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Travels in the Pacific

South Pacific travel diaries
The furthest place on Earth

Travels in the Americas

Belize expedition diary
Mexico travel diary
Where the wild things are
Sitting out a storm in Havana
Bolivia expedition diary
Popping pills in the Andes
Upriver in Amazonia

Other travel tales

Seeing red - China
Rebuilding Babel - Dubai
Escaping Narnia - the Highlands
Rosslyn Chapel


Killer plants
The history of the rabbit
How the whale learned to swim
Life on other planets?
A tribute to genes


The Languages of Pentecost Island

My first book, a guide and phrasebook of the five languages spoken on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, is shortly to be published by The British Friends of Vanuatu society.

Please contact me if you are interested in a copy. In the meantime, you can find basic information on these languages here.

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About me

I was born in 1983 and grew up in the Buckinghamshire village of Emberton, but at the age of sixteen I moved with my family to a remote and rain-soaked corner of the Scottish Highlands.

After leaving school, I spent a year travelling around the world and volunteering as a school teacher on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. The next three years were dominated by an assortment of part-time jobs and further overseas adventures, including popping pills on a Bolivian mountaintop in the name of science and counting frogs in the Belizean jungle. I also got a Biology degree from the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, I spent a year tutoring biology at Basil Paterson College in Edinburgh.

In 2006, I returned to the South Pacific, spending nearly three years back amongst the islands, the coconuts, the coral fragments, the hibiscus flowers and the biting insects. There I worked as a science teacher, and helped to document endangered Melanesian languages.

Back in Britain, I completed a Masters in Ecological Economics, then went to work for consultancy PwC. This led to an exciting role with iSchool, a Zambian start-up developing interactive learning materials for schools.

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