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Briefly Back to Extreme Politics

July 2, 2008

Difficult day ahead of me. My objective is to spend 4 trillion dollars.

Zimbabwe dollars I hasten to add.

Now don’t get too excited. Yesterday a trillion dollars was about US$25 – that means today it’s probably $15 – $20 !

Remember when we arrived here 2 weeks ago we were able to get 6 billion dollars for one American? Yesterday we could get 28 billion!

But the money I need to spend today is trapped in a bank account so I now have to find a shop that will accept a cheque. You can understand why they are not too keen to do this. As you sign it with a satisfied flourish the currency will have already devalued. However, and this is the main problem, drawing 4 trillion dollars out of your account is not allowed. They only let you take 25 billion at a time – less than one American!

And it doesn’t stop there. If you are using a Zimbabwe credit card it is only valid for 9 billion and some people only have an allowance of 4.5 billion – depending on your credit facility. Which means that when your shop weighs in at 80-odd billion (this will be a VERY small basket) – your card has to be swiped 18 times. Yesterday I bought some sausages, bacon and cold meats and it came to 865,345,090,000 billion! Get your mind around that one!

Can you imagine the length of the queues whilst this timely process takes place?

This is a country of patient people. They used to be happy too. But everyone is still desperately worried, scared and very unsure of their future.

If you are watching the news you will see how precariously the future of this country is balanced at the moment…

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3 comments

  1. Nice site. Theres some good information on here. Ill be checking back regularly.


  2. Glad you like the site Aaron. Thank you for the comment. You might be amused to know that we had difficulty spending our 4 trillion! Off again this afternoon to give it another go!!! Not that there’s not some stuff around – just that some people are now demanding payment in US dollars at vastly inflated rates ie: what cost 70 billion zim on Monday approx. 2.75 – they now want US$5.00! The ripping off that is going on here is quite terrifying.


  3. […] Briefly Back to Extreme PoliticsDifficult day ahead of me. My objective is to spend 4 trillion dollars. Now don’t get too excited. Yesterday a trillion dollars was about US$25 – that means today it’s probably $15 – $20 ! Remember when we arrived here 2 weeks ago we … […]



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