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Inside/Out with Fungai James Tichawangana, web developer, writer & photographer
September 01, 2008

Describe yourself in five words?
An energetic split personality creative

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Never eat your bread in the loo. That was from my father when I was about five. On the face of it, it's a simple bit of advice, but it has many parallel applications in life

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Eating my bread in the loo- metaphorically speaking. It's complicated. Let's leave it at that

What is your most treasured possession?
My camera, in close competition with my laptop

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Standing in a bread queue hoping that the price doesn't go up by the time you get to the till. No, actually it's waiting in a fuel queue hoping that the electricity doesn't go off or the petrol run out. Am I allowed three? Cause I have another one. My lowest depth of recent misery was waiting to watch Kirsty swim the 200m and then to have the power backstroke out of the grid just before the race started

Do you have any strange hobbies?
OHD (Odd Hour Dancing). When I'm really stressed I like to wake up in the wee hours of the morning put on some great dance music and invent new dances. I also enjoy mixing unlikely foods to make original sandwiches. My current two favourites are polony and covo sandwiches along with a cheese and honey combo

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
The fact that I wear spectacles. I was teased about it when I was a kid so I still have some emotional baggage attached to that. The other challenges of living in Zim help put this problem into perspective though

What is your greatest extravagance?
I'm a sucker for tech gadgets and tech magazines. I will go hungry to buy a copy of Net Magazine

What have you got in your fridge?
A few drops of Amarula Cream that I'm saving for a really bad day and boiled tap water

What is your greatest fear?
Waking up one day and finding that the Internet is gone

What have you got in your pockets right now?
Some pieces of paper with notes reminding me of what I want to do today. A wallet. A Zim 50 cent coin that I use to remind me to be thankful

What is your favourite journey?
Driving to Nyanga. There is very little traffic and the terrain is awesome. The journey to my computer each morning is also surprisingly pleasurable

Who are your heroes in real life?

  1. My wife who has the amazing ability to make friends in seconds with total strangers and who has such a giving heart
  2. Zimbabweans who have stayed despite everything and have the stamina to get up each morning and live
  3. Zimbabweans who have left and work three shifts a day so they can send money home

When and where were you happiest?
When I was a kid running around in Bulawayo making wire cars

What's your biggest vice?
I'm addicted to being on the Internet. When I'm alone, I can forget to eat and bath just so I can get some extra time online

What were you like at school?
Bright eyed

What are you doing next?
Just about to launch

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