Colombia Cats – en route to Ciudad Perdida
16 April 2013 | Living
◄ Every place we stopped on the walk to Ciudad Perdida seemed to have a resident cat, whether it was at an overnight refuge or a trailside refreshment stop. All of them small, sleek and content – ie not a scrawny scrounger. This one is Pilar, at the archaeological gue...
Short Walks from Bogotá
6 April 2013 | Media
It’s not a walking guide, but if you want to have some of the complete confusion of Colombian events laid out then Tom Feiling's Short Walks from Bogotá is a great introduction. Of course you’re going to come away with the realisation that it’s whole lot more complica...
The USA & Guns & Fairy Tales
16 December 2012 | Living
A weird relationship isn’t it? Underlined yet again by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. The USA gun illustration is on the wall at the front of the ex-US Embassy in Tehran, Iran.
I live part of the year in Australia (annual deaths by guns...
The Devil’s Picnic
7 March 2012 | Media
Taras Grescoe travels the world looking for banned or disapproved of drinks, foods and substances. So he goes through a meal via aperitif, crackers, cheese, main course, a smoke, digestif, dessert, herbal tea and finally (and very final) a one-time-only nightcap
I Never Saw it Coming
17 December 2010 | Living
On 15 December an overloaded Indonesian fishing boat attempting to get Middle East refugees into Australia ran ashore on Christmas Island, an isolated Australian territory off to the west of Java. The ship’s engine failed and the ship broke up on the rocky coast, at l...