The pangolin – still here but only just

A pangolin in Zimbabwe with its handler/protector

A pangolin in Zimbabwe with its handler/protector

The pangolin, or scaly anteater – legendary, gentle, and about to disappear.

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Trip to Torino (Turin, Italy): Part II

The front entrance to Porta Nuova train station in Turin, Italy

The front entrance to Porta Nuova train station in Turin, Italy

The first day of Turin Epicurian Capital 2018

This is it! Day one of why I am here, and I am nervous.

A taxi returns me to Porta Nuova train station, neighbour to the hotel that is to be my base for Turin Epicurian Capital 2018.

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The 2 Incredibles are home – Tom’s Trek for ZANE is done

 

“It’s time to make some wrong things right!”

The 2 Incredibles – who are they?

Tom Benyon is one, and his superpower, unleashed as the millennium changed, is his ability to honour the forgotten of Zimbabwe. Stubborn and determined bearer of the deep red roundel for ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency), he strides the valleys and peaks of his island home to raise ransom for those held hostage by lack of care. His mission – to bring them care.

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UPDATE 2 – Live export: thousands of sheep on standby in Australia

Sheep - these two in Lancashire, England

Sheep – these two in Lancashire, England

Today thousands of Australia’s sheep await their government’s decision on how, when or if they will be shipped across the ocean to the heat-blazed summer of the Middle East.

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Trip to Torino (Turin, Italy): Part 1

View of the Alps shortly before landing in Turin, Italy

View of the Alps shortly before landing in Turin, Italy

The gleam of snow on dark peaks fills the window for long minutes, then disappears beneath a carpet of greens.

As the aeroplane turns on its wingtip, grids of brown appear, stacked close to the lush curves of the Po River.

We land gently.

“Ladies and Gentlemen – welcome to Turin!”

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2018 – Tom Benyon OBE walks for ZANE, Zimbabwe…again

Tom and Jane Benyon (ZANE) on the final stretch of their 2013 walk into Oxford

Tom and Jane Benyon (ZANE) on the final stretch of their 2013 walk into Oxford

“There they are…sun hats, sticks, fluorescent vests…that’s them.”

“Walking? From Bournemouth to Oxford? In this heat? They’ve just had their 50th wedding anniversary. You sure?”

“Yes. I’m sure.”

“They’re mad. Why do they do it?”

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Army recruitment – is anyone talking to the families?

A programme on the radio got me thinking. It was the gap in it that caught my mind.

Ten days ago a panel of experts in The Briefing Room on Radio Four put forward important reasons for the shortage of recruits for the British Army.

Not one of the experts represented, or mentioned, Army families.

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