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Dogs aren't just for Christmas, as the RSPCA used to say. It can be a way of life. Take the Chukchi dog, whose compact size, alongside its ability to see at night, rendered it energy-efficient and allowed for superior mobility
Imagine selecting a tree, cutting it down, dividing it up, and recruiting artisans from around the country to craft the resulting timber into bespoke tools and objects to keep for the rest of your life
In the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, small groups of ethnic Kazakh nomadic herders exist in a world far removed from the modern one we know today
Is Donald Murray’s book yet another example of a publisher trying to turn the story of a random foodstuff into a quirky bestseller? The answer is no. This is a splendid book, filled with passion, wit, and wonderful facts
After travelling the world and crossing every continent, where does the world’s most high profile travel writer head next to find a taste of the remarkable? His own country, it turns out
A friend once pointed out that there’s an inverse correlation between how impoverished a nation’s people are, and the magnificence of its London embassy
The relationship between Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace has produced, as the editors of this volume put it, a ‘small conspiracy industry.’ Half-baked theories have accused ‘Darwin of deceit and even plagiarism’
In 1769, a woman in grand clothes set off on the Rio Pastaza, an Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon river, following the current across the continent, because she heard a rumour that her husband was waiting on the other side

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