Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Three Little Piggies

In this show we mentioned:

This is Zimbabwe (blog from Sokwenele). The particular story about Hope's Christmas experience can be found here

The Zimbabwe Pundit - another courageous blogger from within. The story about Minister Sithembiso Nyoni can be found here

The sound clip you here at the end of the tale about the three little piggies, is of Statler and Waldorf, the two old geysers up in the balcony in most episodes of The Muppet Show.
You can find it and other clips, here

Monday, December 05, 2005

Show 005

In this show we mentioned:

President Robert Mugabe is reportedly making moves toallow him to help himself to private Foreign Currency Accounts. Tichaona Jakonya has likened the independent journalists in Zimbabwe to “weapons of mass destruction”.

Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono has begged the President to act urgently to stop farms invasions and to allow the farmers to grow food, or the country is heading for disaster In a typical Mugabe-esque reaction to Australia’s expansion of the banned Zimbabwean list, the people of down-under were accused of carrying out genocide against the aborigines and pushing them aside in their bid for control.

Mugabe has made public his feelings that UN envoys are in actual fact clandestine British agents.

Major-General Martin Chehondo 'issued a warning' at an army parade in the central town of Gweru , that supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would not be tolerated in military ranks.

Last week, Zimbabwe High Court Judge Yunus Omerjee dismissed an application by the 'rebel' faction of the MDC seeking to remove Tsvangirai as party leader.

So some white farmers in the Masvingo area have won a court order to repossess ‘seized’ farm equipment.

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The Bearded Man blog ... for more news and views about Zimbabwe

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Show 004

Mark chats in a Skype interview with Rob Ellis, about the blooper in last week's show about the year of the Entumbane uprising. Rob adds some personal memories from being in Bulawayo the week that Entumbane was at war. The book mentioned in the interview was "Not Quite A Soldier" by David Lemon - printed by College Press in Zimbabwe.

[Sorry that I have not tracked down much more about this book or author. Here is a longer article from that includes commentary about Entumbane]

A conversation with Paxton Chivere of Homage Funeral Homes, and the way he is using pastors to drive his hearses, and provide a 'value added service' to families of the bereaved.

Some interesting links related to Homage here, here, and here.

The SUPERSONIC jingle is taken from the Rhodesia Was Super CD. Supersonic was once a highly profitable and exporting manufacturer of radios, based in Bulawayo. Little bits and pieces from my show intro also came from the same CD. I am looking for MP3 recordings of old radio ads and jingles by the way ...

The software I use to record Skype interviews currently, is SKYLOOK. It is easy to use, not that expensive, and I have had more than acceptable results for podcasting.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Show 003

'Refugee Sizwe & Helping Pensioners'

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Sizwe, 20 year old living in Johannesburg for three years, talks about why he left Bulawayo, and risks being caught and mistreated as another Zimbabwe 'illegal' in South Africa. Maybe someone, somewhere will help Sizwe with his desire to become a journalist - he's a great youngster who could offer a better Zimbabwe a brighter future. Contact me if this gets you thinking.

Gary Cross, pastor of Northside Community Church in Harare discusses the plight of pensioners reliant on fixed incomes in these mega-inflationary times ... and what his church (and others) are doing to ease the stress and genuine needs that exist. This article in THE ZIMBABWE SITUATION is also full of helpful information about ways to get support to people caring for the pensioners.

In our next show ... Mark interviews a funeral home entreprenuer with a passion for life! His approach to dealing with the huge death rate from HV related illnesses is like a breath of fresh air. And more ...

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Show 002

Voices from Home

Farai and Muyaradzi chat to me in a car driving down Borrowdale Road in Harare. Some editing to obscure their professions and employers done because freedom of speech is not exactly a hallmark of current Zimbabwean life. Some interesting ideas from these two fellas.

Charlie & Lynne spent a year trying to set up a new business and life in Botswana, but have 'come home' to Harare, and love it in spite of the problems. They talk about what it is like to be raising kids in Harare today.

Josh and Ben are talented little guys - listen to the harmonising as they sing grace at the table one Saturday morning recently.

In our next show....

Gary Cross
Pastor of Northside Community Church in Borrowdale, Harare, talks about ways churches are helping senior citizens and pensioners. If you want to contact Gary with some help of your own, email him at this address: gary.cross (at) (change the (at) to @ - we do this to reduce spam from these shownotes.

This article in THE ZIMBABWE SITUATION is also full of helpful information about ways to get support to people caring for the pensioners.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Show 001

Derbyshire Rob, a KwaZulu Natal gal, and two old foggies in the balcony

Rob Ellis (living in chats about life in the UK since he and his wife Bee moved there in late 1998. You can find Rob's popular blog The Bearded Man here.

Gayle Beeton lives in the seaside resort town of Scotburgh, south of Durban. She was in Joburg visiting and I got a few minutes chat with her just before she flew back home.

The two old men up on the balcony - well their names were Waldorf and Astoria, if memory serves me correct, and they may bring back some memories of watching television on a Saturday nights in the 70's.

Some of the sound clips used in my intro come from the Rhodesia Was Super CD, which is available here.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Show 000

The demo show

Welcome folks (hey maybe I will have an audience of just me). Naah - I am sure my buddy Rob will at least double the listenership. I have a chat with him in Show 001 which won't be long in coming.

Here is a short (under 8 minutes) demo of the Paradise Lost podcast. No links in this show, or interviews. But there is some comment from me about what the show is all about, and details on what I am looking for from Zimbos and Rhodies living 'abroad' now.

Well, how about one link!

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Almost ready

I have one interview in the bag (just needs some editing) and another one I hope to get today, and then I can have a bash at getting Show #001 completed and uploaded as a podcast. In fact, before Show #001 actually hits the podosphere, I will more than likely do a Beta show just to check all is in working order! I will call it Show #000.

You can also click on over to Odeo where you will find my channel (as they call them) for this new show.