Category Archives: Memoir

GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 4 of 4

A Memoir from Western New Guinea While all these thoughts rolled through my head, Gil was sitting on the bed beside Jake. I resumed our conversation as if I was never absent in mind. “It’s a bitter irony to be … Continue reading

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GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 3 of 4

A Memoir from Western New Guinea I flew to the Highlands on a creaking Merpati aircraft with only one other passenger and other seats replaced by large steel drums. I would have been more nervous if I had known we … Continue reading

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GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 2 of 4

A Memoir from Western New Guinea I learned about Papua from BBC TV as child in gray suburban London and fantasied about exploring the bush for exotic wildlife and Stone Age tribes. In time, I became a biologist, but my … Continue reading

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GOLD AND GUNS IN EDEN Part 1 of 4

For a month’s respite from new blogs I am posting a memoir dissected into four A Memoir from Western New Guinea (some names have been changed) There was a message waiting in my office from an unidentified caller. Jacob was … Continue reading

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Passchendaele

Whatever the etymology of Passchendaele, the little Flemish village sounds to me like “Valley of Passion” in English. In 1917, it was a valley of mud and cordite, steel and fire. The dirt was burned and scoured of life, except … Continue reading

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