Yesterday, during the pre-World Cup friendly between England and Peru being played at Wembley Stadium, there were three goals scored, but the moment that captured the most attention has been this unbelievable, incredible paper airplane toss
Huayhuash: Mountain Biking in the Andes
- This spectacular range is remote and forbidding. In early 2014, three friends set out on a mountain bike adventure during the rainy season, encountering jaw-dropping vistas and challenges galore. In addition to the video, the trip is chronicled in a beautiful (but potentially browser-busting) multi-media feature in Bike Magazine
; also, via a photo gallery in Outside
Inside, please find a list of forty-three movies, TV episodes, and short subjects by Werner Herzog
, all of which can be streamed, along with some short descriptions of their content. One or two of the films are in German without subtitles; this is noted in the description. [more inside]
It all started on Christmas Eve 1965
(Google books preview), as a cold and wet Michael Bond was doing some last minute shopping. He had missed a bus, and ducked inside a department store to get out of the sleet. It was there that he saw a small bear, all alone on a shelf. On a whim, he picked it up as a stocking stuffer for his wife. The couple named him after the Paddington railway station that was near where they lived at the time. A few months later, Bond turned to Paddington to break his writers block, and the Paddington books
were born. Paddington was turned into the UK's favorite animated character
thanks to the 56 five-minute long episodes and three longer specials
that were originally aired in the 1970s and 1980s, and are online in one form or another. [more inside]
This is The Big Picture, an official television report of the United States Army, produced for the armed forces and the American people. Now to show you part of The Big Picture here is Master Sargent Stuart Queen
The series consists of ~822 documentaries produced by the United States Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service from 1951 to 1971 to educate both soldiers in uniform and the American public about military concerns as well as things like historical battles, world geography, famous soldiers, the latest weapons, space exploration, strategic objectives, peaceful initiatives, and the life of a soldier. Being a product of the Federal Government it belongs to the the American people, and is thus freely available to all to copy and distribute. Most can now be viewed on archive.org [more inside]
Tired of the treacly sweet bonhomie of the upcoming xmas season? Then it's time for Takanakuy
! It's a festival from the Peruvian highlands designed to work out the past year's differences with a little sockety-boom
! And Takanakuy isn't just for the menfolk anymore. Women are just as eligible
. Even kids can get into the act
! Just watch out for the refs with the whips, they are not afraid to use them. Here's Vice's take on the whole megillah
. With plenty of drinking before and after to sooth smushed mushes, I can see this soon becoming a long-standing MeFi tradition! No more long, drawn out MeTas, just a couple of shots and a couple of pokes to the kisser, ending with a hug and more booze. All is settled. Until next xmas!
The Pen is Mightier than The Diving Elbow Drop
Lucha Libre is Mexico's answer to wrestling. Fighters put on masks an duke it out in the ring. In Peru they have Lucha Libro
where aspiring authors put on masks go on stage where they are given 3 random words with which they are given 5 minutes to write a short story.
The loser has to take off his mask. The winner goes onto another round. The grand prize winner receives a book contract.
When the Andean exotica singer Yma Sumac
became famous in the United States for her supposed Inca heritage and five-octave voice, her fellow Peruvians called her a sellout. UC Davis professor Zoila Mendoza, however, knew Yma Sumac as her mother’s childhood friend
is the largest city with no roads connecting to the outside world. Wiki
says it is a city of just under half a million.
Here is a photo set
of what is often referred to as the known as the Venice of the Amazon.
If want to know more about some of the indigenous peoples
of the area the Iquitos Times has that for you.
In fact the Iquitos Times
has much you wanted to know - creatures of the Amazon
maybe, and perhaps a bit you didn´t want
to know about Peruvian Amazonia.
Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza
uses embroidery and fabric mixed with drawings and photo transfers to create "human and animal bodies that cause tenderness and terror alike." [brief bio in Spanish
Her latest works, ANIMALES FAMILIARES, depict surprising animal and human interactions. Past works detail anatomy
and tackle modes of dress, makeup, and disguises
. [Links may contain artistic nudity, Spanish]
It is common behavior for humans to develop an avatar to present a larger-than-life version of themselves on the web, often as a defense mechanism. For the first time, this activity has been observed in another species
The highest inhabited settlement
on Earth is La Rinconada, Peru, at 5100 meters above sea level. It is a hellscape
Ever wonder what it would be like to ride a bike down a bit of Peruvian mountain? Here’s your chance to see it for yourself. [SLYT]
In 2008 a letter was excavated during an archaeological dig
of a Peruvian colonial town abandoned for unknown reasons around the turn of the 18th Century. On the back of that letter were recorded several numbers and their names in a dead tongue, lost in the upheaval following the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Even though this may be the only remnant of an entire language, there is quite a bit that linguists can glean from these fragments. For a brief overview of the findings of research by a joint American-Peruvian research group, read here
. And here is the full journal article
, which places these numbers in their historical and linguistic context.
Copa América is streamed live
on YouTube. Copa América is the oldest international football competition, having been held first in 1916. This is a contest between the 10 South American nations and two invitational teams, this time Costa Rica and Mexico, who both sent young squads (Japan was slated to take part but withdrew due to the earthquake
). The tournament started yesterday with Bolivia unexpectedly managing to hold Argentina to a draw
. Colombia are currently beating a 10-man Costa Rica 1-0. Brazil start their campaign tomorrow, against Venezuela. One of the world's premier football writers, Jonathan Wilson, wrote previews of the three groups, A
. The Independent has more light-hearted team previews
Gocta Falls, Peru
In 2005 Stefan Ziemendorff came across a waterfall in Northern Peru that didn't appear on any map, despite a village of 200 people being at its base. He returned the following year to measure its height. At 2,350 feet tall, Gocta Falls are now known to be the 3rd highest in the world. [more inside]
The Dancer and the Terrorist.
When Peru’s most wanted man, Abimael Guzmán Reynoso
, was captured in 1992, a young ballerina, Maritza Garrido Lecca,
went to jail too
, for harbouring him at her studio. The story was turned into a novel
, “The Dancer Upstairs
). This year, the author of the novel, Nicholas Shakespeare
, flew to Lima to meet the dancer at last — and to ask her whether she was guilty.
Julia Sherman offers us a glimpse into the sheitel
industry and the larger global hair trade
. [more inside]
Mario Vargas Llosa wrote poems when he was young. His father famously responded by sending the boy to military school—where he spent two ghastly years, gathering inspiration for his first novel—La Ciudad y Los Perros, published in English as The Time of the Hero. The military burned a thousand copies of the book and Vargas Llosa's infamy was secured.
Mario Vargas Llosa, who once ran for president of Peru
and once punched Gabriel Garcia Márquez in the face
, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature,
meaning Ladbrokes dodged a bullet. [more inside]
Paleontologists discover the skull of a massive predatory whale (Leviathan melvillei
) in Peru. Discovery News presents this finding with the best of all possible illustrations
Almost 15 years after her arrest, Lori Berenson
is being paroled. [more inside]
The Book Pirates of Peru.
A slideshow in which Peruvian author Daniel Alarcón describes the vibrant literary scene in his home country, where the informal publishing industry is the same size as its legitimate counterpart. There's no library system to speak of, the National Library's acquisitions budget is nil, but a culture of reading and writing is booming, with book sales and attendance at literary festivals up, up, up.
Su Majestad 'El Bolero' - Sonidos del Mundo
:: Special bolero, a musical genre with Iberian and African mergers that are installed in the Cuban archipelago in the late nineteenth century.
Classical introduction of Matt Ramirez (Radio Felicidad 88.9 - Peru) who is involved in a musical gatherings led by Mabel Martinez. The same applies to journalists Eloy Perez and Agustin Jauregui Aldave.
Since my senses perceived that needle to settle into the grooves of vinyl. After listening to the announcer's voice and even at that moment, unknown bolero invaded me as they say, the sweet joy of 'sad', called melancholy.
I remembered that magical scene of an afternoon in which, from a makeshift place, interrupted the dance of two lovers who blushed as teenagers after being discovered.
