My Cat Mural at Kitengela Glass, Nairobi – it’s on a door, so does that make it a portal?



Posted by on October 24, 2014 in AFRICA, ANIMALIA, ART, ARTWORK, KENYA, LIONS


Hello, xin chao, hu jambo, hola!

Welcome to my website.  Please meander at your leisure.

Some tales and photos from my Oriental Odyssey of 2005 – 7. Many of the posts are my published articles in Vietnam about Vietnam, where I spent three years or so. Much of my writing explores Vietnamese culture and in particular its relation to animals. The wildlife trade is a massive problem, to which I have devoted a lot of energy.

I was then in beautiful Kenya for three years, also focusing on wildlife issues, conservation and the environment, as well as the East African Slave Trade of the last century and more recently Kenya’s vibrant art scene, as I coordinated Kenya Arts Diary 2015 (check out our Facebook page). Here’s the cover:

KAD 2015 cover

Now a new chapter begins in Ecuador, South America….

Your comments and ‘likes’ will be appreciated.




The Salty Dog of Flotsam and Jetsam

My article, “The Salty Dog of Flotsam and Jetsam” about Kenyan marine debris artist, Andrew McNaughton was published In the December 2012 issue of Ndege, an East African in-flight magazine. Photos by myself, Andrew McNaughton, Jane Spilsbury and Leslie Kadane. Please click on the link below. 

The Salty Dog of Flotsam & Jetsam


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Cats in Trees – – and not the ones you might expect

Posted in Tracker, magazine of the Kenya Museum Society, September 2012

Cats in Trees


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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in AFRICA, ANIMALIA, KENYA


Big Land Rapa Nui – The Navel of the World

Big Land Rapa Nui – The Navel of the World


Very interesting, Gudrun. I hope to sail there one day!

Originally posted on Explore. Dream. Discover:

IMG_3424Today, I want to tell a story. Once upon a time, there was a tribe of people who were looking for a better world. They finally came to a little island, in the middle of the Pacific nowhere, 2300 miles from the nearest mainland. They called their little island „navel of the world“ (certainly apt in their case, but then again, all peoples seem to think they are it), settled down, and lived happily – though perhaps not ever after. Their specialty lay in the creation of statues – „moais“, big heads on rounded bodies, arms tightly pressed to the sides, and legless – carved out of the volcanic rock of the island, and erected to honour their ancestors and show their own might and position within the island.
Later, a second tribe arrived, also looking for a better world, and they too wanted to settle on the navel of…

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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


Survival of the Sickest – the mess, the cause and how to fix it.

Survival of the Sickest – the mess, the cause and how to fix it.


Hey Jade! Great piece (no pun intended!) I have thoughts to add, but want to read up on something first. In the meantime, I find some of this most relevant in Vilca..

Originally posted on Passionfruitcowgirl:

If you’re on the path to peace, you’ll find out pretty quick that those be shark-infested waters! A guide to finding happiness, the Curse of Darwin and who’s who in the spiritual zoo.

David Yarrow, David Yarrow,

Twenty years’ down the road less traveled and that gorgeous, lonely path is now some of the most fought-over real estate on the planet.

This far along, and with a little bit of overview, I wanted to write about the world out here, reflect upon the hullabaloo, and offer some insight to those considering a bit of a Walkabout.

From Cusco to Ubud; Kathmandu to Ko Samui, it’s true that New Age profiteers have hung their shingles everywhere you’re thinking of heading.

They eclipse the pretty views of nature, and lure would-be questers with a buffet of spiritual experiences. A booming spiritual industry sells anything you can think of – shamanic travel, kundalini for cats, conscious…

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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


My Vulchie sign for Nani’s 71st birthday

Vulchie sign (Medium)

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in ART, AVES, KENYA


The survival of the African Heritage House hangs by a thread


What a tragedy it would be to lose this marvelous house and its vast African Art collection to ‘development’. Please sign the petition.

Originally posted on ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome:


(Posted 03rd July 2014)

A few days ago did one of my friends from Kenya, Emma Too – recently applauded here for her single handed effort to beautify sections of the Mombasa CBD – alert me to the going on’s about one of Kenya’s greatest architectural treasures, the African Heritage House.

I had in fact written some time ago about this marvel and was swift to contact another one of Kenya’s icons, art and fashion tsar Alan Donovan, who built the house and turned it into a one of a kind permanent exhibition space and museum. Alan has since come back to me and has given a blow by blow account of what threats the African Heritage House is faced with, his story reproduced further below.

It is worth noting that support from a wide cross section of Kenyan society was swift and…

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in AFRICA, ART, KENYA


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The Cheetah

The Mara-Meru Cheetah Project

DSC_0369Photo by Aja Crystall, Maasai Mara 2010

Did you know that cheetahs once ranged over the Indian subcontinent and much of Asia? In fact, their English name, “cheetah” is from Sanskrit citrakaya meaning “spotted”. Intriguingly, their zoological name is a combination of Greek and Latin – Acinonyx (sharp claw) jubatus (maned). The latter word comes from the ‘mantle’ on cheetah cubs. These were a sampling of the facts delivered by Dr Elena Chelysheva, Principal Investigator on the Mara-Meru Cheetah Project and her Research Assistant, Salim Mandela at June’s Friends of Nairobi National Park talk.. With an obvious passion for their work, they gave a very fast-paced power-point presentation, burgeoning with fascinating information. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in AFRICA, ANIMALIA, CHEETAHS, KENYA


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This is an essay by Chinese student, Ni Wang. I publish it, because the Chinese get such bad press and it is heartening to meet a Chinese who really cares about wildlife and nature.

When you are watching and enjoying the elephants’ performance on television, your children having lots of fun with elephants in a zoo, no doubt,elephant is a human friend. But did you know that is a serious threat of elephant decline because of one main reason which is the ivory trade that has existed for hundreds years? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in AFRICA, China, ELEPHANTS, KENYA


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