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Strip Pan Wrinkle
Strip Pan Wrinkle (in Namibia and
Botswana) is an account of a five-week
expedition made by Brian (of
Brahmaputra fame) and his wife,
Sandra, as they drive their Land Cruiser
in an extended loop through Namibia,
Botswana and a little bit of Zambia.
As with all of the other books in David
Fletcher’s ‘Brian’sWorld’ series, the
account is rather more than a
day-by-day diary of their trip. It is also
an insight into each of the countries
visited, an exploration of what wildlife
one might encounter in these countries
and, above all else, an exercise in
humour. It isn’t, therefore, a standard travelogue. Instead, with Brian’s experiences – and his contemplations – chronicled in a manner which is more wry than comprehensive, it is very much an amusing travelogue.
It contains a consideration of how much our ownRoyal Mail is subsiding the Botswanan Post Office, an evaluation of the ugliness of the human form when compared to that of a leopard and a reflection on the efficacy of protecting rhinos by poisoning their horns with arsenic.Furthermore, there is a review of the failings of democracies and a suggestion that wild-dog dynamics might constitute a better model for the conduct of human affairs, and even an examination of the outcome of a reverse takeover of Disneyland by the Church of England.So not really a standard travelogue at all...
Strip Pan Wrinkle (in Namibia and Botswana) is the fifth book in David’s seven-part series that details Brian and Sandra’s travels to Assam, Syria, Borneo, Cape Verde, Namibia/Botswana and Morocco – and in due course, Zambia.
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The road to Livingstone wasn’t quite so bad. But it wasn’t perfect.
For, to start with, after a mile or so, it passes through the town of Sesheke, which might best be described as looking better the further from it one is when one’s looking. And then there was the road itself, and here the problem was that the tarmac from which it was made had rather too many edges. Yes, as well as the edges to the tarmac at its sides, there were quite a few edges to the tarmac around the holes within it. And there really were more holes in the road’s surface than there were in an Ed Balls economic argument – albeit, unlike any of those he’s ever made, this Zambian road did at least lead somewhere…
The Botswanan Giant Aardvark
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