Of Coffee With Regression

If you were having coffee with me I would welcome you to my corner of the internet and ask how you have been keeping. I am well enough, all things considered, come warm yourself by the fire as we pretend it’s just for the fun of it and not because of a power cut playing with us.

coffee mug next to fire

Funny how it seems like our progress has gone backwards; lit a fire to cook and before that had just got back from fetching water from a well and then the other day had find a place to buy maize grain to be ground into mealie meal because it’s not as readily available as it should. Oh my gosh, it almost sounds like I am living a rustic life in the village with no modern amenities except my laptop and phone.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the inflation and crazy exchange rates keep going up at a rather alarming rate. On one hand, I have a morbid curiosity to see just how far the downward spiral will go…

On the other hand, there’s a certain trepidation at the measures the government will come up with to arrest the currency madness. From experience, their cocktail of restorative measures are like a classic case of the cure being worse than sickness…

Austerity Measures

Of course, we will make jokes, laugh about it and adapt like we always do. 🤡 It’s almost understandable how the born free generation who never experienced a day under colonial rule and its trappings will remark on how Ian Smith’s government was better. As a patriot, of course, I would have to say thank goodness the colonial rule ended and that our government has been moving us forward and keeping our best interests at heart.

Command Agriculture

For example, our grain reserves are not doing too good and the country has had to start importing grain even though we supposedly had a bumper harvest. What happened to the bumper harvest? Oh, according to the government, instead of farmers selling their grain to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), farmers are preferring to sell on the black market prejudicing the country of its strategic reserves… So, of course, it makes sense to pass a ruling on controlled grains.

Control and sale of maize and soya beans GMB

If you are having coffee with me, we talk about the faux pas in a local newspaper condolence message on the death of a Major General, may he rest in peace. I would like to think it was an honest mistake which happens to the best of us and not a hidden tongue-in-cheek dig at how one gets congratulated in three languages for leaving this country be it by plane, bus or in death….Oh no never!

condolence message Major General Godfrey Chanakira

In any case, the newspaper published an apology so all’s well, ends well

Well, not quite well, in an unrelated incident, a lady who was missing for almost 2 weeks had her body discovered under very disturbing circumstances. This gruesome crime has roused polarizing reactions and the police issued a statement that they would leave no stone unturned in the matter while making not too subtle threats on allowing due process.

ZRP Press statement on Moreblessing Ali

 If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that if only the state put as much effort in making sure this tragic crime was not politicised as they did in catching those behind this, then perhaps we might sleep a little better at night.

Meanwhile looks like The Pomona Waste to Energy project is set to go on despite the ruckus it has been causing. The government says everything looks legit and it will be a breath of fresh air to the Sunshine City, just look at how nice it will be when it’s completed.

Oh look pretty lights! What going on in your neck of the woods?

~B  

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6 Comments

  1. I’m waiting for the rationing of supplies to start late this year or early next (fuel, electricity, food, etc) here in the US. We’ll see if that happens or if the politicians just go on pretending 25% of the country can’t afford to drive anymore.

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    1. Politicians seem pretty good at pretending everything is normal and on track coming up with all sorts of grand schemes and policies (especially if it doesn’t directly affect them)

      Or maybe miracles will happen and we’ll discover “spice” and some grand god emperor with prescient abilities will direct the world on the golden path 🤣🤣🤣 don’t mind me I’ve finally finished reading Dune (the plus side of the electricity blues meant had more time to read😎 )

      Thank you for dropping by
      ~B

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  2. Some countries are experiencing the decline faster than others. Yet this will perhaps become a big nothing as the “advanced’ countries experience their own declines. We are living in uncertain times and the direction humanity will take is in flux due to competing ideologies and agendas. As with always it us “little people’ who pay the price of the machinations of the elites of the world as they play their games.

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    1. Sometimes feels like the gas pedal to rock bottom is being stepped on…

      Hopefully humanity takes the humane route amidst the conflicting ideologies.

      As for the machinisation of the elite…. Reminds me of something I read that
      one day, the poor will have nothing left to eat… except for the rich

      Thank you for dropping by
      ~B

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    1. But Goldie cant you see from the video that its a world-class Energy-to-Waste Management System 😂 😂 absolutely worth every penny of the USD $22 000 a day
      Everything is politicised isn’t what they call democrazy 🤔 or whatever
      ~B

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