Final thoughts on Belize

Feb. 20th, 2019 08:37 am
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I guess it's really great, if expensive, if you are the kind of person who likes swanky resorts and canned day trips to do things like tubing and zip-lining. If you are more into cultural tourism and the odd day at the beach I think there are better, cheaper, alternatives. Yucatan, for instance, would offer as much in the way of beaches and Mayan ruins but be much cheaper and just as easy to get to. That might be even more true of southern Guatemala though that might involve roughing it a bit more.

If I did Belize again I'd probably stick in one centre; either San Ignacio or Belmopan, and do day trips. I'd probably use the local buses more to keep down costs. The buses are a bittricky as, unsurprisingly, they are set up to serve the locals rather than tourists but Belmopan seems like a reasonable "hub" for most of the country. It is, after all, the capital.

The only other more or less adventurous destinations I've been to are Peru and Thailand. I think I'd go back to either before I went to Belize again. Both have more to offer in the way of attractions and are much cheaper, despite it being a more expensive flight.

Interesting Links for 20-02-2019

Feb. 20th, 2019 12:33 pm
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Feb. 24th, 2019 05:07 am

Why Brexit is bad for our environment

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:46 am
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The BBC report on warnings by nature charities that Wales risks losing 80% of the laws that protect its environment after Brexit with no plans in place yet to replace them. They say that Wildlife, habitats, air and water quality could all be affected:

With less than 40 days to go until the UK is set to leave the EU, WWF Cymru's director Anne Meikle warned "the rug will be pulled out from our existing environmental protections".

In her letter to the government she writes that "without these principles and governance structures in place, decisions will be significantly less robust and potentially indefensible".

She said legislation would risk being inoperable and people would lose the right and mechanism to challenge government where they failed to apply environmental laws effectively.

Currently Wales abides by hundreds of regulations and standards which apply across the EU to protect nature and guard against pollution.

The UK and Scottish governments have already announced consultations on plans to replace these laws after Brexit.

But in Wales, where control over environmental policies is devolved to the Welsh Government, ministers are yet to make an announcement.

This is not just about transferring EU rules into Welsh law. Currently members of the public can complain to the EU Commission free of charge, who can decide to investigate on their behalf. The BBC say that the most recent example is a complaint by river groups over the Welsh Government's handling of agricultural pollution in rivers. How people get redress for breaches of the law and who investigates needs to be considered by the Welsh Government as well:

Over the years, rulings from Brussels have also forced action over emissions of toxic gases at Aberthaw coal-fired power station in the Vale of Glamorgan and the creation of a marine protection zone off west Wales to help the threatened harbour porpoise.

In England, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced proposals for a new independent body - known as the Office for Environmental Protection.

But in a letter to the assembly's environment committee this week, Ms Griffiths said she felt the model set out by the UK government was not a "workable approach for Wales" and promised a consultation later in February.

The Welsh Government really need to step up to the plate on this. It is just seven weeks until we leave the EU and they haven't even consulted on options. We cannot afford to allow our environment to be a victim of Brexit.
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Wales risks losing 80% of the laws that protect its environment with no plans in place, charities warn.

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Feb. 20th, 2019 09:21 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] dsgood and [personal profile] elekdragon!


Feb. 20th, 2019 09:21 am
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To: ,

Dear Home Secretary,

Apparently you have decided that the British citizenship of a young woman born in Bethnal Green -- and that of her week-old child -- can be revoked because the fact that her parents are of Bangladeshi heritage means she could theoretically apply for citizenship in Bangladesh, a country she has never been to.

Whether one regards Shamima Begum as a groomed child, a criminal, or both, it is profoundly abhorrent to adopt a policy wherein people with immigrant parents have a literal second-class citizenship, which can be revoked where that of others can't.

I have enough Jewish ancestry that I could apply to emigrate to Israel, if I had any desire to do so. Does that mean my British citizenship can be revoked?

yours sincerely,



Just One Thing (20 February 2019)

Feb. 20th, 2019 08:03 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Mid-Week Cheerleading!

Feb. 19th, 2019 11:50 pm
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Hello again! Welcome to the mid-week cheerleading post!

How's your monthly goal coming along? Do you need a little cheerleading to help you keep going? Come let us know in the comments!

If you need a five-minute task: Pick a window that you look at often and go wipe it down, then admire the view! (The window over my kitchen sink gets lots of streaks and splashes, and I'm tired of looking at them.)

This has been a difficult week for me, so I'm likely to be only sporadically in the comments this time. I hope you will keep each other company while I'm gone!

Help finding a source?

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:45 pm
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A couple years ago I saw a survey going around that asked fans, "What do you mean when you say you ship something?" It was about the meanings of ship beyond "I think these two will be happy and healthy together forever and ever". I can't find it now. Anyone remember it?

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