Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday 19th September 2014….another Pearson day with a twist!!!!

To continue with tradition no appointments today not seeing anyone but rather than pack up and go hiking early I decided to have a morning at home and I really enjoyed myself…..poached eggs and an English newspaper with breakfast…..did some laundry and then some sorting of computer work and catching up with e mails and then I re introduced myself to my lounge chair after almost 2 years!!!

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Around 2 o clock I did get my back pack on and for a change walked into town and did some errands and just enjoyed the weather and the music and the smiling faces…here are a few shots!!!

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This monster is allegedly owned by a Mexican lawyer…

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This is the history on the above statue..


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El Pipila, by Susana Bouquet-Chester, Ph.D.

At a high point outside Guanajuato City stands an enormous red-stone statue representing El Pipila, hero of the Mexican Independence. It is a tribute to a man who, in his own unusual way, set forth one of those small events that change the destiny of nations. The statue represents El Pipila as a strong man - legs apart, biceps bulging, holding a torch, ready to attack.

The monumental statue is a remarkable effort to immortalize El Pipila in Guanajuato City. However, he has not received sufficient recognition in his native town. Instead, Captain Ignacio Allende, another hero, received most of the honors. Both were born in what was then called San Miguel el Grande, meaning the "great town of San Miguel."

It is NOT generally known that El Pipila was born in San Miguel and that "pipila" is only a nickname. He was a modest peon who worked in the gold mines exploding dynamite. With a stone slab tied to his back, he protected himself from falling stones and other debris. In the dark tunnels he carried a torch to see his way. Captain Ignacio Allende, on the other hand, was the son of a wealthy Spanish nobleman. He distinguished himself in the military by his bravura as a daring horseman, and as a determined insurgent.

To this day, his impressive house, located at a corner of the jardin, the central plaza, is maintained as a museum. Unfortunately, it is practically empty of his belongings. At the entrance from the road to Queretaro, an equestrian statue shows him brandishing a sword above San Miguel. Every year a horse parade celebrates his birthday.

It was Allende who started the movement for independence, but it was El Pipila who won the battle in Guanajuato.

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It is 1810. Spain is fighting the French. Mexicans seize the opportunity to claim their independence. Captain Ignacio Allende, an expert horseman, launches the offensive. He gallops from San Miguel el Grande toward Guanajuato City. Mexican soldiers and hoards of barefoot Indians follow him.

The Spaniards, however, have barricaded themselves in the Alhondiga de Granaditas, an invincible fortress built of solid stone blocks. Its walls, three-foot thick and two-story-high, are surrounded by water. There are no openings in front, except for two large wooden gates. The back doors face the moat. The battle is absurdly uneven. From the top of the fortress, the Spaniards shoot at the rebels who are unable to climb the formidable walls. Captain Allende gallops from post to post, urging the rebels to double the strenuous but waning efforts. The Mexican soldiers are poorly trained and most of the Indians don't even understand Spanish.

It's a relentless carnage. The fight rages furiously. The moat overflows with dead bodies, turning the water red. The ammunition is running low.

Suddenly, unexpectedly, the winds of battle change their course. At a cantina across the street from the Alhondiga, El Pipila and a group of peons are drinking pulque, an alcoholic beverage. Driven by despair, El Pipila dons his stone slab, grabs a burning torch, and on all fours, makes a straightaway toward the nearest wooden gate. Crouching under his bulletproof cover, he sets the gate afire. The flames quickly spread and begin to consume the dry, old wood.

The rest is easy.

The rebels demolish the remains of the burning door with machetes, axes, sticks and their own clenched fists. They enter and by pure chance, shoot the Spanish Commander, injuring him in the right eye. The gushing blood blinds him completely. The Spaniards panic and throw down their arms and surrender. El Pipila is a national hero.

Everybody knows El Pipila's extraordinary achievement, but in San Miguel only a school carries his name. The modest house, where he was born, is unknown to most people. Only a small plaque, now dark and dirty from dust and fumes, is affixed to his house. The marker also bears his real name, a common name that nobody knows.

