African Postman: Liberia Rules the Waves

Yesterday, all eyes were turned on Africa – and this mighty continent rarely makes the headlines – with the fifty-year sentencing of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor in the International Criminal Court at The Hague.  Mr. Taylor was charged with aiding and abetting war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone.  There is undoubtedly a sense of … More African Postman: Liberia Rules the Waves

Breath and the Sea

The Petchary came across a video recently of a surfer with the wonderfully gritty name of Garret McNamara, who recently found himself riding what is suspected to be the highest wave ever surfed. “Very mysterious, very magical,” is how McNamara described the 90 foot tall, dove-blue curve of water, fringed with foam.  The white track of … More Breath and the Sea

Nature’s Great Events: Beluga whale spa

Beautiful snow-white creatures. At first they look like the icebergs themselves, moving smoothly through dark blue ice-water. This is a “feel-good” video. A couple of minutes of delight. [vodpod id=Video.6862564&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] Nature’s Great Events: Beluga whale spa, posted with vodpod Related Articles Beluga whales get critical habitat protection in Alaska ( Conservation News Round Up 4-8-2011 … More Nature’s Great Events: Beluga whale spa

Life on Earth

An important, but rather low key, international conference took place recently, in Nagoya, Japan. It was the Tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.   Did you know that this year is – or has been – the International Year of Biodiversity?  It has not been widely recognized – and we … More Life on Earth


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


The Petchary was listening to the gloriously liquid guitar of Jimi Hendrix, flowing through the garden on a warm and sunny July afternoon.   An emerald green hummingbird hung in the air.  Delicious. Jimi’s album “Electric Ladyland” has a lot of watery references.  In the meandering, dreamy song “1983…A Merman I should Turn to Be,” he sings about he … More Underwater