Day 4: Ullingswick to Worcester

Summer Nights The British appear to be immune to cold. I suppose this is just as well, as most of the time living in the UK is a bit like inhabiting the bottom of a well… Sixty years ago, Noel Coward memorably sang to his fellow colonials, “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the...
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Day 3: Burghill to Ullingswick

Disaster fell! I awoke with the impression that my left knee cap had been kicked by a horse and when I arose I was hobbling and unable to bend it and I was no use to anyone. Suddenly it occurred to me that I was suffering an acute attack of gout. If any of my...
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Day 2: Staunton to Burghill

Another lovely day’s walking, on our own this time. We passed a vast fruit farm and a small army of Bulgarian fruit pickers, all scurrying along and gesturing that they don’t speak English. Marcus, our Zimbabwean driver was surprised that whenever he stops in a village and parks by a verge, a spry pensioner often...
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Day 1: Hay to Staunton

We can’t complain about the start of the walk. We were welcomed in Hay on Wye by the newly elected Chris Davies, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire and a leading Conservative luminary, Roger White. The loon who devised our first day walking is clearly out on day release and the sooner he is incarcerated again...
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Walking for Zimbabwe: Tom’s Walk 2016

Tom and Jane Benyon’s Walk Jane and I, along with Moses the dog, will once again be walking across England from Hay-on-Wye to Ipswich. We have decided to walk again because without your generous sponsorship many thousands of people could not survive in a country – now one of the poorest in the world –...
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Ex-Zimbabwe Farmer’s Plea for Assistance

A field worker for ZANE reports on an ex-Zimbabwe farmer’s plea for assistance: I had a phone call from Tony* (65). He sounded confused and inarticulate on the phone, so without asking for too much information, I visited him at his current residence. He lived and worked on his parents’ farm in Marondera, having a...
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Zimbabwe Power and Cash Woes Continue

A ZANE field worker reports on Zimbabwe’s continuing power and cash problems. We have again been experiencing extended power cuts, some lasting for 12 hours at a time which makes life difficult for everyone, particularly pensioners. No power also means no water making daily routines difficult. The financial situation and cash availability remains critical in all areas. Huge queues...
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Destitute Zimbabwe Farmers

A long and complicated story about two destitute Zimbabwe farmers who have applied for assistance. John Small and Will Jackson (father and stepson-in-law) lived in Victoria Falls and bought a farm in 2000. The farm was taken from them in 2007. They did cattle, dairy, and irrigated crops and vegetables. They have since applied for...
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Zimbabwe Currency Crisis: Banks Run Out of Money

Zimbabwe Currency Crisis – From a field worker: The money supply situation in the town is now critical with all the banks having queues of many hundreds outside their doors from before 6am. Withdrawal limits have been dropped to 100 US dollars per person but many people are not getting to the front of the...
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