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Wrong Way's Colombia Cast

Wrong Way's Colombia Cast

By Brendan Corrigan
Wrong Way's Colombia Cast, presented by Brendan 'Wrong Way' Corrigan, is the "brother podcast" of The Colombia Cast,, and has been created because of recording restrictions at Semana magazine due to coronavirus, covid-19.
These podcasts take a unique, usually lighthearted look at various aspects of life in Colombia and the region in general. They make for fun, interesting listening!
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Audio blog: Colombia's foreign "saviours"
Some foreigners who come to Colombia seem to think their "mission" is to save the "impoverished" locals. And some Colombians are quite happy to go along with this.  Read the text of this audio blog at    Additional reading/listening (inserted as hyperlinks in the blog post):   #Colombia #DatingColombia #SexTourism #WhiteSaviour
July 01, 2022
Audio blog: Conservative Colombia left in the cold — for now
Colombia has elected a leftist president for the first time in its history. Does this mean the country is about to go the socialist route, à la Venezuela?  Read the text of this audio blog at  Additional reading (inserted as hyperlinks in the blog post):,por%20meterse%20en%20otra%20peor.   *Image used in the video taken from Facebook.  #GustavoPetro #FranciaMarquéz #Colombia #RodolfoHernández
June 21, 2022
Audio blog: Making ends meet in Colombia
The idea that many of Colombia's country folk, campesinos, live a life of poverty or close to it really depends on how one views it.  Read the text of this blog at  Below are the hyperlinks and further reading from the original text:   #campesinos #poverty #Colombia #SubsistenceLiving
June 17, 2022
Audio blog: Set on singlehood
Some people seem to view long-term singletons as being lonely and sad. Not all of us feel the need to have a regular partner, though.  Read the text of this blog at    Hyperlinks from the blog text and additional reading/viewing:   #singleton #singlehood #single #relationships #romance
June 09, 2022
Audio blog | Saboyá, Boyacá A rare hotel less Colombian town
Most Colombian towns, no matter how small, seem to have a hotel or the like. The quaint Saboyá in Boyacá bucks this trend. It's still worth a visit all the same.  Read the text at  #Saboyá #Boyacá #Chinquinquirá #Colombia #travel
June 01, 2022
Audio blog: Bogotá's biking blues
Bogotá's authorities like to boast about the city's many cycle lanes.  They may look good on paper but, in reality, many are in very poor condition.  Read the text of this audio blog at  Hyperlinks from the original text and further reading:   #biking #cycling #Bogotá #Colombia
May 23, 2022
Audio blog: Colombia's aggressive-driver mentality
The driving style of many Colombians falls into the 'short-term gain, long-term loss' category.  It could be argued this sums up the country's behaviour in many spheres.  Read the text of this audio blog at  Associated reading and hyperlinks from the original blog text are:  #Colombia #RoadRage #AggressiveDriving #SelfishGene
May 05, 2022
Audio blog: Paths to cleaner living
Trying to change one's ways, especially when addiction is involved, often requires taking rather drastic measures. For many, religion is the answer.   Wrong Way believes in a somewhat different approach.   Read the text of this audio blog at  For further related relating and hyperlinks in the original text see:   #addiction #rehab #CleanLiving #alcohol #beer
April 27, 2022
Audio blog | Colombia decides: Go with Gutiérrez or plump for Petro?
Colombia's upcoming presidential election is set to be a head-to-head between the leftist Gustavo Petro and centrist Federico "Fico"  Gutiérrez.  Is the country about to elect its first-ever left-leaning president?  Read the text of this audio blog at  The following is a list of further blog articles referred to in the piece:   #Colombia #GustavoPetro #FedericoGutiérrez #ColombiaDecides2022
April 22, 2022
Audio blog: A balmier (and wetter) side to Boyacá
Colombia's Boyacá department may not be too well known for its tropical treats, but it does have some pleasing hotspots. The small town of Santa María is one of them.  Read the text of this audio blog at  #SantaMaría #Boyacá #Colombia #tropics #pueblos #trekking #hillwalking
April 09, 2022
Audio blog: Drunk almost to death on the culture wars
Dealing with the pernicious actions of those drunk on the culture  wars/cancel culture is proving to be a difficult task for the soberer amongst us. We're not without hope, though.  Read the text of this audio blog at  #CultureWars #CancelCulture #SocialJusticeWarriors #UnionJack
March 31, 2022
Audio blog: Running frantically to a more troubled life
Many of us would do well to match the tortoise's tempo rather than the hare's when it comes to work and our lives in general.  Read the text of this audio blog at  #WorkLifeBalance #RestAndRecuperation #ToxicTechnology #LessIsMore
March 24, 2022
Leo Varadkar: Visa-free travel to Ireland for Colombians | 'New generation' Boric encouraging
Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, talks to me about his plans to make it easier for Colombians to visit the country,  why he has been trying to persuade Latin American leaders to impose sanctions on Russia and how Chile's new radical left president, Gabriel Boric, may, optimistically so, represent a new generation of left-wing leaders in South America.    See also  #LeoVaradkar #Colombia #Ireland #visas #GabrielBoric #Chile #RadicalLeft #SouthAmerica
March 18, 2022
Audio blog: Feigning understanding. Who cares anyway?
While at times I wish I had native-level Spanish, in most scenarios, what I have suffices. The locals don't appear to listen to what one has to say for the most part in any case.  Read the text of this audio blog at  #Spanish #Castellano #ColombianSpanish #Colombia
March 16, 2022
Audio blog: In awe of the strongman
The strongman leader still appears to appeal to many, whether one looks East or West. Such types may be easier to read than the "gentler"  tyrants.  Read the text of this audio blog at  #VladimirPutin #VolodymyrZelenskyy #DonaldTrump #JacindaArdern #JustinTrudeau #TonyBlair #strongman *Image from Wikipedia.
