Browsing All Posts published on »September, 2011«

There’s no smoke without fire

September 27, 2011

1

There’s something dangerously enticing about watching fire, perhaps it’s my primeval roots telling me something. The way the flames leap and curl and its ability to engulf anything in a matter of moments. It’s thought by some scientists that without fire man would not have evolved. Homo erectus was presumably the first chef in history […]

The battle to save British mammals continues

September 25, 2011

3

As you all know primates are my “thing”, or as some of my male colleagues like to put it: “you’re into monkeys?!” But today┬áI’m going to deviate ever so slightly to mention the plight of the humble British hedgehog. This species like so many primates are in rapid decline and one of the biggest factors […]

When life imitates art

September 24, 2011

1

  It’s not often when life imitates art, but these fabulous pictures of a crested black macaque taken in Indonesia bear a striking resemblance to Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. The pictures were shot beside a lake at Tangkoko National Park on the island of Sulawesi.     Karsten Wrobel who took the photographs of the […]

Charm offensive hopes to highlight the underground trade in Britain’s wildlife crime

September 20, 2011

1

Coming back through the airport last week I was reminded just what a major hub London is for people wanting to access different parts of the world, something that isn’t necessarily a good thing when it works in favour of international criminals. A new exhibition run in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police and a number […]

Goan Goan gone to India

September 16, 2011

0

If you’re wondering where I’ve been for the last ten days the Northerner and I have been enjoying an Indian summer, quite literally. After 35 years I finally managed to visit my ancestral homeland. We didn’t have the luxury of time to adopt a pseudo-nomadic existence exploring the country’s 25 different states; so instead we […]