Ethiopia:

Dictator Style – Gaddafi & Others

26 August 2011 | Culture

◄ When I rewrote the intro to Bad Lands for a recent reprint I noted that nothing much had changed, Fidel in Cuba, Kim Jong-il in North Korea, a mess in Iraq, no driving licences for women in Saudi Arabia, the generals in Burma, everywhere you looked it was no change....

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In Search of Mengistu

15 April 2011 | Places

▲ Security in Gunhill is clearly a concern as this typical array of signs on a Gunhill villa shows. Before I left Zimbabwe I had a drive around the flash Harare suburb looking for one of the city’s most famous residents – Haile Mariam Mengistu. ◄ In his book Zanz...

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A Moveable Feast

26 November 2010 | Media

Don George in California regularly puts together travel writing anthologies for Lonely Planet and his latest collection follows that most important travel activity: eating. They’re all short tales, just a bite-sized mouthful each. My Moveable Feast favourites: • Ju...

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Three Famines

13 November 2010 | Media

Curiously at present this book only appears to be published in Australia, although Amazon.com have it on Kindle. Thomas Keneally is a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction titles although he’s best known for the Booker Prize winning Schindler’s Ark which became t...

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The Secret Life of Birds

4 April 2010 | Media

I’m not a bird watcher – I’ve never kept lists of birds I’ve seen or set off on trips where spotting birds is the most important part of the journey. Nevertheless there are lots of places I’ve been (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mongolia, Costa Rica and the Falkland Islands for st...

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