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Next time you read about an auctioneer’s gavel coming down on a $150 million painting bought… Read more

Ibiza This island is the Spanish equivalent of  the Greek sex rock of Mykonos, except its… Read more

Back in the very early Sixties there was an uninhabited islet off the west coast of… Read more

I’m round at Amy and Bill’s for Sunday afternoon tea. Amy and Bill are my in-laws,… Read more

Music of the Forest on Radio 4 last week was a profile of the anthropologist Colin… Read more

When I was 32, tired at last, for the moment anyway, of seizing the day, I… Read more

After a rush of blood to the head, I decided it might be a good idea… Read more

‘Let me get this straight,’ I said, looking my Slovakian friend in the eye. ‘You are… Read more

Incredible as it seems to me now, there was a time when a wolf whistle was… Read more

Laikipia   ‘Good morning, sir!’ The warrior strides up to me on the high plains and… Read more

 Kenya Highlands I’ve just descended Mount Kenya with Eve, my 13-year-old daughter, and her class of… Read more

 Rift Valley Many of my British tribe fled Kenya around independence in 1963 because they believed… Read more

Sometimes I say I’m Scottish, a claim often greeted with understandable derision. I was born in… Read more

Of the nine chickens I used to keep here in Northamptonshire only one survived the summer,… Read more

I have been, on and off, a lifelong smoker; but I gave up in January 2009… Read more