Richard McColl

Colombia

Musical Protests in Bogotá, 8 December

The recent demonstrations in Colombia have been called nebulous due to the vast array of causes being promoted, those who support them are being told to pack their bags and head to neighbouring Venezuela to thrive under 21st century socialism and while mass mobilizations take place, the government of President Ivan Duque busies itself with presentations Read more about Musical Protests in Bogotá, 8 December[…]

#21N, the strike as seen from Bogotá

Some thoughts on Bogotá’s #21N protests #21N was an overwhelmingly peaceful march until some idiots tried to steal the narrative. #21N matters as did the nighttime cacerolazo which took back the narrative from the violent agitators. President Duque’s late night post #21N address was a response to violence and out of context, in particular for Read more about #21N, the strike as seen from Bogotá[…]

A Visit to Bogotá’s Bronx

You can feel it, the inescapable sense that intensely painful moments have occurred here in Bogotá’s Bronx. It’s a perception which clings to you upon entry of the old “L,” and stays with you until long afterwards. These ruminations do scant justice to the horrors and suffering which took place here and what this man-made Read more about A Visit to Bogotá’s Bronx[…]

How to Write about Colombia

Upon your descent into Bogotá, gaze fixedly at the countryside and squint carefully to see where the tracer bullets, aimed at downing your aircraft en route from the evil imperial power in the North, are coming from. If you are lucky, you might see a fully-fledged battle going on below between the Colombian military and Read more about How to Write about Colombia[…]

Times of Trouble: An Existential Crisis on a Colombian Highway

The thermometer on my dashboard reads 82 degrees Fahrenheit, my air conditioning is on and we are cruising along comfortably. My preferred grunge tracks keep me on course taking in effortlessly the curves of Colombia’s Route 45A, the thudding syrupy baselines transporting me to Seattle although we are hugging the two-lane highway journeying from the Read more about Times of Trouble: An Existential Crisis on a Colombian Highway[…]

The Avenida Caracas

A Walk in Bogotá’s Siete de Agosto

The yellow zapatico taxi cut me off turning right on the Carrera 11 in Chapinero. No indicator right – sin la luz naranja de su direccional prendida – he was furious with me for taking the corner slowly. I flicked him the bird, as rebellious as one gets in the family Volvo estate in response to Read more about A Walk in Bogotá’s Siete de Agosto[…]

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