March 09, 2022
Audio blog: Tibaná time
Tranquil #Tibaná may not be every traveller's "cup of coffee" but,  unnecessary sweetened brews aside, it's got enough going for it to warrant a visit.  Read the text of this audio blog at  #Boyacá #Colombia #travel #hillwalking
March 07, 2022
Audio blog: The West "woke" to its demise
While #VladimirPutin may have lost his mind, so has much of #TheWest, where many concern themselves with trivial issues while major problems go unchecked.  Read the text of this audio blog at  #Russia #Ukraine #UkraineRussiaWar
February 28, 2022
Audio blog: Lest we forget
As society (slowly) realises we have to learn to live with #covid19 rather than stop living, we must not forget the many acts of madness enforced on us throughout the pandemic.   Read the text of this audio blog at  #LestWeForget #HoldingTheCentre #coronavirus
February 21, 2022
Audio blog: Never-ending solo searching
At this moment in time, a life of #solitude sounds rather bliss, if one could make it sustainable that is.    Read the text of this audio blog at   #SoloSearching
February 14, 2022
Audio blog: A reinvigorated fun police
Many people seem to get more enjoyment out of denying others their small dose of fun rather than doing anything exciting themselves. The  #coronavirus pandemic has given such types more scope to spread their misery.   Read the text of this blog at   #FunPolice #Catholicism #SocialControl  #SocialCreditSystem
January 27, 2022
Audio blog: Gachetá if you can
Capital of the province of #Guavio in #Cundinamarca, #Colombia, one could do worse than spend a few nights in #Gachetá when looking for a  short escape from Bogotá.  Read the text of this audio blog at
January 20, 2022
Audio blog: Addicted to a prescribed life
Medical science has made some great advancements in recent history. But #BigPharma and the like aren't always the best solution to our health problems.  Read the text of this audio blog at   #medication #pills #vaccines #PharmaceuticalCompanies
January 13, 2022
Covid-19, anti-vaxxers & immunity: My chat with Noel D. Walsh on Shannonside Northern Sound
Noel D. Walsh is in the Joe Finnegan Show hot seat on Shannonside  Northern Sound and he chats to me about covid-19, vaccines and plans to  return to #Ireland for a long-overdue pint! The piece was recorded on Wednesday 05 January and broadcast on Friday 07 January 2022. Visit the Shannonside Northern Sound websites at and #covid_19 #VaccineMandates #TCellImmunity #AntiVax 
January 07, 2022
Audio blog: As Bog(otá)-standard as it gets
While having a (good) #routine can be beneficial, one also has to be able to accept change.  And, sometimes, one must look to enforce change,  especially when life looks to have become rather staid.    Heck, it worked for Melvin Udall in #AsGoodAsItGets, after all!  Read the text of this audio blog at #Bogotá #Colombia #panadería
January 06, 2022
Audio blog: Wrong Way's tops and flops of 2021
The #coronavirus pandemic once again dominated the global agenda in  2021.  The most popular Wrong Way Corrigan posts of the year largely reflect this (or it might be simply down to sharing such posts more  frequently on social media!).    Read the text of this audio blog at     #Covid_19Vaccine #AntiVax #PeterHitchens #JayBhattacharya #DanielCoronell 
December 23, 2021
Audio blog: Cosying up to Cúcuta
#Cúcuta may not feature high on the list of must-see cities in Colombia, but it has its charms.  Read the text of this audio blog at    #NorteDeSantander #TravelColombia #Colombia
December 10, 2021
Audio blog: Ten-up, a decade of 'Wrong Way Corrigan — The Blog'
On 03 December 2011, Wrong Way Corrigan — The Blog was created. Ten years later, it's still going, perhaps not quite strong, but going nonetheless. To where exactly, who knows?   Read the text of this audio blog at  #WrongWayCorriganBlog #blogging #GoogleBlogger #AdSense
December 03, 2021
Audio blog: The Great Resignation
The pandemic has seen many people leave their old jobs in search of more fulfilling employment, a move that has been termed the  #GreatResignation. To what, however, are we resigning ourselves?    Read the text of this audio blog at   #Brexit #RatRace
November 22, 2021
Audio blog: The case for non-pharmaceutical covid defences
Governments and public health bodies across the world seem unwilling to accept that #NaturalImmunity alone can combat #covid19, despite growing evidence of its robustness for many people.  Read the text of this audio blog at     #coronavirus
November 12, 2021
Audio blog: The thuggish thief, a growing problem for Colombia?
