Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Wednesday 4th March 2015…a full day!!!

It seemed like I was in and out all day today my first trip to town was for yoga and then some chores in town before coming home…..did a load of laundry and then back into town for my afternoon of poker and yet again a big winner 200 pesos I am on a roll.

Back home for dinner then got ready and back again to town this time for my class…..another wonderful class tonight for homework their assignment was to be teacher for 5 minutes…so they take it in turn to come to the front of the class and be teacher….just amazing some of the ideas they come up with they are smart and wonderful students and I always tell they how proud I am of them!!!!

Finally back home by 8.30 and time for tea, the couch and a hockey game!!!!!


Top Retirement Destinations in the World Revealed

06/02/15 09:13

More of us than ever before are considering moving abroad. But the world is a big place, and deciding on the best possible places to visit can be a challenge in itself. Fortunately a new study aims to reveal the very best places to retire to in 2015 – and it’s arguably the most exhaustive and accurate study of its type ever undertaken.

Well-known lifestyle publisher International Living has just produced their “Best Places to Retire in 2015” report and makes for some fascinating reading. The study aims to rank each potential retirement destination according to a broad range of metrics. These include the cost of living, benefits for retirees and ease of integration. Furthermore, climate, infrastructure and the standards of healthcare are included.

Each of these metrics is rated on a scale of 1-100, and the average of all factors is then taken as their overall score. And having seen the latest rankings, the competition is fierce. The top two destinations both score over 90/100, while you’d have to go down to number 19 on the list to find a score outside of the top 20%.

So who are the winners? Have classic retirement destinations like Spain and Australia won through, or does the index tell us there are even better places to retire?

The overall winner – with a score of 92.7 – is Ecuador. This is one country that seems to have it all. Real estate is some of the best value anywhere in the world and the general costs of living are very low. The country has a very pleasant climate and a wealth of natural beauty to enjoy. A large existing expat community means that integration is generally easy while amenities are almost on par with Western standards.

Coming in a very close second – and a potential winner for next year – is Panama in Central America. Panama is openly courting retiree expats, offering a huge range of discounts on entertainment, dining and utility bills. These discounts can be sizeable and can make an already affordable country downright cheap for those with a Western pension.

According to expats in Panama, while there are fewer hospitals than you might find in the USA or UK, those that do exist should be considered on par with Western medical centres. Panama has an excellent infrastructure which makes getting around and enjoying life simplicity itself. Lastly Panama has a long-standing relationship with the USA, having been a popular holiday and retirement destination for decades. Panama is consequently more “Americanized” than many other countries, and this lends itself to a nation that welcomes and encourages Western expats.

Mexico, which benefits from a similar Americanized culture, comes in with bronze. Many expats say that getting hold of popular US products and services is simplicity itself in Mexico – the only real differences between what you would expect living in the USA as opposed to Mexico is that the climate is better and the prices are lower in Mexico.


Yashi kochi!!!!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Tuesday 3rd March 2015…..a lovely easy day!!!!

Nothing special to report this morning except two hours of great tennis in brilliant sunshine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Had some errands to do in town and came home in time for lunch before I went to Rita’s house for are usual chat and then Roger came over and we played our card game and Rita the winner again…..a lovely afternoon but this no dessert for lent gets hard at Rita’s house because she makes the best banana bread ever!!!!!!

This evening I went into town to go to the play readers night I have not been for a while and it is a good night out for 20 pesos the play tonight was good not great but enjoyable.

I was home in time to have tea and watch a pre recorded soccer game this was interesting for me because it was from my Brother’s home town…quite a good game that finished in a draw.

So as you can tell not too much to report except a nice day!!!





Gomez aboard a police helicopter Friday. Cartel boss aboard a police helicopter Friday.

La Tuta in jail but will it make a difference?

Violence on rise in Michoacán, where drug trade continues

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Mexico News Daily | Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The arrest Friday of Caballeros Templarios leader Servando “La Tuta” Gómez represented the most important blow against a criminal organization in Mexico’s history, says the chief of the Federal Police.

