Continued at Sicily Scene.
On June 13th 2009 I will make the longest Journey of my life.
I will fly from Heathrow to Lima in Peru.
That's a 14hour flight all on my own and I have never even been to Heathrow Airport.
The reason for this trip is to meet up with Geoff and spend two weeks in Peru which will include walking the Inca Trail.
Once I have met up with Geoff in Lima we will make our way to Cuzco to meet up with Emily, who is doing some voluntary work there from April 1st.
Now you will be wondering where Geoff is off to.
Well on April 7th he is off on a three month trip which will include going to Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands before he finally meets me in Lima.
My emotions about this trip are all over the place, excited, scared, amazed, shocked, and also sad, sad at the thought of Geoff being away for 3 whole months.
Most of all I am very excited as I know this will be the most amazing trip for both of us.
Once he returns from Les Gets we have 2 months to get the trip planned, which will be a very exciting time.
Crossposted at Sally in Norfolk.
Once, in a moment of exhaustion after 12 hours of finals-week grading, and after reading a hilariously pretentious academic study about the neoliberal racial rhetoric of America's Next Top Model, another grad student and I semi-jokingly decided to conduct a study titled: "Multiparadigmatic gender modes of hegemonic ape feces in subaltern counterpublics."
We just want to see if we can get a journal to publish it.
A recent post from Ruthie at Zaftig
The Iceland on Thames quip made by Brown ally Will Hutton yesterday seems to have struck a chord with a number of people.
Like Iceland, Britain's economy is dwarfed by its banking sector which threatens to drag the whole country down into the the swamp of endless debt. At £2000 billion, RBS's balance sheet is bigger than the UK's annual GDP which, according to yesterday's EU economics data, is just over £1400 billion. Taken together, the UK banks make our economy look puny. 80% of their business is overseas, yet it is the British taxpayer that will pick up the bill for bailing them out.
Via Laban Tall, I discovered this wonderfully pessimistic blog UK Bubble. Yesterday, its author Alice Cook said:
Today was an historic moment. The RBS and its barely comprehensible loss signaled the end of an era. The days when finance was the engine of the UK economy are definitively over. The UK banking sector has become the 21st century equivalent of coal mining; over-staffed, over-paid, and profoundly unproductive.
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