Category Archives: Latin America

Brazil 2014, and it’s not about football!

Fortaleza, August / September 2014 We have come to Fortaleza, Ceará, North East Brazil for a conference, holiday and study tour. I was here just over two years ago on my post-retirement tour of Latin America, and found the type … Continue reading

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A little education is a dangerous thing

In this month, so called ‘peaceful’ right wing Venezuelan students have burned down a public University.  And the UK government has introduced rules preventing the sending of books to prisoners.  Says a lot.

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The news media and risings against elected governments.

updated 23/02/14 with more links to detailed coverage;  and 24/02/14 extra links at the end. The dominant news media in the UK are very selective in what they report. Latin American visitors often remark that their region hardly seems to … Continue reading

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#Chile40yearson

The flowers outside the Chilean embassy in London today.  Each one represents one of those murdered by the fascist junta installed 40 years ago today. Very moving was the reading of the names of every one of the disappeared and … Continue reading

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Festival review: El Sueño Existe

http://thejazzbreakfast.com/2013/09/02/festival-review-el-sueno-existe/ Well this review has saved me the job of writing a post on El Sueño Existe (The Dream Lives On). It captures very well the unique feel of the festival which, at 40 years after the imperio-fascist coup in … Continue reading

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Uncommon fruits

I’ve written before about achocha (scroll down to the bit about the beard and the achocha), a ‘lost crop of the Incas’, also called caigua.  I think ‘achocha’ maybe comes from the Aymara and ‘caigua’ from the Quechua.  At least … Continue reading

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Some music

I haven’t written about music here much yet.  I’ve broad tastes but generally I like things that make a demand on the listener – almost to not wanting to know what’s coming – so most pop and rock bores me … Continue reading

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Venezuela: promise and challenge

One of the best articles I’ve seen on the state of the Venezuelan “Bolivarian Revolution”:  it sets out its promise and the challenges and contradictions it faces.  Notable among them is this: “…the priority to preserve the planet and save … Continue reading

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The National Health Service, and Ken Loach, in the UK and Latin America

Strange to think that 12 months ago I was in San Salvador, having just travelled overland through Nicaragua and Honduras from Costa Rica.  I wouldn’t mind some of that hot weather here now  this winter is interminable, but at least … Continue reading

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Shropshire, more films and the Mid-Staffs Scandal

Yes, this post will go all over the place, like I did this week….. A short midweek break at Bishop’s Castle, a quaint but real town in Shropshire.  The Border country where Saxon and Welsh place names mix (along with … Continue reading

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