Archive for April, 2009



27
Apr
09

Monday Morning in Mexico City….

What we found this morning….

27
Apr
09

Whether to wear a mask

No-one seems sure…

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27
Apr
09

Your questions to people in Mexico City

Three masketeersWe`ll be on air at the usual time. If you have any question about swine flu and how it´s affecting life here, please post them here. We`re just sorting out the practicalities of bringing people in for the show without creating any sort of health risk. Traffic`s picked up a little outside but it`s still like a quiet Sunday in the summer holidays.

27
Apr
09

Being a tourist with swine flu in town

Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The problem is if you´re in Mexico City at the moment there´s only so much you do…

27
Apr
09

No Trading Places…

The weather´s  great but most people have decided to stay at home. Here  is Ros on a bad day for business.. 

27
Apr
09

Kokomo: Out and about

I’m watching and reading the news about Swine fever and I’m worried about the rest of the WHYS team in Mexico City. I was relieved to watch their video and how they planned to produce the show. I hope they get here safely. Continue reading ‘Kokomo: Out and about’

26
Apr
09

No groups allowed – how we`ll produce Monday`s show

Having an audience is not going to be an option for Monday. Avoiding groups of people is one of the clearest pieces of advice from the Mexican government, so we`re certainly not going to create one. So this is our plan.

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26
Apr
09

Swine City

This wasn´t what we had in mind. We decided to come to Mexico to hear first hand about the the impact of the drugs trade on life in Mexico. Instead we´ve flown into an outbreak of swine flu which the WHO says may become a pandemic. This is a video I recorded an hour ago in a deserted park down the road from our hotel.

Everyone we talk to comments on how quiet the city is. The pavements are all but deserted where we´re staying, you could walk down the middle of most roads without worrying about getting run over, tourist tour buses have only two or three people riding them (and they´re wearing masks – what a holiday) and most the street food vendors look like they´ll pack up soon as there´s no-one to feed.

And the best fact Ive read so far is that take-away orders and video rental is booming, with disaster movies being the most popular choice this Saturday night.

26
Apr
09

Welcome to Kokomo

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Hi it’s Shaimaa here in the city of firsts. The reason Kokomo aquired this title is because so many things have been invented here; most important of all is America’s first car. Kokomo has Elwood Haynes to thank for that as well as many other industrial and automotive inventions. Continue reading ‘Welcome to Kokomo’

25
Apr
09

Virus Concerns in Mexico….

_45700217_mask_ap226b1We arrived in Mexico to talk about the growing violence in the country but we’ve found ourselves in the midst of a deadly flu outbreak. The news here is dominated by the story and being out on the streets it seems people are quite concerned, some are taking to wearing masks.

The authorities have closed down schools & public buildings in a bid to control things, in fact the venue we have booked for Monday will also be closed to the public. We’ve had to contact the BBC safety team to get advice. In fact one member of our team has pulled out over concerns.

I’m sure the audience will have plenty to say about the outbreak, the papers are saying the mood of the city has changed, calling Mexico city empty and sad. I’d be interested in hearing their thoughts on this. Last night our restaurant was very busy and it seemed like people were still out and about.