Dr Sean Carey is a social anthropologist and research fellow in the School of Social Sciences as well as visiting lecturer in the Business School, University of Roehampton. He has written about Mauritius for New Statesman, The Guardian, New African, African Business and Mauritius Times. He is also a contributor to anthropologyworks.com.
“Being in Chagos is an incredibly special experience,” says Rachel Jones, deputy team leader of the Aquarium at ZSL London Zoo, in a new YouTube posting extolling the “unique” environment of the warm, pristine waters of the Archipelago. “It’s literally like going back in time… It’s what reefs, I imagine, were like 50 or 60 years ago. She adds: “It’s very special being somewhere where you know you’re the only one there. There’s no one else around.”
Yesterday, there was huge disappointment amongst Chagossian communities in Port Louis, Mahe, Crawley, Manchester, Geneva and Montréal. A seven-judge chamber of the European Court of Human Rights decided by majority that the case regarding the right of return of the exiled islanders was inadmissible.
I have tried to ignore it, but Gangnam Style by pop sensation Psy, seems to be playing everywhere. Now record executives from Universal Music Group, Psy’s record company, are talking up the prospects of other South Korean artists. The calculation is that K-pop artists could have be an international rather than just a regional success story.
A poll of 600 UK office workers out yesterday reported that just over two thirds of office workers now prefer e-mails and phone calls to face-to-face meetings, even when colleagues are in the same building.
“Have we left it too late to save our seas?” ran the headline above Frank Pope’s article in last Thursday’s Times. The newspaper’s Ocean Correspondent and occasional TV presenter issued a stark warning that unless action is taken to protect coral reefs and similar ecosystems around the world, then in the not too distant future the seas “will be dominated by jellyfish and slime”.
After a miserable summer, there was widespread relief that it stayed dry for last Saturday’s match between Notre Dame University’s “Fighting Irish” and the US Naval Academy teams at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.