So the "British are coming, the British are coming"! Big whoop. Under normal circs I'd be reved up. I might've even engaged in a friendly poke or two at Yorkshire Soul. But my spirits are far from up and it's not just because the windies haven't a snowball's chance in hell of not embarassing us; nevermind what the odd makers say.
There's also Haiti to consider, and I'm going to say what most of us in the region think but are too polite to verbalise. We'd cheerfully wash our hands of the whole 200 yr old sordid mess if we could, but it's right there on our front stoop and there isn't a damned thing we can do about it.
"The world has paid little attention to Haiti for the last few years, but human rights groups here have documented how rapes, kidnappings, political assassinations, arbitrary arrests, the use of tear gas and beatings during peaceful demonstrations, the destruction of private property, and a complete lack of social services have come to characterize Haitians' daily life. That is why the population is applauding the rebels. And that is why Haiti will not be at peace until Mr. Aristide is gone, no matter how much our Caribbean neighbors and the international community talk of the need for an elected president to finish his term."TRAVEL ALERT
In Haiti, All the Bridges Are Burned - LYONEL TROUILLOT
When visiting London be sure to use the glass outhouse. A usable public toilet wrapped in one-way mirrored glass/contemporary art installation has been parked on a sidewalk near the River Thames.
“Playing with the idea of the most private bodily function and having to sit on a street corner is just bizarre,” said Boloten, who works at the Tate Britain.
YOU GO GIRL?
"A German drag queen has been given an honorary professorship from the University of Hamburg's faculty for Gender Studies to teach Queer Theory."
STUPID CRIMINAL FILES
Should you mistakenly pick up body parts instead of your weed from the airport; it is generally inadvisable to ring up Delta in search of 140lbs of pot.
- Bzzzzzzzt! Welshman gets zapped when dog pees on high voltage electric fence.
- Cops ticket dead cows.
- Firefighters resusciate pet python, Monty, after saving owner and her menagerie.
"Several of the dogs and Monty were given oxygen therapy, but one dog, a whippet called Smokey, died after inhaling too much smoke."