Enrique Galindo said the capture of the country’s most wanted criminal leader means the retaking of Michoacán and a parting of the waters in terms of security strategy.

However, one analysis suggests that the leader’s power was mostly symbolic, his cartel’s power having been reduced significantly by the combined efforts of community self-defense groups and federal security forces.

Gómez was arrested at a house in the state capital of Morelia after months of surveillance of gang members, including a messenger who freely and foolishly used a mobile phone.

The messenger, who was followed for the past four months, became linked with Gómez’ girlfriend, María Antonieta Luna Avalos, and in the end it was her delivery of a chocolate cake and other food to help celebrate the cartel boss’s birthday that led to his downfall.

Over the course of the past year other people close to Gómez were also identified, along with 10 houses, which were put under surveillance. Unusual movements were seen in one of the houses in early February, days before Gómez’ 49th birthday on February 6.

Cakes and other food were delivered that day to a home in the Tenencia Morelos neighborhood of the city, and it too was put under surveillance.

On Friday morning, shortly after 4:00am, Federal Police made their move when a group of people left the house, accompanied by one man whose face was covered. The long hunt for Mexico’s most wanted had ended.

Galindo said there are two key members of the Caballeros who are still at large, but won’t be for long.

Meanwhile, an analysis by InSight Crime notes that violence is rising in Michoacán, and suggests the Caballeros’ decline in the past two years created a power vacuum into which other groups have moved, notably the Jalisco Nueva Generación, which itself might have created self-defense groups to help it take control.

Other factors working against security in the state are the illegal drug trade, which continues to function, and institutional shortcomings such as the lack of effective local police forces and an equally effective judicial system.

Servando Gómez had several rural hideouts but his home was a farm about 40 kilometers outside Apatzingan where, according to police chief Galindo, “he felt comfortable, he felt safe.” Another hideout was a cave near his hometown, Arteaga, where authorities found wine, 18-year-old whisky, food and clothes.

Gómez and his men controlled about 50 methamphetamine labs and were involved in illegal mining, extortion and kidnapping, Galindo said while taking reporters on a tour of the Caballeros’ leader’s territory.


Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday 2nd March 2015…for a change an easy day!!!

Off to yoga at 9.30am and these classes are always good for me I think and then straight to my Spanish lesson…this was another good lesson and I getting a grip on the grammar Marysol loaded me with homework again but I like that…..did some errands in town and then was home by 2 o clock.

I took the afternoon off and read, lounged around and generally being a  bum!!!!

A bit different tonight no English class I changed days with the other teacher so I am teaching Wednesday and Thursday so I really had an easy day!!!!

My great friends and “family” in Nanaimo Heather and Kirby took their sail boat to Vancouver on the weekend and Kirby took these shots on the way home….


Don’t you just love these…


Kirby tells me this is a baby!!!


So grand!!!


Another different and interesting article I think!!!


How do you solve a problem like the 'Beefalo'?

By Anne-Marie Bullock Producer, Costing The Earth



When American Buffalo were cross-bred with domestic cattle, a hybrid dubbed the "Beefalo" was spawned. But the creatures escaped and are now causing environmental havoc in The Grand Canyon. Some want a cull, but is this the best way to deal with the animals?

There is a strange hybrid creature - an alien, the result of a failed breeding programme - causing havoc in the Grand Canyon.


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If a car gets in the viewshed between a calf and its mother, she will ram the car”

End Quote Martha Hahn Grand Canyon National Park

Its destructive ways are alarming both environmentalists and Native American groups who want it removed, yet tourists find it so intriguing they're putting their lives at risk to catch a glimpse.

So just how do you solve a problem like the "Beefalo"?

Out on the canyon's North Rim it's estimated that at least 600 beefalo - a crossbreed of bison and domestic cattle - are roaming.

This thirsty beast can consume 10 gallons each per trip to a watering hole, which means they can drink a source dry in no time.

But the animals' environmental impact doesn't stop there. They also defecate at the watering holes and their hefty weight compacts the soil.

Their leisurely dust baths and healthy appetites leave the ground bare.

