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Forbidden Fruit by Fiona Dixon

Whenever the rain stopped or slowed long enough for the mist to lift and reveal the steaming hills, I took to exploring. At the far edge of the settlement, past the family of black pygmy pot-bellied pigs, I began to climb the hill on the ridge that looked most accessible. It had been peering down […]

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Old Foreigner by Fiona Rintoul

‘They are dead,’ grinned Mrs Wu, who had met me at the airport. I looked out the minibus window. Four bloodied bodies lay on the road. Behind them, two vans, crushed like tin cans, were fused in a wonky embrace. The men were indeed dead but they hadn’t been for long. Their blood was as […]

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A Hit in the Himalayas by Scott Morley

The descent from Tibet into Nepal is doubtless the most breathtaking truck ride one could ever experience. After a brief trip to Everest’s Rongbuk Monastery, days meandering across the dusty steppe surrounding Shigatse, Tibet, a crescent-shaped descent resembling half of an enormous funnel opens. The Land Rover plunges straight into it. Eventually you come to […]

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Straight in the Eye by Mandy Huggins

Motoki saw him before we did. Without uttering a sound he thrust out his arm to form a barrier, forcing us both to freeze mid-step as though competing in a game of musicalstatues. Just below the ridge a black bear sauntered towards us from the edge of the tree line, hoary-muzzled and sleek-furred. Like most […]

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