Monday, February 19, 2007


This pic shows Guatemalans queueing up on Friday morning to apply for a gun license. The day before 12 people had died in various shooting incidents around the country.

I spent the weekend in the comparatively tranquil setting of the Thames Valley, drinking Good Old Boy ale at the Bull in Stanford Dingley. To get there you have to pass the even more quaintly-named village of Tutts Clump.

We then had a swish and tasty Indian-Bangladeshi meal at a country pub in Lower Basildon that has had an incongruously uptown make-over as The Tamarind Tree. My father couldn't figure out the taps in the Men's room.

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