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The fight for Kew's soul
Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2015 / 00:00 hrs

A funding crisis threatens the future of Kew Gardens - a potential catastrophe for research into climate change and plant biodiversity. Read my account under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk

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Little houses of horror
Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2015 / 00:00 hrs

Shrink yourself to visit these miniature murder scenes in downtown Baltimore - see 'Little houses of horror' under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk

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Nominees for the Tusk Conservation Award 2014
Posted on: Sunday, December 21, 2014 / 00:00 hrs

Read my profiles of the three nominees for the 2014 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa. See under Journalism or at telegraph.co.uk

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Life and death on the Thames
Posted on: Sunday, November 02, 2014 / 00:00 hrs

Life and death on the Thames: on shift with Britain's busiest lifeboat. See under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk

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The bird that Rwanda is loving to death
Posted on: Sunday, November 02, 2014 / 00:00 hrs

Twenty years after the genocide Rwanda is flying high - but the bird that symbolises that success faces extinction. Read a troubling tale under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk

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Travel Article of the Year
Posted on: Saturday, July 05, 2014 / 00:00 hrs

Travel Article of the Year: my story on LS Lowry's little known connection with England's North East wins top spot in the English tourist board's 2014 Visit England Awards. Read it under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk/travel

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On the Civil Rights trail in Alabama
Posted on: Saturday, July 05, 2014 / 00:00 hrs

The US Civil Rights Act was signed into law 50 years ago. I visit key sites in Alabama and meet the people who made it happen. See under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk/travel

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The otherworld of San Cristobal
Posted on: Saturday, March 15, 2014 / 00:00 hrs

Visit the otherworld of San Cristobal de las Casas, still plugged into the belief system and mindset of the Maya - see under Journalism and on the Telegraph travel website

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Marfa: America's funkiest village
Posted on: Sunday, February 02, 2014 / 00:00 hrs

I give you Marfa, Texas - America's funkiest village. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk

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New travel website fills a hole
Posted on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

Check out deskboundtraveller.com, a classy, much-needed new website dedicated to highlighting 'the best narrative travel writing on the web'.

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JFK and the town that kiiled him
Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

Two stories on JFK and Dallas: an interview with a reporter who was there; and on the grassy knoll and other quasi-mythic locales. See under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk

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The fight to save the tiger
Posted on: Saturday, August 03, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

There are fewer than 3,500 wild tigers left. I visit south-west Nepal, the front line in the fight to save them. See under Journalism and at telegraph.co.uk

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Secrets of the Maya
Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

Read my account, originally published in History Today, of the white men who 'discovered' the Maya: under Journalism

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Inside North Korea
Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

Inside North Korea: join me on a tour of the most secretive, eccentric state on earth. Under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk

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Orwell's homage to Barcelona
Posted on: Sunday, April 21, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

See revolutionary Barcelona through the eyes of George Orwell, on the 75th anniversary of Homage to Catalonia: under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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The Fogo revolution
Posted on: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

A tiny Newfoundland island with a rich history is about to be transformed by visionary thinking. Read about the revolution on Fogo Island under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk

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The Lincoln legacy
Posted on: Saturday, January 19, 2013 / 00:00 hrs

The new Lincoln film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, reminds us that America's cultural faultlines are not new. Join me as I tour the literal and political battlefields of Virginia and Washington DC - see under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Singapore - a London dystopia?
Posted on: Thursday, September 06, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Corporate, glitzy and exclusive, Singapore is like a tropical London, 20 years on. Check out the parallels, under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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The life-giving Nile is back in business
Posted on: Thursday, September 06, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The Nile through Middle Egypt is open to foreigners again after being off-limits for 18 years due to the threat of terrorism. Join me on a pioneering journey - under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Calling time on the Maya
Posted on: Saturday, June 02, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The ancient Maya of Central America were the original time lords - and their beliefs live on. Join me on a tour of Mayan sites in Mexico, under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk

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A country being hacked to its knees
Posted on: Saturday, June 02, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The people and wildlife of Madagascar are suffering as the rainforests disappear in smoke. Read about the beauty and heartbreak of one of the most precious environments on earth - under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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The city that grieved for a century
Posted on: Friday, March 30, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Southampton felt the loss of Titanic more keenly then anywhere else. Read my article on a city's deep mourning in the April issue of History Today, and at historytoday.com and under Journalism

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On Egypt's edgy streets
Posted on: Monday, March 12, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

One year on from the Revolution, the mood on the ground in Egypt is darkening. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Dickens and his 'magic lantern'
Posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Charles Dickens celebrated, excoriated and created London. A new exhibition marks the perfect fusion of writer and place. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel.