Even his nickname is belittling. It signifies hen-turkey-not a very flattering name indeed. Also, ironically, the statue does not truly represent our hero. If it did, it would show him on all fours, carrying a slab and wearing a loincloth.

The sculpture standing in Guanajuato City reminds us, however, of the hero's extraordinary capabilities. He dares to act on his own, without waiting for orders. . He is a man of creativity, transferring to the battlefield the experience acquired at the mines. He risks his own life to save his countrymen. He is a man of initiative, single-handed taking the offensive and leading his people to victory.

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  I enjoyed the walk and was back home by 6pm and I walked 16 km

Today was also the first day I think I did not ride Little Blackie

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There is a territorial struggle going on between my white cat the resident cat that I have been feeding for a long time…had an intruder today and they were not happy about the food allocation!!!!

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At sunset I walked a couple of blocks to the lake behind the house for these shots I cannot believe how high the water is in times past I could walk out at least another 100 yards…none of these photos have been edited all natural color!!!

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Another interesting article from the BBC website.

Andy Murray stance on Scottish referendum stirs feelings

Andy Murray's offerings on social media are rarely bland, often thought-provoking, and quite likely to increase the blood pressure of those employed to guide his career.

The tweet he sent in support of Scottish independence at one o'clock on the morning of the referendum was not written under the influence of alcohol. It represented the view formed by a man who had followed the arguments very closely, and even watched one of the leaders' debates while at the US Open in New York.

Murray knew what he was doing when he hit the 'tweet' box. And, although I suspect he underestimated the strength of feeling his intervention would stir, it was the action of a man who is much more comfortable with his public persona since becoming a Grand Slam champion.

Andy Murray

Nearly 20,000 people retweeted Murray's pro-independence message

If he believes something, he tends to say it.

And even if he does enjoy the ripples caused by his occasional swipe at 'the establishment', it is very refreshing to hear one of the world's leading athletes tell you what he really thinks. When Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki fell foul of the doping regulations last year, to the background of a fair amount of sympathy from other leading players, Murray was the only one to label them "unprofessional".

Nearly 20,000 people retweeted Murray's pro-independence message. His decision to go public took those close to him by surprise, as the 27-year-old had made clear in recent months that there was little to be gained from coming out publicly in favour of either side.

Andy Murray's Grand Slam finals record

2008 US Open

Lost v Roger Federer

2010 Australian Open

Lost v Roger Federer

2011 Australian Open

Lost v Novak Djokovic

2012 Wimbledon

Lost v Roger Federer

2012 US Open

Won v Novak Djokovic

2013 Australian Open

Lost v Novak Djokovic

2013 Wimbledon

Won v Novak Djokovic

His support in Scotland may well be enhanced, but there's no doubt that will come at the expense of his popularity among some living south of the border.

Murray still receives a dispiritingly high amount of ill-educated abuse eight years on from his jokey aside that he would be supporting ''anyone but England" at the 2006 World Cup, and Police Scotland has already been moved to comment about "vile, disgusting and distasteful comments" posted within hours of Murray's tweet.

Middle England took a long time to warm to Murray, but his achievement in winning the Olympics, US Open and Wimbledon within the space of 12 months gradually won them over, as he became the first athlete to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award with more than 50% of the public's vote.

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

"The 25 words he tapped out in the early hours of Thursday morning will make Murray's life more complicated"

Some will accuse him of hypocrisy for living in Surrey while advocating a break-up of the Union. Others may feel less inclined to support him in a British vest now he's intimated he would prefer to be competing for an independent Scotland.

Murray never struck me as an obvious Yes voter, and has taken great pride in representing Great Britain in both the Olympics and Davis Cup. I don't think that pride will be diminished in any way now the votes have been counted, but he will inevitably face many questions should he ever decide to opt out of a GB Davis Cup tie.

