If you were having coffee with me, I would welcome you to these my tangle of words and ask you to make yourself at home. A moment of silence for my favourite mug, I am still not sure how I feel about that… is it normal to grieve over broken pieces of ceramics?
Unfortunately I did not have any gold or even glue to put it back together again.
Are you familiar with the Japanese Art of Kintsugi where broken pottery is mended with gold, silver or platinum highlighting the flaws? Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to hideaway.
If you were having coffee with me I would ask if you think we can repair the economy with gold. Looking at the way things have been progressing with our economic and currency woes I wouldn’t be surprised if we suddenly returned to the gold standard as measure of wealth. Gold is somewhat timeless….
But in the meantime, teachers who have been striking to get better pay or more specifically to earn $540 in USD have been given an ultimatum to return to work by the 22nd of February or they can consider themselves fired. The government is already set to launch a recruitment drive to get new teachers to replace those who will have been found wanting.
Apparently, they are also going to recruit monitors who will assess the attendance of teachers. I am here thinking, I don’t know won’t that cost more than just trying to raise the salaries of civil servants but hey I am neither the Minister Of Finance nor Minister Of Education.
If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our president announced that he would be putting a stop to senior government officials who travel unnecessarily out of the country…
Interestingly, a few days later our president travelled to Brussels for the sixth African Union-European Union Summit. I guess it’s a case of do as we say and not as we do…. Like how just the other week the ruling party had a rally to launch their campaigns and when it was the opposition party’s turn to have their own Star Rally they were given extremely strict conditions under which they could hold a rally.
The message could have been that you can have a rally as long as you can make sure no one comes to it. On the yellow Sunday of the rally citizens woke up to police roadblocks and traffic was a nightmare, particularly for routes leading to Highfields were the rally was to be held. Some folk ended up walking to the venue of the rally.
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the internet was acting up yesterday and there no live streams coming from the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields where the yellow rally was being held. Some suspect the government might have throttled the internet in a bid to reduce the reach.
Netblocks released a statement on how the metrics indicated that internet service was degraded for many users in Zimbabwe. The root cause of Sunday’s network disruption has not yet been conclusively identified, but metrics are potentially consistent with the slowing, or throttling, of service.–Netblocks
If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our internet prices are going up again. *sigh* it’s bad enough that we get unexplained outages and of course the constant upward price reviews. If I didn’t know any better I would be tempted to say its like, its like someone is going out of their way to keep a curb on internet access.
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that today was National Youth Day a public holiday established to honour our late president’s birthday. Remember those elusive buses we always see being commissioned, well, today I saw tonnes of them ferrying people to the venue of Youth Day Celebrations..
I received an SMS alert to attend the celebrations… a small part of me wondered where they got my number from and another was thinking how it’s my birthday tomorrow, too young to be old and too old to be young but hey still youth ^_^
Whats going on in your neck of the woods?