Sunday Express, March 11, 2012

    Northern star that lit up the Frozen Planet

    …it is illegal in Svalbard to seek out polar bears or to hunt them. It is not a mutual arrangement. It is therefore something of a relief to have Martin Eriksen with us the following day as we set off on our skidoos. If anyone can pick out the right bit of white to shoot at in a crisis it is this 30-year-old ex-Norwegian army sniper…

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    Lonely Planet Traveller, December 2014


    …the drive showcases the binary world of this part of the Congo Basin – a mosaic of savannah and forest strung together by uneven dirt tracks. The Land Cruiser jerks wildly, to driver Maxwell Muswere’s delight. ‘We joke that, here, the drunk drivers are the ones going in a straight line,’ he says, his dreadlocks flailing, his laugh drowning out the straining engine …

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    The Sunday Times, May 8, 2016


    …Seldom a night passes without a senator or member of the House dropping by this family-run restaurant. Obama’s cabinet have their annual outing here – 40 SUVs, 20 different bills and John Kerry signing cheques in gold pen are among the fascinating titbits I coax from owner John Valanos…

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    The Independent, October 23, 2013


    …it was the question on all of our minds, but I asked it: “How do you know when the ice isn’t safe to skate on?” Niklas, our imperturbable guide, rubbed his chin, looked thoughtful, then offered up the distilled wisdom of a lifetime spent playing around on frozen water. “When it breaks,” he said…

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    The Guardian, October 13, 2009

    The world’s toughest race?

    …the course is 103 miles long with an aggregate climb of 30,839ft. Put another way, you’re running non-stop from London to Birmingham while ascending from the Dead Sea to the top of Everest. Throw in chronic sleep deprivation and a 40C temperature range and you have an event that, as one laconic fellow runner put it, is probably going to sting a bit…

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    Lonely Planet Traveller, December 2013


    …great storm clouds of vegetation mass around the pyramids, dangling vines like prying fingers. Little wonder that when the Mayans abruptly and mysteriously abandoned this site in 900AD, it was soon consumed, lying undiscovered for the best part of a millennium…

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    Sunday Express, January 8, 2012

    The liberating Falklands

    …the mist-enshrouded peninsula of Volunteer Point is the site of the world’s most accessible colony of king penguins. They prove luminously beautiful, their shimmering blue-grey cloaks enlivened by splashes of crepuscular yellow. What I take to be bushes transpire to be infants, squeaking from deep within downy fur…

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    Daily Express, October 26, 2013 THE FINAL FRONTIER The fabled Seventh Continent offers unrivalled rewards for those willing to go the extra mile, as DUNCAN CRAIG discovers on…

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