Podcast #005: Vanuatu

Welcome to Episode 5 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast. As mentioned last time, I recently went backpacking for 11 weeks. For almost a month of this, I explored several of the islands that make up the South Pacific country of Vanuatu. While I was there, it …

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Celebrate Vanuatu Independence Day With Me!

My trip to Vanuatu accidentally coincided with Independence Day; this was unplanned (indeed, I didn’t even know when Vanuatu’s Independence Day was until I got there!) and, I have to say, had the potential to be slightly awkward. As already noted, Vanuatu has a habit of ‘closing’ at the weekends, …

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Nambas & Cannibals: Culture & History of Malekula

Malekula, the second largest island in Vanuatu, is noted in culture for two things, and they’re kind of related, though not in a way you might find on Fetlife or RedTube. When I say penis sheaths and eating people, I’m meaning things literally, not figuratively. There are 30 languages spoken …

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Mines and Stones – The Hidden Derbyshire

As you know, I live near Derbyshire and I’m more than happy to wax lyrical about the Peak District on Twitter. It’s a very beautiful place and definitely worth visiting. However Derbyshire is a reasonably large county (2,600km²) and there’s much more to it than wild countryside and pretty villages. …

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Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

I’ve always been interested in history. But history on my own terms, about topics I can relate to, not necessarily what’s been taught in history lessons. I dropped out of University after a year because my degree course (‘Social and Economic History’) seemed to end up combining the worst attributes …

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