NO! NO CHANGE!

There´s a saying about the ruling political party: “They’ll change everything to make sure that nothing changes”. This philosophy has clearly permeated all Mexican life, at least retail, because it’s near-impossible to get any CHANGE. How can an entire economy be so strapped for coin? s? I needed money this evening to reimburse people’s travel expenses…

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,…

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…

Modest Disney

A rickshaw gives you a great vantage point to check out life around the streets: park, commuters in buses (scratched and dented to a degree where they look like they’ve been driven through a narrow tunnel and the chassis squeezed to fit), sidewalk-dwellers wrapping up against the glare of the streetlamps to sleep, looking disconcertingly…

Pearls before Finns

My boss and I went to a meeting in Gulshan yesterday. The world-famous Dhaka traffic impeded progress somewhat, but at least we avoided the most common problem – momentum turning into running in place – because boss kept directing the driver up and down cunning alleyway shortcuts. So it took a long time as always…

where has Linda been?

3 weeks in Mexico over the Christmas holidays. Surreal experiences: cactus forest, small children in a procession with brass band and live donkey, sunrise over the Pacific seen from a hammock, free New Year’s concert with the spectacularly inept singers of Los Tigres del Norte, navigational hilarity looking for the origin in the one-way grid…

Linda’s bread social

Since I‘ve only made it to shops (clothes, books)about three times since summer, I figured it’s ridiculous to think that I could start pro-shopping now, for consumer-Christmas. This dog’s forgotten those tricks. Last time I went into a clothes store was when the mail order people at [surprisingly pricy label for what it is] sent…