Grand Canyon aerial shot The Grand Canyon National Park is a huge tourist attraction, drawing millions of visitors each year

While they wallow, other animals are pushed out and the ecosystem is thrown out of balance, say environmentalists. Insects and rare plants are affected along with the habitat.

Martha Hahn, science and natural resources manager at Grand Canyon National Park took us to Little Park Lake, one of the key water sources, to show us the damage.

"When we're looking at 2-300 bison using this one water source, they can drink it dry pretty quickly," she told BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth programme.

"In terms of what could be here, 80% of our vegetation and other species rely on these very limited water sources. Lakes like this in the park and surrounding area - there are probably seven in total.

"If they're depleted in terms of water those other species will be affected."

Tom Sisk from the University of Northern Arizona has been studying the effects by fencing off half the grazing area but the mighty beefalo have simply broken down the fences.

Damage at water source The animals are causing extensive damage at some of the Park's valuable water sources

Martha Hahn fixing hole in fence. Martha Hahn fixes beefalo damage to a fence. Barbed wire poses no obstacle to the mighty beasts

Six hundred may not seem many in the massive expanse of the Grand Canyon but as a herding animal their impacts are being concentrated around the most sensitive areas.


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We really are seeing a dramatic increase in the population size”

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However Native American groups, for whom the canyon is a spiritual home, have also seen ancient ruins destroyed as the animals rub along the stone structures.

We'd factored in a whole day's hiking to search for the beefalo as they herd together and can move great distances. But we couldn't have been more surprised when we came across hundreds right near the park entrance, just alongside the road.

"It's quite amazing. Frankly I've never seen this many bison in one view in all the years I've worked here." Tom Sisk told us.

"It was just a few years ago people were writing stories about the 'ghost bison' of the Grand Canyon. They'd go out for days and see the impacts but never see an animal. So we really are seeing a dramatic increase in the population size."

Beefalo Conservationists say beefalo numbers have exploded in recent years

Beefalo calf The animals were the result of a failed breeding experiment to produce a hardy, commercial animal

Tom Heap (L), Tom Sisk (C) and Martha Hahn (R) Costing the Earth presenter Tom Heap (L) was given a tour of beefalo sites by Tom Sisk and Martha Hahn

Tourists also stop to get pictures - some taking more risks than others.

"We're getting around an accident a day," Martha told us, "if a car gets in the viewshed between a calf and its mother she will ram the car. Drivers have also accidentally hit animals on the road at night."

It was Charles "Buffalo" Jones who started breeding the animals in 1906. At the time, bison - an iconic animal - were low in numbers and he crossbred them with domestic cattle to produce a hardy, commercial animal.

When he gave up, the remaining animals were managed by the state and numbers controlled by limited hunt licences. However when the animals ventured into the National Park, where hunting is banned and no natural predators exist, their numbers started swelling - by an estimated 50% a year.

The animals do venture outside the Park boundary in the closed season (when hunting is banned), and Martha Hahn even thinks they may have learnt when the hunting season starts and ends.

"The first shot they hear they'll move. The lead one will know and you'll see that one heading out and the rest of its herd - 200 plus - following in a line, some of them even running," she explains.


Other hybrid animals

Liger cubs

  • Liger - The liger is the result of a cross between a male lion and a female tiger, and occur only in captivity. They are the biggest of all big cats, reaching lengths of up to 3.5m.
  • Pizzly bear - Also known as a grolar bear, it is the progeny of a polar bear and a grizzly bear. Examples exist in captivity and in the wild - in areas where the species' ranges overlap, such as the Canadian Arctic
  • Africanised honey bees - They came about in the 1950s when European and African honey bee sub-species were cross-bred to boost tropical hardiness. But the aggression with which hybrids guard their hives earned them the sobriquet "killer bees".


The authorities have been consulting on the best way to deal with the animals. While some hunters would readily add such a beast to their tally, many Native American groups are opposed to killing for sport.

The options include lethal but also non-lethal methods: corralling, herding or administering contraception. But any efforts have to be effective, raising the issue of who receives any surviving animals.

Some have suggested tribes that have traditionally lived alongside bison should benefit to help pass on cultural traditions, but other parties including media mogul and ranch owner Ted Turner have also offered assistance.

