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Into the Jungle 18 Mar

A trip into the Shivapuri National Park
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Village clinics 08 Jan

An impression of the difficulties of delivering a health service in the Middle Hills of Nepal
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Winter wanderings 11 Jan

A short trip into Nuwakot via the edge of the Shivapuri National Park
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Writing a Novel 16 Jan

Some words about the various challenges of completing a novel which turned out to be a tale of loss and recovery and camaraderie and love
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transHimalayan Adventure 05 Apr

Mum and son are setting out tomorrow on a small adventure into a mega-landscape
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Nepal Road Trip 20 Apr

Hell's Granny and obliging son head for Mustang on a couple of motorbikes
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The Open Road 01 May

Day one of our road trip left us flat-bottomed but out in the lovely sub-tropical countryside
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On air on Nepal 06 Jun

Revisiting a radio interview recorded just after the 2015 Earthquakes
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Pokhara to Baglung  04 May

Our Nepal roadtrip continues
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Standing on the shoulders... 08 May

A continuing tale of two bikes, tough riding conditions and lost nerve
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Jam and pakoras 11 May

Heading down was also scary but for different reasons 
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A New Book Launching 04 Jan

a lot of fun to write ....
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Midnight emergency 28 May

A glimpse of the challenges of providing health care deep in the Himalayas
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Call-out 01 Jun

Imagine living in a village where the only way to get to hospital is by way of a bus that goes only one a day and the journey takes three rantle-and-bump hours
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A Beast of Astonishing Size 03 Jun

Even in the mountains of Nepal, there is the chance to encounter some truely awesome creatures
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Demonstrating for Health 06 Jun

World Enviroment Day was marked in the Kathmandu Valley with a citizens' march
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Beyond the Himalayan Watershed 30 Oct

A trip into Upper Mustang
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Bleeding mountains 13 Nov

Late October / early November is the holiday season in Nepal and this is the second part of a quickly dashed off account of a trip into Upper Mustang last month
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No-one is here 14 Nov

Some notes and photos from a fortnight in Mustang
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Awakening 16 Nov

Waking on a November morning in Kathmandu
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Holi 11 Mar

This year the festival of colours falls on Wednesday 20th March; here's an account of my experience of Holi in the Kathmandu Valley last year
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A Shangri La? 18 Jan

Some thoughts on a trip to Bajura in western Nepal, with apologies for being a little remiss in my posts lately. 
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My life 20 Jan

A fictionalised piece about life in Kathmandu for those of low caste with no money and few opportunities
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Nothing's a given 27 Feb

On being hangry at breakfast time
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Women Travellers 01 Mar

In November, I was featured on the Bradt Travel Guides website in their celebration of women travellers. I thought I'd repost the e-interview here.
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Bring tea 16 Mar

Flash fiction is a complete story in limited word count. I've chosen 100 words or less. This piece was inspired by a tea-stop on a drive to Lamjung in the Middle Hills of Nepal and the delicious sweet spicy milky tea I slurped from a glass at the roadside
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A faded topi 16 Mar

At Kalunki, on the dusty congested main road out of Kathmandu an old man watched the world go by. I saw him from the traffic jam. This is another piece of flash fiction - a whole story in 100 words
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Food aid 18 Mar

Here's another 100-word story from a low income country
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Today's earthquake 18 Mar

There was an earthquake this morning here in the Kathmandu Valley
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Return to Rajapur 25 Mar

We went back briefly last week to 'our' island in the Karnali River in the Plains of Nepal to see what's changed
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Parenting in an idyll 01 Apr

Returing to Rajapur Island - part 2
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Not enough love 03 Apr

Why does the self-harm continue?
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Tea 05 Jun

Cambridge Writers set a challenge to compose a complete story in 250 words or less so I thought I'd post my entry
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Trust 06 Jun

Stimulated by another excellent writing workshop, I've written another piece of flash fiction, this time with the wordcount set at 500. Enjoy.
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Pony trekking in Nepal 30 Oct

Who even expected riding a horse in the Himalayas would be easy?
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Pony trekking in Nepal 2 01 Nov

This is the second part of an account of a trip into Dolpo in NW Nepal
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October in Dolpo 06 Nov

The third episode describing a trip into the last district in Nepal to have a road 
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Dolpo - episode 4 07 Nov

Episode the fourth of our Dolpo trek
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Yak pastures 15 Nov

The final installement describing a two-week trip to Dolpo in October
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