More to come – It’s not all Bad

Raiders of the Lost Ego

To lighten up the whole Biography thing, after the past few posts, I thought it might be good to show that adventure and excitement does come –  I became what I always wanted to be..  an adventurer, a wild archaeologist in the grand tradition, a warrior, poet and er…   fantasist .  Well, in some cases I created the adventure to suit what I wanted, I found myself shot at, stabbed, lost in the desert, surveying huge tracts of mountains, searching for lost towers, living with locals, chewing Qat, smoking fishpaste tobacco, drinking vast quantities of Vodka and White Spirits.  If you can keep with the rambling tales, then prepare for true stories (and that’s the worrying thing!)  of recording Tell sites under rifle fire, climbing sheer cliffs to reach a hidden village, finding lost cities and ancient steel furnaces, being arrested by the Police in almost every country, mainly due to unfortunate misunderstandings..  I assure you…  and having run ins with Iraqi secret police, gun runners and whiskey smugglers, even attempted armed car jacking in Mexico.  Lets not forget escaping the KGB after a small altercation about a photograph and the fabulous times being Beatrice D’Cardi’s driver and bodyguard…  Tall tales they may be, but fortunately there was always someone nearby to say… “I can’t believe it… that could only happen to you!”

 Here are a selection of images to whet your appetite…   and no comments about my urban combat chic please!  So you see, there is better to come…     (scroll down to view)

 I kind of got on to this – because of this:

National Geographic’s Expeditions Council

The National Geographic Expeditions Council (EC) is a grant program dedicated to funding exploration of largely unrecorded or little-known areas of the Earth, as well as regions undergoing significant environmental or cultural change. EC grants support a wide range of projects including marine research, archaeological discoveries, documentation of vanishing rain forests, first ascents, and more. Through these compelling stories we reinforce our mission to foster a deeper understanding of the world and its inhabitants.

The Expeditions Council consists of representatives from National Geographic editorial divisions who review and vote on grant applications, as well as an advisory board of external consultants. The program is editorially driven; thus, projects must have the potential for a compelling written and visual record in order for a grant to be awarded. Applications are also judged on qualifications of applicants and their teams, and on merit and uniqueness of the project.

Since its inception in 1998, the Expeditions Council has funded projects that span the entire spectrum of exploration and adventure.

I’m Free

Tough Shave

Dragging a Landrover

Suave Steppe Adventurer

What am I on?

Jordan Survey

Jungle Adventure



Filed under Autoblogography, BAJR Talk

5 responses to “More to come – It’s not all Bad

  1. Wow! The best I could manage was Kuwait, after the first Gulf War, where we did have to stay inside certain zones in case of lands mines. I remember the smoking things in your Yemen photo, though *cough*.

    And the hair! What is it about archaeologists and mullets?

    Is that last photo in your back garden?

  2. Oh – forgot to mention, you do look like a succession of Bond villains throughout that sequence of photos. 🙂

  3. bajrblog

    Oh so cruel…. but probably accurate..! I am shamed by my strange love of the mullet… short and cropped now! stops any re-occurrence of that particluar brand of wrongness.

    Kuwaits good .. especially survey problems with landmines! I remember in Jordan once when coming down a Wadi, climbing over a barbed wire fence.. looking back and realising I had walked through one….. oooops!

    the drunk alchololic explorer photo… oh thats a story!

    Thanks for the Bond Villain comment 🙂 I think there are some who think that already – planning world domination!

    But hang on…. is anyone here the member of the Adventurers Club?

  4. the wildman of midlothian! great piccies

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