A Surprise — a reader of my old book!

5 08 2009

On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 1:38 PM a gent name of Dick wrote:
I have read the book and am humbled. Not by the physicality of your epic journey, but by your steadfast singularity of goal, your humbleness and good humor. You have one heck of a wife. You capture certain realities that only those who have travelled know. I’ll mention just two:

How dreadfully the fear of consequences can stifle so many valiant potential deeds. I thought a fear threatening like a black hole to annihilate the star of one’s soul, sucking the very matter out of an idea until it collapses and disappears, leaving but a memory, a dream unfulfilled.

What a relief to lose my human burden! [a dour travelling companion/guide for the difficult passage through The Darien Gap between Columbia and Panama]

Thanks a million. I thought it would never happen. You tell the truth.


Trips about the Place – Manchuria

28 07 2009

I was immediately swallowed back into China.
Pronto a young man is telling me about the “Trucial States.” Seems, he’d been working in Dubai. The city bus came by as
I was signing my lecture programme over to him. In the deadly
darkness of the bus I happened to give back the (signed)
programme to the wrong Chinese! This sorted itself out. The
young fellow showed me his Dubai pictures, included one with a footballer.
“Beckham?” He nodded. The bus screeched to a stop.
It had to happen. I fell right out the bus! I was on my back, in
the gutter, two Manchus above me were shrieking at one
another! The foreigner at their feet, in the dirt, meant not a jot.
It was ‘Beckham’ who picked me up.

Text GeoMee01 to Jury Team!

4 04 2009

Jury Team is a UK based non-party affiliated organization that democratically elects (through texting) one candidate to support his/her potential to becoming an MEP / MP.

I’ve become part of this new drive, so if you live in the UK, click here and vote for me!

To vote: Text “GEOMEE01” to Jury Team text number, 86837.


Our Final Century by Sir Martin Rees

11 11 2008

“Our Final Century” by Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal (one of Britain’s most honoured scientists)

“Technology is indistinguishable from magic” Arthur C. Clark.

“An isolated voice of reason adrift on an ocean of academic inertia.” Meegan

“Battlefield nukes under the control of lieutenant-colonels”

“Put nuclear power station targets underground. Unless the capability to design new viruses is matched by corresponding skills in designing and manufacturing vaccines targeted against them, we could find ourselves as vulnerable as the native Americans who succumbed to diseases brought by European settlers, to which they had no immunity.”

Heavens Gate cult – “actually castrated themselves.” http://www.wave.net/upg/gat/heavensgate.html.

The issue of nana robots replicating and turning all earth into to grey goo, could be 100 seconds, only.

James Watt Sec. of Interior USA fundamentalist believed in world soon ending and the rapture with – “when Christ swoops back to Earth and transports believers up to heaven.” The Left Behind books topped the US Best sellers.

“A culture where whistle blowing is rewarded.”

“Fewer than 10% of all the species that ever swam, crawled or flew are still on Earth today.”

“Before homo-sapiens came on the scene, about one species in a million became extinct; the rate now is closer to one species in a thousand.” As Robert May says, “We are burning the books before we we’ve learnt to read them.” Gregory Benford is about an urgent effort to get samples of the complete rain forest fauna as an “Insurance Policy.”

“During the Cuban Crisis: “A Russian submarine was targeted by depth charges from a US warship. This submarine carried a nuclear-armed torpedo, which could have been launched with the concurrence of three officers. Vasily Arkhipov, held out against the pressure to launch the torpedo …”  

“We seem to have been exposed to a higher risk than most people realised … than would have knowingly accepted.”

“Fifty million years ago, in the early Eocene geological era, there was still three times the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as today.” The temp was ‘15 degrees higher. Mangrove swamps and tropical forests in Southern England. 

The conveyer stopping could turn Ireland into Spitsbergen, Scandinavian forests into tundra and freeze the Baltic year round. 4 or 5 degree warmer could mitigate this!!???

Explorers Club

7 11 2008

Rita, a great pleasure. If you might pass this on.

I note the new Explorers Club imprint.

Some 20-years ago I was doing a book tour, which included New York’s ‘Live at Five’, NBC Today, Good Morning America and both radio (2-hours) and CNN ‘Live with Larry King.’ A standing room only lecture was delievered at the Club. John Bruno will remember! A portrait was painted at The Club. Excellent reviews throughout America.

Then it happened. Historic publisher Dodd, Mead went belly up … after 199-years! They in fact had published the Lewis & Clark expedition journals in the original!

The book was blown-up, and that was that.

Today, (just today) I signed a contract for an Italian translation. Title: The Longest Walk ‘The Record of Our World’s First Crossing of the Entire Americas.’

Historical links
As pertaining to the Americas, there are three others: the first crossing was made by Vasco Nunez de Balboa (1475 – 1517 (beheaded) / Atlantic to Pacific across the Isthmus of Panama at Darien. Francisco de Orellana – Pacific to Atlantic, over the Andes and rafting down the Amazon (1541). And Sir Alexander MacKenzie, Kt. – across North America, Canada’s Atlantic territories to the Pacific side of British Columbia. (1793) These three are the only antecedents with the journey I was privileged to make, though mine of course in more clement times and without a hint of ‘official’ support!

Greetings to all Fellow members.

Some of you may remember at ECAD 2006 where daughter Ayumi sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

My best wishes …
and thank you for the consideration.

Hi Daddio

4 11 2008

So you can write here, all the storm that’s in your mind, and the tale of two obatarians! -Ayumi