The Lawn Tennis Association has already begun the search for an indoor venue capable of hosting next March's Davis Cup tie with the United States. London's O2 Arena and Birmingham's National Indoor Arena are already committed to hosting other events that week, and the LTA may decide it would be a smart move to try to stage the tie at one of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games venues.

Murray is very entitled to express a view on an issue which drew nearly 85% of registered voters to the ballot box. I admire him for doing that, but suspect he may privately come to admit that silence would have been a better option.

The 25 words he tapped out in the early hours of Thursday morning will make his life more complicated, and follow him around for the remainder of his career.

I want to wish my readers a very hay weekend …les

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday 18th September 2014….a busy day!!!

Off to tennis this morning at 9am and it was really a great two hours we old guys play a mean tennis game!!!!

Came right home and showered and then went to pick up my friend Karen…..she and her husband Gregg own the house where I stayed in casita Doris a few years ago and we have been good friends…Gregg is coming down next month and Karen needed some things from Costco so off we went it is only a 45 minute drive and I picked up some things for Rita too……it was nice to catch up with Karen and we had a great visit.

After I dropped Karen at her casa I went and delivered the groceries to Rita and had a quick visit with her.

Home in time for another shower and off to my English class…..I do not normally teach the Thursday night class but Maggie and Giff had commitments so I said I would do it for them and when I need a day off they will sub for me.

All 14 students showed up and they are such a dynamic crowd….for homework on Monday I told them that today they had to come to the front of the class and talk on any subject they like for two minutes……I was thrilled at the different subjects they chose including the Titanic, uses of vinegar, the low minimum wage in Mexico and cancer and I told each and every one of them tonight just how proud I was of them in the three weeks we have been together I see huge steps forward in their confidence level and their abilities……we ended the class with  me giving them chocolate ..they love that.

So now relaxing with a cup of tea and no sports to watch…

This article below is taken from the BBC web site and I found it interesting!!!

 

 

"There's no good reason that women don't have the events that men do"

 

Is sport sexist? Six sports where men & women are still set apart

By Aimee Lewis BBC Sport

The world progresses at a rapid pace, but in sport it often stands still. Sometimes for decades. Sometimes for hundreds of years.

On Thursday, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews announced that it will admit women as members. The 260-year-old institution sent out more than 2,400 ballot papers to its patrons, and the result was 85% for yes.

Golf is often regarded as being out of step in a modern society that dances to an ever-changing beat. In a world where women now box at the Olympics, England's female cricketers and rugby union players recently went full-time and hundreds of thousands of women play golf both recreationally and professionally, the sport retains many of its traditions, archaic rules and inequality.

It is not alone.

Here we look at six sports in which differences between men and women remain, and examine why those distinctions continue.

Gymnastics: Showing off the female's grace and flexibility and the male's power and strength

Boys and girls will learn the basics, such as handstands and forward rolls, together but once they start showing potential, which is usually about the age of five, they will be separated by gender.

"Predominantly it's the same sport," says Scott Hann, coach of Commonwealth all-around champion Max Whitlock. "A somersault is a somersault and, in terms of technique and skills, they are very similar."

Claudia Fragapane

Men have rejected proposals to have music accompanying their floor routines

But male and female gymnasts share only two common events - the vault and floor (only women perform on the floor to music).

Why? Each event is designed to show off the gender's natural qualities. An opportunity for the flexible and graceful sequined-wearing female to sparkle and the biceps-bulging male to test his strength and power. Peacocking for both sexes, just through different means.

While women compete in four apparatus (vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor), men have six events (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar).

Max Whitlock

The rings, only competed on by men, test a gymnast's upper-body strength

"There have been no calls for women to do more," says Hann. "There have been a few suggestions to make the male floor routine to music, but there has been resistance as it would take the masculinity out of it.

"Female apparatus focus more on endurance, flexibility and legs. In the apparatus where they have to use their arms, like the uneven bars, they're usually hanging."

