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Home, James

It’s fashionable, I’ve noticed, for people who are setting off on some great journey or other, to go to painstaking lengths to explain how society had driven them to it. That the brave new world which man has created has become so awful and unbearable and at odds with either their soul or spirit or… Read more Home, James

Route Canal

 It was an inspired moment when we came upon the idea that we might not go around Europe, but rather through it. We’d had quite our fill of sea, we said to ourselves, and a trip up through the French canals would be just the ticket. We’d spare ourselves the tossing about that the Atlantic… Read more Route Canal

A View From The Cockpit: Boobies and Border Control

Sailboat Strange flight, the body Held at a threshold And never quite freed   Or quite revealed— One wing taut with wind, One wing concealed   Until the wind grows calm And it shimmers in a shadow-world, The shape of a sail, yet softer—   The drifting boat A bird half in air, Half in… Read more A View From The Cockpit: Boobies and Border Control

To and Through The Gulf of Aden: Between Farts and Cockroaches

In 1856 the Great Trigonometric Survey calculated the height of Everest to be 29,000 feet. An irritatingly round figure for all concerned. Fearing that their hard work to ascertain its dimensions precisely would be received as a mere estimate, Andrew Waugh resolved to add a little bit on to the measurement, all in bringing it… Read more To and Through The Gulf of Aden: Between Farts and Cockroaches

Miscellaneous and Mechanical Misfortunes in Malaysia

It is quite an unnatural phenomenon on a boat, which should always be found creaking or sighing in some way, to find silence. Whilst I had fallen asleep to the pleasantly monotonous drone of the engine, I was roused from my slumber not by that, nor by the usual whirr of the wind generator, nor… Read more Miscellaneous and Mechanical Misfortunes in Malaysia

A Christmas Guide To Killing Orangutans

Today we kill 25 orangutans. No, I don’t care if it’s Christmas Day. Think of it as poetic if you like: it’s the 25th day of the month, and we’ve got 25 orangutans to dispatch. For years and years our methodical annihilation of Borneo’s rainforests has seen us terminate this many daily, and – Christmas or… Read more A Christmas Guide To Killing Orangutans