My daughter Sara has been studying in Windhoek, Namibia for the last 2 years. Please run over and give her a big hug for me.
It's around 2000km by air between Harare and Windhoek, and more than 5000km by road (4x4 required) - which includes at least 2 border crossings. I'm not sure if Sam is fit enough to run that far!!!
The latest wheeze of Zim's police force is to set up roadblocks, where they relieve passing motorists of all their cash. Great ploy for pulling in the tourists!
I enjoyed this item from the Guardian yesterday:
Come to Zimbabwe!
Er, no thanks.
But why not?
Oh, the famine, the widespread human rights abuses, the breakdown of law and order...
Do you like elephants? We have lots of elephants.
...the state-sponsored repression, the crippling fuel shortages...
These are lies! Zimbabwe remains a beautiful and hospitable place. Come to Docklands this week and see.
To the World Travel Market exhibition. Stop by the Zimbabwe Tourist Authority booth for a chat.
Not at all. We at the ZTA aim to position Zimbabwe as a world-class tourist destination. It's all in our vision statement.
I see. Do the people at the World Travel Market know you're coming?
Of course. They believe in encouraging, as they put it, "dialogue and understanding among all countries involved in travel and tourism".
And torture and murder?
Have you ever been to the Victoria Falls? It's so lovely this time of year.
Who are you? The minister for tourism?
No. Sadly he cannot make it because of prior commitments.
It's not because he's included in an EU-wide travel ban on members of Mugabe's government, is it?
You have been poisoned by lies! You must come to beautiful Zimbabwe and see for yourself.
OK, but I'll have to make sure I can get the time off first. It's a pretty busy time of year for us journalists.
Journalist? Did you say journalist?
British journalist, yes.
I'm afraid you can't come.
But I'm curious to see the situation first-hand.
Get out of the way, please. There is a queue of genuine tourists forming behind you.
No there isn't.
Visit Zimbabwe, Where Food Aid Distribution Is Never Manipulated For Political Ends.
Howdy. Thought I'd just log in and let you know that I had a little girl on Saturday morning - called Lucy. Everything seems to be in the right place!
Happy BIRTHday, Lucy!
Congratulations, Sam!! Job well done! So happy that she's healthy, and hope that you are doing well also.
Congratulations Sam. That's great! I just hope Lucy doesn't grow up with the same conditions you've had to endure.
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