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The Last Wilderness

Sir Edmund Hillary has criticized a US-British plan to build a 1600-km road through Antarctica linking McMurdo Station to the Amundsen-Scott base Read More »

Looking for Japan

If you’re looking for Japan, you’ve certainly come to the right place at the right time. Just a couple of eras ago, a mere second in geological terms, you might have drowned. Read More »

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Written by J. Maarten Troost and subtitled “Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific”, this is one of the funnier books I have read lately. I’m talking laugh-out-loud funny. Broken into a number of chapters (with titles like “Chapter 4 — In which the author finally sets foot on Distant Tarawa [the island where the author goes], where he is led by ... Read More »

Sadly Funny

Just found in a books chainstore a heavily discounted beautiful book – red hardcover, excellent paper, jacket – a pleasure to hold and behold: Mark Twain’s “A Tramp Abroad”. I’m still at the beginning yet already reading Twain’s humorous description of the German students’ spartan corps code and their insane dueling, one stops smiling. A root, unstroken. >”…It was considered ... Read More »

Unfit For Command

Kerry's "Band Of Brothers" Hates Him... Read More »

Bilbao. James Rosenquist. Rings a bell?

1. 1983 In the beginning, when HILAI wasn’t even a seed, just an idea burning in my bones, I met in NYC with the Director of The New Israel Fund. I was told right away that first of all I must create a non-profit organization. Never heard of such a creature. The only ones in Israel at that time, almost ... Read More »


Even though the largest Caribbean festival in North America takes place right under my nose, I've never really participated in Caribana until this past weekend. I'm glad I did! Read More »

Prague by Arthur Phillips

Five expats end up in Budapest and proceed to drink, smoke, and finagle their way into quirky relationships, shady but successful business deals, and strange art. Read More »

How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer

Part history, part cultural commentary, part political analysis, and part diehard sports fan evangelism, How Soccer Explains the World is an interesting and thought provoking read even if it doesn't explain the world. Read More »

Bangkok’s New Underground Train

Plenty of head-space for travellers from foreign countries and rows of seats running lengthways so that if you do snag a seat you will be facing the person across from you. I approve of this choice as the odds are good that a Thai tart in a short skirt will be sitting on the opposite side. Read More »