On luck and privilege…

“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve … Continue reading On luck and privilege…

Talking to strangers…

A true short story of one of my favourite random meetings. It was my last full day in London before my 8pm flight that evening. It was a warm, bright, sunny London day and I was running low on cash so, avoiding the lure of the shops, I opted to walk one of my favourite … Continue reading Talking to strangers…

On keyboard warriors, virtue signalling and informed perspectives…

“There’s a gap somehow between empathy and activism. " Sue Monk Kidd The internet is a tiring place at times. This amazing global resource for connection is often used as a platform for attack with keyboard warriors poised for the slightest opportunity to launch into their manifesto, however uninformed it may be. https://youtu.be/-S14SjemfAg There is a … Continue reading On keyboard warriors, virtue signalling and informed perspectives…

On endings and beginnings…

"We delight in the beauty of a butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou I'm in transition again. My chapter here in beautiful Tanzania is coming to a close and, as of August this year, I'm starting a new chapter in Hanoi, Vietnam. It feels … Continue reading On endings and beginnings…

A Forest Frozen in Time – Namibia

The Namib Desert is a stunning place to visit. With endless giant sand dunes, rusted red by the iron content of the area, you find yourself mesmerised by the way they curve and lean with the wind, growing higher and higher by the day as each tiny particle of sand is deposited on the top. … Continue reading A Forest Frozen in Time – Namibia

On being in love with this pale blue dot…

22nd April is Earth Day and this blog is dedicated to that very subject - our beautiful home planet. Carl Sagan was inspired to write his book Pale Blue Dot after seeing an image taken, at Sagan's suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990. As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes … Continue reading On being in love with this pale blue dot…

A tale of forest scrambles and sitting with chimpanzees…

Set against the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the far west of Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park is one of Tanzania’s most remote and isolated parks, accessible only by small aircraft and by boat, and deep in the jungle of the Mahale Mountains live over 800 wild chimpanzees. Having spent the previous day trekking for … Continue reading A tale of forest scrambles and sitting with chimpanzees…