Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Bleat Goes On

Wow, what a race in Shanghai! Lots of passing, though the host broadcasters managed to miss most of the action following the leader who was more than 20 seconds ahead of the second place runner.

Giants baseball was up and down over the weekend, but they got their four runs and beat the Phillies 4-2 Tuesday night, and Santiago Casilla notched his first save Post-Wilson. Buster Posey even stole 3rd base. Things seem to be returning to normal.

On the other side of the world, Formula One folks are trickling into Bahrain. A few drivers flew directly from Shanghai to Bahrain.

I found a Formula One journalist on Twitter who was on the same plane as the early arrivals. @ianparkesf1 has been the best conduit to what's happening on the ground in Bahrain that I've found. @ianparkesf1 has been tweeting LIVE from Bahraini demonstrations for two days and counting.

If you're curious about what's happening in the Island Kingdom just read @ianparkesf1 's Twitter Profile. His dispassionate reporting and photos tell the story. So far the demonstrations are standard Middle East fare...police with megaphones, protesters with Molotov Cocktails (Petrol Bombs) at ready, bonfires in the middle of the streets and rock throwing, with police responding via tear gas once the Molotov Cocktails fly.

@ianparkesf1 's overview of Bahrain...scroll down past the betting come-ons. Here's @ianparkesf1 Demonstration Story

Telling isn't it that the pictures show the protests are far from the glittering, modern glass and steel wonderland of the Capital's downtown. These streets could be in Bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan by the looks of them.

Like I said, I have a bad feeling about this.

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