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Travel story – Isles of Scilly

Hey all, the October issue of TravelTalk is out, with my story on the Isles of Scilly. Worth reading the story just for the photos – yes, the place really is that beautiful. http://www.traveltalkmag.com.au/issues/october-2014

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Walking the Eco Talk

It’s the biggest dilemma in environmental tourism: how not to destroy what you’ve come to enjoy. People learn to appreciate and value the natural world when they experience it; but creating  infrastructure and hosting visitors potentially puts ecologies at risk. … Continue reading

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Pilgrim to Skellig Michael

To be honest, munching white pudding for breakfast in Moorings and contemplating my imminent visit to Skellig Michael, I wasn’t thinking about sixth century monks. I was thinking about my head for heights – or lack of it. Six hundred … Continue reading

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“Sammy’s gone away, aboard a man o’ war”

I can now officially reveal that I’m shipping aboard Duyfken as a volunteer crew member. I’ll be joining the ship in Cooktown and sailing to Weipa, which should take approximately two weeks. She’s sailing home from Sydney to Fremantle, where … Continue reading

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The sea again

In view of our earlier discussion, about how a boat can be home, I felt the need to share this passage I’ve just come across while re-reading Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: “(Marlow) was a seaman, but he was a wanderer, … Continue reading

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Ecopoetics

I really like this word. The writer who’s introduced it to me, Jonathan Bate, prefers “ecopoesis” – but somehow “ecopoetics” seems more evocative. Bate proposes “ecopoesis” as an alternative term to “ecocriticism”. Whatever you call it, he’s talking about an … Continue reading

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Always happy on a boat

This beautiful brigantine is the Soren Larsen (not to be confused with the Danish footballer of the same name). I was privileged to go for a sail on her just before Christmas, and fell head-over-heels in love. If you think … Continue reading

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