Category Archives: Travel

A History of Discovery and Exploration: The Search Begins

I’ve been aware for a long time how the heroic age of discovery by European explorers, from the late 15th century onwards, raised the curtain for the imperialist conquest and exploitation of the populations and territories of other countries. But … Continue reading

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Daniel Odier’s Tantric Quest

Daniel Odier is a novelist and his spiritual memoir Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love has something of the feel of a novel. I found it much more readable than some other books in this genre, such as those … Continue reading

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Deep Time, Exotic Excursions

This year’s visit to New Caledonia got me musing whether I should change the name of my blog – to signal a broadening of scope that would justify my writing here about my travels. ‘Deep Time, Exotic Excursions’ is what … Continue reading

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Kindness to Strangers

The first thing I need to report about my expedition to New Caledonia is the incredibly generous hospitality I received there. From all kinds of people: indigenous Kanak, white Caledonians, metropolitan French, and other expatriates. They welcomed me into their … Continue reading

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Cycling Back to the South Pacific

One thing I always intended to blog about was my field research for Deep Time. I’ve done a post about the trip to Gabon, but not yet about the one to New Caledonia – and now I’m about to return … Continue reading

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Helicoptering over the Rainforest

I’d already written a couple of drafts of Deep Time when I finally saw first-hand the Central African forest my story begins in. Unexpectedly, I ended up going there by helicopter and so got a privileged view of hundreds of … Continue reading

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