Some photos of the 1 May demonstration, Bogotá

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La Roja and La Trocha, breweries of peace in Colombia

Did you know that there’s a Beer Judge Certificate Program (BCJP) when it comes to beer tasting? I suppose I always assumed that something of this nature existed. But, beyond my amateur enjoyment of craft beer and the different varieties now available to the public in Colombia, I never before thought to read up and put the tasting criteria to the test. And as we are now all connoisseurs of ordering take outs, pick-ups and anything else via Instagram during this endless pandemic, I decided to test out two beers which have been on my radar for a while. It

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What Would David Graeber Think?

There’s a lot of Bullsh*t Jobs out there and I’ve had my fair share. 

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to

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Show your Support for the Colombia Calling podcast

And so, we did it. Some of you asked after “merch” and after checking around the web, I found just the place to produce and send out Tshirts, Hoodies and mugs emblazoned with the Colombia Calling logo.

Just in time for Christmas too!

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50 words on Colombia’s Postal service

Could you come and pick up your post? she asked. The sun’s too strong and I’m looking after myself, you know. Look for the street just off the Calle Átras with a pharmacy on each corner. I know she earns 200 pesos for each envelope delivered, it doesn’t seem fair. 

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Required Reading for Colombia: a totally subjective and incomplete list

There is an embarrassment of riches on offer to those seeking out Colombian literature in its original Spanish, versions in English or just books on Colombia written in English. This curated list is by no means complete, blending history, politics, early 20th century love stories, journalism, contemporary horrors and magic realism amongst other genres. But, hopefully it provides a starting point for a love-affair with or a deeper understanding of Colombia.

Obviously, no collection of books on

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This is the News from Colombia

New Colombia country slogan
“Colombia, the most welcoming place.”

This is the news from Colombia

Colombia Covid-19

Colombia registered more than 200 deaths from Covid-19 and 11,827 new cases in 24 hours indicating that the country is barrelling towards the “third phase of the pandemic.”

Once again, flailing in their attempts to contain the spread, the Colombian government has announced a renewal of certain quarantine and curfew measures.

With the news that the arrival of further Sinovac vaccines

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The street cumbia band

The street cumbia band

“Mompós has some great musicians, are you from Mompós?”

“Look at me,” I say, lifting my facemask, “really?”

His companions laugh at the lead musician. It’s in the costeño nature to laugh and tease. 

“Sure, he may have a costeño accent, but he’s not momposino,” said another. 

It’s a break in my day. I heard the street cumbia band doing the rounds in the neighbourhood and so I decided to walk the dog, give

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