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Where now for travel? Lonely Planet closures point to an uncertain future

As the travel publisher closes its Melbourne and London offices, a guidebook writer asks whats next for an industry in crisis Covid-19 has changed everything. In particular, it has changed everything about travel. As a Lonely Planet writer you learn fast that change is the only constant on the road. Still, no one was expecting the changes announced last week: that Lonely Planet is to close its Melbourne production facility and London offices almost entirely, as well as its magazine and Trade and Reference division. The famous guidebooks will continue…

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Richard Powers: It was like a religious conversion. I realised the natural world isnt ours

After writing novels on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and genetics, Powers has turned to trees. While on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains, he talks about environmentalism and not having children To reach the latest work, The Overstory . As a botanist in his narrative explains, trees and humen share a common ancestor, and a one-quarter of their genes.” For five years I’ve been telling people I’m writing a novel about trees ,” he says, with a smile,” and they’ve said:’ Really ?’” ‘ The book was like a five-year-long…

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From Lawrence of Arabia to Breaking Bad: the desert as a cultural oasis

A place of sanctuary, stones and stone festivals what draws artists and writers to the deserts unforgiving landscape? In 1990 a flyer circulated in San Francisco inviting people to attend a unique happening:” The Zone Trip is an extended event that takes us outside of our local region of time and place. On this particular expedition, we shall travel to a vast, desolate, white expanse stretching onward to the horizon in all directions .” Wilfred Thesiger, recalling his marathon journeys in the Arabian peninsula’s Empty Quarter in the 1940 s,…

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From Lawrence of Arabia to Breaking Bad: the desert as a cultural oasis

A place of sanctuary, stones and boulder festivals what outline artists and writers to the deserts unforgiving scenery? In 1990 a flyer circulated among San Francisco inviting people to attend a unique happen:” The Zone Trip is an extended event that takes us outside of our local region of time and place. On this particular expedition, we shall travel to a vast, desolate, white expanse stretching onward to the horizon in all directions .” Wilfred Thesiger, remembering his marathon journeys in the Arabian peninsula’s Empty Quarter in the 1940 s,…

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Richard Powers: It was like a religious conversion. I realised the natural world isnt ours

After writing fictions on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and genetics, Powers has turned to trees. While on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains, he talks about environmentalism and not having children To reach the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, you are required pass through the lurid streets of Gatlinburg. Hokey attractions line the itinerary- theme parks, rollercoasters, mini-golf- in a surprise of honkytonk tourism that ends only at the gateway to the national park.” Why would you come to the Smokies and think,’ What I really want is a…

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