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One Day, You Can Choose to See a Ghost

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On November 2, 2002 around 5 am, in Cachoeira, Brazil, I woke up startled as I saw a man kneeling on the floor by my bed and watching me intently. For reasons that I could not explain at the time, I didn’t scream. Instead, I said very quietly, “Leave, please.” The man got up and started stepping backwards and out of the room with his hands in the air, as if he was gesturing me...

Bletchley Park and the gimmicks of wartime rationing

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Last weekend I visited Bletchley Park, the home of modern day computing. There was a lot about the Second World War in it. And a lot about Alan Turing. In addition to all the Enigma Code machines and the code breaker stories, there was a fascinating description of war rationing in Britain. Nylon stockings were not available and the only way British women could get hold of th...

Sand Storms in Low Places

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I've been in the path of a Florida hurricane and a Hong Kong typhoon, but these were not particularly remarkable events. The most interesting climatic phenomena I've experienced in my life have been sand storms.  My first sand storm was in Death Valley, California. On a scorching hot May day (110F), we were driving across the desert with the air conditioning switched...

6,100 metres up in the Bolivian Andes

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In the summer of 2009, two university classmates and I went climbing Huayna Potosi, a 19,974-foot peak (6,100 m) in Bolivia. I was doing an internship in La Paz at a high altitude and was better acclimatized than M. & A., who came straight from the US. We started climbing from the base camp (located at 5,200 m altitude) at 1 am with two local guides. This was the only way to ...

My Bali coconut

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I was walking on Kuta beach in Bali in early 2010. The sun was shining, as it does around the Equator year round. I stumbled upon a coconut washed up by the waves. It was heavy and seemed to have fallen recently into the sea. I embarked on a mission to crack it open but there was no tool around. I found a tree stump and started throwing the coconut against the tree. After multiple hits, it fina...

Cobra in a Chinese cave

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(By George)  As a student in China in 2001 I visited Jiuhuashan - one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China. Several friends and I were planning to spend the night at a monastery at the top of the mountain but we started out a bit late on our hike. By dusk we still had 1/3 to go so we were walking briskly to get to the top before night...

Grand Canyon: a 4,000-mile deja-vu from the air

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Years ago, two friends and I did a 3-week roadtrip across California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. We travelled 4,000 miles across all the major landmarks of the American Southwest: Napa and Sonoma, Muir Woods, Big Sur, Yosemite, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion, Fire Valley and Lake Tahoe. We spent a night sleeping in the car, under the stars in the desert&nbsp...

Ireland weekend 1-4 May 2015. My nieces and nephews growing up.

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It was Dad’s 72nd birthday on the 2nd and since he was very excited to have come through his recent surgery so well, he wanted to have a big family get together. It was a lower key trip than normal. I wasn’t a “tourist” in my home country like I normally am. I was there to see my Dad and help out at home where needed. As usual I got to see a lot of my niec...