Beavering away again

WE all ‘beaver away’ at work to earn our living. The English word ‘beaver’ is derived from Old English ‘beofor. When the word beaver is mentioned, our minds tend to focus on the well-documented Canadian beaver (Castor Canadensis) and forget... more »

For whom the bells toll in Sulawesi

IT was with great surprise that, a week after I returned from the active volcanic island of Vulcano, Sicily, I found that travel insurance can now be purchased, as an “add on” cost, to cover volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis... more »

Vulcano – fiery furnace of the gods

OF all natural phenomena, a violent volcanic eruption is by far the most spectacular. Perhaps only a nuclear-bomb can rival this. Each has a devastating effect on both local and more distant people. The flowing lava rivers, pyroclastic deposits, gigantic... more »
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