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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Death Notices

Death Notice: Doreen Muriel WILSON (formerly of  Alexandra Park, Harare) 25 July 1925 - 10 September 2014, died at her home in Dorchester, England. Wife of Dr Alexander Wilson and mother to Sheena and John, mother in law of Peter and Pippa, grandmother to Christopher and Michael. Anyone wishing to send messages can e-mail me at and I will gladly pass them on.


Death Notice: It is with great regret to announce the passing of John Regadas (Manuel Rodrigues Regadas), on the 9th September 2014. Loving husband of Lorraine. Father of Richard, Stephen, Michelle, Belinda, Gavin and Gail. Grandfather of Josh, Jordan, Kirsten, Lauren, Christy, Tiffany, Gareth, Jessica and Samantha. The funeral and wake will take place on Monday 15/9/2014, at 2.30 p.m. at Highlands Presbyterian Church on Enterprises Road. All welcome to celebrate his life.

Death Notices

Death Notice: Bruce Dorward, most loving husband of Shayne and devoted father of Jessica and Thomas tragically passed away on September 13th. The memorial will be held on Thursday 18th at 9:30am, at 27 Nigel`s Lane, Chisipite, Harare

Death Notice: Robert Kerswell, formerly of Harare, loving husband of Judy ( Holland) and brother in law to John and Keith, passed away peacefully in Shropshire, U K on Sunday 14th September. Judy can be contacted on

Death Notice: BATCHELLER  - ADAMS   GLENN   It is with profound sadness that the passing of Glenn ( ex Guinea Fowl , Sinoia , Plettenberg Bay) is announced . He suffered an Aortic Aneurysm at home two weeks ago and passed away in a Knysna hospital on Monday night 15th September . Funeral arrangements to be announced . Contact Judy SA 82 6965335    

Dave Thompson

Dave Thomson
Christian Brothers' College advises that there will be a non-denominational Celebration of the Life of Dave Thomson, on Friday 19th September at 10.00am for 10.15am in the College grounds. The function will be held in the quad, behind the Library and Resource Centre, and will be followed by refreshments in the Staffroom.

Access will be via either the main gate on Old Esigodini Rd or the Chelmsford Rd gate. There is ample secure parking at the College.

Old Boys, current and past parents, friends, well-wishers - and in particular Plumtree Old Boys who knew Dave, or were taught by him - are most welcome to join the C.B.C. community for this occasion.

Eating in the Fifties - was it really like this?

Eating in the Fifties - oh how things have changed!

Pasta was not eaten, there was only spaghetti and macaroni!
Curry was a surname.
A takeaway was a mathematical problem.
A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.

All potato chips were plain; the only choice we had was whether to put the salt on or not.
Rice was only eaten as a milk pudding.
Calamari was called squid and we used it as fish bait.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tealeaves and was never green.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Fish didn't have fingers in those days.
Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.
None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.
Indian restaurants were only found in India.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.

"Kebab" was not even a word, never mind a food.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly, muesli was readily available, it was called cattle feed.
Water came out of the tap.
If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than petrol for it, they would have become a laughing stock!!

The one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties ..... Elbows!

Robert Kerswell

Judy contacted me on Sunday to tell me that Robert had passed away on early Sunday afternoon - it was a merciful release - as he was suffering both from dementia and inability to move.  

The past month has been a nightmare for them both - and he seems to have been on a diet of morphine and oxygen - had been moved to `An End of Life` hospice on Friday -

She is of course devasted but also relieved an happy that he is out of both pain and misery and grateful for the years of happy marriage they had.

Her e-mail address is:

All ways a great friend and someone you could rely upon.  A great Skal member.



Lion Attacks

Hi All, Rae Kokes has asked me to send out this email regarding the recent Lion incident in Kariba. Please check out the link on her website for more details. I will not be sending out any more comments about it. Regards, Mike G               


"Dear all, please find a revised version of my original statement regarding the lion incident in Matusadons on the 4th September.

The revision is the time of the attack - a crucial piece of information. I had been adamant the attack took place at c.6:30pm. Having found a hastily written incident report written during the event, which I had believed to be lost, I have seen I was incorrect and I heard shouts shortly after 6pm.

My sincere apologies for any further stress and qualms this error has caused. My only defence is that I was not thinking very clearly for sometime after the incident, but this is no excuse.

I would like to point out 6pm 10 days ago is twilight and hardly 100% visibility in the bush. This is also when lions are often at their most active.

I do not believe any single person is to blame for what took place. It was sadly a case of the wrong place at the wrong time. All those involved did their very best in very stressful circumstances. It should be seen as a reminder however the dangers of moving in a wildlife area.

Many, many apologies again and I hope my message will allow everyone to move on.

Rae Kokes"

Principle Researcher - Matusadona Lion Project

Member of the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

PO Box 60701




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sheila Pickering

Death Notice: It is with regret we advise of the passing last Saturday of Sheila Pickering, a long time and well known member of Reps.  She will be sorely missed.  Funeral details to be advised.