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Old 10-18-2001, 09:14 AM
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You may have started something. Where I live photos. Great ideas. I loved the pictures you uploaded. What a beautiful place. No wonder why you don't want to leave. I would be worried about the war vets if I had a place like that. I hope things get straightened out in April but it looks like you have a dictator disquised as a democracy. Glad you gave us an insite to your wonderful homeland. Maybe if things change you can start that safari idea. Love to be one of your customers.
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Old 10-18-2001, 09:26 AM
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You're welcome to come over any time - give our poor old tourist industry a boost! The chum with the eles would also be happy to oblige - and he does canoe trips down the Zambezi too (I'm going on one in March, hopefully - can't wait!)

I'd love to post some pics of war vets, but they have a habit of snatching people's cameras if you try and take photos and, as I'm in love with my camera, I'm not ready to part with it - certainly not in that fashion! Maybe a long lens would do the trick ...

Here's another idea - posting arty photos? Or has that been done already ...?
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Old 10-18-2001, 09:29 AM
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I've seen a few posted but I can't remember where they are. Also Jeanie has posted alot of photos of Vietnam on this forum but I couldn't find them either. She will know what title they are under. They are really worth looking at.
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Old 10-18-2001, 10:09 AM
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wow sam, this is really exciting. thanks so much for posting the pix and info. it is beautiful.

hey chris i wonder if the elephants could even feel your spurs

i read a book by p.j.o'rourke once, an american rhodes scholar/humorist/political commentator/exhippie turned political conservative. can't remember the title, but it was a comparison of different country's economies, usa, hong kong, sweden, china, and a small african country whose name i cannot remember either. His conclusion was that free markets and capitalism work best ; but the thing that your posts have reminded me of are his descriptions of that african country and a poverty on a level i cannot imagine. i specifically remember him saying there just wasn't any "stuff" there; stuff americans blithely throw away, like a gum wrapper, would be swooped upon by some child who would reuse it, play with it, wonder at it. made me ashamed at how much i take for granted.

where is your wife from? how often do you travel outside of zimbabwe?

thanks for the window on your world.

thanks doug for starting the thread.
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Old 10-18-2001, 10:15 AM
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i just looked it up and that country was somalia and the book was eat the rich
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Old 10-18-2001, 10:46 AM
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Hee, hee - I had to giggle ...

Just to clear up a little confusion - I am Sam, as in Samantha, not as in Samuel!!! My *husband* Peter is a farmer!

Kathleen, you're right about the poverty - it's awful. In fact, I still haven't quite come to terms with it (and probably never will).

The point about capitalism vs. what we have in Africa (supposedly some form of socialism, but I just call it chaos) is so, so true. Every African is a capitalist at heart anyway. Mugabe's latest game is to apply price controls on everything, so now we're running out of basics like bread, meat, cooking oil, sugar - business was bad before, but now that's put the lid on it.

I used to go back to Scotland to see my family every year or so, but with things as they are now (financially) that's stopped for now. And why my email is so vital to me - at least I can keep in touch with everyone, even if I can't see them!

But next year, come election time, I'm outta here!
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Old 10-18-2001, 11:41 AM
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Just had to share with you this little gem I just picked up from today's news - it comes from the Financial Gazette, or main business paper:

"... the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Namibia are helping Zimbabwe circumvent an international arms embargo to buy huge quantities of guns and bullets for next year's ballot. "

Still want that ele ride, Chris?
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Old 10-18-2001, 12:23 PM
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you aren't the first poster about whose gender i have made assumptions and later been shown in error. it's always startling, embarassing, amusing in turn.

bullet box vs ballot box?

post a lot before the rainy season gets here, ok?
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Old 10-18-2001, 12:31 PM
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Sam,

Read your posts with interest as regards the situation in Zimbabwe. The reporter who wrote for our 'Daily Telegraph' (UK) was deported a few weeks ago after a lively meeting with whoever does the kicking out but came out 'intact' Is Mugabe's support now a minority ?

Cheers
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Old 10-18-2001, 01:37 PM
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Sam or should I say Samantha you're not the only one to surprise the forum on your sex. DJ stands for Debbie and that blew a few people away too.

I have to laugh because I too thought Sam was a Samuel. I remember thinking you must have hired help for the farm if you could be online that often. I know farming is a sun up to sun down exhausting job.
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