Athletics: No women's international decathlon competition of note 'for years'

The men's decathlon has been contested at every Olympics since 1912. But there is still no place at major championships for the women's event. Searching for details of the last women's decathlon competition to be held feels almost as energy-sapping as the event itself.

"This has been an official event for women for years, but it hasn't taken off," says BBC athletics statistician Mark Butler. "I can't remember the last time there was an international women's decathlon of significance."

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Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill won Olympic gold in the heptathlon in London

Toni Minichiello, coach of Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, says organisational difficulties - he refers to "bottle-necking" in the past in competitions with both men's and women's decathlon - and a lack of desire to expand from heptathlon's seven to decathlon's 10 events are reasons it is not popular.

"I wouldn't be a supporter of it, not at this stage, but I would certainly support adding another track event, maybe the 100m, and making it eight events over two days," says Minichiello.

Minichiello on the changes to consider

"The women hurdles are 2ft 9in while the men hurdle over 3ft 6in. Should the hurdles be higher? Are they favouring the shorter, faster flat sprinter? In the women's 400m hurdles, the barriers are so small they're insignificant, really. It's not a hurdling event. Elsewhere, the 1kg discus that the women throw, it's a bit pathetic because they are so much stronger than the implement."

"Every time women's decathlon has been raised by the International Association of Athletics Federations, there's been little support from athletes and organisers because of the logistics of putting it on. Budgeting and television also dictates a lot.

"If the event were to become, say, a decathlon next year, you would see a mass exodus and a new fraternity of athletes would appear. I certainly don't think Jess would attempt it."

Lacrosse: A no-contact rule which has remained unchanged for 124 years

When Dame Frances Dove returned from her voyage of America in 1890, the women's campaigner and headteacher of St Leonards School at St Andrews introduced lacrosse to her pupils, giving us the beginnings of the women's game.

Only stick contact was permitted, a rule still in place 124 years later, despite men being allowed full body and stick contact.

It was only this year that the sport's lawmakers agreed to unify the field size for men and women.

Lacrosse - the stick rule

The ball has to be seen above the side wall (the stringed net) of the stick for women as there is no body contact and stick work is more skilful. For men, the ball can be below the side wall of the stick as this deeper pocket allows the ball to remain in the stick when a player is body-checked.

Is there an appetite to allow women to have full body contact?

"In Australia, some women players suggested the women's game be full body and stick contact but did not pursue this after playing a game in the men's competition," says Janet Jackson, chair of women's rules for governing body the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

Bobsleigh: Do women have the power-to-weight ratio to push a four-man bobsleigh?

Men first began competing in the four-man bobsleigh at the 1924 Winter Olympics. The wait continues for women bobsledders.

Some have argued a woman's lower power-to-weight ratio, which results in a slower push start, is a hindrance, but former world champion Nicola Minichiello has a different opinion.

Nicola Minichiello and Jacqui Davies compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Minichiello became the first British female bobsleigh driver to become a world champion

"It could help prolong their careers because, with four in the team, that's less physical push exertion on the body," she says.

Women's bobsleigh is in its infancy - the two-woman bobsleigh entered the Winter Olympics in 2002 - and its growth continues.

This week the governing body, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT), agreed to allow four-woman bobsleigh demonstration races at this season's US trials, North America Cup races and the World Championships.

"It's too soon to be included at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but I expect by 2022 we will have equality," adds Minichiello.

Swimming: 'Allowing women to swim 1500m freestyle would add excitement for everyone'

Prior to 1968, when women were first allowed to compete in the 800m Olympic freestyle, the female of the species was regarded as too delicate to swim over long distances.

These days, the men's and women's Olympic schedule contains 17 events, with the only difference being men swim 1500m while women compete over 800m.

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Women are said to be against losing the 800m freestyle as an Olympic event

Sports writer David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,insists there is "no good physical reason" why women can't compete over 1500m at the Olympics.

Long-distance swimming

400m freestyle (men & women)

800m freestyle (women only)

1500m freestyle (men only)

10km marathon open water (men and women)

The women's 1500m freestyle is held at the World and European Championships, but the best long-distance female swimmers rarely compete. Why train for a non-Olympic event?

