Archive for January, 2008

Bushmen: The San Story

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The San Story is an investigative report about the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, how they have been forced off their land by the Botswana but have fought back and recently won back the rights to the land. This is a rare positive story of successful indigenous political activism and ancestral knowledge that may secure [...]

Master and Slaves

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Two investigative journeys deep into the heart of the Sahara to explore rumours that slavery was still not consigned to the history books. In both Mauritania and Niger, masters still keep slaves. Two separate reports aired on ABC News Nightline (2004) and Al Jazeera People & Power (2006), with the assistance of Anti-Slavery International. Read [...]

2010: The Power of Football

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Investigative documentary about the challenges and opportunities faced by South Africa in hosting the 2010 World Cup. The World Cup 2010 will be hosted twenty years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison and spoke to 100,000 people from a football stadium in Soweto of a new South Africa. Can the next one bring reconciliation, [...]

Living with the Kombai – World’s Lost Tribes

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Living with the Kombai Tribe in the lowland swamps of the West Papua, New Guinea co-presented a Discovery & Travel channel series with jungle guru Mark Anstice. The traditional hunter-gather way of life of the Kombai has changed little for thousands of years – tools are made from stone, family groups live in tree houses, [...]

Marathon des Sables

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Known as the toughest foot-race on earth, 6days, 6+ marathons back-to-back across the Sahara Desert, carrying all your own kit – who in their right mind would want to do this? I ran it to raise money for research into Lupus. Sadly despite good intentions, the Marathon Des Sables became the Marathon Des Sades. Read [...]

Burma: Pillaging Paradise

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

A couple of investigative reports from inside Burma – working alongside Global Witness to uncover and document the $300million of illegal timber that’s being smuggled from Burma’s interior across to China – the financial lifeline that’s keeping the junta in business. In the immediate aftermath of the demonstrations, a return to Kachin State to examine [...]

To Xanadu

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Expedition to research the Grass Silk Road – one of the greatest communication highways in history – a road, last travelled in the 13th Century, that led from Genghis Khan’s capital Karakorum in the steppes in Mongolia across the Gobi Desert to Xanadu, Kublai’s Khan’s pleasure dome in China. It became one of the worst [...]