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Dog of the week – Valiente

This is Valiente. He lost one of his front legs when he was fairly young – from memory he was the victim of a hit-and-run by a car sometime in September 2006 – [...]

By |October 5th, 2008|

Dog of the week – Sole

This is Sole (sorry girl but I haven’t quite worked out how to insert the grave over the “e” so that your name is spelt properly!). Sole is one of our many dogs [...]

By |September 28th, 2008|

Australia is so…boring

“Australia is so…boring!!” So said the Professor from the University of KwaZulu Natal when I was in South Africa recently. “How so?”, I asked, taking a mild and curious offense to his statement. He proceeded [...]

By |September 28th, 2008|

800 guardian angels killed by a sacred banyan tree

Scores of Buddhist villagers in India's north-eastern state of Assam have performed a unique funeral ritual for more than 800 endangered storks that died after a tree where they were nesting fell ... The villagers, most of them farmers, considered the banyan tree sacred and believed that the storks were their guardian angels.

By |September 27th, 2008|

Buenos Aires – mugging and pick-pocket capital of the world?

Our local guide then really grabbed our attention with her stories about the local pick-pockets and street muggers that prey upon unwitting tourists in this most European of South American cities. "It is okay, they don't use guns or knives" she said, a great relief to me "Just be careful, they are very quick" says the guide, "Give them your money and they won't hurt you."

By |September 26th, 2008|

The Northern Myth – a short introduction

B R Davidson's book "The Northern Myth" was first published in 1965 and set out to dispel the then popular belief that tropical Australia could be transformed into a magical land of milk and honey [...]

By |September 26th, 2008|
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