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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A comment on watering

really it’s as easy as “Harare  City Council bans watering of verges” I for one will phone and report any offenders who seem to have no compassion for the poor people walking along the roads with chigubu’s full of water while they water a verge and half the road, it flies in the face of common decency and consideration for others, and that goes for the same morons that burn their house hold rubbish after dark inflecting on their neighbours  a night of disrupted sleep as smouldering rubbish  wafts into our homes!    Grrrrr

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Death Notice: JOHN ANTONY SWIFT  1930 – 2017: We announce with sadness the passing Of John Swift, father Of Kim, Garth And Julian And Brother Of Jen, Robert,  Michael (Late)  At Pleasant Ways In The Early Hours of this morning.  John will now rest in peace and be released from this world. There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life Of John Swift on Friday 15th September 2017 At 2.30 At Pleasant Ways Retirement Village, 4 Cuba Avenue, Mt Pleasant.  The family would love you to join us. Email:  Robert Swift and cell:  0775091678/ 0772320907

Norman Frederick Mumford

Norman Frederick Mumford

Our Dad, father-in-law and Grandpa passed away on August 30th in Launceston, Cornwall, UK. His memorial service and celebration of life will be held there on Saturday 16th September. Your laughter and love of cooking will always be remembered. Love Audra, Sean and Bailey and Shaun, Liz and Kym.



'Poldark' returns! - need we say more ... Well, it s 1794. War and the revolution in France hang over Britain. In Cornwall Elizabeth is heavily pregnant, but who is the father Demelza wants answers. George grows his empire with a view to crushing the Poldarks while Ross and Demelza attempt to keep the peace and repair their relationship at Nampara. However, the arrival of Demelza s brothers disturbs the fragile truce and Ross must ask himself how long he can allow George s ascent to continue unchecked Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear
The French Revolution gave us high cross-Channel drama [in Episode 3] and Ross's 007-style heroics and rakish revolutionaries upped the ante... True to Graham's novels, this show does it all with conviction and is very well acted, particularly by the central cast. [Independent]
This was an episode [4] to remind us just how good Poldark can be at its best. [The Telegraph]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Film members] Supper available from 6.15 p.m.

In 1881 La Scala Milan staged 'Excelsior', a magnificent spectacle created by Luigi Manzotti, a choreographic, historic, allegoric, phantastic plot in two parts and eleven scenes , i.e. this was not a ballet in the classical sense. Excelsior sings the praises of progress in science and other accomplishments, in keeping with that era of supreme optimism. The steam engine, the Brooklyn Bridge, electricity, the telegraph, the Suez Canal and the tunnel between Italy and France are all technical achievements which are shown on stage. Despite its seemingly dreary subject matter, it was a huge success when first performed, and enjoyed a run of 103 performances during that year alone.
'This product ion from 2002 at the Teatro alla Scala brings a riot of colour to Manzotti s work. With 100 dancers on stage at a time, references to the golden MGM film era and Busby Berkeley-style dancing, it is guaranteed to intrigue and charm!' [Presto]
' The restaging, based on the original stage and choreographic designs, nods at irony, revels in kitsch, and apart from cultural snobs, shaking their heads in despair lets the audience have a thoroughly good time The fun would soon wear off, however, if it weren t for the fact that beneath the light-hearted exterior is some seriously good dancing.' [Gramiliano]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members] Dinner available from 6.00 p.m. ($10.00)

Choirs from Girls College, Falcon and CBC come together with guests Blessing Chimanga and the Coghlan Choir for another Academy fund-raiser!
Admission: $3.00 - a fund-raiser so NO concessions!

