Monthly Archives: May 2011

Travelling light?

I have just finished packing for my trip on Friday. I got everything in my bag, sort of. Close enough that I can manage it all anyway. Out of interest, I weighed the bags: they total 23 kg (51 lbs), … Continue reading

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Going on a bear hunt

Yesterday I attended the orientation session for my trip with Peaceboat to Ishinomaki. In the run up to the series of bank holidays that occurs at the start of May called Golden Week, Peaceboat were overrun with volunteers and were … Continue reading

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Compassion my arse.

Here’s an account of the death of Big Rinty by his friend Erwin James: http://www.erwinjames.co.uk/blog/2011/05/14/ministry-of-silly-words/ And Prisoner Ben’s take: http://prisonerben.blogspot.com/2011/05/big-rinty-is-free.html? Denying compassionate release twice in the last 6 weeks of a man’s life, and then finally granting it the day … Continue reading

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Enough is enough

People suck. Right now, 6 men are sitting inside a tiny capsule inside an institute in Moscow pretending they are on a mission to Mars. They have been inside their tiny little capsule almost exactly a year and they are … Continue reading

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