HIFA 2013 – final day

6 05 2013

It was back to the National Ballet’s  “When they are gone” show to get the photos I missed the first time around. In this type of photography it really helps to know the show and I’d made a mental note of the parts to be ready for – and it paid off!

Wild dog

Wild dog

Wild dogs in a pack

Wild dogs in a pack

Zebra and the rhino

Zebra and the rhino

Villagers

Villagers

Ostriches

Ostriches

Cosy!

Friends

Leopard and rhino

Leopard and rhino

Giraffes

Giraffes

Natalie Bradbury as an ostrich gets airborne (they are normally flightless!)

Natalie Bradbury as an ostrich gets airborne (they are normally flightless!)

Monkeying around - they had by far the most fun!

Monkeying around – they had by far the most fun!

Then it was off to the Arts and Crafts quarter to see what was on offer. Let it not be said that Zimbabweans are not creative – genuine tin hats, hats woven out of shopping bags that I last saw done as a child, bowls, beads, drums and much more. I asked a rastaman if he had some mbanje (marijuana) for me and much embarrassed he moved off. Well he was selling armbands embroidered with “the leaf”!

More stalls

The archway entrance to the Arts and Crafts quarter.

The archway entrance to the Arts and Crafts quarter.

drapes

Colourful drapes

More stalls

The rastaman’s stand.I took a photo of a hat, sent it to Sybille and she asked me to buy it. Technology works!

This basket work is from the Bulawayo area

This basket work is from the Bulawayo area

Genuine tin hats

Genuine tin hats

stall

Lee and his daughter Scarlett

Lee and his daughter Scarlett

family art

The whole family gets creative

Varnished paper beads

Varnished paper beads

Face painting was very popular

Face painting was very popular

A little girl at the sand drawing table.

A little girl at the sand drawing table.

On the way to pick up my computer I came across the actors from the Brazilian street theatre group. Very colourful indeed. Also a bit weird. One could have a secret whispered into your ear via a long thin trumpet and put your head into a stage mounted on someone’s head that had been fashioned from a box. Then it would all break up amid much “consternation” and re-establish somewhere else. Great!

Colour me

Brazilian street theatre - they claimed to come from Amazonia... I wonder.

Brazilian street theatre – they claimed to come from Amazonia… I wonder.

No denying they were colourful

No denying they were colourful

colour me red





The Inauguration

21 01 2009

I have to admit that I watched some of the inauguration last night with my Canadian friends. I was not riveted but the crowd took it seriously. I did not think that Obama’s speech was up to his victory speech, but hell, I wish him well and he can only improve on GW. I wonder when the first nutter will take a pot shot at him.

It occurred to me at the end of it all that he was continually being billed as the “first black president” of the USA. But he is half white so he could just as easily be a “white” president. Why make a distinction? On those grounds Brazil is way ahead – colour matters not a jot to them. Largely because everyone there is thoroughly mixed race.

I wonder if Bob watched the ceremony. Did he take in any of the not so subtle references to democracy and smooth change of power? I doubt it.