Category Archives: Travel

Something Brexit lovers should contemplate

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Globalisation and Pandemics

Globalization, population growth, and urbanization have facilitated the transmission of infectious diseases. The complexity of global travel and global integration mean that any “patient zero” is now but a few degrees of separation from formerly isolated communities. According to medical … Continue reading

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The Burmese Pythons of Florida

There are many examples of invasive species colonising new territories.1 Writing about the UK’s Japanese Knotweed challenge doesn’t have the same buzz as Florida’s Burmese Pythons, though the storyline is the same.2 Japanese Knotweed was brought into the UK as … Continue reading

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Social Distancing: Indian Style

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Komodo Dragon

If you want to know more about them see Komodo dragon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon  

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Book Review: P J O’Rourke ~ Holidays in Hell (1988)

Satire notoriously ages badly. So much of it depends on the readers knowledge of the setting and personality of what is being satirised. Once the moment is gone so has the point of the humour. Consider the cartoon below. It … Continue reading

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Ghoulish British tourists after the Crimean War

Boatloads of tourists arrived from Britain to see the famous battle sites and collect souvenirs – a Russian gun or sword, or a bit of uniform plundered from the bodies of the Russian dead that remained in the trenches for … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul Theroux ~ O-Zone (1986)

This book fizzes with ideas based around fear. The wealthy fear the poor and erect buildings which are fortresses inside sealed cities. Travel is by helicopter as ground level movement is hazardous as well as being slow from endless checkpoints. … Continue reading

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Mountaineering for Slackers

There were other stories of trekkers and climbers who, having reached base camp or even higher, just couldn’t be bothered to walk down again, and summoned helicopters on the slightest pretext. Sometimes they managed to secure a medical note, in … Continue reading

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Basic humour

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