Lucy: Re-thinking our ancestry

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Last week marked the 41st anniversary of the discovery of ‘Lucy’, the 3.2 million year old skeleton of an early human ancestor. Named after The Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ which was playing on a cassette throughout the campsite, the affectionate and usable name of Lucy helps to portray the fact that… Read more »

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Iran: an era of change

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On 29th November 2011, British-Iranian relations took a nosedive as the British Embassy in Tehran was stormed by militant students after Britain imposed new financial sanctions on Iran. Four years later and the scene in Tehran is far different. Just under 2 weeks ago, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was in the Iranian capital to re-open the… Read more »

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Iran: Warming Relations

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As relations between Iran and the West continue to strengthen, many travellers continue to discover this country’s hidden treats.   After 18 months of intensive bargaining, culminating in an eight-day period of continuous talks, Iran and world powers struck a ‘historic’ deal limiting Iranian nuclear activity, opening a “new chapter” in Iran’s relations with the… Read more »

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Ethiopia: ‘new species’ of early human found

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A new species of hominin has recently been uncovered in the Afar region, located in Ethiopia’s north-east. The hominin is a branch of the hominoids family, which contains three subgroups that divide humans and our ancestors from chimpanzees and gorillas. The discovery of these remains has now cast further doubt over the theory that our lineage stems from just one early… Read more »

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Bhutan: showcasing happiness

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This month sees the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan hosting its first ever International Festival, a showcase of the country’s creative arts that offers visitors a unique insight into the ‘happiest country in the world.’ With prosperity measured according to happiness (GNH), it’s not surprising that Bhutan wants to throw its arms open to visitors to… Read more »

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Visiting Myanmar: The Ethical Dilemma

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Visiting Myanmar does raise some ethical questions as the country has lived under a dictatorship for the past 40 years, however recent reforms are seeing huge improvements in living. Upon travelling to Myanmar, Rahul Aggarwal (Director of Travel The Unknown) looks at the arguments for and against tourism in this underdeveloped country and discusses why it… Read more »

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