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We were trapped! Eleven photo-enthusiasts, photographer Karl Grobl, a couple of local guides and a bus driver – all trapped. We had been warned: Papua New Guinea is not the safest place to travel. But, it was not tribal conflict, or spill-over from the recent election upheavals, or even tourist-targeting raskols (bandits) that had us stuck […]

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That direct, forthright gaze! Eyes red from the ubiquitous dust and the smoke from the dung-fires; skin weathered by time and the elements; teeth broken and stained by hard-living and tobacco – but still happy to stare at the foreigner’s camera with a complete lack of self-consciousness. For me, one of the many joys of […]

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I love Papua New Guinea. I love it with reservations; the same kind of reservations one has about a disordered cousin whose heart is in the right place, but whose life is always a tumult of chaos. I admit: I was cautious at first. I had been warned before I booked the flights for my […]

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It was a Sunday. And the sky was full of rain. In spite of that, hill tribe children were at school, scrubbed and dressed in their traditional clothing, ready with smiles to greet our group of visitors. It always amazes me how cheerfully Thai students – especially those from farming hill tribe families in the remote northern […]

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Isn’t it wonderful how a particular song can take you right back? Back to the time and place you were when you first heard it? Music makes connections – across people, across continents, and across time. The first time I attended the Byron Bay Bluesfest, back in 1999 when it was still called the East […]

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