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From Datong to Doncaster
Posted on: Monday, November 21, 2011 / 00:00 hrs

A dream-excursion from Datong to Doncaster: read my contribution to the latest Telegraph anthology of writing on railway journeys under journalism or, better still, buy 'Sunrise on the Southbound Sleeper' edited by Michael Kerr

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Durham and the legacy of King Coal
Posted on: Thursday, November 03, 2011 / 00:00 hrs

Into the land of my ancestors: Durham, the miners, the colliery owners - and a poet. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Cuba's revolutionary road
Posted on: Saturday, July 23, 2011 / 00:00 hrs

Patria o muerte... Driving the revolutionary road from Santiago to Havana, 50 years after Fidel Castro declared Cuba a socialist state. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk

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Brighton - the movie in your head
Posted on: Monday, March 07, 2011 / 00:00 hrs

Visit with me a Brighton of the imagination, filtered through novel, film and film. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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The ghost of the mountains
Posted on: Saturday, December 18, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

In remotest Mongolia biologists are unlocking the secrets of the world's most elusive and charismatic cat, the snow leopard. The story is posted under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk

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To St Kilda on the Warrior
Posted on: Friday, October 29, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

I hitched a ride to St Kilda on the Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior. Read about it in the newly published 'Bon Voyage!: The Telegraph Book of River and Sea Journeys' (Aurum Press) and under Journalism

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China's great leap forward
Posted on: Sunday, September 12, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

China's great leap forward: read my account of a month spent in the world's most populous nation, under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Ferry-hopping up Alaska's panhandle
Posted on: Thursday, July 29, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

Up the Alaskan panhandle: the wildlife, culture and characters of the largest state in the union are a ferry-hop away. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Guernsey's forgotten novel
Posted on: Saturday, July 17, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

To Guernsey to tell a tale of two novels: one overpraised, one a neglected masterpiece. Read it in the Writers category under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Twain's back pages
Posted on: Sunday, April 18, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

A visit to Hannibal, Missouri, is a return to the dreamscape of childhood, for this is the hometown of Mark Twain - and his greatest creations, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Read about it in the Writers category of Journalism, and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Delhi's street kids
Posted on: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

On the streets with Delhi's homeless: a new tour of the Indian capital uses former street children as guides. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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In search of the snow leopard
Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2010 / 00:00 hrs

As rare as a unicorn, as beautiful as Monroe... Read about my quest to glimpse a snow leopard in the wild, under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk

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Arctic wilderness under threat
Posted on: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Read my account of a thrilling midwinter journey across Spitsbergen, where global warming and human greed are threatening one of the earth's last great wildernesses. See 'Arctic wilderness under threat' under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Last Call for the Dining Car
Posted on: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Recently published: Last Call for the Dining Car: The Telegraph Book of Great Railway Journeys (Aurum Press, �18.99). Read my contribution here, under the Cultures category of Journalism: 'From Mumbai slums to hermetically sealed luxury'

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The high road in Nepal
Posted on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Take the high road and avoid the crowds on Nepal's 'Costa del trekking'. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Hippo attack!
Posted on: Saturday, July 11, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Hippo attack! How the world's most exclusive adventure suddenly got serious. Read about it under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Peru's hidden treasures
Posted on: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Machu Picchu gets all the attention but Peru also has 'The Tutankhamun of the Americas' and many other astonishing sites. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Starkey on Henry
Posted on: Friday, April 17, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Read my interview with Dr David Starkey on Henry VIII as property tycoon - and where he was conceived (Henry, that is, not David). See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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A hobbity des res
Posted on: Sunday, April 05, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Check into one of the world's weirdest hotels, a hobbity des res in a mountain in Iran. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Gabba gabba hey!
Posted on: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Gabba gabba hey! Take a rock-n-roll tour of New York's East Village, where punk pogoed into being. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Darwin's worm's eye view
Posted on: Sunday, February 15, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Playing the bassoon to earthworms and other strange practices: what Charles Darwin got up to at his house in Kent, recently reopened to mark the great man's bicentenary. Read about it under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Britain's Best Drives: Journeys Back to the Golden Age of Motoring
Posted on: Thursday, January 22, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

Just published by Headline: my latest book, Britain's Best Drives, written with the actor Richard Wilson. To find out more and read an extract, see under Books

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Dylan's Village
Posted on: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 / 00:00 hrs

The ghost still howls in the bones of Greenwich Village... Take a freewheelin' tour of the New York neighbourhood that ignited Bob Dylan's creative spark. See under Journalism and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Black America - the invisible history
Posted on: Saturday, August 30, 2008 / 00:00 hrs

As Barack Obama becomes the 44th US President, it is timely to learn about the African-American experience in the Deep South. Read about Savannah and Charleston from a non-white perspective, on the Journalism page under Cities and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Eco-lodge versus loggers
Posted on: Friday, August 15, 2008 / 00:00 hrs

Eco-lodge versus loggers: Brazil has set up an international fund to combat deforestation in the Amazon. Read my report from the front line: under Journalism or at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Travel journalist award
Posted on: Friday, April 25, 2008 / 00:00 hrs

Travel Journalist of the Year: I have won the 2008 award for an article, published in The Daily Telegraph in January 1997, entitled 'Rockin' All Over England'. Read it on the Journalism page, under 'Cities'

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Iran through the needle's eye
Posted on: Sunday, April 06, 2008 / 00:00 hrs

Iran through the needle's eye: read my account of a revelatory journey through the Islamic Republic, on the Journalism page under Cultures and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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Atlanta on my mind
Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2008 / 00:00 hrs

Read about the strange connection between Dr Martin Luther King Jr and fellow Atlantan, Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone With the Wind: in the 'Cities' category on the Journalism page, and at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel

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US paperback edition of The Wrong Hands
Posted on: Saturday, February 16, 2008 / 00:00 hrs

The Wrong Hands has just been published in paperback in the US by Laurel-Leaf, the children's book imprint of Random House

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