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  • Salt, Stodge and Sarapatel: Getting Stuffed in Salvador de Bahia

    Salt, Stodge and Sarapatel: Getting Stuffed in Salvador de Bahia

    Never one to miss a trick, my son Herbie was immensely tickled at the name of the first airline we used in Latin American: LAN. “Felix would love it,” he said of his little brother who, much to my regret, I could not afford to bring along on this six-week trip. Herbie was referring to [...]

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  • Cariocans regain their swagger

    Cariocans regain their swagger

    Taipei Times ran a short feature I wrote on the atmosphere in Rio for Brazil’s World Cup quarterfinal with Colombia ahead of the semifinal clash with Germany on Wednesday. They made a complete balls up of the intro. so it now basically makes no sense. They also changed all kinds of things for no apparent [...]

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  • Barra Beach Beats

    Barra Beach Beats

    This is our fourth and final Day in Salvador da Bahia, the old capital of Brazil. I’m glad we made the choice to stay in the historic centre of Pelourinho. For all its seediness and decrepitude, it gives the traveller a taste a the real Brazil. It’s touristy but edgy, broken but charming, dirty and [...]

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  • At the Tomb of the Wild Bull

    At the Tomb of the Wild Bull

    Boxers don’t know they’re born these days. When I was a lad, they got knocked out before breakfast and still fought another 90 rounds with a broken jaw and one arm tied behind their back. Take Luis Angel Firpo, for example. Nicknamed the “Wild Bull of the Pampas,” this Argentine heavyweight was knocked down nine [...]

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  • The bucket list gets shorter

    The bucket list gets shorter

    On the advice of a nice Irish girl at our hostel in Palermo Soho, Herb and I took the metro from Plaza Italia on the green line up to Plaza San Martin on the blue to catch some of Argentina’s last group game vs. Nigeria. A short walk from the station, everyone was on the [...]

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  • Let’s Come Together

    Let’s Come Together

    In keeping with Proust, the olfactory sense is most often cited as most closely tied to memory. Yet, it is sounds – or more specifically music – that appear to me to anchor us to specific points of time in the past more strongly than anything else. On my travels, I have found that the [...]

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  • The Sunflower Effect?

    The Sunflower Effect?

    I’m writing this in a hostel in Buenos Aires, the first leg of what I hope will be the trip of a lifetime for me and my elder son Herbie. This past year or so of my life has been an extremely trying time for a number of reasons. First there was raising the money. [...]

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  • Latin Lessons: A History of Shady Relations

    Latin Lessons: A History of Shady Relations

      The following is the original text of an op-ed piece I wrote which appeared in today’s Taipei Times. I’m posting my original text because (naturally) I prefer it. There are several stylistic changes that I can’t see any good reason for and a couple of annoying mistakes, including in the very first sentence where [...]

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  • After Laughter Comes Tears: Wu-Tang’s Ghostface and Raekwon in Taipei

    After Laughter Comes Tears: Wu-Tang’s Ghostface and Raekwon in Taipei

    It’s hard to believe I was a month shy of my 17th birthday when Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) dropped in November 1993. Back then I can vividly recall running down Willesden High Road with a TDK copy in hand to breathlessly offer to my mate Jamal with the standard hip-hop imploration to “check dis [...]

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  • Let’s Stick to the Facts

    Let’s Stick to the Facts

    Everyone’s pissed off at the mo. I just got turned away from a 24-hour eatery across the road from my new place on Hot Spring Rd. because the boss doesn’t allow booze. In Taiwan. In a raucous stir-fry gaff. Seriously. The protesters who are currently making a move on the Executive Yuan, having occupied the [...]

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      As many as 45,000 people in Taiwan protested plans to extend the service lives of the country's two oldest nuclear power stations. […]
      I-fan Lin
    • Worst Drought In A Decade Hits Taiwan March 10, 2015
      As a subtropical/tropical island, Taiwan usually covers with wetness and green. However, last year, there were only two typhoons, the island is now facing the worst drought in a decade. Independent reporter Chu Shu Chuan reported that the storage of 12 major reservoirs is reduced to less than 50%, according... […]
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      Some netizens thought Taiwanese media coverage of the TransAsia plane crash, which killed at least 40 people, was too sensational. […]
      Timmy Shen
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      "I cannot help but feel sad. What makes us be so overcome with negative feelings when we see a minority who is different from us?" […]
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      Sinology is still unknown to many people, as Isma Ruiz writes after attending the I International Congress of Sinology in Spanish, last June at the University of Tamkang – Tamsui, Taiwan. Although the focus was translation and interpretation of classic Chinese books, the necessity of learning a new language when... […]
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