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Sunday, February 25, 2007


I'm back from a wonderful break in La Manzanilla, Mexico (not to ever be confused with Manzanillo, Mexico - an hour to the south). I worked very hard while there - it takes a lot to fill every day with naps, reading, beach walks, snorkeling, eating, more naps, chatting with locals and visitors and maybe a little more reading. By the end of each day, I was ready for a deep sleep.

It's still winter here, but I carry some of the heat inside at least.

Books I read included Cormac MacCarthy's latest, The Road; Richard Ford's latest, The Lay of the Land and thanks to
Jublu, I got cultured in a classic through Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

Thanks to Kyle for this article if you want to read more about this place lost-in-time (for now).

About 5 or so kilometres long, with a smaller village at the other end.

I walked a mile down the beach every evening to watch the show.

See next photo, taken just around the corner...

Monday, February 12, 2007

I'm off to do nothing..

The beach at La Manzanilla Mexico

I'm off later today to fly to Mexico, then take a cab and bus to the village of La Manzanilla. I probably shouldn't tell you where it is, since it's still quiet, inexpensive and has just enough tourists to be interesting, without a single modern hotel or resort.

I have books, sunscreen, a mask & snorkel and time. There is internet in one cafe, so don't be surprised if I still see your blog. The sign over the computer there reads: "Don't complain the slow computer - you did not come to Mexico for it." I agree.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Now that's a President...

If you have a few minutes, enjoy this spoof on Bill Clinton's last days in office - starring BILL CLINTON, Al Gore, Keven Spacey and more! Can you imagine King George II doing this - if only. Thanks to Vee for this.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Close Guantanamo Bay

The Bush regime is faltering - even domestically now. Americans who were afraid enough to hand him the rudder for years are seeing the rocks and shoals around their ship now (hey, I kept to one metaphor for the whole sentence...)

Amnesty International and many other organizations are ramping up the pressure to close the illegal detention centre in Guantanamo Bay. It's illegal by international law, illegal by US law and represents so much of what's wrong with the 'war on terror'. Hundreds of men (and boys) detained, secretly flown to Cuba and then kept indefinitely with no charges, no legal process (by any known standards) and lots of evidence of torture or as some in the administration call it 'robust interrogation'.

There is of course, extraordinary rendition (kidnap and removal) to other hidden prisons, but I'm focusing on Guantanamo today.

It's time. Time to write letters. Time to put on orange jump suits and yell at politicians. Time to wonder out loud about who might be charged with war crimes. Go here to do something now if you want to.

A little clip from AI USA.

Graffiti of the week

This gives new meaning to 'cleaning up the streets". It's in London
and is from my favourite graffiti artist, Banksy.

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