Page 133. " The Italian POWs couldn't have been that badly treated "
Italian East Africa
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Between 1936 and 1941, Italy colonised an area of East Africa which is now Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. During World War 2, Italians captured by Allied forces were sent as prisoners of war to Southern Africa, many of them ending up in Rhodesia.


No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a fascinating account of escape by one Italian POW.

Page 134. " It was called Moodie's Rest and it was a national monument "

Moodie's Rest
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumMoodie's Rest - Credit: LJ Alexander

Page 134. " We passed through the vast Tanganda tea estates "

The first tea bushes came to Rhodesia from India, smuggled in a box in 1924 by Mrs Florence Phillips, an Assam tea-planter’s wife.  The harvest was such a success that a company, Ward and Phillips (Pty) Ltd, was established.


Tanganda Tea Company is the largest tea producer in Zimbabwe.  It is headquartered in Mutare (formerly Umtali).

Page 135. " it was a soaring silver suspension bridge that appeared above the Lowveld scrub like a shimmering mirage "
Birchenough Bridge
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 Birchenough Bridge is certainly a highly impressive structure, particularly given its location, but the youthful Godwin was misled by his knowledgeable father.  It is not "an exact replica" of Ralph Freeman's other bridge in Sydney, and was only two thirds as long.  Sydney's "Coathanger" spans 1650 feet (530m). 

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSydney Harbour Bridge - Credit: Zimit, Flickr

Although the roadway is suspended from the arch, this is not a true suspension bridge (where the roadway is suspended below cables or chains hanging in a catenary or parabolic curve): the technical term for this design is a "through arch" bridge.

This booklet (available online) has wonderful photographs of the construction.

Page 140. " The monument was called the Vroue-monument "


National Women's Memorial
Creative Commons AttributionNational Women's Memorial - Credit: alun w

This 37m (120ft) obelisk on the south side of Bloemfontein commemorates the 26,000 women and children who died in British concentration camps during the Boer war, as well as the other woman and children who succumbed elsewhere between 1899 – 1902.


In the base of the monument is an urn containing the ashes of Emily Hobhouse, the British woman who campaigned for better treatment of internees.  It was unveiled on 16 December 1923.

Page 146. " a truly amazing vehicle, very advanced for its time "
Citroen DS 21
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First unveiled in 1955, the Citroën DS was produced for twenty years. The D series was incredibly futuristic, with a body designed by Flaminio Bertoni and a hydro-pneumatic, self-levelling suspension system.

It came third in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, behind the Ford Model T and the Mini, and was named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine.