Jan 27, 2008
Nov 25, 2007
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Jul 9, 2006
The scene looks straight out of Jurassic Park. Huge vehicles thrash through the churned earth burdened with winches and cranes, steel crates and giraffes. Tough guys in uniforms bellow instructions or saunter about holding guns, netting, ropes to restrain buffalo, and all sorts of other neat "boys' toys" stuff.
May 7, 2006
Apr 2, 2006
The rusty boat farts, coughs and chugs slowly along the narrow river channel, a skinny boy perched on its prow shouting directions back to the captain (who does almost as much farting and coughing as his geriatric craft). There's the slop and slosh of oily water round my boots. Three rice rats are busy in the bilges.
Feb 5, 2006
When the Romans arrived 2,000 years ago, they immediately saw the potential. And so they immediately started building hot baths. Nothing appealed to a Roman legionary more than a steaming restorative soak after a hard day spent bashing wild Teutonic tribesmen, and the hot springs in what is now the German spa town of Baden Baden must have seemed a gift of the gods.
Oct 9, 2005
Andorra is one of the very few countries on Earth that no one has ever bothered invading. True, Hannibal passed through with his elephants, but he had the Roman Empire to destroy and didn't stay long. Napoleon once planned to annex it, but the Andorran delegation to Paris decided not to go to the talks. Napoleon's clerks forgot about them.
Jun 19, 2005
Far below is a ribbon of blue; not much to look at, a shallow stream, a dribble; barely enough to float a boat on. Or so it appears from half a kilometer above it. But the Fish River, inconsequential as it looks from the clifftops, has, in its very long lifetime, moved more rock than all Africa's construction companies put together.