Any control measures won't take place until next year but in the meantime, the numbers grow, tourists flock and the damage continues


Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sunday 1st March 2015….rabbits, rabbits, rabbits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March already so hard to believe is this a sign I am getting older!!!!

Was at the gas station for 8am for the regular Sunday hike my buddy Pierre could not come today so I went with the regular group and 16 of us went to a campo and hiked from there I had not done this hike before and I enjoyed the company and the views I hope you do too!!!!!





In this shot above at the top and in the middle of that ridge is a cross sitting atop the hill later in the hike I will go up there



I think he is giving me the eye taking no chances with him!!!!




Young cowboy!!!





Views from the cross…





It was an enjoyable morning not the long hike like we normally do but still lovely.

I stopped in at the grocery store and did something I do not do often I bought a steak…..I do not really eat beef here in Mexico but felt like a BBQ steak tonight…

Came home and in no order did some laundry, washed the car and the scooter, did lots of homework, snoozed, cooked dinner which I had with fresh peas, turnip and carrots and the steak and it was really good!!!

After dinner I walked down to the lake to take in the sunset hope you enjoy!!!




I have made no alterations to the above shot!!!!


Good article I think!!!

Sexism in rugby? Women's World Cup winners tackle new challenge

By Chloe Hubbard BBC Sport

"I was on the sideline once and an old-boy just standing there shouted 'Calm down sweetheart'. It made me rage, but I just had to not respond and think, 'OK, he's ignorant, that's his problem.'"

Katherine Merchant and Rochelle 'Rocky' Clark are Rugby World Cup winners with 156 caps between them.

But as women coaching men's rugby teams, they still encounter on a routine basis the sort of sexist attitudes Merchant recounts.

Clark, 33, who won her 98th cap in England's 11-8 Six Nations defeat by Ireland on Friday, and Merchant, 29, who was forced to retire last year after 58 caps, coach two men's amateur outfits: Buckinghamshire New University and Chesham Stags.

Both have improved exponentially since the pair took over coaching duties in 2010, but this does not stop some referees and opposition coaches being baffled by the idea of women in charge.

The pair are regularly mistaken for being team physios by officials, or even completely ignored by opposition coaches who often mistake male spectators as the team's coach.

Katherine Merchant in action during the Rugby World Cup

Merchant scored an impressive 44 tries in 58 caps for England

"I normally shrug it off," Merchant says. "But it does make me a bit mad because fundamentally people just need to realise there are female coaches out there and they are good at what they do, otherwise they wouldn't be coaching.

"I'd understand it more if I was quite casual, but when I turn up in coaching kit and I'm clearly coaching and you still can't realise, that's when it's a bit like - really? "

Referees and opposition staff regularly assume Clark's house-mate Karl Cross, an avid supporter and a women's rugby coach himself, is the men's team's coach. "Quite often Karl will get mistaken for being the coach and he's having a pint on the sideline," Clark says.

Merchant adds: "It makes me mad because the other coaches will come up and automatically go to shake his hand. They automatically assume he's the coach even though he's in jeans and turned up later - I find it frustrating that they can't seem to grasp it."

Is there a lack of education in the men's game?

Chesham supporter and women's rugby coach Karl Cross

Cross, a supporter of the Chesham women's team, is mistaken for the coach

Cross thinks so. "Quite often officials from other clubs will come up and speak to me. It will be the referee or opposition coach, and they'll ask to talk to me about kick-off time, or how many players we've got.

"Often 'Rocky' and Kat will be stood there in their training kit actually going through the process of coaching, while I'm just stood in the background.

"I do find it strange, but most of the time it happens at clubs where they don't have a women's team so it's alien to them."

As a supporter, Cross often overhears sexist comments aimed at the women. "I've heard comments from other team's coaches saying things like 'women coaches- that's bizarre, what's that all about?'

Kat Merchant lifts weights in a gym

Merchant, now retired, works as a personal trainer

He recently attended a coaching course where one of the other delegates asked him who he coached.

