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  1. Molehill out of a mountain

    Posted May 26th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... for that moment. 'Go right ahead,' I will say, adding that he can find the requisite US$47,000 himself. Anyway, I figure that there is nothing extreme about climbing the 8,850-metre mountain ... mountaineering equipment. Nowadays, using oxygen is considered cheating by some, clothing is made of frostbite-resistant fabric, and technology has meant that the going is comparatively light and easy. ...

  2. Remote Indonesian island provides a lesson in survival

    Posted Jan 11th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... is from the tsunami-devastated province of Aceh, said yesterday. 'We get a lot of earthquakes and every time there is a reasonably sized tremor, people know to head to the nearby mountains ... 'When he saw the water drawing back out to the ocean- he could see it building up at sea again- he jumped into his car and fled along with about 300 village people to the closest mountainous ...

  3. Shoppers' paradise on Earth

    Posted Feb 10th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... or flavour- the eye candy that no one has yet discovered. Thus it was last December, then, when helicopters buzzed onto boggy ground in the cloud-shrouded Foja Mountains in the west of New Guinea ... a sprinkling of wedding chapels complete with Elvis impersonators and a few shopping malls full of only designer-brand goods. These would be positioned somewhere close to the rim of the Foja Mountains ...

  4. Nations praised for acting faster this time around

    Posted Mar 30th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... said word of the quake spread rapidly. Within minutes, people had fled their homes. 'People could be seen driving to the mountains, but began drifting back after an hour or so when ...

  5. Strange and stranger

    Posted Jan 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... will cease to exist, bits of it being hived off to other entities or declaring themselves independent. California and the mountainous west will fall under Chinese control or influence; Hawaii will go ...

  6. Clinton's president

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... mountains to climb. He is, however, more excited about Senator Obama's message than his race. 'I wouldn't care if he was black or white or whatever if he's talking like he's ...

  7. Old spheres of influence

    Posted Jul 29th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... the mountain of empty brown beer bottles my grandfather seemed to enjoy collecting; or the possibility that if my cousins were also there, I might wound one of them mortally in a game of rugby. Each ...

  8. Rise and fall of Europe

    Posted May 27th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... appetite- a cuckoo clock, elaborately decorated tin boxes of wondrous-tasting biscuits, and picture books showing snow-capped mountains, fairy-tale castles and Peter and the Wolf forests. ...

  9. It could have been worse

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer If for a moment I understood politics, I am certain that I would have long ago retired to a monastery. One of those mountain-high European ones, where the monks specialise in making the staples of existence- beer, cheese and salami- would do nicely. Alas, I am far from attaining that pinnacle of enlightenment. Dazed and confused by the events of recent days, my ...

  10. Time to eat humble pie

    Posted Jan 07th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Fluffy mashed potatoes, crisp vegetables and a boat of gravy were laid out nearby. A golden-crusted apple pie and a mountain of cream made a triumphant finale to the feast. I tapped softly ...




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