Living in the Gyre

These are treacherous times. We have to put one foot in front of the other, and try not to slip. These are anxious times. We have to close our eyes, count to ten, pray, meditate, take deep breaths. These are angry times. We have to hold onto our reason; some people have abandoned theirs, and … More Living in the Gyre

We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

“Interesting times” could also be rephrased as “dark times,” as a dear Twitter friend described the state of the world the other day. Here’s a guest blog post from my friend Wayne Campbell. You can find his blog at http://www.wayaine.blogspot.com/ and his contact details are below. Wayne is particularly focused on gender issues, and through this … More We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Today has been surreal. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order has created chaos, anger and pain at many airports across the United States. Here are a few of the almost nightmarish occurrences, which unraveled on Twitter this evening. It went something like this: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (of all days) Donald Trump signs an Executive Order (EO) restricting immigration … More Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Christmas in Twitterland – A Pictorial Glimpse

Well, everyone knows I just love Twitter. It’s exciting, annoying, fun, very diverse and if I can manage to avoid Donald Trump’s tweets, I’m OK. I am @petchary. We had a moderately sociable Christmas – with family Skype sessions and friends for food and drink – but Twitter still kept me amused in between chatting … More Christmas in Twitterland – A Pictorial Glimpse

Environment/Climate Change News, Sunday, July 17, 2016: Mosquito Fogging, Overwater Suites, Haiti’s Greening, More

Here’s my latest selection of ten interesting articles. I hope you find something to explore here. I have included links (some are embedded, just click on the word/s). Feedback is welcome! Jamaica and the Caribbean: The International Seabed Authority, which regulates deep seabed mining, is currently holding its 22nd session at its Kingston headquarters, and is making an … More Environment/Climate Change News, Sunday, July 17, 2016: Mosquito Fogging, Overwater Suites, Haiti’s Greening, More

Three Cheers

As National Heroes Week draws to a close in Jamaica, here are three things the Petchary would like to celebrate, this Friday evening (apart from the fact that it’s Friday, of course)… HOORAY for the Bolivian indigenous protesters AND President Evo Morales, who has agreed not to run the highway through protected rainforest.  After having … More Three Cheers

Endings

There have been some endings recently.  Or perhaps, the beginnings of endings.  Yes, it’s over.  But… There seems to be a “but.” Firstly, the last combat troops left Iraq.  They rumbled through the darkness towards the Kuwait border.  The Petchary wondered how the soldiers felt as the desert moved by, as prosaic and as empty … More Endings