Well I wrote my Father on the album cover photo she shared with 'her pimp'. Love? There are lots... but like ours are very few people there.
Now imagine how lucky I am to have been a spectator of so simple and beautiful moment. (google translate)
hundreds of masks collected from around the world over the past 20 years.
CARLOS JIMÉNEZ CAHUA
: "This young Peruvian photographer, now based in New York, returned to
Lima to document the city’s unchecked sprawl into the desert, where flimsy
plywood houses huddle together, as if for warmth. Jiménez Cahua takes the
long view, typically framing broad landscape vistas from an omniscient,
elevated perspective, so teeming neighborhoods appear unpopulated, toy-like." NYer (alt view)
Machu Picchu Post
. Cute animation about an air mail pilot in the Andes and his strange encounter with a boy and his llama. [Via]
is a freelance photographer and videographer with a passion for social documentary storytelling. Over the last few years he has worked on issues ranging from American nomads
to bullfighting in Tijuana
to Antarctica: The White Continent
to the black market economies of Peru
. His photoblog
is a sketchbook for story ideas and visual explorations.
On the morning of 5 June, Peruvian police forces opened fire on indigenous protesters near Bagua, Amazonas
has an excellent audio report (about 8 mins) from Gregor Maclennan. [more inside]
She was the voice of exotica.
Rumored to be a Brooklyn housewife named Amy Camus
, she was, in fact, native Peruvian with a voice of three octaves, Yma Sumac
's singing graced the exotic easy listening albums of Les Baxter
and Billy May
. Yma Sumac died today at age 86. (Via
) [more inside]
created a huge demand for land and (slave) labor that changed early America's borders, population, and economics
. But just as cotton affected history, history affected cotton: the story of naturally colored cottons
-- brown, green, yellow, mauve, and reddish
cottons -- has almost been lost. [more inside]
THE ROOTS OF CHICHA: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru
"Borrowing the well-known cumbia rhythm from their Amazonian neighbor Colombia, enterprising Peruvian musicians grafted it on to indigenous styles with emerging rock ‘n’ roll from the United States. These cumbias amazonicas migrated to the capital of Lima and their music became known as chicha (named after a fermented corn drink made for centuries and drunk by the working class).
The music compiled on The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru is truly transcendent: instantly hummable melodies getting down with surf-rock wah-wah pedals, farfisa organs, moog synthesizers, and dirty electric guitars, all the while delivered with a raw sensuality and enthusiasm."
Meteorite landing confirmed in Peru.
Some report illness
Could it be the arrival of the anti-Christ Mabus
? Here's what one Doubting Thomas
has to say about the whole thing. Some have found it funny
A 7.9-magnitude earthquake
hit Peru in the Ica region, south of the capital of Lima. Ica, Chincha and Pisco have been hardest hit, although the pavement rippled in downtown Lima as well. BBC (first link) and CNN
have been reporting about 336-7 dead, but my uncle (in Lima) says that many towns south of San Bartolo have simply disappeared into rubble.
After so many obituary threads, you will be happy to know that Yma Sumac
, your favorite four-octave-ranged Peruvian diva
(YouTube links) is alive and well and supporting universal healthcare
at 85 years of age. Photos then
Yma is still communicating with fans and making appearances. Long live the Incan Queen!
The discovery in 2005 of fossils in Peru is challenging
previous views about the evolution of penguins
. They were tall, fast, and enjoyed being smacked by cavemen
* may not be true
The Mysterious Holes of Peru.
While the world is generally familiar with Machu Picchu
and the Nazca Lines
, another mystery has come to light through the modern science of satellite photography.
The Thirteen Towers of Chankillo
in Peru may be the Western Hemisphere's oldest known full-service
solar observatory, showing evidence of early, sophisticated Sun cults
, according to archaeoastronomy
professor Clive Ruggles
. The 2,300-year-old complex featured 13 towers running north to south along a ridge and spread across 980 feet to form a toothed horizon that spans the solar arc
. Last year, another ancient observatory was discovered in Peru by Robert Benfer
. The Temple of the Fox
is 4,200 years old, making it 1,900 years older
than the Chankillo site, but wasn't a complete calendar.
