Today, I have returned to Highland Water, where, in the car park, the Forestry Commission reminds me I must not barbecue, nor stay overnight. That’s okay. Neither is on my agenda today. I am here only to listen. Descending on a steep, winding track through the coniferous wood, I centre myself into a reverential silence, […]

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Today, I park at Milyford Bridge and take the path into Holmhill Inclosure, where I have never walked before. The well-maintained, gravelled walkway first paces the meandering Highland Water, before crossing a little wooden bridge and continuing straight on, whilst the stream wanders off into the solitude of the deeper parts of the wood. The […]

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On an empty Barton Common, the gorse spreads wide to welcome the sunshine and the silence is broken only by the birds singing arias to the arrival of spring. Bluebells still linger in these sunny corners; they will not outstay their welcome, though, and will soon yield to the gaudy interventions of the wild rhododendrons. […]

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We are over the first shock, and if frustrated, we are at least settled into a routine. So now we begin to peer into the crystal ball, wondering where this all leads. Not surprisingly, we are asking the question, ‘What happens afterwards?’  I suspect that here in the UK, the PM’s own pandemic experience will prove […]

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Days 12-13: 3rd – 4th March 2018: Dragons and Artists   I am at UMAK again today, for a very special event. The University has sponsored an open competition to write and stage a thirty-minute musical based on my epic fantasy, Dragonsong. There are seven finalists, all of which will be performed today.   The […]

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  Days 9-10: 28th -1st March 2018: University of Makati (UMAK)     We set out for an early start at Makati University, but are asked to delay our arrival. I have no idea why. “They’re not ready yet,” I’m told. Here, I am to run two back-to-back presentations of about two hours each. I […]

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Forester in Asia 2018: Days 7-8: 26th -27th February 2018: Manila Bound In the morning I am up at 4.00 am for departure to Suvarnabhumi airport. The night market is still in full swing, though the street food vendors seem to have packed up and gone home. Eat your heart out New York. As the […]

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