Fina, the sport's governing body, has looked at ensuring men and women race in the same events, but there is said to be reluctance from female athletes to lose the 800m as it would likely ruin their prospects over the shorter sprint events.

"In running events, the typical average difference between top men and top women is about 11% no matter the distance, from 100m to 10,000m. In long-distance swimming it closes to 6%," says Epstein. "There are women who would do very well in long swimming races."

Cycling: Is the sport's governing body missing a huge opportunity?

For female cyclists, the roads on which they race aren't paved with gold.

Female riders want equality in pay (there's no minimum wage for professional female road cyclists), equality in prize money and equality in racing (women can race up to 140km a day on the road, while men are allowed to ride 280km).

Emma Pooley

Female road cyclists also have concerns over coverage, funding and safety

Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley and world road race champion Marianne Vos have set up the Tour Entier, a campaign for a women's race at the most prestigious event of them all, the Tour de France.

"Not having some of these sporting events for women is just inertia from a time when it was believed women weren't sturdy enough for serious training and competition," says Epstein.

Former Olympic champion Nicole Cooke's retirement speech

"At the age of 12 one is unaware of the problems ahead. One expects there to be an infrastructure for both boys and girls to develop and demonstrate their talents; to nurture them. One does not expect that nothing is available if you are a girl or that worse still, girls will be specifically excluded, not allowed to compete. It is somewhat of a handicap trying to demonstrate just how good you are on a bike when you are not allowed to ride."

"In 1967, when Kathrine Swizer was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, critics told her her uterus would collapse if she ran too much.

"There is no doubt that there are important physical differences between men and women. They range from men's denser bones [which can support more muscle], taller stature, longer proportional limbs, to more oxygen-carrying red-blood cells.

"That, of course, is why we separate men and women for the purposes of competition. But the short answer is: there's no good reason that women don't have the events that men do."

Other sports where the sexes differ

Tennis: While men play five sets at Grand Slams, women can only compete over three sets.

Shooting: Women don't compete in the rapid fire or 50m pistol, nor at Olympic level in the double trap or 50m rifle prone.

Diving: Women take five dives, while men take six.

There are more weight divisions in Olympic men's boxing, wrestling and weightlifting than in the women's side of the sport.

 

 

As I write this the first declarations are coming in for the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country.

As I go to press the results are

SCOTLAND VOTES NO
  1. No 1,397,077
  2. Yes 1,176,952
  3. Yashi Kochi!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday 17th September 2014…short and sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A different blog today!!!

 

Went to yoga!!!!!!

Went to poker won yet again only 50 pesos though!!

Went to class….my students were awesome!!!!

Watching soccer…what is new!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday 16th September 2014……A holiday!!!

Today is actually the holiday here and most places are closed and it was easy getting to tennis this morning at 9am and it was a good competitive 2 hours and afterwards I stayed in town and watched some of the parade

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Enjoy all the children in their vibrant uniforms!!!

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and the shot of the day Mum and daughter!!!!

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It was wonderful to see so many folks enjoying themselves in the sunshine!!!!

Came home and got cleaned up and went to my regular Tuesday afternoon visit with Rita and Roger came over again and we chatted and played our card game…modesty forbids me from telling you who was the victor.

I went back into town and sat in Jardin for an hour just taking in everything these people sure know how to celebrate and have fun.

Tonight is soccer night a pre recorded game from this afternoon in England.

This was taken from the BBC website!!!

 

NFL running back Adrian Peterson

The initial reaction to the news that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had been indicted on child abuse charges was that it was the latest in a string of public relations disasters for the National Football League.

There's a key difference between how discussions are forming over the Peterson episode and the video-recorded elevator fight in which running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee, knocking her unconscious.

Once the Rice video was leaked no one - quite understandably - stepped forward to defend his actions. The Peterson story, in which the player is accused of punishing his four-year-old boy by hitting him with a thin tree branch, is fuelling an ongoing debate over when, or whether, it's permissible to use physical punishment as part of child-rearing.