Perception is reality and right now many Colombians believe — whether this is actually the case or not — that the country is experiencing a  rise in violent crime. And some blame this on the arrival of more aggressive thieves from #Venezuela.   Read the text of this audio blog at   #Colombia #crime #ViolentCrime #homicides 
November 05, 2021
Audio blog: The barrio banker
Bank of Wrong Way's generous loan terms makes it a popular choice with some folk in one North #Bogotá barrio. It's certainly no #Rothschild  Bank. Read the text of this audio blog at #BarrioBanking #Colombia
October 29, 2021
Audio blog: These boots aren't made for walkin'
Like many things in #Colombia, shoes on offer here may have plenty of style but they often lack real substance, as I've found out to my cost and frustration. Read the text of this audio blog at #footwear #PaylessShoes #WestlandBoots #BlackMountain #AdidasChile
October 15, 2021
Audio blog: Happy in Jenesano
Some might say all towns in #Colombia's #Boyacá department are the same, but Wrong Way's time in #Jenesano and its surrounds was memorable all the same. Read the text of this audio blog at #Ramiriquí #PueblosInColombia #travel
October 01, 2021
Audio blog: Rocking in the fear world
An irrational fear of contracting covid-19 is seeing people risk their lives in other ways in a bid to avoid the infection. It makes one wonder how some manage to leave their houses at all. Read the text of this blog at #FearMentality #coronavirus #covid_19
September 25, 2021
Audio blogs: Cry me a perico — adiós to a Bogotá addiction
An unexpected, largely unwanted change gives Wrong Way the chance to overcome a long-standing #Bogotá addiction. But will the departure of his main dealer lead to a reduction in consumption?   Read the text of this audio blog at     #perico #MogollasChicharrónas #PanaderíaVicky #coffee    *Here's the link to the BBC article referenced in the audio
September 17, 2021
Audio blog: "Essential" Colombian expressions to help you through the day
Some helpful, what may be viewed as working-class Colombian words and sayings that will have you sounding like a local — well, almost. Just lose the accent, gringo marica. Read the text of this audio blog at For the Colombian gestures article mentioned in the audio, visit #Colombia #ColombianSpanish #Bogotá #PégueloÑero #PaLasQueSea
September 10, 2021
Audio blog: The vaccine vexers
First, it was coronavirus-containment measures that divided us. Now it's the idea of compulsory covid-19 vaccines. All this pandemic division brings to mind #Raskolnikov's dream in Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel, Crime and Punishment. Read the text of this audio blog at #CrimeAndPunishment #FyodorDostoevsky #VaccinePassports #NaturalImmunity #covid_19
September 03, 2021
Audio blog: Warning! Being true to yourself causes harm
At a time when we could do with more of our leaders being true to themselves, what we seem to be getting is the complete opposite. Rather than conviction, we're getting vacillation. Read the text of this audio blog at *Image and #FatherTed audio clip taken from #BeYourself #TrueToYourself #philosophy
August 27, 2021
Audio blog: A series of unfortunate events — when Bogotá bites back
Whether it's letting the guard down or being foolhardy, our writer has experienced plenty of unfortunate events in #Bogotá. Here we go through some of the more standout incidents. Read the text of this audio blog at *Regarding the images used, on top are the indestructible colectivo buses, bottom left is the Transmilenio's Portal Norte station and bottom right are the infamous papaya fruit for sale (don't just give them away!). #BogotáCrime #Colombia #DarPapaya
August 20, 2021
Audio blog: Bogotá's perpetual Corner Bar barrio
A hedonistic paradise of sorts in its day, The Corner Bar, #Ballaghaderreen is no longer with us. For better or for worse, however, there's a similar vibe to be found today in the far north of #Bogotá. Read the text of this audio blog at #Santandercito #CelticIreland #bolirana #Colombia
August 12, 2021
Audio blog: Enticing extras, the siren call of our times
Despite it often being ire-inducing, getting the call for #extras work can, at times, be too tempting to resist. Read the text of this audio blog at #TVExtras #LaReinaDelSur #Colombia #Bogotá
July 30, 2021
Audio blog: Our freedom isn't being taken away — we never had it in the first place
While many have complained about a loss of freedoms of late, the reality is we've never really been truly free. What we're experiencing now is a comedown from peak (relative) freedom. Read the text of this audio blog at #PeakFreedom #FreeWorld #ClimateChange #GreenNewDeal #GreatReset *Graph in the thumbnail is from **The link to Phantom freedom mentioned at the start of the audio is
July 22, 2021
Audio blog: 'And your date of death is ...'
Would you opt to know the date of your death if you had the choice? It would come at a price, however. Read the text of this blog at #RickyGervais #JordanPeterson #DeathDate #DateOfDeath #Death
July 15, 2021
Audio blog: OK, covid's not the flu. But it's not yellow fever, either
Proof of a #YellowFever #vaccine to enter certain countries is being used as justification for a similar scheme for #covid_19. Wrong Way has issues with this comparison. Read the text of this audio blog at #coronavirus #flu #LiamFox
July 08, 2021
Audio blog: Breaking up (with WhatsApp groups) ain't hard to do
For some people in certain walks of life, leaving a #WhatsApp group is an emotional moment. Wrong Way, however, can easily live without such groups. Read the text of this audio blog at #WhatsAppGroups #Groupthink #FrankieBoyle
June 30, 2021
Audio blog: Scaling down survival mode
Despite decision-makers telling us that we have to learn to live with covid-19, the cautious approach to a full reopening dominates in many places, both publicly and privately. Read the text of this blog at #SurvivalMode #Reopening #Covid19 #coronavirus #education
June 24, 2021
Audio blog: Hold tight, the worst is yet to come
Those looking forward to a 21st-century roaring twenties should dampen down their expectations. While a new age may be dawning, it doesn't look that bright at all. Read the text of this audio blog at #RoaringTwenties #NewNormal #NewDawn
June 16, 2021
Audio blog: Calling out the keyboard warriors
How would the ubiquitous #KeyboardWarriors handle themselves in the real world? Not very well, we wager. Read the text of this audio blog at Image from #SocialMedia #trolls #PenIsMightierThanTheSword
June 10, 2021
Audio blog: Bogotá's Santandercito, keeping the satiated dullness at bay
Life in #BarrioSantandercito in the north of #Bogotá is seldom dull. Wrong Way's biggest issue is, as always, the lodgings — the location is fine, for now. Read the text of this audio blog at #Colombia #BarrioLiving #JordanBPeterson #FyodorDostoevsky
June 03, 2021
Audio blog: The Colombian compromise
The Colombian ability to find a workable-of-sorts solution when facing significant challenges is being put to the test during these current protests. Read the text of this audio blog at #Colombia #ColombiaPolitics #ParoNacional #FrenteNacional Image from
