Mogo Zoo: Panda-monium on the South Coast

Mogo Zoo: Panda-monium on the South Coast

Panda-monium at Mogo Zoo Back in 2012 I embarked on a trek along the Indo-Nepalese border to a place called Sandakphu. Sitting at 3636m it is the highest point in the state of West Bengal, India. But more than that, it lies in  the shadow of Kanchenjunga, the world’s fourth highest mountain and offers once-in-a-lifetime […]

Indoor Skydiving in Sydney Suburbia – iFLY Downunder

Indoor Skydiving in Sydney Suburbia – iFLY Downunder

Did you know that on the outskirts of Sydney’s sprawling suburbia you can learn to fly like a super hero? Indoor skydiving is the current craze to hit in action and adrenaline sports and it was for this that we found ourselves one wintry Saturday morning taking the long drive out through Sydney’s sprawling western suburbs […]

I’d Like My Crayons Back, Please – Reclaiming Creativity

I’d Like My Crayons Back, Please – Reclaiming Creativity

Who do you think are the most creative people?  Who among us epitomises creativity? Is it artists? Writers? Actors? Or musicians? It’s none of these. The most creative among us are children.  That is until they are told they aren’t.   Children are natural creators, full of imagination and inspiration  but somewhere between building forts out of […]

Microadventure: When There’s No Time For Adventure

Microadventure: When There’s No Time For Adventure

There’s  a new buzz-word doing the rounds of the internet and I like it: Microadventure.  Alastair Humphreys – Adventurer (so it says on his business card)  has written an entire book about them called – unsurprisingly – Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes. While his book is focussed on  the UK, the concept and inspiration behind them can be translated to […]

Meerkats – Up Close and Personal

Meerkats – Up Close and Personal

Our Saturday Morning at the Meerkats Manor How do you think you would react to having a funky smelling, beady eyed meerkat eating carrot from the top of your head? Or how about one standing sentry on your shoulder, nuzzling your ear and refusing to budge?  I would challenge anyone to maintain their composure.  These […]

Flying High: Flight Experience Sydney

Flying High: Flight Experience Sydney

Back in the early nineties I flew into Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak Airport. With its only runway jutting out into Victoria Harbour, and with mountains and skyscrapers to negotiate, this airport ranked as one of the trickiest in the world even for experienced pilots.  I recall looking out the airplane window as we approached the runway […]