I can't remember the first time I heard From Our Own Correspondent on the radio. What I do recall is that it was part of the background noise of my childhood alongside the Blue Peter theme tune, the sound of farmyard animals and the words: "You're not going out dressed like that."
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Tuesday 10 November 2009
A teenager spent two nights adrift on an ice floe in the Canadian Arctic with three polar bears for company before being dramatically rescued, it emerged today.
Tuesday 03 November 2009
Tuesday 03 November 2009
According to the guide who took me up Africa's tallest mountain, the name "Kilimanjaro" comes from two words. The first, "Kilima" is Swahili for "hill". The second, "Njaro", can mean "white", or "shiny", or even, depending on both the vigour with which it's pronounced and the imagination of the listener, "shimmering".
Saturday 17 October 2009
Thursday 24 September 2009
It's getting hot up here: Why Greenland sees global warming as a way to gain independence...and make money
Sunday 06 September 2009
Thursday 03 September 2009
As Paul Smith of Maximo Park recently explained on the pages of The Independent, decay is all around in the world of the post-punk icon and Magazine frontman Howard Devoto. Having ended a 28-year hiatus to regroup this year for a partial comeback, after Devoto spent much of the interim managing the archives of a photography agency, ageing was obviously in evidence at tonight's performance; but luckily the band's material sounded as bold and revolutionary as ever.
Saturday 20 June 2009
You'd expect Luzern, being right in the heart of Switzerland, somehow to encapsulate the Swiss essence. And this little city does not disappoint. It is exceptionally neat and clean; even the cobbles of the old town look polished. The transport is well organised. There are a host of conventional tourist attractions including the medieval half-timbered and painted houses, art museums and upmarket shops, as well as excursions into the lakes and mountains that surround the city. But Luzern is not just a pretty face: there's also an eccentricity and creativity which seems, at first sight, out of keeping with the comfortable demeanour. And it can be easily enjoyed on a short stroll through the city centre.
Michael McCarthy: Don't be fooled by this winter's powder. The Alpine snow line is already in retreat
Tuesday 16 June 2009
Did you ski in the Alps last winter? Or do you have friends who did? All they could talk about, remember, was the snow, how terrific it was, the fantastic dry powder, tons of the stuff, the best snow for years.
Wednesday 13 May 2009
India's main parties are offering environment plans in their manifestos for the first time, but the chances of climate policies to limit emissions after the election are slim because of low public awareness.
Wednesday 29 April 2009
New satellite images from the European Space Agency show massive amounts of ice are breaking away from a shelf on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said today.
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