end of the holidays here. the kids have had a week in the south of france; a week camping with other kids, running around with knives without a health and safety officer in sight; and a week on a canal boat in the rainy north. although it’s disconcerting to realise that the distance travelled in a week was only 25 miles, it was a lot of fun. i would describe it as a long walk with a boat.
sofia, mott, bethan, zac, zoe
when the dutch were colonising indonesia they tried to turn jakarta into the amsterdam of the east by building canals. these brought dyssentry and malaria, which brought death.
cecil rhodes became one of the richest men in the world turning british colonies in africa into his personal fiefdom.
the australian governor of british papua new guinea maintained the indiginous inhabitants way of life, forcibly if necessary, whether they liked it or not.