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Sunday 31 May 2009
Saturday 02 May 2009
Saturday 14 March 2009
Scuba diving is an addictive sport, offering the chance to explore a realm that can be tranquil and electrifying in successive moments. Many divers head for popular destinations such as the Red Sea, but after a couple of trips, the popularity of these reefs takes the edge off the experience.
Saturday 14 March 2009
The Maldives – the island nation threatened by rising sea level as a result of global warming – is attempting to become the world's first carbon-neutral country.
Tuesday 10 February 2009
Sunday 04 January 2009
Sunday 28 December 2008
Thank God it's all over for another year. I do enjoy Christmas, it's just that the lead-up to the event is so stressful. We decided on a dawn raid on Waitrose the day before Christmas Eve... unfortunately our plans were discovered and the secret was out. We arrived to find that everyone in Cirencester was trying to do the same – it was a shambles.
Tuesday 16 December 2008
An Oxford-educated fan of Newcastle United Football Club, who also has a taste for Albert Camus, has been elected Thailand's third prime minister in as many months – a position heavy with challenges and political uncertainty.
Friday 05 December 2008
The celebration of "islomania" behind this book is nothing to do with being a helpful travel guide; nor can its remit be scientifically defined. "We went by instinct in the end," write its authors, as they struggle to define what gives a place its "islandness". And fine instincts they were, too. The Book of Islands, by Philip Dodd and Ben Donald (Palazzo Editions, £30), has winnowed the selection down to 200 of the world's most islandy examples, starting at the International Date Line with Tonga and the Chatham Islands, the first places to greet each new day, and tracking the sun west towards Samoa.
Wednesday 26 November 2008
In the space of a decade, Ibrahim Nasir went from national hero to national embarrassment, a man who helped secure freedom for the Maldives only to be accused of corruption and effectively forced into exile.
Friday 21 November 2008
An ethical guide to the practicalities of modern travel is a welcome addition to the crop of eco-lit, and more thought-provoking than some dashed-off books about composting toilets and offsetting like mad.
Wednesday 29 October 2008
The man who was the effective dictator of the Maldives for 30 years has been forced to concede defeat to a man he jailed more than half-a-dozen times following the island nation's first presidential election.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-ten-best-th.html">Asian (con)Fusion: The Ten best things about India</a>
Tuesday 21 October 2008
Last week, while questioning the utility of India's unmanned mission to the moon, I promised to write an unapologetically positive post about the country in which I live. That was not hard; while there are plenty of things about India that leave me despairing, there's lots that is beguiling, captivating and occasionally inspirational.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/india-divided-.html">Asian (con)Fusion: India divided - even at the mall</a>
Tuesday 14 October 2008
Famed as I am for my sartorial elegance and grace (insert irony icon here), I've yet to visit the swanky new series of fashion malls in South Delhi that have been built close to where I live
Saturday 11 October 2008
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
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