Meeting him was to connect to the golden line of British scholar-traveller-adventurers from Patrick Leigh Fermor to Gavin Young
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Wednesday 21 October 2009
Tuesday 01 September 2009
The death of Martin Bormann, Adolf Hitler's private secretary, in the closing days of the Second World War did nothing to stop Britain's intelligence services following up years of spurious sightings in the aftermath of the conflict.
Wednesday 12 August 2009
A Copa Sudamericana match in Bolivia had to be abandoned midway through the second half after a player was assaulted by a supporter.
Saturday 11 July 2009
T he rain, which all night has drowned out the sounds of soft rock and loud travellers' tales of anacondas from the pizza place next door, is still cascading down out of Rurrenabaque's grey sky when we wake up. This is the jungle, and airports are narrow strips of rough grass cut through the endless trees. Rain and jungle air travel don't mix.
Friday 19 June 2009
If you ever wanted to know what the blow-by-blow run-up to the 1959 Cuban Revolution was like, then here it is. In part one of this four-hour effort, Steven Soderbergh tells the definitive account of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro's painstaking campaign through the Cuban undergrowth, culminating in their assault on Havana, in all its regime-busting glory.
Friday 19 June 2009
The violent clashes between indigenous protesters and Peruvian police and security forces this month have had international reverberations as well as domestic consequences. The reactions they sparked in the Andean neighbourhood clearly reflect the dangerous degree of mistrust and polarisation that today afflicts the region, both between countries and within them.
Sunday 31 May 2009
There's some fine playing on this debut disc from Horses Brawl, the recorder/fiddle and guitar duo of Laura Cannell and Adrian Lever. Bulgarian wedding music jostles with a love song from Renaissance Spain ("Pase el Agoa"), while "Merula" binds a canzonetta by the eponymous composer with Telemann and a Bolivian melody. Sadly, the recording sounds overproduced and not remotely wild. For folk/early-music crossover fans, this is harmless fun of the Voix Bulgares-meets-Red Priest type.
Saturday 30 May 2009
Saturday 23 May 2009
Wednesday 13 May 2009
Saturday 25 April 2009
Wednesday 22 April 2009
Bolivia is wrong to block other governments from finding out why their citizens were shot to death and branded mercenaries plotting to assassinate Bolivia's leaders, Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said today.
Friday 03 April 2009
Wednesday 01 April 2009
Diego Maradona, the Argentina coach, is expected to be less adventurous when his team visit Bolivia tomorrow for a World Cup qualifier at high altitude.
Sunday 22 March 2009
The shortest ever Bond film is also the speediest. Every scene has been edited down to a breathless flurry, so the action zips along with scorching energy.
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