 [free to Red Carpet members] Booking at the Academy.
Thursday 11 April at 7.00 p.m. Topsy-Turvy
For nearly a decade, Gilbert and Sullivan s collaborations have delighted the English people. Their popular comic operas have recouped handsomely for the successful Savoy Theatre. But, in 1884, as a London heat wave cuts into the theatre trade, their latest work, Princess Ida , receives lukewarm press. Sullivan rejects Gilbert s next idea as topsy-turvy and unbelievable, and although Gilbert tries to accommodate him, they cannot agree. Mired at a creative impasse, Gilbert and Sullivan can barely converse until Gilbert s wife, Lucy, drags him along to a Japanese exhibition...
'The film, like the comic opera it depicts, is nothing less than a masterpiece.' [Independent]
'A charming, warm, witty movie, funny one minute and moving the next.' [New York Post]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Film members]
Friday 12 April at 7.00 p.m. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado
After Topsy-Turvy what else but The Mikado ! Perhaps the best-loved of all the G&S operas, The Mikado or The Town of Titipu opened in March 1885 and ran for 672 performances, which was one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera and it remains the most frequently performed of the G&S canon. Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirise British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese - and his pen was rarely more sharply pointed than here.
This video is part of a series produced originally for BBC.TV in the early eighties, and top stars from the world of opera and comedy were recruited for the leading roles as well as imported guests designed to increase marketability in the States - here William Conrad (whom some may recall as the detective Cannon!) is the Mikado with Kate Flowers as Yum-Yum and Clive Revill Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. [G&S Discography]
'I loved this performance. Gilbert and Sullivan works are meant to be fun and watching this performance was fun.' [Amazon]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]
Wednesday 20 March at 7.00 p.m. Gorecki: The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs /Europakonzert 2013 from Prague Castle
Gorecki s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs was a musical sensation: the 1992 first recording reached the No.1 spot in the classical album list - and, quite incredibly, reached No.6 in the popular album chart as well. Gorecki was initially inspired by a message scratched on the wall of a Gestapo prison and each of the symphony s three movements sets a sorrowful song . The first is a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, at the foot of the Cross, the second a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and the third a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans.
In the film by Tony Palmer, widely acknowledged as his masterpiece, a performance of the symphony is intercut with an interview with the composer, newsreels of famine and war and specially-shot sequences of the composer s visit to Auschwitz.
'This film is a major work of art in itself.' [The Guardian]
'The final shot shows a bemused-looking Gorecki unable to find words for things he has seen. It is a tribute to the power of the music as well as the images that this film often reduced me to tears.' [BBC]
An annual event for the Berlin Philharmonic is the May Day concert and in 2013 the concert came from the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle when the programme included:
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Dvo ak: Biblical Songs op. 99
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68 - Pastoral
'This is a lovely disc offering an agreeable mix of popular and lesser known works beautifully played and recorded.' [CD Choice]
'Too often the Pastoral receives hackneyed and perfunctory performances, but here we return to a realisation of how great this symphony can be.' [Amazon]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]
As usual in April we ll be taking a bit of time off over Easter and the Trade Fair!
Mike & Elaine Dicey would like to welcome to our family Isla Louise Rex Dicey, born in Haywards Heath UK, Monday 1 April at 2:20am, weighing 6lbs 8oz. We're thrilled she's finally here and Hayley is loving being a big sister
4) Condolences/In Memoriam/Wreath Funds
5) Roses And Raspberries
6) Pets Column
Pet Hilton Kennels and Cattery for the best care of your pet when going away, or when your bitch is in season. Nick available to do parlour work on all breeds; and to train dogs for domestic use (when over 1 year old).
Tel Margaret Bernard on 2242979 or 0775 043983 for enquiries or bookings.
8) Bulawayo News
SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS APPEAL FOR HELP
Our shop shelves are bare, our kennels are struggling, Pease help! We need to restock our shop shelves and would appreciate any unwanted saleable household goods, books, magazines, jam jars, clothing, ornaments, glassware, crockery etc. Absolutely anything we can sell to make money to help our kennels. We have Ecocash for your convenience. Donations for our kennels can be dropped off at our shop. The kennels are always in need of old newspapers.
Monday 2pm - 3.45pm
Tuesday 9am - 12 pm 1.30pm - 3.15pm
Wednesday 9am - 12pm 2pm - 3.45pm
Thursday 9am - 12pm 1.30pm - 3.15 pm
Friday 9am - 12pm 1.30pm - 3.15pm
First Saturday of each month 9am -10.45am
9) Harare And Gweru News
10) Wining, Dining and Coffee Houses
11) Property For Sale or to Rent
RODOR PROPERTIES (PRIVATE) LIMITED
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PROPERTIES FOR SALE
PROPERTIES FOR SALE
ROMNEY PARK - US$48 000
BUT, Semi-detached - single storey, lounge, 3 bedrooms, fitted kitchen, walled &gated.
NORTHEND - US$70 000
3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, cottage, walled and gated, working borehole.
