• Archive for June, 2013

    Newspaper job losses and a racist cartoon

    by  • May 30, 2013 • Australasia, News, Opinion, Thoughts • 0 Comments

    290513 The Marlborough Express Al Nisbet cartoon

    Free school meals. Racial spending-priority stereotypes. Pushing the envelope. And general outrage. Al Nisbet’s cartoon appeared in The Marlborough Express, a daily paper at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, May 30th to much controversy and discussion. In his defence, editor Steve Mason said he had discussed the toon with senior members of staff. He said:...

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    Winter’s bad enough WITH the sun

    by  • May 13, 2013 • Awesome, Shorter, Travel • 0 Comments

    Last Antarctic sunset: credit ESA

    We thought we had it bad. The crews wintering in Antarctica this year just watched the sun disappear for three months. “The night brings darkness, promising a blackness to put fear in us, but also supplying a great spectacle – the stars, the Milky Way and something even more amazing”, crew member Antonio Litterio...

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    Slowboat down the Amazon

    by  • May 3, 2013 • Latin America, Longer, Travel • 0 Comments

    On the Amazon river between Iquitos, Peru, and the tri-border with Colombia and Brazil

    Men shout as the huge boat lurches sideways into the riverbank. There is a roar as the engines are rammed into reverse and it shudders away again with a creak, creak, creak, snap. Half a tree is wedged into the railings on the upper deck, dangling pathetically above the chocolatey water. Eager bugs crawl...

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