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Þingvellir, homeward bound

‘YOU ARE NOW STANDING on the edge of the ancient parliamentary site’, read the text on the wide information board at my knees. I stepped back and blinked at the plains of faded brown grass and dark grey rocks in the autumn sunshine. “This is it. I think,” I said. “It must be. Look there’s Continue Reading »

Your Next Shoestring Destination – a data-driven travel guide

In my first job out of university I shared an office with an affable Canadian guy who would use his lunch hour to browse cheap flights online and pick his next weekend city break. He was amazed that living in Europe you could be sipping local beer in the medieval square of any number of Continue Reading »

Your Next Intrepid Destination – a data-driven travel guide

Sitting at my desk today, I cast my gaze over the muted rain-soaked cityscape before me and felt an aching longing in my bones. I dreamed of places full of light and fragrant breezes where travellers can live like shanty kings in ramshackle huts and enjoy the simple rustic food of the land. But that’s Continue Reading »

Nature finds a way to the Ngorongoro Crater

It’s devastating but let’s face the facts. The half-life of DNA is around 600 years. This means that every 600 years, half of any given sample of DNA and the genetic information that it contains is destroyed. This in turn means that it would take around 7 million years for pretty much all the bonds Continue Reading »