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David Whitehouse discovers a world that is surprising and enigmatic, ‘astounding and significant’ and maintains that this is not just a story of rocks, minerals and ferocious temperatures, but also ‘about people, conflicts and tragedies, discoveries and despair’
Anyone familiar with the story of the ‘Arctic 30’ – thirty Greenpeace activists detained in Russia on piracy charges – will hardly be surprised by how this story unfolds
Despite our 24-hour society and the whirlpool of non-stop, round-the-clock activity, Wills recognises the excitement of travelling through the night, sleeping under the stars or trying to comprehend the 400 billion stars making up the Milky Way
In a world awash with eye-catching imagery, it takes something special to hold our attention for more than just a few minutes
The final battle in history’s longest war was fought in 1492, when Spain’s Christian forces conquered the Moorish stronghold of Granada
Sick of selling your soul and your sofa to endless boxsets of drug-manufacturing chemistry teachers and urban Mafiosi? Try one of these life-enriching documentaries instead
For Rory MacLean, Berlin has always been ‘in the process of becoming, never being.’ Over long centuries, planners and politicians, ranging from the well-intentioned to the diabolical, have attempted to tame the city. They were destined to fail
Unlike the Inca sites of Ecuador and Peru, the great cities and temples of the ancient Mayan civilisation of Central America are not on the bucket list of every gap year back-packer or middle-aged culture vulture

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