Posted in Caves, documentary, Education, exploration, geography, hiking, history, Interesting, Life, malagan, NATJA Award, New Guinea, New Guniea, Papua New Guinea, paranormal, people, Personal, photo, photos, picture of, PNG, religion, science, Sepik River, strange places, Travel, travel writing, tagged Anne Gordon, Documentary, malagan, New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea documentary, Sepik River, travel writing on February 22, 2014|
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I recently conducted an interview with Anne Gordon, a well known Canadian travel writer. Anne had just recently returned from Papua New Guinea and in particular, a trip up the Sepik River where she visited local tribes and learned something of the Malagan culture).
See the Papua New Guinea documentary interview with Anne Gordon here
As a travel writer Anne speaks about the benefits of belonging to NATJA and other travel organizations, the benefits such as sponsored trips and the professional development opportunities that are open for travel writing.
As Anne said, “New Guinea is undoubtedly the most exotic and fascinating place she has ever been, there are over 900 tribes scattered throughout the island and an an ecosystem that spreads both above and beneath the surface”. Many of New Guinea’s tribes maintain customs and cultures that hold a special fascination for us in the west. Head hunting and cannibalism still exist in isolated pockets and have been practised quite commonly within the last 100 years.
Anne Gordon’s interview centres around the Sepik River and the carver’s of the Malagan culture, in particular the master carvers of New Ireland, she shows many incredible pictures of the tribes in that area and the tribal culture of New Guinea.
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Posted in Adventures, bizzare, books, Buy The Book, cities, culture, cultures, Education, entertainment, geography, guelph, Hamilton, history, Interesting, Life, My Book, my life, people in Costa Rica, Personal, Photography, photos, picture of, strange places, tours in Costa Rica, Travel, travel writing, Uncategorized, urban exploration, vacation, visiting Costa Rica, wierd, tagged "Costa Rica capital", "Costa Rican capital", Cartago, Cartago basillica, Cartago church, Carthago, Costa Rica, earthquake damage in Costa Rica, Las Ruinas in Cartago, Michael Gordon and Costa Rica, Michael Gordon and Tamarindo, ruined buildings in Costa Rica, Tamarindo; Crooked Times in Costa Rica, vacation in Costa Rica on February 24, 2011|
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This cracked old bell hangs in a ruined cathedral in the earthquake shaken city of Cartago. It appears in the telling of my story – Tamarindo; Crooked Times in Costa Rica. The book is selling on the lulu website at $26.99
As the story goes …
The last Simone saw she was thrashing a flinching Nicaraguan who’d come to pray for the health of his fellow workers.
“Good on you old lady,” Simone shouted approvingly. “I bet he friends with that red hair monkey.”
Simone found Talbot at Las Ruinas, skulking beneath its bell.
Symbolically both the ruined cathedral and the bell are representative of something other than their actual physical presence. Cartago was the old Costa Rican capital before San Jose captured the title in a battle in a nearby mountain pass.
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Well, Rockwatching has been up and running for a number of years now (5 to be exact) and I believe it has contributed significantly to the interest of people like myself who like caving, rocks, the outdoors, gems and minerals in Ontario.
We are just a few short days from 2011 and I believe it’s high time we made some resolutions -all of us (you my loyal fellow bloggers as well).
So in the interests of all involved a few ground rules to follow on Rockwatching from now on
1) Lets not carry a personal vendetta onto this site which is meant to be a forum where like minded enthusiasts can interact in a positive way.
2) Lets respect each other and try not to get personal when we are frustrated.
3) Lets respect the basics of conservation and eco-minded thought.
4) Lets not assume stuff we don’t know for sure (hence the survey at the bottom of the post).
5) Lets keep in mind that this is all about enjoyment.
6) Lets keep in mind that just because the topic is on the table, every single aspect that pertains to it is not an open book.
7) Lets respect people who are not on the site, private property, reputations etc. Just because there is discussion of a site or feature does not mean permission has been granted to go there.
8) Lets not get petty, self righteous or important. Stop correcting my grammar, spelling or use of terms. I am a writer at heart and so I believe I can use the language as I please (providing it’s in good taste, or if I choose, not in good taste).
9) Lets not waste my time by having to re-direct you to one of the above rules.
