In case you're into having a good time with a relentless dictator, here's Robert Mugabe's gustatory wish list for his February 21 birthday feast: (Apparently people/corporations are being asked to supply either the raw materials or large outlays of cash.)
2,000 bottles of champagne — Moët & Chandon and ’61 Bollinger
500 bottles of whisky — Johnny Walker Blue Label, 22-year-old Chivas
100kg king prawns
4,000 portions of caviar
8,000 boxes of Ferrero Rocher
3,000 cakes — chocolate and vanilla
4,000 packs of pork sausages
4,000 packets of crackers
All this while his country Zimbabwe is ravaged by assorted horrors. As reported by the Times OnLine--"...seven million citizens survive on international food aid, 94 per cent are jobless and cholera rampages through a population debilitated by hunger."
The Times notes a Mugabe caveat re local eats: “No mealie meal” — the ground corn staple on which the vast majority of Zimbabweans survived until the country’s collapse rendered even that a luxury."
President Mugabe will be 85. We have no idea who he is expecting to join him for dinner.