Some stuff about Christian

Underwater dreaming

Underwater dreaming

Imagine hanging in the void, in dark quiet liquid, 2000 metres below the waves. You're waiting for something to bump into you, from the side, from below, from above ... You're waiting weeks for the chance to eat. Or be eaten.

I have always been fascinated by the sea. It started in a corridor in the Natural History Museum where ...

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putting music to pictures

Putting music to pictures

I was corresponding with David Attenborough while I was still at spy school. Maybe I should explain.

Since the 1950s, the School of Oriental and African Studies in London has trained hundreds of budding spies, teaching them exotic languages in preparation for being sent to distant lands. By the time I arrived to ...

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footsteps around the world

Footsteps round the world

We are a few miles from the airport in Lagos when our path is blocked in a blacked out street. The car is surrounded by uniformed men with machine guns. They want the white man to step out of the car.

My friends are quick to respond. While I sit there wondering why I returned to Lagos and trying to look ...

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jewels of prehistory

Locked in Gilbert's cave

Gilbert led us into the hill, slammed the door shut behind us and locked it. It was his hill, his cave, and from now on we were totally at his mercy.

We stood uncomfortably, seeing nothing, hearing only the drip drip of water splashing around us. After a few ...

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singing in parliament

Singing in Parliament

A thousand mayors and MEPs from around Europe have been talking for three hours. Now it is my turn to lift everyone up and bring the event some soul.

Backed by the Choir of the European Union I sing a Cajun blues. Music takes over where words have ...

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on writing

On writing

A thousand mayors and MEPs from around Europe had been talking for three hours. My job was to lift everyone up and bring the event some soul.

Backed by the Choir of the European Union I sang a Cajun blues. Together we stand, divided we fall. That's why ...

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