We're all familiar with Peruvian ceviche/cebiche
(and if you're not, you should be), but what about ají de gallina
(shredded chicken in walnut-cream-chile sauce)? There's also papa a la huancaína
(potatoes with spicy cheese sauce) and ocopa
(the same, but with pecans and huacatay/black mint). Oh, and don't forget anticúchos
(marinated beef heart skewers) or causa limeña
(hard to explain, but it's like a really amazing potato salad). Peru has a substantial and long-standing Chinese population, which has resulted in Chifa (some debate
on whether that's Cantonese
), Peru's "indigenous" Chinese culinary tradition. A staple (and my comfort food) of chifa is arroz chaufa
(from Cantonese "chow fan," --> "fried rice").
Peruvian cuisine is getting a boost of interest around teh interwebs, thanks in no small part to dedicated blogs in English (1
) and Spanish (1
). Even Wikipedia has a substantial entry in English
). And the tourism industry hasn't missed out on this either
(warning, food pr0n & YouTube).
The Pan-American Highway: A Photo Voyage
Photographer Melissa Fowler documented her journey along a stretch of the Pan-American Highway that flows through Mexico, Peru and Chile, providing detailed captions on ancient sites
, local economies
, rural life
, and much more. Click here (wikipedia link) for more information on the Pan-American Highway and its history.
is a writer who embodies an old-fashioned spirit of adventure. She has kayaked the Niger River
solo; during her time in Africa, she freed a slave
. On another trip, she sampled Ayahuasca
in the Peruvian jungle. At the age of 24, she trekked alone through the tribal violence of Papua New Guinea
. Her work is a wonderful alternative
to the blandness and narrowness of contemporary consumer society, in which there is nothing new to be discovered and everything can be reduced to lucre.
"Don Benigno Aazco carved his way 36 years deep into the green heart of the Andean forest, founded 14 settlements, abandoned his wife and many children, married his daughter, slew his son-in-law, fought drug peddlers, tamed the wilderness, and reclaimed, as best he could, the Inca Empire. And now I was going to find him." [via
From the top:
Lula da Silva*
The images on the ceramics
were thought to be mythical narratives
the priestly class
used to underscore
its coercive power. Without proper archaeological evidence, the representations were too horrific to take literally. They depicted gruesome scenes
: captives skinned alive, drained of blood (which was drunk by priests in front of them), throats slit, bodies decapitated and left to the vultures, bones meticulously defleshed and hung from ropes.
Unfortunately for the victims, these bloody rites actually happened
. They took place in an otherwise vibrant and highly advanced culture, a culture renowned for its artists
and builders. These were a people who developed advanced agricultural knowledge, extremely sophisticated metallurgy
, and built the largest pre-Columbian adobe structure in the Americas
. Because they had no written language, though, it is by their ceramics that we
know them best.
You're a leader of a tiny village whose chief scientists and elders are telling you that the laws of science dictate that your village and all its people will soon be wiped from existence. Solution? How about just change the laws of science
? That was this man
's plan and in doing so he created an empire
as large as the Romans' and in a fraction of the time through largely peaceful negotiations. Sacrificing your finest children
for your ancestors to change those laws was a solemn price to pay.
Can you really blame Peru
for suing Yale University
to get their hero's private treasures
The Guaman Poma Website.
Felipe Guaman Poma's El primer nueva coronica y buen gobierno
(New Chronicle and Good Government
) is one of the most remarkable manuscripts of the seventeenth century. Written by a native Peruvian, in the form of a 1200-page 'letter' to King Philip III of Spain, it provides a richly detailed account of Inca society before and after the Spanish conquest. Forgotten for three centuries, it was rediscovered in 1908 in the Royal Library, Copenhagen, which has now published a full digital facsimile online. The illustrations
are extraordinary: glimpses of the abuse of colonial power ('Recite the doctrine, Indian troublemaker! Right now!'
) alongside gentler scenes of agriculture and everyday life ('Chew this coca, sister'
). Scholarly articles
help to set the manuscript in context. Browse and enjoy.
'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'