The Best Medicine

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Image Credit: Zapiro

The loadshedding wasn’t as bad around here as it was in other places in South Africa this festive season. In Zimbabwe they switch you off every day for the whole day or the whole night without fail.


At least here they let you know when so you can get backup lights ready. I walked into many a wall strolling around at night in Zimbabwe.

Festive South African Light Bulb

I’m already so used to the comfort here I don’t often think of the discomfort up there much more. I still remember it though, and nothing will change my disgust at the suffering pure greed and the abuse of power is still causing.

Image Credit: Zapiro

That’s not my point though. I was thinking about the ability of both of these nations to always find something to laugh at no matter how bad things get, and especially the ability to laugh at themselves.



21 thoughts on “The Best Medicine

    teagan geneviene said:
    December 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Never lose your lovely sense of humor Jo. Huge hugs.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you my lovely friend – life would be a rotten old thing if we forget to chuckle now and then. HUGS! 🙂


    Mira Prabhu said:
    December 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    The Best Medicine from South Africa…thanks Jo Robinson!

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    December 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    For those who have only experienced power cuts when everyone puts their turkey in at the same time…..being switched on and off the power grid at will must be infuriating…but it seems that too is met with great humour.. thanks Jo…

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you my Sally love! It sucks anywhere in the world I reckon, but I always find tantrums funny – even when they’re mine. 😀 ❤

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    December 27, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    LOVE those Festive Light Bulbs Jo 😀 😀 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      I thought that they were very cool too. You can pull on the on cord just as you light them and pretend. 😀 😀 😀


    olganm said:
    December 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I love the light bulbs and the signs…Thank god for the sense of humour…:)


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Too true Olga! Although I wouldn’t have posted the nude if I was still in Zimbabwe. 😀 X


    gillswriting said:
    December 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Tee hee made me laugh Jo (as always) luxury today no power failure YET! It was rumoured here that one particular recent power cut was to disable the population from viewing the televised response to the alleged corruption scandal involving the electric company! Life goes on. Hope your Christmas was good my friend xxx


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Hiya my lovely Gill. I’m a bit behind on the blogs but will catch up from this very second! I’m looking forward to hearing what you got up to in the African bush up there. I bet you that rumour was true – things like that were always happening in Zim. Being a truthful journalist up there got you beaten and in jail. Here’s to a fantastic New Year to you, and I hope all your hopes and dreams for the children and yourself too come true. ❤ XXXX

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    roweeee said:
    December 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Jo, loved your post and you really had me laughing along at your struggles. Noticed there were power outages in the UK tonight and wondered if that could be deadly. I have a few friends who rely on ventilators who live with muscular dystrophy and a blackout can be fatal. But once again a great post. I must lighten up in the new year…especially as 2015 is the year of light.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks! I reckon blackouts in places that are totally reliant on electricity could definitely be fatal! I suppose it’s like all those movies when infrastructure goes and people are totally helpless without it. I didn’t have a clue what to do when it first started happening, but you quickly learn when you have to. I really hope that 2015 lives up to its name – I really like the sound of that. Either way, I hope you have a wonderful one!

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    December 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Given the years of shortages in electrical supply, is solar power more popular now in Zimbabwe?


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Zimbabwe is very organised these days. Even out in the rural areas you’ll see a small solar panel and a satellite dish on the little houses. Most people who can afford them have got generators, and the big stores and banks have them too. There’s quite a lot of banks and shops around here who just close when the loadshedding comes – I reckon they’ll have to get generators too now though. 🙂


    T Ibara Photo said:
    December 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, Jo.
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!! 🙂


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks to you Takami my friend. And wishing you a peaceful ending to this year and a Happy New Year to you and yours, with all you wish for coming your way. 🙂


    theowllady said:
    December 30, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.


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