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So we have Jack Osbourne heading off in pursuit of adrenalin activities, white-water rafting down the Zambezi and Bruce Parry meandering down the Amazon from source to mouth discovering various strange and wonderful tribes and ways of life en route (did anyone see the shamanistic regurgitation episode this week?!). Two very different ways to ‘enjoy’ two very different parts of the world.
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OK So the fit, athletic DJ that is Chris Moyles is planning on climbing Kilimanjaro next year. He has been spending too much time with Jack Osbourne methinks. Chris is going to have to do some serious training if he has any chance of huffing and puffing successfully to the top of Roof of Africa. And he’ll have to leave the Marlboro behind for sure….
Next February we see the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his monumental missive ‘On the Origin of the Species’. The church has kindly seen to it to issue an apology for originally refuting its claims on the origins of life on earth – a tad late methinks. And to quote the Darwin family – a tad ‘pointless’……
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Today is of course the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the USA. New York was reduced to a war zone in just one morning. Which started me thinking about the different war zones around the world that we visit. Obviously they are war zones no longer but just when does it become acceptable to visit these places without an aspect of ‘ogling’?
I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Just one of those things I have always wanted to do. I am fortunate enough to have seen the Southern Cross – laying on the ice on the Antarctic Peninsula one night surrounded by scurrying penguins (do penguins scurry?) but have never seen the mystical magnetic forces that are the Aurora Borealis. I don’t pretend to understand the science behind them and it doesn’t really matter.
“Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.” Sir Ernest Shackleton
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The ultimate mystery tour is surely one where you simply turn up at the airport with no idea where you are going. You still get the excitement of the holiday build-up but this then continues throughout the trip as each day you travel to or experience something or somewhere new. There is no checking itineraries to see if you are arriving on time or if dinner is included on Day 7, you just go with the flow and expect the unexpected.
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