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British journalist George Monbiot has turned the ‘about me’ page on his blog into a sort of mini-autobiography. It is an interesting read. For instance, he describes some of the time he spent in West Papua, traveling with forged papers:

We were as reckless and foolish as only young men can be – this is why wars get fought. We threw ourselves into and out of a great deal of trouble. At one point we had to walk and canoe for four weeks from the central highlands to the south coast. We became lost in the forest for several days and ate insects and rats to stay alive. I was stung almost to death by hornets. We also had some close brushes with the occupying Indonesian army.

It’s comforting to know that people can have such adventures and go on to write books about climate change and columns for The Guardian.

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Sasha October 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

You’ve referenced Monbiot so many times, though I’ve never looked into his work until you linked me to his site. His posts are very interesting and I like his style. I think I’ll bookmark his blog.

Milan October 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

He is an interesting man. I met him once in Oxford, at a talk at the Centre for the Environment.

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