 

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In that way it's become more like the discussion over changing standards of parenting - a mirror image of the "good old days" reminiscences of unsupervised children playing in parks and walking alone to the neighbourhood store.

Back in those halcyon days of youthful freedom, children were also spanked. And hit. And sometimes beaten with belts and sticks.

As the Peterson story indicates, however, those days aren't exactly gone. While studies indicate that corporal punishment for children in the US is declining, a 1995 Gallup survey found 50% of US parents still spank at least once a month, 20% still hit their children with a "hard object" and 5% slapped their children on the face.

A 2014 University of Michigan study found that 30% of US 1-year-olds had been spanked at least once.

It is legal in every US state for a parent to hit a child as long as it is "reasonable" - a definition that can vary based on community standards. Texas, the state in which the Peterson incident took place, has guidelines that advise "a blow that causes a red mark that fades in an hour" is likely not abusive, while more lasting injuries might be judged so.

During investigation of the May incident that left Peterson's son with cuts and welts along his legs, buttocks and genitals, Peterson reportedly told police that the "whooping" he administered was similar to ones he received as a child.

According to the police report Peterson later texted the child's mother: "All my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don't play no games when it comes to acting right."

The police report also said that the child had told the officers he had been hit by a belt in the past and that Peterson "has a whooping room".

As news spread, fellow NFL players tweeted that they had similar childhood experiences.

 

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Kids can't protect themselves, and most adults can't control themselves when they get frustrated and angry”

End Quote Mel Robbins CNN.com

"When I was kid I got so many whoopins I can't even count!" New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram tweeted. "I love both my parents, they just wanted me to be the best human possible!"

"What's child abuse in 2014 was normal in the 80s where I grew up and also with people in my age range," tweeted retired player Donte Stallworth.

Outspoken former professional basketball star Charles Barkley also came to Peterson's defence.

"I'm from the South," he said during CBS's NFL pregame show. "Whipping - we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances."

He continued: "I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That's a very fine line."

Yahoo Sports's Kelly Dwyer writes that Mr Barkley's "fine line" is bunk.

A Minnesota Vikings fan carries a stick before their game on Sunday. A Minnesota Vikings fan wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey holds a stick before her team's game on Sunday

"Charles Barkley just excused beating a child because his version of the American South had a lot of it when he was growing up in the 1960s," he writes.

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason agrees.

"I think Adrian Peterson is in a well of trouble, and I think he should pay a significant price," he said in a radio interview Monday morning. "I don't give a damn how he grew up."

CNN legal analyst Mel Robbins writes that the "cultural excuse is appalling":

 

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For some folks, the very act of questioning black parenting triggers concerns about racism”

End Quote Khadijah Costley White The Atlantic

"Let's just carry that to a logical conclusion. There was a culture of slavery and racial segregation in the South; does that mean we should carry it on now? Of course not. There's a culture of rape in India right now; does that mean it's OK to carry it on? Of course not."

She says violence against children should be illegal across the board.

"Kids can't protect themselves, and most adults can't control themselves when they get frustrated and angry," she writes.

In the Atlantic, Khadijah White worries that the discussion of a "culture" that's permissive of corporal punishment is becoming racially tinged. Peterson is black - as are most of the players defending him. Many of Peterson's critics - including the ones previously cited - are white. Studies have found that black parents are more likely to spank their children.

"For some folks, the very act of questioning black parenting triggers concerns about racism," she writes. "And for good reason. The absolute devastation of the black family during slavery shaped the very definition of freedom around the ability to raise one's own children."

It will be a travesty if Peterson becomes the symbol of "black male oppression", White writes.

"The black community is more than black men; violence is not love," she concludes. "And if you think the media coverage of men like Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson make black people look bad, then just think what it looks like when you defend and justify their abuse."