May 26, 2021
Audio blog: The quieter side to Bogotá
While being stuck in #Bogotá for over 15 months might seem like torture, there are some more relaxed parts of the city to help keep one sane. To read the text of this audio blog, visit #ElCodito #Colombia #travel #CityLife
May 19, 2021
Audio blog: Colombia — a system failure
#Colombia's under-pressure President Iván Duque could put his unpopularity to the only test that matters by calling an election — if the country had a parliamentary system in place that is. As things stand, the Colombian electorate won't get to have its say on  Duque's presidency until 2022 — and he won't even be on the ballot paper as incumbents are once again prohibited to run for a second term. That being so, it remains to be seen how much reform he and his administration are willing to contemplate as the country continues to experience disruptive protests. Read the text of this blog at #ParoNacional #IvánDuque #CentroDemocrático #SocialWelfare #WelfareState
May 12, 2021
Audio blog: Colombia, between a rock and a hard place
As violent protests continue in Colombia, meaningfully quelling the unrest is a major challenge for all involved. There is no quick-fix solution. Read the text of this audio blog at *For the podcast interview with Leopoldo Fergusson mentioned in the audio, visit **For background on the killing Javier Ordóñez mentioned in the audio, visit #ParoNacional #ParoNacionalIndefinido #SOSColombia
May 06, 2021
Audio blog: The case against covid vaccine passports
Due to the scarcity of #vaccines & the ethical need to inoculate, globally speaking, those more vulnerable to severe covid-19 infection, insisting on compulsory vaccine passports for travel and other activities is simply not fair. Read the text of this blog story in full at #covid19 #VaccinePassports #immunity #coronavirus #travel
May 05, 2021
Audio blog: A dog's life in Colombia
Being a dog in Colombia tends to mean you can live a completely unrestricted life, unlike many of the Homo sapiens who call the country home. Of course, it's stretching it to expect dogs to be responsible for their actions. The humans who own them, however, well let's just say they leave a lot to be desired. Read the text of this audio blog at *The image in the video shows the scene of the "attack". There is a dog in the photo, but not the one that lashed out. Can you spot it?! #DogsLife #Colombia #Bogotá #dogs #AgressiveDogs
April 28, 2021
Along came a virus
Perhaps it's a sign that I've entered the final stage before complete madness, but here's the audio version of a poem — if the three short verses can be classed as such — I've penned expressing my feelings on the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the text of the poem at #coronavirus #covid_19 #pandemic #poetry #poems #virus
April 21, 2021
Audio blog: Hardening the hands and strengthening the mind with an honest day's work
A recent return to work of a more physical nature put a bit of a pep in Wrong Way's step. It certainly helped break the pandemic monotony in any case. To read the text of this blog, go to #PhysicalLabour #trasteos #HouseMoving #exercise #WorkingOut #gyms #SoftHands #HardHands #Colombia #Ireland
April 14, 2021
Audio blog: Swimming against the Big Tech tide
While technology's taking over of practically every aspect of our lives is a positive development for some, I certainly don't fully embrace it. Read the text of this blog post at #BigTech #technology #QRCodes #apps
April 07, 2021
Audio blog: The price of independence
Trying to eke out a living as an independent worker is not to everybody's taste and it comes at a price. It might be just worth it all the same. Read the text of this audio blog at To check out our new podcast, #GetInglés, go to #independence #IndependentLiving #AlicesAdventuresInWonderland
March 31, 2021
Audio blog: Growing up and taking responsibility
A state that controls practically every aspect of our lives is resulting in some people never really having to grow up. They know all their rights but very few of their responsibilities. Read the text of this blog at #BigNannyState #NannyState #PeterHitchens #responsibility #GrownUp #Colombia Image by Nicole Shelby, retrieved from
March 25, 2021
Audio blog: Dealing with a sexed-up society
The #sexualisation of society has ramped up considerably in the social media age. There is a pressing need to tone this down. Read the text of this blog at #femicides #WomensRights #SexualAbuse
March 17, 2021
Audio blog: Home is where the barrio is
My connection with #Bogotá's #BarrioSantandercito has never felt closer yet, so it could be argued, at times it's too close for comfort. Read the text of this audio blog at #Colombia #LivingAbroad #GoingNative
March 10, 2021
Colombia's Tourism Minister on covid supports, foreign visitors & Medellín's prostitution 'cancer'
Colombia's Vice Minister for Tourism, Julián Guerrero Orozco, discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism in the country and the various government measures introduced to help the sector. Highlighting the supports already in place, the Vice Minister states that 'there has to be a limit at some point because it cannot go on endlessly ... I would dare say that probably no other economic sector in Colombia has received more benefits than the tourism sector.' In relation to international visitors, he says that while numbers will most likely remain low for the coming months, foreign tourists are still a high priority, with digital nomads being a potentially important group to attract to Colombia. Outside of the pandemic, Mr Guerrero acknowledges the 'huge problem' of prostitution and sex tourism, particularly underage sex workers in the centre of the country's second city, Medellín. Describing it as 'a cancer', he says that his department and other state and regional authorities 'are trying our best to combat this crime.' (For some background to Medellín's prostitution problem, read ***** If you haven't already subscribed to this channel, please do by simply clicking the button above. Watch a video version of this podcast at ***** Check out the Wrong Way Corrigan blog at ***** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
February 23, 2021
Daniel Coronell on dating Duque's sister, unmasking Uribe, Petro's problems & Vicky Dávila's Semana