Vulture conservation and Culture in Zimbabwe

Vulture conservation and Culture in Zimbabwe

Education and Awareness Seminar for Bulawayo

Date : 19 September 2017
Venue: Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe Auditorium
Time: 17:00- 19:00hrs

Guest of honour- Phathisa Nyathi
The paradigms of conservation in Southern African societies

Lovelater Sebele- Parks and Wildlife Authority Senior Ecologist
The plight of vultures in present day Zimbabwe

Fadzai Matsvimbo- Birdlife Zimbabwe Ecologist
Turning the tide, conserving vultures. Vulture species management plans

Automobile Association

We are kindly inviting you or anyone at your company to attend our 83rd, Annual Branch Meeting which will be held at our offices number 2 Kenilworth Road in Newlands Harare on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 17:15hours

The full Accounts and Report of the association will be available for inspection at the branch office at least 7 days before the meeting


In accordance with terms of Clause 19(2) of the constitution nomination for election to branch committee which shall be proposed and seconded in writting and accompanied by the consent, in writing of the person nominated, shall be lodged with the branch manager no less than 7 days before annual meeting

We pride ourselves on offering you everything you need to get you MOVING keep you MOVING and MOVE you forward Contact our Membership Dept for more info

YOUR PRESENTS MAKES A CHANGE ( confirm your presents)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Comments from Mike Garden

With the rains fast approaching, it is important for people to be mindful that this form of "dumping rubbish" will result in an avoidable major concern if we are to experience the quantity of rains we received this past year. It is obvious that we do not have adequate drainage facilities and the ones that are there are filled with rubbish too - so any collation of water from the rains will obviously fill our streets and homes resulting in loss of life and property. Current society regrettably are not only arrogantly introverted but also take heed the morning after. We have ample time to make a difference and contribute positively to our environment by investing time into recycling our rubbish and guaranteeing a toxic free future for our next generation. Thank you for sharing.


Agree 200% with you – I suggest you ask COH to provide you with their litter hotline numbers and a protocol people can use if they witness offenders. A couple of years ago I witnessed a van dumping office stationery by Country Club and took photos of them, and their number plate and logo and sent it to COH and they acted on the offenders. We have to be active but we do need help from COH.

Cheers Clive   


To encourage recycling, if glass and plastic bottles and for that matter empty beer and soda cans were returnable to supermarkets or recycling centres in exchange for a nominal return reward, I am sure that this would go some way to alleviate the current scourge of litter. J


Please will you mention or write something about people watering their verges.  Our borehole in Glen Lorne is already starting to splutter, but there are I reckon about 10 people on Folyjon Crest watering daily.  Grrr................


We do clean ups on a regular basis in Kariba – we have EXACTLY the same thing so often, we have just cleaned up a stretch of road and hours later, someone dumps all their rubbish, so infuriating! Great to see others do their bit too – if everyone does a little each day, it would be a much better place to live!! Kind regards Sonya


You serious about burning rubbish? Please don't encourage others to burn their rubbish. It's illegal and I for one am sick and tired of breathing burning plastic fumes.                                                                                                                                                                      Take it to the dump by all means but expect to get harassed by "officials" who try to extort $5 off you for carting your rubbish because the City fails to collect regularly.

I pay for private removal of rubbish. Very good rates and I deduct what I have to pay for privately from the refuse collection charges levied by the non-performing City.


Don’t forget that the burning of household or garden refuse is illegal as it is a major pollutant! People should use garden waste to make compost, of course.  Regards STAN


To all walkers/bike riders on Art Farm: be careful parking your car at the gate on Harare Drive. This morning a friend's car and another car had their driver side windows smashed and things taken.  Oliver


Australian Drug Problem: Hi Mike, interested to read your comments on the above - (which seems to me an excellent idea) they are also trying to apply the same method in order to avoid "benefit payments" being used to buy alcohol - a huge problem particularly among the First Australians community . there seems to be HUGE resistance from the recipients(protesting that they are being denied their "rights" to decide for themselves how to spend cash doled out by the Govt) - I can't help but think of all those 100's and 1000's of Zimbabweans  who would be over the moon to get regular, generous benefits at all - whether in cash or card!!!! best regards Kate 


If you can help it, DON’T drive at night on the Harare/Mutare Road, especially between Rusape and Mutare.  Cattle roam freely there and often sleep on the road for warmth and I have seen countless dead animals on the side of the road from traffic accidents.