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There’s no such thing as bad publicity – Virunga finally in the UK headlines

October 27, 2013

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A row over the latest celebrity-endorsed campaign by the conservation giant WWF has lead to more coverage across newspaper titles than it probably could have hoped for. Nothing like controversy to get tongues wagging. Note to self NGOs! Conservation is not a sexy subject to news editors. But throw in a good-looking woman, filmed in […]

Primates in Peril

October 17, 2012

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It makes for bleak reading but 25 species of primates are on the brink of extinction because of destructive human activity. The stark warning comes following a report published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Six of the severely […]

Have you heard? Ken leaves Barbie behind over deforestation

June 22, 2011

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They’ve been an item for as long as I can remember, but now the romance is over. Trophy bird Barbie is finding out what it’s like to be left on the shelf without her beloved Ken, following an ecological row. The plastic princess usually presents herself in pretty pink boxes but an investigation by the […]

Natives’ beef with cattle firm leads to law suit

April 13, 2011

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying very hard to get some revision in every day. My end of year exam is fast approaching and I don’t want to have to resort to my childhood technique of cramming the night before. I’m too old and  I’ve lost too many brain cells through alcohol abuse to even […]

Oil exploration suspended in DRC, but for how long?

April 5, 2011

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They’ve may have won the first round, but conservationists say they are stepping up the pressure on the Congolese government to say ‘no’ for good to two British oil firms drilling in Africa’s oldest park. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a UNESCO world heritage site, permission had been granted […]

Pass the salt

March 22, 2011

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Today I have the hangover from hell. I took Luton boy out to celebrate his birthday yesterday and after several afternoon pints we were joined by my dear friend from Ireland, Mr D, who just happened to be in London. Why is it always the impromptu meet-ups that get you into trouble? I used to […]

Modern Art

March 18, 2011

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Isn’t it incredible how modern art has the ability to polarise opinion? I recently visited Tate Modern on the Southbank with my friend, single-mum, who wanted to see the latest exhibition by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco (pronounced or-ross-co). I’m always interested in artwork that challenges me to think about the meaning behind it; or […]