Thursday, 29 May 2014
Still time for a ripping yarn or two.
"The age of exploration" was of course very much the age of exploitation of both indigenous people and natural resources. But that never stopped generations of kids thrilling to the exploits of the great explorers and dreaming of the adventures they themselves might have given half a chance. Eventually all the blank spaces on the maps became filled in and it seemed that there was little left to explore. For would be explorers and adventurers, the news that a hitherto unknown peat bog the size of England has just been discovered in Central Africa comes as a real tonic. No doubt we should all be pleased about the carbon sink benefits to the environment and suchlike worthy concerns but for me at least this huge area teeming with crocodiles, gorillas and elephants is straight out of a Tarzan story. Great stuff!