Renowned Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell joins us for a discussion ranging from the Hispanic influence in US politics and an "exclusive"  revelation of his love affair with President Iván Duque's sister to the need for a strong centrist candidate to emerge ahead of next year's presidential election in Colombia and his controversial leaving of  Semana magazine. Before delving into Colombian politics,  Coronell gives us his reaction to Joe Biden's winning of the White House and why it's wrong to view Latino voters in the US as a homogeneous block. As for matters in his homeland, the Miami-based Bogotano is less than impressed with President Iván Duque's performance and reveals, somewhat embarrassingly considering his political outlook, that he once dated Duque's sister. Looking ahead to Colombia's 2022  presidential election, Coronell explains why he hopes it doesn't become a  left-right shoot-out as it did in 2018. If it does, he fears that what he calls former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez's 'puppet candidate' will win again. With that in mind, he stresses the importance of an appealing centrist candidate — not Sergio Farjado, by the way — to emerge in the coming months. Finally, he talks about his departure from Semana in April 2020 after 15 years as a columnist with the publication and he finishes up with some sound advice for budding  journalists. ***** Watch a video version of this podcast at ***** Check out the Wrong Way Corrigan blog at ***** Outro  music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution licence  ( Source:  Artist:
February 10, 2021
Dr Jay Bhattacharya on covid controls, vaccine priority, failing our elderly & Tony Fauci's myopia
Co-author of the controversial Great Barrington Declaration, Dr Jay  Bhattacharya, tells us why he still thinks focused protection is the wisest coronavirus-containment strategy and that eradicating covid-19 should not be the primary focus. The Stanford University professor of medicine explains how we have to prepare to live with the virus for a period of time in what he describes will be a 'half-and-half world' between those vaccinated and those still waiting for their jab. As director of Stanford's Center for the Demography and Economics of  Health and Aging, he tells us that covid was a 'stress test' for how we deal with our ever-growing elderly population and that we have failed this test badly. Speaking about the man who many in the USA regard as a hero in this pandemic, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and now also President Biden's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci, Dr Bhattacharya claims Fauci's neglect of other public health issues has been an 'abdication of responsibility'. ***** For a YouTube version of this video, go to For more from Wrong Way Corrigan, visit the blog at ***** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
February 04, 2021
Why I won't be rushing to get a covid vaccine (audio blog)
As the covid-19 vaccine rollout ramps up (unevenly) across the world, here I explain why I won't be in a panic to get jabbed. Read the text of this audio blog at Image from
February 02, 2021
Comunes: Old Farc wanna live like common people (audio blog)
It doesn't seem like the Colombian party formerly known as Farc has put a great deal of thought into its new name. Here's our take on it. Read the text of this audio blog at Photo from Twitter. Find me on YouTube at
January 27, 2021
Negative utilitarianism in coronavirus times (audio blog)
In a world full of challenges and risks, we must try to ensure the least harm for the greatest number. We're not faring that well at it, though. Read the text of this audio blog at
January 26, 2021
Trumpism: Why it won't go gentle into that good night (audio blog)
Those hoping that the forces that brought Donald Trump to the US presidency will disappear under a Biden administration are not in tune with reality. Read the text of this audio at Photo from Facebook.
January 22, 2021
Audio blog: The Great Reset
A supposed 'Great Reset' has occupied many people's thoughts of late. Here are some exact details of what such a measure might actually entail. Exciting times lie in store! Read the text of this audio blog at
January 20, 2021
Audio blog: Where's Archie? The case of Bogotá's Cuban cardiologist and the phantom smartphones
We all know the saying, 'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.' Sometimes, alas, we can be convinced otherwise. Read the text of this audio blog at Follow Wrong Way Corrigan on Twitter @wwaycorrigan and on Facebook @wrongwaycorriganblog.
January 15, 2021
Peter Hitchens on Anglican virtues, Japanese wisdom, lockdown lunacy, drug dopes & Venezuela
'The whole of the formerly Christian world is now living in the afterglow of Christianity but it doesn't last forever and what follows it will be, to me, quite alarming.' This is one of a number of concerns for the future of humanity the outspoken author and journalist Peter Hitchens shares with us. In a wide-ranging discussion, he also tells us how his rejoining of the Anglican Church was the perfect antidote to his years as a revolutionary socialist. As regards the imposition of lockdowns to control the spread of coronavirus, he says the evidence simply isn't there that they actually work. What's more, he argues that the costs of such measures are enormous across a whole range of areas. In relation to the illegal drug trade, he says the issue has to be tackled in the consumer countries but very few developed nations are properly doing this. Finally, he tells us that Venezuela's current problems are best solved by Venezuelans themselves. **** Watch a video version of this podcast at **** Check out the Wrong Way Corrigan blog at **** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
January 14, 2021
Audio blog: 2021 — Reasons to be fearful
After a difficult 2020 for many, lots of people are looking to the positives for the year ahead. We can't be too optimistic, though. To read the text of this audio blog, visit  Image from Álvaro Uribe's Facebook page,
January 06, 2021
Audio blog: Bogotá's Fraudia López
Timing is everything and Bogotá Mayor Claudia López's decision to go on holiday to Costa Rica as a strict lockdown returns to parts of her city is misjudged, to say the least.   Read the text of this audio blog at Image from Claudia López's Twitter account. 
January 04, 2021
Audio blog: Christening conservative Colombia
Colombians' tendency to be conservative when it comes to naming their offspring could be seen as a representation of the country's all-round conservatism. Read the text of this audio blog at
December 28, 2020
Going coca loca down in Colombia with Ocean Malandra
Considering the bloody damage the cocaine trade inflicts on Colombia, many locals are loath to talk positively about the plant from which the drug is derived, coca. However, that might be slowly changing as people learn more about the reputed health benefits of the leaf. Journalist and writer Ocean Malandra is very much in the coca-as-super-food camp and he joins us to explain why he believes it doesn't deserve its negative image. We also hear how there's a simple explanation behind Ocean's rather uncommon first name! **** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
December 11, 2020
Audio blog: Wrong Way's Loser and Winner of the Year Awards
Wrong Way's Loser and Winner of the Year 2020 are revealed. Exciting times ... To read the text of this audio blog visit Image from Facebook.
December 09, 2020
Audio blog: Western leaders' crimes against humanity
Rather than congratulating themselves for their coronavirus containment efforts, many of our leaders should be in the dock for crimes against humanity. Read the text of this audio blog at and Photo from Facebook.