MAHATSHULA - US$70,000
BUT, 4 bedrooms, fitted kitchen, lounge/dining room, neat cottage, walled & gated.
MORNINGSIDE - US$75,000
BUT, 3 bedrooms, lounge, fitted kitchen, carport, walled and gated
MALINDELA - US$110 000
4 bedrooms, lounge, working borehole, walled and gated.
We are always looking for more properties to sell and rent in all sectors of the property market, and have registered potential buyers/tenants. We offer a complete service of property valuations.
CALL: (029) 22 74581/3 or 0773-366207
Office accommodation available
Offices available in quaint house with wrap around veranda, fully furnished with office desks and chairs. Set in secure fully walled gardens. Automatic gate. A short distance out of town. Suitable for professional business.
Please contact 0774023411
WANTED; 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE OR HOUSE TO RENT OR LEASE.
Contact Basil Snook :- 0712865331
The family want you to come visit or stay, BUT you have a problem:
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My son and I will do that for you. We are looking for a 2 bedroom cottage or house to rent and look after.
Good, honest reliable Tenants.
CONTACT BASIL SNOOK for an interview :0712865331
12) Accommodation in South Africa
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13) Accomodation and Travel In Zimbabwe
14) Catering and Food
15) Vehicles for Sale and Hire
16) Travel and Tours
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19) Seeking Friends
20) Situations Wanted and Situations Vacant
Edith Duly Nursing Home
We would like to thank all applicants for responding to our advert
about a Nursing Sister.
This post has been filled.
Hard working gentleman seeks employment as a gardener. Has vast
experience in flower arrangements, up-keep of lawns and swimming
pools, Can also do security around the premises. Please contact 0784
Young lady seeks employment as a house-keeper / child minder. She is a
friendly hard working lady. No cooking. Willing to live on the
property. Please contact 0779 52 174
Couple seeks employment, Lady very mature, friendly, hard working, she
can be a house-keeper / childminder. The Gentleman is a very good
gardener. Has a lot of experience with lawns, pool cleaning and can
also work as a security guard. Live in preferred, please contact 0713
278 074 or 0778 023 158
A mature gentleman of sober habits seeks position as a nurse aide /
care-giver / companion. Holding a valid Red Cross Certificate and with
a Class 4 drivers licence and defensive driving certificate. I have
worked for the elderly and bed ridden patients in private homes, homes
Please contact Mr. C Sibanda 0775 167 983 or 0772 692 010
Young lady seeks employment as a house-keeper / child minder. Live in
or out. Employment can be full time or part time. Has basic cooking
and willing to learn. Please contact 0784 165 698
Mature, friendly, well spoken lady seeks employment as a house-keeper
/ care-giver/childminder/cook. Has a lot of experience working with
the elderly in the comfort of their homes. She is able to cook and
bake. Please contact 0772 301 973
Lady seeks employment as a house-keeper
Very good with pets, has basic cooking. Live in or out
Please contact 0783 477 848
Young lady seeks employment as a house-keeper or childminder. Very
friendly and cheerful person. No cooking. Please contact 0777 918 914
SITUATIONS VACANT - GARDENER WANTED
Part time gardener wanted - two - three days a week - close to Hillside School - Cecil Ave
must have experience in gardening, knowledge of roses, swimming pool maintenance, operate a borehole and electric lawn mower.
traceable references are required. No chances !
Watts Up ONLY ......... 0772 234 608 leave your details.
Gardener seeks employment. Very hard working young gentleman. Good with flower arrangements, pool cleaning, able to use the borehole, good with pets. Can do all the yard cleaning. Please contact 0773 930 147 or 0771 593 349
Friendly, well spoken lady seeks employment as a house-keeper. She is able to cook, do the laundry and general up keep of the house. Live in our out. Employment can be part time or full time. Please contact 0717 203 180 or 0779 037 704
REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS
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Contact IAN JOHNSTON if you would like to have beef, lamb, pig or whatever meat you want, on a spit, whether it be for your wedding, birthday party, etc. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact Ian on 0712 215 373 or 0783 698 573 (w/app) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANTE NATAL CLASSES, BABY VACCINATIONS and BIRTH ATTENDANT/ DOULA
I teach a set of 5 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 can be with you at the hospital when you're in LABOUR to help you to cope!
I also work part time at a BABY CLINIC :-)
For any further information contact SISTER JAN JOHNSTON on (09) 466741/2 from 8 am til 12 pm Mon to Fri
or (09) 2237240, 0712 728 350 or 0772 749 749 (w/app) or email me on email@example.com
Rob Sinclair is an expert plumber. He has had many years of experience.
Anything to do with loos, bathrooms, geysers, plumbing.
Rob Sinclair is your man.
Phone Rob on 0772230551
22) Health And Beauty
24) Miscellaneous For Sale
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27) Boats and Fishing
28) Garden, Decor And Home
Kraal manure $2.00 a 50 KG bag.
Free delivery over ten bags.
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