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with Paul Brickhill, jazz and blues musician, and star gazer
February 19, 2013
yourself in five words?
Passionate, honest, a dreamer, trusting, African.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
"Tell no lies, claim no easy victories."
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Start playing saxophone with no tuition and get on stage with accomplished
musicians as a youngster (it's also the smartest thing I ever
is your most treasured possession?
My old tenor saxophone.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Children suffering in the midst of capitalist gluttony for insane
material wealth; and war.
have any strange hobbies?
Supporting Arsenal football club (fanatically).
do you dislike most about your appearance?
Nothing, I am what I am.
is your greatest extravagance?
have you got in your fridge?
Everything an enthusiastic cook might have, in small quantities,
a piece of meat, vegetables, sauces and leftovers, a chicken curry
(it gets even better in the fridge).
is your greatest fear?
That anything bad may happen to my children. Otherwise forced closure
of Book Cafe or being uprooted from Zimbabwe, for any reason.
have you got in your pockets right now?
$45, keys, a pencil, a lighter, cigarettes, ID.
is your favourite journey?
Any long distance journey by car in Africa (best was to remote villages
are your heroes in real life?
My late mother, followed by a long list of people, mostly unknown
heroes, who fought for emancipation in their own situation, and
asked little in return.
and where were you happiest?
On stage, playing jazz and blues, anytime, anywhere.
your biggest vice?
were you like at school?
Rebellious, but friendly.
are you doing next?
Going home to cook, say "hello and how was your day today"
to my son and watch the sunset and the first stars come out.
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