The Raglan Road of Tokyo

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Life from the Raglan Road of Tokyo

Monday, November 10

The Bali Bombing

Is Bali still a dangerous spot after last year's bombing? Probably not. Or at least as not any more dangerous than anywhere else has now become as a result of the thuggery of Bush, Blair and Sharon. We had decided to go there for a few days this Christmas and had provisionally booked flights with Garuda, but now we're having second thoughts. Not because of a fear of being blown up though. (Having said that, I wouldn't recommend unnecessary trips to Jakarta or the southern part of the Philippines for the time being.)

Bali is known for its "in-your-face" vendors, violently selling anything from DVDs to sarongs. Business in Bali has plummeted since the bombing. Result: the vendors' profits are down. Impact on tourists who do go: even greater in-your-faceness.

So we're going to Hong Kong instead, and the main thing I'm looking forward to is landing on that famous runway they have over there. Or is that now gone?

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Gaien Higashi Dori means Outer Gardens (of the Meiji Shrine) Ave. East. It is one of the beautiful big leafy avenues that winds through the center of Tokyo.

Raglan Road is a poem and song about love and loss by one of the finest Irish poets of the twentieth century, Patrick Kavanagh.