December 02, 2020
The Viva Effect in Colombia and Latin America, with Rupert Stebbings
The arrival of low-cost carrier Viva Colombia, now Viva Air, to South America has played a major role in changing the aviation sector in the region. In this episode, we speak to Rupert Stebbings, author of The Viva Effect, a new book detailing how the airline's original founders overcame many obstacles to finally get their project, um, off the ground (sorry!). Once in the air, we learn how it was far from an easy ride to keep Viva flying high but — the pandemic notwithstanding — the company now seems to be cruising, with the doyen of low-cost carriers, Ireland's Declan Ryan (see, playing a major role in that. *Thanks to Viva Air, we have a free flight to give away. As you'll hear, the competition is open for 48 hours from the uploading of this episode and is available to Colombian-based listeners only. In a Facebook post, simply write your answer to the question Brendan asks in the podcast, tag  @wrongwaycorriganblog and include a link to this podcast episode/YouTube video. A winner from all the correct answers will be picked at random when the competition closes. Good luck! **** Outro music:  Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative  Commons Attribution licence  ( Source:  Artist:
November 27, 2020
Audio blog: Bogotá's cocaine barrios
While Colombia is well down the global list of cocaine consumption per capita, the drug does seem particularly popular for certain groups in the capital Bogotá. Read the text of this audio blog at or
November 25, 2020
Audio blog: Broadening the horizons, both mentally and physically
Should one choose work over the location or the location over the work? Read the text of this audio at or
November 19, 2020
Inhaling the devil's breath in Colombia: A scopolamine nightmare
On a recent holiday to Cartagena, Cali-based Irishman Kevin McCaffrey fell victim to a scopolamine attack (for some background on that drug, see The incident left him almost 60 million pesos (around 13,900 euros) less well off as his bank account was practically wiped clean. Here he tells us about his ordeal, including how both his bank and the police have been anything but helpful. Despite that, he's putting a positive spin on it. Borrowing from Trainspotting, he's choosing life! (This will make sense when you listen to the podcast!) Watch this interview on YouTube here. **** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist: Image from web.
November 18, 2020
Audio blog: Living with a destructive parasite
While some microorganisms on our speaker's skin are beneficial, this particular one appears to be doing more harm than good. It might be about to disappear, though. Read the text of this audio at or
November 10, 2020
Audio blog: 'Cry me a river?' 'Eh, no thanks'
Some people make a habit out of crying. It's not, however, to my taste. Read the text of this audio at or Image from 
November 05, 2020
Audio blog: Christmas, the one thing that arrives early in Colombia
Whatever about commercial entities 'selling us' Christmas months in advance, I find it best to wait until at least December to get in the festive spirit. Many Colombian households clearly don't agree.   Read the text of this audio blog at or  
October 28, 2020
Giovanni Figueroa: 'The absent father in the book could be a representation of the Colombian state'
Journalist and writer Giovanni Figueroa joins us to talk about his new book, La Casa de Agua, a coming-of-age novel set in a 1960s Boyacá town which touches on domestic violence, sexism and the role of the Catholic church in Colombian life. He also tells us about the 'life-changing' time he spent in Ireland and his mandatory military service in Colombia, a central theme of the novel he is currently writing. Watch the YouTube version of this interview at **** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
October 23, 2020
Audio blog: Colombia's tough love
Wrong Way's "love" for Colombia, while not unconditional, has been obvious these last few years. Colombian officialdom is now severely testing the "relationship".    Read the text of the blog entry at or
October 21, 2020
Audio blog: Colombia's Migración mess
Migración Colombia appears to be struggling to deal with a backlog of cases after resuming services that had been suspended due to the pandemic. Extending the grace period seems like the best option, but will the government agency go that route?   Read the text of this blog at
October 13, 2020
Colombian visa applications in coronavirus times, what you need to know, with Camilo Trujillo
While most Colombian media have focused on the high-profile case of influencer Dominic Wolf failing to get residency (see, many foreigners are in similar situations, minus the public outcry.  Here visa consultant Camilo Trujillo explains the options available to those who find themselves between visas, have had residency deemed inadmissible or are looking to extend their temporary tourism pass.  And while it might all seem chaotic right now, for those from the outside looking in thinking about visiting Colombia, the country is open to tourism, as long as you follow certain biosecurity protocols.   For the YouTube version of this interview visit *If you have further queries in relation to the topics discussed in this podcast, you can contact Camilo at   ****  Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
October 09, 2020
Audio blog: Caveat emptor with Colombia's Localiza
The customer service of rent-a-car company Localiza Colombia left a lot to be desired for one recent client.   Read the text of this audio blog at Image from Facebook.
October 07, 2020
Audio blog: Beware of the (Dominic) Wolf warrior, Cancillería de Colombia
Having failed in his bid for residency, influencer Dominic Wolf is now taking on Colombia's La Cancillería, the country's Foreign Affairs office. With the apparent backing of the masses, he'll probably win.   Read the text of this audio blog here
October 02, 2020
Adapting to tour-free living, upskilling & hopes for the future with Laura Vega
Adventure travel operator and ray of positivity, Laura Vega, joins us to tell us how she's been getting through the pandemic as her business, like practically all others in the industry, remains on hold indefinitely. True to her character, we learn how Laura's been anything but inactive. The only real difference now in these coronavirus times is that her active lifestyle is taking place indoors more so than outdoors. For the video version of this podcast, go to **** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
October 02, 2020
Audio blog: No and behold in Colombia (and elsewhere!)
The ability to say 'no' when needs be is very useful. Alas, not everybody can actually say it, especially in Colombia.    To read the text of this audio blog, visit 
October 01, 2020
Audio blog: Colombia's independent work visa: ¿Vale la pena?
Getting an independent work visa in Colombia used to be a rather straightforward affair. It's not quite as simple these days. Wrong Way does his best to point out the pitfalls so other applicants can avoid them. Read the text of this audio blog at 
September 23, 2020
Audio blog: Helpful today, harmful tomorrow
When we're too focused on the short term, what might seem like helpful practices today could actually be doing more harm than good.   Read the text of this audio blog at
September 15, 2020
Audio blog: Will Javier Ordóñez's death mark a turning point for Colombia?