Happy and prosperous 2011 – Mick
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Posted in Adventures, adventures in Europe, backpacking, bizzare, cities, crazy things, culture, cultures, England, geography, hiking, Interesting, Life, My Book, my life, people, Personal, photos, pickpockets, picture of, strange places, Travel, travel writing, tagged Chester, Chestr, cities, crazy, crazy people, England, insane, lunatic, mad man, turkey man, turkey noise, turkeyman, warbler on December 3, 2010|
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Mad man yodels out a turkey call
I can’t be sure of the story behind this fellow, but I was sitting waiting for Maggie in a square off one of the main streets in Chester and in the distance I heard this sound like a wild turkey; everyone around me was looking, wondering what it was … and again the sound; it was this sort of crazy cackling – warbling noise. It just kept getting closer.
Finally this fellow sprinted past, looping back he returned to leap up and down, flapping his elbows like he was trying to fly and yodeling out a wild turkey noise.
I couldn’t be sure whether he was serious or not. We locked gazes and I wondered if I was in for a pecking??? I only had time to snap this hurried picture and then he seemed distracted by something in the distance. Unexpectedly the turkeyman dashed off in a crazy zig zag sprint dodging between startled pedestrians, half crouched over, flapping and leaping, but in vain, everyone knows turkeys aren’t so graceful – in fact they barely fly. The last I heard of the warbler was his deranged turkey call fading in the distance.
Oh turkey man, from whence did you come and where did you go?
Does anyone know the deal?
Does he do this for money?
Is he a drama student?
Somebody who likes attention?
Just plain off his rocker?
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Posted in Adventures, adventures in Europe, articles, Buy The Book, economics, Education, exploration, Family Stuff, geography, health, history, humor, Interesting, Life, my life, Personal, Photography, photos, picture of, trade, Travel, travel writing, tagged scotch, Scotland, Travel, whiskey, whisky on November 7, 2010|
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Scotch, whiskey, whisky or whatever you want to call it
Anne Gordon kindly offers this post as a special guest blogger, she is a national travel writer, having written for every major newspaper in Canada and many others across the world; she is also a member of TMAC. The following post is one on a subject that I find especially appealing – scotch!
“For centuries in the hills and highlands of Scotland, pure spring water, malted barley and yeast, together with the distinctive smoke of peat, have given the Scots an alcoholic experience finer than any other. Called ‘Uisge Beathe’ ( the ‘water of life’) in earlier days, Scotland’s most favoured drink is now more widely known as whisky.
Introduced to the country folk by Christian monks centuries ago, the art of distilling started out in hidden bothies (roughly made shelters) in the hills. It was a precarious operation. The distillers spent a great deal of their time dismantling the tubes and cans of their trade and fleeing whenever word reached them that the Customs men were close on their heels.
Today those small beginnings have flourished, providing Scotland and the Scots with an industry that has greatly enhanced the country’s economy. Worldwide whisky exports now exceed 1 billion bottles a year, an income of more that $4.7 billion.”
See more of Anne’s posts on her visits to various distilleries here
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Posted in accident, Adventures, adventures in Europe, articles, backpacking, bizzare, books, cities, crazy things, culture, cultures, economics, Education, England, geography, Interesting, Life, London, morality, my life, Personal, Photography, photos, picture of, Travel, travel writing, Uncategorized, vacation, wierd, tagged London, Travel on October 30, 2010|
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All we had left!
When you’re real tired and you need a shower, some food and a good sleep you really look forward to your hotel.
Maggie and I had traveled some distance out of London by tube to a suburb called Kenton. Not a bad place I suppose and the Premier Inn that we were to stay in was 76 pounds a night which was also not a bad price. We were relieved to discover that the Inn was a rather quaint looking building about 2 minutes walk from the station. Lugging our backpacks up to the receptionist’s counter I offered my VISA ony to be told “Your card has been declined.”
“Try it again.” I instructed slightly panicked.
“Phone the number on the back” I suggested to Maggie.
“It’s not working.”
We counted out our cash, every last pence – about 114 pounds. This would cover us for just a third of the time remaining in the UK
Well that’s a situation that just wasn’t what either of us wanted to deal with. Options were a park bench for at least 2 of the next 3 nights or sleeping on the station platform. I wonder if that guy with the Ferrari would mind if we crashed in his front hallway?
To cut a long story short we phoned one of Maggie’s relatives in Chester and they helped us by phoning in their VISA number to the hotel. The lesson here is to make sure you remember to phone VISA and let them know when you are going out of the country. My question is why could we not reach them by the phone numbers on the back of the card and also why does it take several days to reactivate your VISA and why when my brother in law phoned them from Canada could they not have been a little more helpful? WHY? WHY? WHY?
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