Laugh, cry: it’s up to you

THINK about it, then either laugh or cry. The option is yours.


Our highest currency denomination is the dog-eared, dirty brown $20 000 note. It buys you the following: not quite s

even boxes of matches, eight cigarettes, 250 ml of milk, a quarter of a litre of fuel at the going (ie the real) price and, oh yes, almost nine-tenths of a loaf of bread.


The tears are rolling down my cheeks but it’s odd, I don’t know whether I’m laughing or crying!


Peter Lovemore,

Harare.