If you’re given lemons

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 It’s going to be a bit quiet round here for the next week or so – I’m working hard building a new site for myself. The site is to support my new venture – web consultant. Tired of applying for jobs and not hearing anything (or, more accurately, hearing that there’s […]

Balloon fiesta

Sunday, October 10, 2004 The balloon fiesta in Albuquerque is an annual week-long treat for the locals, and the balloonists. We went down on Saturday morning early, to see more balloons than I could image heading up into the blue blue sky. Even for amateurish photographers like me, it was like shooting fish in a […]

St Patrick’s Battalion

Thursday, October 07, 2004 Talking to Roque today, while getting one of his great carnitas in the plaza, and he is amazed I haven’t heard of Los San Patricios – the Irish who fought for Mexico in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. Seems a bunch of Irish soldiers deserted from the US army amid widespread […]

Soft day, thank God

Tuesday, October 05, 2004 It started raining here last night around midnight. And stopped around 5pm. And when I say rain, I mean hard thundery, tornado-warnings-in-force kind of rain. Some bouncy hail too. New Mexico houses don’t have guttering, they have little ramps that launch the water off the almost-flat roof and send it crashing […]

Sparx y Lorenzo Antonio

Thursday, September 30, 2004 Last Sunday I went to see the biggest selling New Mexican musical acts perform. One of the acts, Sparx, has sold over a million albums, and the other, Lorenzo Antonio (their chief songwriter and mentor, as well as a performer in his own right) isn’t far behind. 4000 people came out […]

Everyone is Here

Thursday, September 30, 2004 More Finn Brothers praise. The new album – ‘Everyone is Here’, is beautiful and positive and tender. And that’s not just my opinion. Salon today has a three-page hymn of praise to the songwriting talents of Neil Finn – ‘Let your mood downshift in the dusk one evening and the next […]