Lima Bean on meteoric rise

Today the Lima Bean, Peru’s most comprehensive source of English language local information, celebrates the completion of its first week of production. With a daily newsfeed of around twenty articles culled from the early editions of the national press, all going online before 5am local, it is rapidly becoming a standby for expats and tourists alike. It enjoys particular popularity among users of the Lonely Planet’s “Thorntree” message board. 

The Bean’s editor-in-chief, translator, columnist and paper boy Rupert Griffiths told himself at 4:03 this morning that he was “extremely happy” with the positive response that the Bean is receiving from the online community. 

“I didn’t really know how the public would react, but I definitely believed in the idea of a quality English language daily. For years the Lima Times was a standby for foreigners interested in Peru, but now that the internet makes publishing so easy, it seemed illogical that there is no way for people to get the news if they don’t speak Spanish,” he muttered insanely to himself, while tapping away on the keyboard of his laptop. 

The freelance security consultant and expedition leader admitted that feverishly translating from 10pm to 4am can put a damper on one’s social life, but said that he plans to stick with his project until it proves to be either a success or a failure. Or, as he said, “until something more interesting comes along.” 

As well as news, the Bean has a growing number of permanent pages about travel in Peru – the jewel in the crown being the Threatdown, currently in development. “You hear so much argument and bombast about safety in Peru, with people standing up for wildly differing opinions, that I thought it was high time to put together a comprehensive report based on facts, not anecdotes,” mumbled the writer, before falling asleep at the keyboard.  

He explained that he is drawing on information from embassies, police departments, local governments and official bodies such as the National Institute for Civil Defense. Later today he plans to meet with the head of the national tourist police, assuming that he gets up before 3pm. 

Within just under seven days, this suspicious loner has generated a total of 166 articles, totally over 40,000 words – as many as a short novel. If it continues to grow at this rate, the Bean will be bigger than the Grolier Encyclopedia by the year 2020. The site has received 1,670 page views since its inception, with popularity increasing rapidly and hits almost doubling daily. 

Griffiths urged his readers to spread the word of the Bean to anyone interested in Peru, both by email to personal friends and through posting links on websites and message boards. “If the stats keep on going up, I can guarantee that the Bean will keep on coming out,” he told himself.

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