Born and educated in the UK, I am a photojournalist, speaker and world traveler keeping a finger on the pulse.
A passion for overland journeys has taken me from London to Katmandu by bus and across the Stans by train. Most memorable recent journey was by boat in Borneo to find endangered orangutans. Most thought provoking, the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos merge on the Mekong. Most erie, Korea's DMZ and most photogenic, Bali’s rice terraces. Most awesome, the Iguazu Falls and sunrise in Patagonia, Chile. Learn more...
Mont Blanc Challenge Seventy-five miles of hiking in 8 days with approximately 23,000 ft of ascent? This was our Mont Blanc Challenge. I calculated the aggregate ascent to be greater than Mt. Kilimanjaro. It would be more like scaling a Himalayan Annapurna. A challenge indeed but I lived to tell the tale... At 15,781 feet, Mont Blanc, is the … [Read More...]
Like millions of others I followed the Brexit Fallout live. First results brought mild surprise. This turned to consternation then shock. "Probably the most disastrous single event in British history since the second world war." Martin Wolf, Saturday's Financial Times Brexit Fallout Means Divorce This is all in sharp contrast four weeks ago at … [Read More...]
All the Queen's Horses At the Queen's official birthday celebration, all the Queen's horses play a historical role in the pageantry. This year, the Queen's 90th, there was a smaller more personal birthday celebration at Windsor Castle preceding the official one. It too had horses in the pivotal role. "No one does spectacle like the British Royal … [Read More...]
In the mid-seventies I joined a bus traveling overland across Asia. The journey, from London to Kathmandu, took 72 days. Memories of meeting kochi, or nomads, are especially warm. Now, their centuries-old way of life is almost gone. Years of war and conflict have been especially destructive for them. I am currently working on a memoir of the overland … [Read More...]
The first time I left Laos I took a sampan across the Mekong river. It was early morning. Air and water were still. I cradled a tiny silver ring in my hand, given to me by an old Meo woman. I knew I would return. This January, after my second visit, I left by air. As the prop plane became airborne and banked, I could see the roofs of wats … [Read More...]
Kilimanjaro is crowned with a crystalline carapace. At sunrise this gleams golden. Shaped like a Victorian plum pudding, the extinct volcano is a looming presence in the surrounding African savannah. Some mornings long ribbons of gauzy mist enshroud the base, on others it hides behind clusters of white and grey clouds. "The mountain is shy," explains my … [Read More...]
Once Upon a Time... ...there was a vast lake called the Aral Sea. A Central Asian oasis for centuries, it was the size of Ireland. Fertile farmlands fringed the shores with vineyards and orchards of apricots and pomegranates. Fishing was a prosperous industry and the catch, which included caviar sturgeon, was so plentiful it provided Russia with much of … [Read More...]