"I said 'I coach Bletchley women's side'. He said, 'Oh, our club has a women's team, they played Peterborough the other week'. I replied, 'Cool, was it a good game?' To which he said, 'I don't know, I didn't watch, but the Peterborough team were a lot better looking than ours.'

"This is a completely true story, along with the many others where people ask if we shower together."

Both women accept this is part of the process, but hope things will improve. "We hope that they realise once they play us and the guys are performing well that actually that's down to good coaching," Clark says. "The boys have a lot of respect for us, it's part of the territory but it is changing."

Merchant says she was never fazed by coaching men. "I've had a lot of people ask me that, and ask how was the first session, how do they take to you being a woman? And I always say 'what do you mean?' Because it didn't occur to me; it doesn't ever enter my head."

Is it weird for players having a female coach?

Not at the Chesham Stags. The players see their coaches as international athletes. Their sex is irrelevant.

"It's brilliant, what they've done," number eight and team captain Jack Davies says. "They are inspirations to us and they've achieved more than any of us could dream of achieving, especially for 'Rocky' (Clark) to get nearly 100 caps now, it's amazing. And it's a massive selling point for our club. They're not just women, they're world champions - they're the reason people come to our club."

Rochelle Clark dives over to score a try against Scotland in last year's Six Nations

Clark dives over to score a try against Scotland in last year's Six Nations

Winger Billy Moore adds: "They're brilliant coaches, they're the best coaches I've ever had. I know when I play I put in 100% every week because they're watching and I want to impress.

"You don't notice they are female, it doesn't make a difference. They're awesome coaches, it's just normal."

Prop Jon Barnes is similarly effusive. "I think it's brilliant to have people who have played for England at that level so many times, I particularly like working with 'Rocky' because she's a prop like me and all the technique I've learnt from her is invaluable. I love it."

Are there advantages to being a female coach?

Clark and Merchant coach the Chesham Stags women's team as well as the men's. Merchant, who was forced to retire because of a concussion sustained during last year's World Cup, has also taken over coaching responsibilities at Worcester women's side.

Both say there are subtle differences between coaching men and women.

"The difference is women want to know 'why?' a lot more, which you can probably imagine, whereas the guys will do it without thinking," Clark says. "Probably that's the main difference, but you get the same amount of banter.

"There are quite a few advantages. When a guy needs an arm around the shoulder because he's had a bad day at the office, we can do that. If they need to be told they haven't performed very well, I can do that as well. Being able to read the player as an individual is important."

Merchant adds: "It's unique and when you get lads who are really on board and are open to it, they're really up for it and it's brilliant. The point we really want to make is that it shouldn't matter whether it's a male coach or a female coach, it's just a coach. And is my coaching knowledge good enough? Am I suited to that team?"

"I hope that if we weren't World Cup winners the guys would respect us as coaches anyway, but I think it does give you something. The higher the level you play at, they think you know what you're on about."


Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday 28th February 2015…..a busy day!!!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record but here it is the last day of the month..the sun is shining and I started my day with breakfast whilst watching a live soccer game from England….the game finished in time for me to get down to the tennis courts for two hours of wonderful tennis always enjoy these mornings.

After tennis I went to help transport Sara and her stuff to her new house sit and then came home.

Made lunch and packed up food and drinks and went to get the kids an we went to the swimming water park they enjoy so…..the weather was perfect and they had a blast!!!!!




Andreas coming off the slide!!!


Leonardo getting some air!!!

They were so well behaved and enjoyed the sandwiches and fruit and their juice.  We stopped again at the market on the way home and bought some fruit for them to take home…..they were a delight today!!!!

I called in at my favorite pizza place and took home a nice pizza for supper. 

Now relaxing watching the first of two hockey games…life is good!!!!


Enjoy this I did!!!!!

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you
read to the end!!!!!!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It
is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short - enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
family will.
5.Don't buy stuff you don't need.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don't worry; God never
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will
this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive but don't forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or
didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday 27th February 2015….an almost Pearson Day……

Boy the Fridays get here really fast and today the first part of the day was a true Pearson day…..It was lovely sunny and warm and I got packed up and left just after 9am for an eco park on the road to Querétaro….it was an easy 45 minute drive to the turn off



It was about 7km up hill


lovely scenery




This area is not only a park but also a really nice camping area


There are many trails to chose and I went on one that gave a great view of the valley



After my Camino I love it when I see arrows pointing the way!!!


