This chair had a gimp wheel. And one of the rear railings sported a small knotty oak protuberance. That protuberance was small at 7:30 in the morning. But by three o'clock it felt like Excalibur was impaled in my kidney.
"I'm so sorry to crash your wedding, but our bure mom forced it. I just got here and had no idea what was going on," I explain through my plastic smile. The bride and groom both reassure me that everyone staying on Turtle Island during a grand wedding is invited to be a part of the party.
Despite mounting evidence that global warming is leading to devastating environmental disasters in the Pacific region, the U.S. and its partners are suspicious of climate change advocates. Rather brazenly, Washington and its Pacific allies spy on those who are intent on reining in global warming.
When it comes to tourist-grabbing slogans, U.S. states are no different to their macroterritorial relatives. These regional units offer a veritable smorgasbord of catchphrases ranging through the good, the bad and the ugly, all the way to the downright crap.
In a speech last Tuesday, the Fiji High Commissioner to the United Kingdom maintained that "the (U.S.) and China to Pacific Islanders represent two sides of the same coin." Yet, his remarks expressed far more criticism of western engagement in the region than that of China.
How to spend a day in Fiji: fresh fruit, picked from trees a few feet away from the table, for breakfast; then walk into the water and wait for something beautiful to happen. You won't be waiting long.
There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.