On Monday morning the Minnesota Vikings announced that Peterson, who had been sidelined for the team's game on Sunday, would be reinstated immediately and allowed to practise and play with the team going forward. The league says it's still reviewing the case.

"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child," the team stated in a press release announcing the decision. "At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action."

On Monday afternoon, Peterson also released a statement, which read, in part:

"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."

When Ray Rice hit his fiancee, he received a two-game suspension - later extended indefinitely following public outcry. Adrian Peterson hits his son with a tree branch - and is arrested for it - and he sits out one game.

One game, even though the NFL is under a harsh spotlight given recent high-profile domestic abuse cases.

Draw your own conclusions…I did!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday 15th September 2014…….the town is wild!!!!

Well here we go with another week and this morning it was yoga for me at 9.30am…I must say that I am happy that after hiking 16 miles on Friday and again yesterday that my body feels really good and the yoga which I find is more stretching so good for me!!!

After yoga I was in town doing some errands and let me tell you the town is packed with tourists all celebrating the holiday weekend….I was home by noon and after lunch got busy with chores…did some laundry and then cooked  myself dinners for three nights and two of them I put in the freezer.

I then washed Little Bluey and Little Blackie and then took it easy for a while…..

I moved the flag

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Egrets across the street!!!

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As I am doing the English classes three nights this week and because tomorrow is a holiday I did something I do not do very often I had a brainwave…rather than do book work in the classroom I decided to take my students on a field trip.

So just after 6pm when they were all in class I told them to follow me outside and at the gate to the school I told them we were going to go down to the Jardin to see the celebrations but they had to imagine they were in an English speaking country like Canada or Australia and I told them from when we leave the school until we come back they speak only English!!!!!

So off we went about 4 blocks to the Jardin and they were chatting to each other and as instructed in English.

The Jardin was busy and festive!!!!

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I followed them around and they were really into this I heard some of them asking to get their faces painted and all in English.

If you can believe it I had another brainwave…two in one day!!!!!

I really wanted them to be feeling they were in a country where only English was spoken and I wanted them to interact with other English speaking people but not me…they know me…so as I was walking around it was obvious they they very few Non Mexicans but I did see one lady having her boots cleaned and never being a shy guy I approached her and explained what I was doing and would she be willing to give me five minutes of her time to help role play and she said she would love to.

This kind lady was named Theresa and I had her stand close by and then I told the students that they were in a town and they needed something and to introduce themselves and ask Theresa for help…then I gave them all different roles..one to ask where the bank was, where the best restaurant was, where the hotel was and I even got Javier to try and ask her for a date……you know it was brilliant they all did so well I could tell they were nervous but they were good and I was so proud of them and Theresa was also right into it and she was such a good sport and in fact we attracted a crowd of people watching and listening..it was a huge success!!

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My students and Theresa!!!!!!

Back at class they all told me how much they had enjoyed that!!!!!  I so love being with them they are bright, energetic and really nice people!!!

I was going to stay in  town but the main festivities start at 10pm and I decided to go home instead.

Yashi Kocji!!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday 14th September 2014…..hiking day

Down town for 8am to meet the hiking group and today Pierre  i and myself were joined by two ladies Veronica who came on the hike last week and Carrie and we left in Carrie’s vehicle to the starting point of our hike and our first obstacle was getting to the towers you see here

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As you can see the sun was trying to come out but it really did not and it was a nice temperature to hike..

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Looking back we had lots of great views of the lake behind Linda and Guy’s casa!!

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Check out these flowers!!!

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Pierre, Veronica and Carrie!!

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It took us almost 3 hours to get to the summit of the crater

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We had lunch and then started back down the track

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We arrived back at the car and we had hiked 16 miles and it felt good.

Pierre invited us back to his home for snacks and my what a beautiful and large home he has…..it was a fun afternoon!!

I was back home just after 5pm  and went straight into an Epsom salts bath and relaxed……had dinner and can you believe a day has gone by and I have  not watched one single soccer, tennis, hockey, football,  tiddly wink game…a record I think!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!