As I was siting having lunch in the middle of the trail these two couples came by and stopped and talked and one of the ladies said I met you two years on a hike near San Miguel..I had no recollection but she even told me that I had given her the desire to go to the Baja and see the whales and that I had given her my blog site…I still did not remember her but said of course now I remember you…small world!!



This is the church back in the town


It was a great day and I was home before 5 o clock in time to get ready to go get Sara and four of her friends to take them to the Botanical gardens to see the migration of the birds..I have seen this before and it is a wonderful sight…enjoy these great shots!!!!







We were enjoying the sights when the birds arrive and there were hundreds of them….







It was a great evening!!!

Now home and watching live tennis…had a really wonderful day!!!!


Mexico captures Knights Templar drug lord Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez


Mexican police say they have captured the country's most wanted drug lord, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez.

Mr Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, was arrested in Morelia in Michoacan state without a shot fired, police officials said.

Previously a school teacher, he became one of Mexico's most powerful drug lords and took control of Michoacan.

His capture is a coup for the government of Enrique Pena Nieto in its fight against the drug cartels.

A police spokesman told local media the arrest followed months of intelligence work in the region.

Police reportedly seized nearby properties in the weeks leading up Mr Gomez's capture and arrested several of his associates.


Analysis: Katy Watson, BBC News, Mexico City

Police in Mexico City, 27 February

There are lots of theories as to the origin of the nickname La Tuta, but it seems that for most it's just another mystery.

While La Tuta's capture may be a coup for the administration of Enrique Pena Nieto, the fallout in the state of Michoacan is not clear. It is a poor and violent part of the country, the battleground between drugs cartels and vigilantes trying to oust them.

As one security expert told me, this was a man who was not just in charge of a drugs empire, he wanted political power too - and in politics you gain as many enemies as you do friends.

Perhaps that is what led to the net closing in in the end?


Meth trade

Known by his nicknames "La Tuta" and "El Profe", Mr Gomez ruled over much of Michoacan state as head of the Knights Templar cartel.

"El Profe" refers to his career as a teacher, while theories abound about the origins of "La Tuta".

Mr Gomez evaded capture for years while other senior members of the gang and rival drug lords were captured or killed.

By the time of his arrest, he had a $2 million (£1.3 million) bounty on his head.

Knights Templar was primarily a drug cartel and it controlled a large part of the lucrative methamphetamine trade in western Mexico.

But it was also known for mixing in business and politics in the region and even took effective control over the state's international port, Lazaro Cardenas, making millions of dollars from illegal mining of iron ore.

A federal government offensive in 2013 saw the Pena Nieto administration wrest back control of Michoacan state from the Knights Templar and rival gangs.

As leader of the biggest cartel in the region, Mr Gomez became the prime target of Mr Pena Nieto's crackdown.

The administration has been criticised for failing to tackle the drug gangs, with vigilante groups forming to take on the dealers illegally.

A vigilante stands guard on a bridge during a blockade on a highway near the town of Uruapan in Michoacan state Vigilante gangs formed to combat the drug dealers have also clashed with police

Mr Gomez's arrest comes just over a year after the capture of the country's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Shortly after Guzman's capture, Mexican security forces killed two of Mr Gomez's senior deputies, Enrique "Kike" Plancarte and Nazario Moreno, known as "The Craziest One".

Unlike many rival gang leaders who carefully avoided the limelight, Mr Gomez regularly gave media interviews and railed against the government in Youtube videos.

Mr Gomez began life in the drug trade as an small-time marijuana dealer, before joining a Michoacan gang called La Familia and rising to a senior level. A split in La Familia led him to form Knights Templar.

A father of at least seven, Mr Gomez was also wanted by US authorities in connection with the 2009 murder of 12 Mexican federal police officers.

Yashi Kochi!!!