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Team away day at Firle

Tuesday, 18th July, 2017

Journeys by Design team foraging in Firle Village East Sussex

You may remember that each year the team at Journeys by Design head out for our annual catch up. For as long as I’ve been a part of the company, these outings seem to get evermore enjoyable. Four years ago found us tossing a caper and playing the bagpipes at Scotland’s Blaire Estate. Three years…

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Welcoming Emma to the team

Friday, 14th July, 2017

Emma Baker

This morning I had the chance to meet an inspiring person in an inspiring place: one of our very own – Emma Baker at Presuming Ed. Previous dealings with this cafe have been Maddy’s engagement party, watching Virunga with the team and an all-night party that the Journeys by Design team hosted two weeks ago….

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JbD’s big beach barbecue

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

Journeys by Design team barbecue on the beach

The weather is getting warmer and it’s the time of year when we re-realise why Brighton is a great place to live. On Tuesday afternoon during our weekly team catch up, I quietly suggested it might be a nice idea to have a picnic at The Level (our local park). As is customary at JbD meetings, within seconds of putting this…

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An interview with renowned photographer, Stevie Mann

Friday, 7th July, 2017

Lake at Lengai by Stevie Mann

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch Stevie Mann, landscape photographer and lifelong friend Will’s. If you’ve spent time perusing the galleries on our site, there’s every chance that you are familiar with the work of Stevie Mann. Since the two of them went to school together in Nairobi, Stevie has…

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On the home front: working with BBC’s Springwatch

Wednesday, 5th July, 2017

Last week I hesitantly requested three day’s holiday. I say hesitantly because I knew there would be nothing resembling a holiday about the days that followed. I had previously been asked by the University of Brighton and BBC to help out on their mammal surveying and filming on Springwatch and as an ecology graduate, it’s difficult…

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Invisibly visible: Lisa Grainger on Arijiju

Friday, 30th June, 2017

Arijiju, Borana, Kenya

Regular readers of this blog will know that Borana Conservancy has a special place in my heart, given not just that it is a leading light in the kind of impact investment conservation strategy championed by Wild Philanthropy, but also the positive role it played in the education of a much younger version of myself….

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Change afoot at JbD

Tuesday, 27th June, 2017

Journeys by Design Team Foraging near Firle in the South Downs

Much has happened in the life of JbD over the last month or so. For one thing, I have left my throne over-looking London Road and have taken up residence next to Angela as well as Emma and Rosanna, the two newest members of the team. As you may know, just before Christmas, we were…

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Dr. Liz Greengrass tells her story

Friday, 23rd June, 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to catch Liz Greengrass, Born Free’s associate director. Aside from her tales of near death experiences including stepping on a black mamba in Tanzania, being beaten up by the alpha male chimp, shot at in a high speed car chase when her rogue taxi driver refused to stop at…

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When Hong Kong Tatler went to Ethiopia

Monday, 10th April, 2017

Simien Mountains by Paul Callcutt

Great to see Jakki Phillip’s piece Exploring Ethiopia’s Ancient wonders out in this month’s Hong Kong Tatler. Great because we had a lot to do with arranging Jakki’s itinerary, one that took her to Lalibela, nearby Yemrehanna Kristos, Gondar, the Simien Mountains, Lake Langano, and the Bale Mountains. Reading the piece, Jakki is clearly a huge fan of Ethiopia,…

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Remembering Richard Pankhurst

Monday, 3rd April, 2017

Richard and Sylvia Pankhurst

I learnt recently that the historian and campaigner Richard Pankhurst died the month before last. For those of you who do not know of him, Richard was a preeminent historian of everything Ethiopian, of its religions, its art, its architecture, its economics and its politics. As well as publishing over 20 books, he campaigned endlessly…

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