Friday, February 29, 2008


Trip Advisor lists

Photo - Bogor, Indonesia

Top 10: Hidden Gems in Europe, according to TRIPADVISOR
Golden Well (U Zlate Studne), Prague, Czech Republic
Anastasis Apartments, Santorini, Greece
Ikies - Traditional Houses, Oia, Greece
Residence Corte Grimani, Venice, Italy
Arcadia Residence, Prague, Czech Republic
Coswarth House, Padstow, England
Casa Leone, Chania, Greece
Hotel Tagoo, Mykonos, Greece
Enigma Hotel Apartments, Fira, Greece
Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo, Venice, Italy

Dirtiest Hotels in the UK, according to TRIPADVISOR

Nanford Guest House, Oxford, England
Manor Court Hotel, London, England
Britannia Hotel Stockport, Stockport, England
Europa Gatwick, Crawley, England
Whiteleaf Hotel, London, England
Park Hotel, London, England
County Hotel, Carlisle, England
Britannia Hotel Birmingham, Birmingham, England
Eden Plaza Hotel, London, England
Britannia Country House Hotel, Manchester, England


Tuesday, February 26, 2008



Happy healthy Cuban -

What is Cuba really like?

The Cuban people got sick and tired of the US puppet Batista and replaced him with Castro.

Castro refused to sell Cuban produce to US corporations at the same low prices Batista had sold them at.

This affected companies like PepsiCo and United Fruit.

Castro kicked the CIA out of Cuba.

Castro shut down the casinos operated by American mafioso.

The US has blockaded Cuba to starve it into accepting a US puppet.

(Would Somebody Finally Tell Me Why Cuba Is My Enemy?)

Cuba is very much wealthier than Haiti which the USA tries to keep as a sort of colony.

Cuba is very much safer than Jamaica which has its drugs gangs.

"Compared to neighboring Haiti, the favelas of Brazil or even post-Katrina New Orleans, for that matter, Cuba is Switzerland...

"I don't compare Cuba with Sweden, France, Lichtenstein or Canada. I compare it with Jamaica, Brazil and... Mississippi. It comes off quite well in comparison with other territories in the 'arc of slavery'". - David Seaton's News Links

Cuba supplies doctors to Venezuela, and Venezuela supplies oil to Cuba.

In Cuba life expectancy is 76 years for men and 80 years for women. (UN)

Life expectancy in the Calton district of Glasgow in the UK is 54. ( In Iraq, life expectancy is 67. Minutes from Glasgow city centre ... )

"Mr Castro's supporters point out that he used his power to give Cubans world-class health and education services...

"Many Cubans praise their free health and education services." - (The Economist The comandante's last move )

Many Cubans make extra money from small market gardens, running taxi services and other small businesses. ( The comandante's last move )

There is no malnutrition in Cuba. (The Economist 21 February 2008 The comandante's last move )

"The government announced in December (2007) that it would sign the United Nations covenants on human rights." (The comandante's last move)

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Why must we all copy Cuba?

Cubans have high life expectancy and literacy. Cubans do not use much oil.

A study of 93 nations has found that only one nation - Cuba - is developing sustainably.

Cuba is the only nation which:

(1) provides a decent standard of living for its people and

(2) does not consume more than its fair share of the world's resources.

New Scientist (World failing on sustainable development - earth - 03 October 2007 ... / Cuba Flies Lone Flag for Sustainability - Indymedia Ireland) provides the details:

"An international team led by Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network looked at how the living conditions and ecological footprints of 93 nations have changed in the last 30 years.

"They used the ecological footprint (EF) index, a tool devised in 1993 by Wackernagel and William Rees, his PhD supervisor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. EF quantifies the area of land required to provide the infrastructure used by a person or a nation, the food and goods they consume, and to reabsorb the waste they produce, using available technology."

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Paraguay, Uruguay, Moldova

Highlights of Paraguay Tour

Estancias -ranches in the Uruguayan countryside.

Chisinau - Moldova