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Chicago – where itineraries go to die!

August 28, 2014

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Just before I took my flight I skyped B last night. We ran through a check list of all the things I needed to bring and then he dropped a bombshell. “Don’t be surprised if you end up overnighting in Chicago,” he said flatly. “Sorry?” I said perplexed. “Put it like this,” he added thoughtfully. […]

Bear Necessities

August 12, 2014

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Two weeks tomorrow I will be headed off for another adventure. At the ripe old age of 38 I will be camping for the first time. Shock horror!! For most TV presenters that would pose a challenge in itself. Do they make solar-powered hairdryers? But you see despite my so-called “glamazonian-image” I do actually enjoy […]

Switzerland

July 31, 2014

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Chocolate, cheese and cows just some of the things Switzerland is famed for. I experienced all three in equal measure during my trip a few weeks ago. Staying in the beautiful area of Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds I was fortunate to wake up to the gentle chiming of cow bells and chirping birds. The Jura […]

Groomed by a Mountain gorilla, what would you do?

January 31, 2012

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How would you react if you had a 20-stone male eyeballing you while his Mrs and children clambered all over you? Most people would probably need a fresh pair of undies as my friend BQ pointed out to me. Well one tourist probably did what most people would do and sat as still as possible […]

WSPA gives a helping hand to the Met

January 30, 2012

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For many riding out the financial doom and gloom has not been easy, unless you’re a banker with little conscious about your annual bonus. Historically conservation groups struggle even in buoyant times to get funding so it came as a bit of surprise to see the tables turn this week.  Today the charity, The World Society […]

No man is an island….unless you’re a 30-something with loads of homework

November 29, 2011

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                Humans are social animals. I used to be a ‘social butterfly’…..but my socialising has regressed so much since my postgrad started I’ve retreated into my cocoon and barely see daylight. Tonight however I’ve been coaxed out with the offer of good food, wine and a gossip with […]

Iranian space monkey grounded

October 4, 2011

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  In the early days of space exploration animals were sent into space because scientists didn’t know if humans would survive. Some of our closest cousins have boldly been where many of us may never go. In a year when America has seen its space shuttles go into retirement, Iran’s Space Organisation has been firing […]

The battle to save British mammals continues

September 25, 2011

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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 I’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 […]

Learning to cook may have helped man’s evolution

August 24, 2011

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Bad manners are one of my pet hates and that also includes table manners. It drives me potty when people chew food with their mouth open. Not only is it unsightly but it sounds bloody awful. Thankfully through the art of cooking, food is softened up which means it takes us less time to chew […]

Even monkeys need a little light relief…..!

July 21, 2011

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Today I was confessing to one of my chief-subs at work that I still had not finished writing my testimonial for my Masters application. For anyone not in news, a chief-sub is the person responsible for writing or finessing the scripts that the main anchor reads into each report. Everyone in the office is super […]