Day 8 – A Tail of Three Dogs – Shanklin – Chale

Italian Dreams We talked to two delightful Italian girls, Carlotta and Julia, both formidably bright. One was studying for her PHD in economics in Germany, the other working for Unilever in London. They were both adamant that Italy’s future lies in the Eurozone and they regaded the idea that Italy might revert to the Lira...
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Day 7 – Filling the Void – Fishbourne – Shanklin

Hello Constable We travelled from Fishbourne to Shanklin, about twelve miles. Constable country with the old world feeling about the place as if Dad’s Army might potter into sight at any time. The last three miles were traversed the sea shore. We spend the night in a couple of Victorian cottages sited in a large...
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Day 6 – Royals and Rackets – Day Off

Win/ win A successful businessman and ZANE donor told me that he made his money by stealing from the rich and selling to the blind!  You have been warned! Wilde Speculation When Oscar Wilde was asked if he believed other planets harboured life, he said that he did, “Why?” they asked. “Because we are their insane...
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Day 5 – Reality Bites – Havant to Fishbourne

Lame Excuse I sat and stared dismally at my red and rather swollen left foot. “I don’t think I can walk today dear,” I said to Jane. She strode over to take a look then she grabbed it and gave it a squeeze. I yelped. Jane stared at me with narrowed eyes, then she gave...
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Day 4 – Scrooge – Chichester to Havant

My Left Foot I am in Chichester A&E with a swollen rather painful left foot. The local doctor suggested I should have it X-rayed to ensure nothing is broken. After the X-ray – and what an efficient hospital it is – I walked, or rather shuffled, down a corridor barefoot carrying my socks and shoes....
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Day 3 – The Selfish Gene – Arundel to Chichester

My Pain, Her Gain Miles walked through a weather forecaster’s nightmare. Each time we put on our waterproofs the sun blazed down and then more or less instantly starts a Noah scale downpour. Eight miles in I told Jane that I was stiff all over like an ancient cart horse just taken from the summer’s...
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Day 2 – Through a Glass, Darkly – Sompting to Arundel

Wilde and Beautiful We stayed last night with the Lears; they are old friends we have known well for thirty years. They live in a glorious farm surrounded by assorted ducks, hens and bees and some of their adult children; they have the rare gift of effortless hospitality. On through the endless suburbia of Worthing:...
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Day 1 – The Heart of Darkness – Brighton to Sompting

Brighton (didn’t) Rock We trail through Brighton keeping to the rather tatty sea-shore. I don’t much like touristy seaside resorts in the sunshine but in the grey mizzle that passes for an English summer, the sea road out of Brighton is not a pretty picture. Our walk is punctuated by cheap eateries and second hand...
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Day 0 – Nobody Knows (the Trouble I’ve Seen)

The Day before – where to begin? The worst possible trip to the start line. Sod’s law kicked In snd what could go wrong did go wrong. Never ending trafic snarl ups and our drivelling sat nav suddenly rebooted itself and decided to take us to Wales! That’s the cost of relying on what my...
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Tom’s Trek 2015 – It’s All Going South

Tom Benyon (71) and his wife Jane are undertaking another mammoth walk for ZANE, this time 210 miles from Brighton to London, via the Isle of Wight and Winchester. Tom will again be blogging as he goes The walk starts in Brighton on 20th June and ends in London on 15th July To view details...
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ZANE Videos

ZANE have made short video interviews with some of the pensioners that we help. We will be releasing them over the next few months. Please share them with all the Zimbabweans (and others!) that you know, at home and in the diaspora. It would be great to get the Zim community across the world supporting...
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Thank you Australia

Dear Zane Australia Donor, On behalf of pensioners in Zimbabwe I convey heartfelt thanks to you for the donations you have made to Zane Australia in 2014. This year we have used just under US$8000 raised in Australia Your money has been used for: helping to pay for the rent of pensioners in retirement homes...
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