Javier Ordóñez's death due to police brutality in Bogotá has sparked widespread protests in the Colombian capital. Is what many consider as long-overdue and much-needed police reform now on the cards? One wouldn't want to put much faith into that happening, however.   Click on the following link to read the text of this audio blog:
September 12, 2020
Audio blog: Democrats' Biden time strengthens Trump's card
Just a few months ago it seemed highly unlikely that Donald Trump could win re-election. Now the momentum appears behind his campaign. Here's our take on it.   The text of this audio blog is available at    Image from the Donald J. Trump Facebook page.
September 08, 2020
Cali-based coffee with a conscience
Café Plus owner Simon Ford joins us to tell us what makes his brand different to the rest. One of those differences is the company's commitment to give 50 per cent of its profits to community projects for vulnerable people in Colombia and elsewhere. Another hat Simon wears is that of UK Honorary Consul for Cali. Through that role, he has met with some of those most affected by Colombia's conflict. Here he shares with us their concerns, issues which the work of Café Plus aims to address. ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
September 04, 2020
Audio blog: 'God may be dead, but I want to live (for now)'
Do religious believers find it easier to end their own lives compared to atheists? In some ways, you would think so ...   Read the text of this blog story at   
September 02, 2020
Audio blog: Sanitising to death our future generations
There's a risk that some of the biosecurity protocols currently in place to control the spread of coronavirus will be here to stay. So are we sanitising ourselves to death?  Read the text of this blog story at  
August 26, 2020
Opportunity in a crisis: A Bogotá "shoe-in" success story
As it is for many businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector, the coronavirus pandemic has put an end — if only temporarily — to Laura Márquez Botero's travel company. However, rather than sit tight and wait for the restrictions to pass, Laura used her first-hand experience of Japanese culture to exploit a gap in the Bogotá market. Here she talks about her new start-up aimed at brightening up the homes of the capital's residents. A true entrepreneur, she also tells us about her other ventures and her passion for travel — she has visited over 70 countries — that led her to set up Travel Round. *Find Laura's businesses on Instagram and @inkitpapel. ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
August 21, 2020
Audio blog: Carry on regardless, Colombia
Colombians have plenty of reasons to be annoyed at the country's state of affairs. However, they don't seem too bothered to do anything about it.  Read the text of this blog story at  
August 19, 2020
An expat guide to having a baby in Colombia
It's fair to assume that for women from developed countries, Colombia wouldn't be top of the list as regards places they'd choose when having their first child. However, for California native Melissa Fábregas, Bogotá is where her newborn Millie entered the world. Here she shares her experiences of pregnancy and giving birth in a foreign country, one in which she has no family ties, imparting some helpful advice to those facing a similar situation. Not quite a spoiler alert, but be sure to pick a doctor you can trust and hope he/she is around when you're actually giving birth! ******* Photo credit: Pixabay from ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
August 15, 2020
Audio blog: It's war alright, but not as we know it
Has today's cyberwar shown us the limits of liberal, open societies and given authoritarian regimes a shot in the arm?  Read the text of this blog story at  *Photo by Andri from
August 11, 2020
'Sam didn't seek recognition for his charity work at Casa Taller'
Through his volunteer work at Casa Taller, a community project in the impoverished San Luis area of Bogotá, the late Sam Ling Gibson helped to improve the lives of dozens of vulnerable children. Here, one of his good friends, Harry Tittensor, talks about the indelible mark Sam has left on that part of the city, his incredible devotion towards the project and the steps being taken to ensure his legacy lives on. For those interested in finding out more about the Sam Ling Gibson Trust and the various ways to help, visit ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
August 07, 2020
Your Colombian visa questions answered
In normal times, applying for or renewing a Colombian visa can be a bit of a headache. In these coronavirus pandemic days, it's potentially even more tedious as the relevant offices are closed, meaning no in-person applications can take place — it's online only. Joining us to clear up a few common queries is independent visa consultant, Camilo Trujillo. He also gives us a general overview of the types of visa available and the documents required. If you have any further questions that this podcast didn't answer, feel free to contact Camilo at ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
July 30, 2020
Daniel Raisbeck: 'Colombia has never taken property rights seriously'
Historian, author and political activist Daniel Raisbeck joins us to chat about Colombian independence, why the state needs to do more to recognise individual property rights, how its current policies create oligopolies and monopolies and why he still has faith in free-market capitalism. ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
July 17, 2020
Get up & go Colombia: Building peace through tourism
Get Up and Go Colombia is an NGO that promotes tourism in some of the regions that have been most affected by the country's armed conflict. Its co-founder Luisa Romero joins us to chat about the organisation's various projects, how it has adapted to the challenges posed by coronavirus and her concerns that the ongoing crisis may undo some of the progress made in remote areas in recent years. She also tells us about her experience meeting the Dalai Lama last year and how she had to practically re-learn her English while doing a master's degree in Northern Ireland! How about ya?! ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
July 09, 2020
Prof. Niall Ferguson: 'Colombia didn't have the capacity to do East Asia's smart coronavirus policies'
Renowned historian and author Professor Niall Ferguson joins us to talk about the 'dithering' approach of some countries in tackling coronavirus, Colombia's limitations in implementing an effective response and why there's no real reason the country couldn't make much better use of contact tracing and testing in the future. In a wide-ranging interview, he highlights the importance of Colombia ensuring that its range of political options is kept narrow as it deals with the severe economic fallout from the pandemic crisis in the months and years ahead. He also gives his thoughts on the prospect of military intervention in Venezuela, the problems with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and 'cancel culture', counterfactual history in relation to the colonisation of Latin America by the Spanish and why the Irish are to blame for the mispronunciation of his first name. 49 minutes of your time well spent! *******   Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
