Lead by obeying

The zapatista movement’s leadership principles – in chain-stitch embroidery!

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Neighbourhood showoff

I just have to brag a little bit about something for which I deserve absolutely no credit. But our neighbourhood is so cool. Too bad I can’t live here permanently. Within three blocks we have delicious tamales,. A carpentry workshop. A bike- and bicimaquina workshop, an underground craft beer brewpub, and TWO count’em TWO clown…

Visit Mexico! The SIGHTS…

Hug a cactus, try some organic moonshine, make a chia pet from local clay, walk in the hills or back streets, spot the best graffiti, gawp at art made by people who knew what to do with a chisel: Here’s some stuff to do when you come!

Likes

Most blog posts on here are about what I like, but here’s some not mentioned before: Public displays of affection – couples (also many over 16) snuggling or making out on street corners Flexibility: if the rule blatantly doesn’t make sense, the person in charge will disregard the rule. Some might say that this is…

Around Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a very aesthetically pleasing town with lots of radical street art, investment in cultural centres and exhibition spaces, wide streets, handicrafts… and Mexico’s tastiest cuisine. You should visit!! And everyone should do a ceramics tour and buy some pottery at Colectivo 1050 Grados – they have a shop on the delightful Xolotl square,…

Baseline

Chayote, odious white goods, comments on class and variable geography.

Weaving reflections

I’ve made friends with a couple of upscale women in textile handicrafts – they work on private sector ‘inclusive value chains’ i.e. getting better prices to artisans by encouraging them to make more market-friendly designs of their traditional weaving etc, and marketing that to rich folks. This is a fascinating area. I did an online…

Feminine frippery

-Whoah, a rook just flew off with my discarded ice cream cup. Now it’s perched on the back of a chair and sipping melted chocolate ice cream remains. Smart birds! Anyway, I was going to rant about neo-feminine blogs. What’s going on?? I refer to the phenomenon whereby every time I click ‘next blog’ here…