THE COCAINE THAT WASHES IN FROM THE SEA The last man you come across in Mexico can be found at the following coordinates: 18º 12’ 9” N and 87º 50’ 36” W. He is almost always there working on his rooftop terrace. His name is Don Luis and his home faces the Caribbean Sea beyond the ubiquitous mangrove swamp. If you walk five minutes to the right, you are in a different country, but if you go left, you are in Xcalak in an hour – the first town within the Mexican border. Don Luis is a muscular 58-year-old with dark hair and a moustache, and whose isolated dwelling is situated on one of oddest borders in the world. It is a line that divides a 99-kilometer strip of land into southeast Mexico and Belize, otherwise known as a key, which runs parallel to the Belize coastline. A military base marks the division between the countries. Mexico has 62 kilometers with barely a soul on them while Belize owns 37 kilometers crammed with tourists. The last man in … [Read more...] about The dark side of the Caribbean
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The original queen of pop talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis about inspiration, aging, motherhood and why she refuses to cede controlThe night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves.“It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive.Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of “Medellín,” the on-trend, Latin-inflected … [Read more...] about What next for Madonna?
Helen McGurk continues her tour of Rhode Island with a visit to the hip and happening state capital From its chrome bar stools to the slide-in bright orange and yellow booths, Olyneyville N.Y. System is a perfect, all-American fast-food joint. Located in Providence’s Olneyville neighbourhood, everything about it feels authentic and cinematic. I want to sit there all day drinking coffee milk; a super-sweet concoction of coffee syrup and cold milk which Rhode Island kids have been guzzling since before the Great Depression, whilst my kids tuck into the best hot wieners (hot dogs with the works) in town, but there are places to go and lots to see.Providence, Rhode Island, is the biggest city in America’s smallest state and is easily accessible from T.F. Green International Airport, 10 miles away. We flew from Dublin with low-cost carrier, Norwegian, a journey of some seven hours. Providence was the last leg on our tour of Rhode Island, New England, a region famous for … [Read more...] about Travel: Divine Providence