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Surfing Africa: surf’s up all over the continent

Friday, 28th September, 2018

Sally Kirby Surfing Africa

My first African surfing experience was a few years ago in Cape Town, an afternoon spent wiping out at Muizenberg. I was terrified of the white waves, and of the sign warning of great white sharks. And yet, despite the fear, the regular nasal cleansing, and the washing machine effect of repeated tumbles in the…

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Small changes we can make for the environment

Tuesday, 25th September, 2018


Over the course of the last year, I have become the building’s environmental officer. But who am I kidding. I’m not the green police, waiting for someone to put a recyclable cup in the wrong bin before jumping out on them. The conundrum of greener living is just as much mine as anyone else’s. What…

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Seven wonders of Africa: Angela Sacha votes for the Hadza

Friday, 21st September, 2018


From the salt-flats of Ethiopia to the ever-changeable waterways of the Okavango Delta, across to the jungles of the DRC and up to Sudan’s Sahara, there is no end to Africa’s natural wonders, many of which support the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet. The Seven Natural Wonders of Africa were voted on in a…

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A new frontier: Will Jones reports on Congo Brazzaville

Wednesday, 19th September, 2018


I’ve just got back from a trip to the Republic of Congo – also known as Congo Brazzaville – with journalist Sophy Roberts,  Roland Purcell and photographer Robbie Lawrence. Roberts you will know from her writing for the likes of the Financial Times and Conde Nast Traveller. Purcell is a pioneering conservationist whose exploits I’ve…

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Happy new year!

Friday, 14th September, 2018

Lalibela Pilgrims

Happy New Year! Fun fact: around the world, there are a whole heap of cultures celebrating new year on different dates to the commonly known Gregorian celebration. Aside from the obvious 1st January celebrations, there’s also Chinese New Year (8th February), Iranian New Year (20th March), Indian Telegu (8th April), Sri Lankan Tamil (14th April),…

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Highway to Heaven: the Financial Times’s Isabella Tree has a Ugandan epiphany

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

Isabel Burrell in Uganda

The writer Isabella Tree’s article for last weekend’s Financial Times is entitled Highway to Heaven. At the risk of spoiling your read, it ends: ‘But this encounter with Sebo seems a pivotal moment. That stirring of human cognition. It feels as though we’ve driven through the red dust of dawns and dusks to the solar…

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The Tusk Rhino Trail: a very public way of highlighting the plight of the rhino

Friday, 7th September, 2018


If you’ve been to London recently, to the likes of Covent Garden, the City, Mayfair, Kensington or Marble Arch, then you will no doubt have noticed that some of its public spaces have given birth to beautifully decorated life-size rhinos. A lovely awareness campaign initiated and run by Tusk, the works of art were created…

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Touched by the past: Hannah shares the uniqueness of Mahale once again

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018


It’s been just under four years since I undertook the JbD Brochure’s September Experience and went chimp trekking at Mahale in western Tanzania. I wrote a blog about my trip shortly after I returned – feel free to have a read for a more detailed recollection. This time, while most of what I have to…

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Zimbabwe: politics, economics, and a great dollop of hope

Friday, 31st August, 2018

Emerson Zimbabwe

Just a quick update on Zimbabwe, now that Robert Mugabe is gone and his ZANU-PF successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the country’s second president. Things have not gone well. Yet to appoint his cabinet, Mnangagwa’s election victory was marred by violence and claims of electoral vote rigging. Six people were shot dead…

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Eid Al-Adha: a first-hand account of the Islamic holiday

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

Sally Kirby Eid

I am writing this on the last day of Eid Al-Adha. Well, I think it’s the last day. I had thought Friday was the last day. It’s now Sunday, and it sounds like the celebrations are going to last as long as the villagers have the energy to do so. The drumming in the streets…

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