Rainy season in Koh Samui

Rainy season in Koh Samui for the Telegraph. This is what I call great weather: monsoons blowing in, rain squalls and storm light, then sunshine. I have been marvelling at electrical cables, attending water buffalo fights, and taking philosophy lessons from an eighteen inch long Tokay gecko who lives in the rafters of this villa.…

Atlas Mountains

I’m just back from a fantastic trip to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco,set up by an off-beat travel company called Natural High. Me and the owner of the company, Alex Edwards, tagged along with a family of Berber nomads as they made the spring migration from the Sahara up to the summer pastures in the…

Malagarasi River

Thanks to Rick Markell, who came to my reading in Berkeley, CA, we can see some photographs of the Malagarasi river taken in September 1896. His great uncle Heinrich Fonck spent over 10 years in what is now Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda, ending up as the acting governor of Burundi in 1908-9. When he returned…