June 25, 2020
'The Colombian government has abandoned small businesses'
As Colombia tentatively eases coronavirus-imposed restrictions, Medellín-based hostel owner Spyros Mitrakos hits out at what he sees as the government's failure to help small businesses such as his to survive. He also questions the wisdom behind prolonged lockdown measures that he believes are putting the lives of millions in jeopardy in order to save a relatively small number of people. ****** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
June 18, 2020
'Nobody knows when Colombian football will return'
Bogotá-based football journalist Carl Worswick chats to us about the prospects of a return to Colombian league games in the coming months, the unlikelihood of South American World Cup qualifiers this year and the many problems facing the women's game in Colombia. He also gives us the background to the "Bogotá bracelet" incident involving England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore, an unsolved mystery he wrote about for The Guardian recently. ******* Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
June 04, 2020
'The sex-toy market is still largely taboo in Colombia'
Sebastian Hofman Laursen, CEO of, a Colombian-based retailer of adult products, joins us to chat about what he describes as a growing sector in the country. Outside of selling sex toys, also aims to educate the wider Colombian population about sex, including a rather ignorant Wrong Way in this episode! *Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
May 28, 2020
'President Duque understands well the world of the creative economy'
A recent Financial Times ranking saw Bogotá lead the way amongst Latin American cities in terms of fast-growing companies. In this episode, Executive Director of Connect Bogotá, Diana Gaviria, tells us why the Colombian capital is now seen as one of the region's leading lights when it comes to doing business.  ********** Outro music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
May 21, 2020
'I won't miss being pointed at in Colombia because I don't look Caucasian'
From observing Ramadan in Colombia during the coronavirus lockdown to dealing with the country's 'mild racism' towards non-Caucasians and being diagnosed with depression, Second Secretary at the Indonesian Embassy in Bogotá, Adilah Ciannas, has had quite an experience here. As her three-year mission draws to a close, she tells us about the highs and lows of her bittersweet time in Colombia. *Outro music, 'Master of the Feast' by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
May 14, 2020
Declan Ryan: 'Viva Air is in a good position, unlike Avianca'
Viva Air Executive Chairman, Declan Ryan, gives us his considered thoughts on what the aviation industry might look like post coronavirus. Considering the many problems at Avianca and the relatively healthy position of Viva Air, he tells us his airline could add to its route network in the region. *For our previous interview with Declan on our brother podcast, The Colombia Cast, check out Viva Air, ¿la revolución? On Avianca pre the coronavirus crisis, listen to our interview with its CEO, Anko van der Werff. **Music at the end of the podcast is Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
May 07, 2020
IQuiz "The Bogotá Pub Quiz", Edition L
These — wait for it — unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, so here it is, a podcast version of Bogotá's favourite trivia night, IQuiz "The Bogotá Pub Quiz".  It's purely for fun, but why not add a competitive nature to it by playing with family members and/or friends, be it virtually or in-person, depending on the coronavirus restrictions where you are. Let us know how you get on and please feel free to give feedback. Enjoy!
May 01, 2020
Leopoldo Fergusson: 'Colombia's tax code does nothing to level wealth distribution'
Associate Professor of Economics at Bogotá's Los Andes University, Leopoldo Fergusson, joins us to talk about the many issues that make Colombia such an unequal country. He also as provides us with some potential solutions, if the political and societal will exists to implement them that is. And while Leopoldo is very much Colombian, he tells us about the story behind his Scottish surname.  *For a related episode, check out our interview with Leopoldo's mentor and co-author of the influential Why Nations Fail, James Robinson, here. **Note on music: Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Source: Artist:
April 30, 2020
'Economically, we're buggered for the year'
Of all the industries suffering from the coronavirus crisis, the hospitality sector is, in particular, under strain. Here, Andy Farrington, owner of one of Bogotá's most popular hostels, Cranky Croc, gives us an insight into the challenges his business is facing and the measures he's taking in a bid to stay afloat.
April 23, 2020
Douglas Lyon: 'I worry for the Venezuelans who can no longer go to Cúcuta for basic essentials'
Douglas Lyon is co-founder of Todo Somos, an NGO set up to record first-hand accounts of Venezuelan refugees entering Colombia. He joins us from the border city of Cúcuta to tell us how the organisation came into being and how it works. He also gives us an insight into the current problems for thousands of Venezuelans as the world focuses on tackling the coronavirus crisis.
April 16, 2020
Kate Nash: 'My boyfriend and I talked seriously about living in Bogotá, it felt like such a good city'
London-born actress and singer-songwriter, Kate Nash, joins us to talk about her love for Colombian vegan food, especially its cheese and patacones. She also tells us why she really liked the vibe in Bogotá as well as giving us her thoughts on the vain way many people use social media, what she describes as a 'content-shitting contest'. *Kate's new single, Bad Lieutenant, is out now. She plays the part of Rhonda "Britannica" Richardson in the acclaimed Netflix series GLOW.
April 09, 2020
Coronavirus chronicles: Virus speaks out in world exclusive
During these unprecedented times, Wrong Way's Colombia Cast has an unprecedented interview. We hear from coronavirus, Covid-19 itself, getting its side of the story as it continues to wreak havoc on humans across the globe. (Please note, content may not be for those easily offended.)
April 02, 2020
The Irishman saving la Selección Colombia
Des McAleenan's career as a football goalkeeping coach has taken him all over the world, working with some of the most respected names in the game. His current role with the Colombian men's team under Carlos Queiroz is perhaps his most glamorous to date — "every day is exciting and stimulating" he says — yet he's had quite the journey getting there. Here he tells us how it was returning to the game's simpler pleasures that helped him overcome what he describes as a "horrific bout of depression". As for the year ahead, while Colombia's co-hosting of this year's Copa America means the team will be looking to win it, Des tells us the priority is World Cup qualification.
March 26, 2020