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Experience: Introducing the 2017 brochure and remote Tanzania in September    

Friday, 22nd September, 2017

Mahale Chimp Family

A quick blog introducing JbD’s calendar-concept brochure Experience, and highlighting it’s September offer. Something of a tome, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s here, ready, and very beautiful. Big thanks to One Darnley Road, who have worked tirelessly with us on our brand for nearly ten years, and who have once again come…

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Somaliland: recognition and peace

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017


It’s International Peace Day this Thursday, 21st September. A day officially dedicated by the United Nations (UN), I note that the theme this year is Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All, which along with the more obvious successes of the likes of Namibia and Botswana makes me think of the equally durable autonomous region of…

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30 seconds with Graeme Lemon of Wild Expeditions

Friday, 15th September, 2017

I recently caught up with Graeme Lemon, the country manager of Wild Expeditions, a responsible tour operator running mobile tented camps throughout Ethiopia. A joint shareholding between Wild Enterprise (Wild Philanthropy‘s impact investment arm) and four local Ethiopian shareholders, Wild Expeditions strives to venture into some of the most unexplored and remote areas that Ethiopia…

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Jess Jones and saving pilot whales

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017


Just a quick note to welcome Jess Jones to the team and to share one of her many experiences when travelling the world, a three-year trip from which she has relatively recently returned.  After coming back and working a stint at a campsite in Italy, and running a pub in Essex, Jess joined us in…

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Where goodwill begins to make a lasting impact

Friday, 8th September, 2017

Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour

You may remember our post about the Dorothy Stringer rugby Goodwill Tour of South Africa in 2015. If not, then Dorothy Stringer is one of our local state schools. It’s large, it’s caring, and it has been known over the years for its dedication not just to what goes on in the classroom, but also…

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A new democracy: Kenya annuls elections

Tuesday, 5th September, 2017

Kenyatta's opposition celebrates after Kenya elections are annulled

While no doubt Kenya’s recent total ban on plastic bags continues to make headlines across the world, the perhaps even bigger story is the fact that last Friday its Supreme Court invalidated last month’s general elections, ordering a new election within 60 days. This is a wonderful thing, whatever it brings by way of potential…

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Heads up: Kenya’s banned plastic bags

Friday, 1st September, 2017

Plastic bags

Kenyans can now expect to incur up to a $40,000 fine or four years in jail for producing, distributing or even possessing plastic bags. The ban has come after ten years of back-and-forth discussions and three failed attempts to enforce it. When polymers were first discovered near the turn of the 19th century, plastics and…

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Kenya in 30 seconds: Jamie hits the road

Tuesday, 29th August, 2017

My apologies on the lateness for this one, but (finally) last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Jamie, who told me all about her trip to Kenya earlier on in the year. Among many a memorable moment, the trip included spending time with Ol Malo’s pet pig, Sausage, being tracked by anti-poaching…

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A total ban on ivory trade: the UK’s still out of step

Friday, 25th August, 2017

While it did make the press, the Conservative’s decision to drop its pledge to ban all ivory trade in the UK from its 2017 manifesto faced little opposition in the run up to the election. Currently, UK law bans trade in post-1947 ‘worked’ (antique) ivory, except for those 1947 to 1990 pieces issued a government…

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Client Earth: working with the law

Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017

With Donald Trump contentiously pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement and with BBC Radio 4 sparking a backlash over its decision to include Lord Lawson, a prominent global warming sceptic, in a discussion on climate change, environmental concerns are once again at the forefront of public consciousness.   The worrying aspect, however, is that they were ever allowed to abate.   As NASA outline, previous scientific…

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