Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Honduran Lempira

Lempira was the ruler of an indigenous people in western Honduras named the Lencas. During the 1530s he was a war captain and led a resistance against the Spanish conquest of the region. To honor his memory the Honduran currency bares his name.

Alfombras in Comayagua

Comayagua (Come-a-ya-gwa) is a colonial town located in central Honduras. Every year during the Christian holiday of Holy Week extensive celebrations take place. One of these is the making of alfombras (al-fome-bras), or carpets, on Good Friday. These carpets contain elaborate religious designs that are made from stenciling dyed saw dust from pine wood. Artists create the carpets for display by working for up to ten hours designing such images as the last supper and ornate patterns. Spectators can admire the creativity of the carpets until 10:30pm when they walked over by the Procession of Vía Crucis (Vee-a-Croo-sis). Although the celebration is considered Catholic, Hondurans of all faiths enjoy the dedication and artistry that is apparent in the carpets.


Copan is an ancient Mayan city in far western Honduras. It was considered the Paris of the Mayan kingdom as it is most famous for its portrait stelae. Peoples first lived established a kingdom in the area around 159. The area reached a peak during the 5th century, but declined greatly during the 8th-9th century. The site today is easily accessible and is one of the most important tourist attractions in Honduras.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New World Order

Like the terrorists it will have to build international networks, Gen Kimmitt says, making better use of "soft power" - diplomacy, finance, trade and technology...Instead, he argues that the US military must try to break down "old mind-sets and bureaucracies" and build new relationships with other agencies - like the FBI, the police and the state department...

Friday, February 03, 2006

Words of Wisdom

This raises another more general problem: the inability of the West to defend itself intellectually and culturally. Be proud, do not apologize. Do we have to go on apologizing for the sins our fathers?

Monday, January 30, 2006

Jobs at Disney

Former Apple board member Edgar Woolard Jr. talks about the man, his vision, and how he'll likely contribute at Disney

Thursday, January 26, 2006


She is seen as the woman who grew up in the segregated South and yet battled her way against prejudice to become an accomplished ice skater, talented pianist, leading academic and now secretary of state.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Liberty Hotel

Activists angered by a US Supreme Court ruling that homes can be demolished for public developments are trying to seize the home of one of the judges involved.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


Thursday, November 17, 2005

Fine Food

But Hunter points to the experience in San Diego, where the number of illegal migrants arrested is one-sixth of what it was before the fence was built. "People have made stupid editorial comments about the Great Wall of China," he says, "but the only thing that has worked is that fence."

Democrats want a broader bill that goes beyond border enforcement, but they found plenty on which to agree with Republicans yesterday -- particularly sending a message to Mr. Bush...Democrats criticized both Congress and the Bush administration -- blaming the former for underfunding homeland security and the latter for failing to take border security seriously. "No matter how many laws Congress passes, if the administration doesn't act upon and enforce those laws, then our nation is at risk," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and the committee's ranking member.

Families of four or five are dismissed as something for the less educated, the parochial or the pious who have the time to waste changing diapers and nursing. In contrast, the new childless European citizen is otherwise too engaged in travel, fine food, global moralizing and intellectual pursuit.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


The company refuses to hire people more than a year or two out of university, for fear that experience in the conventional business world will taint their freshness of mind. Google googles the Internet for its own purposes, ceaselessly...It tried to recruit a South African schoolboy I know because it was so impressed with his web page. (He turned them down in favour of going to university, probably a mistake).

Saturday, November 05, 2005


At events across the state, including a pro-marriage rally in Arlington, leaders of the state's Republican Party joined leaders of the black and Hispanic communities to get voters to the polls in support of the amendment.