David Fletcher

David Fletcher

  1. I love wild places. I am never happier than when I'm in the middle of a desert, a rain forest or a stretch of savannah. I am therefore more than fortunate to have been able to visit many such places in countries as diverse as Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and Guyana - and in my two favourite countries: Namibia and Botswana.
  2. Like most people, I could not exist without the company of others, but my affection for wild places is, in part, an affection for empty places, places where it is possible to unplug from the 'noise' of everyday life. It's why Namibia and Botswana have earned themselves that 'favourite' designation; two beautiful countries, both with an awful lot of space but with very few people.
  3. Then there is the other feature of wild places that I find so attractive: the assorted wildlife they contain. And again I have been immensely fortunate in having been able to observe a huge range of truly wonderful animals (and birds) in their natural surroundings - while they are still there.
  4. Yes, I am afraid that I am far from impressed with the way we, as a species, are treating our fellow creatures on this planet. We appear to have been so dazzled by the brilliance of our intellect that we have become blind to our own animal status and have lost sight of our reliance on all life on Earth. We are truly deluding ourselves if we think we can survive on our own - which is exactly what we appear to be planning to do…
  5. Whilst still in human-bashing mode, I also have to report that I am appalled by how many people seem intent on denying their intellect and how often this denial manifests itself in their embrace of embarrassing superstitions. And I have in mind here those worldwide organised superstitions that are increasingly implicated in the current crop of conflicts and acts of terror.
  6. On a somewhat lighter note, I love driving (especially on empty roads in somewhere like Namibia). It is of course nothing to do with the sense of power engendered by the sound of a highly tuned combustion engine.
  7. I love the seasons. A lot of those desirable destinations I've referred to have all sorts of attractions, but they don't have glorious golden autumns or vibrant green springs.
  8. As might be expected, I cannot exist without writing. I find the process of writing fascinating and I hope others find the results of the process informative, entertaining and provocative. At least a few others anyway…
  9. I like humour. In fact, I find it irresistible, which is why I have let it infest all my writing - even when I'm attempting to be provocative. Indeed, particularly when I'm attempting to be provocative.
  10. I like being tall. It makes it more difficult for people to spot my thinning crown. Furthermore, I suspect that when I was younger it served me well in attracting members of the opposite sex. Or maybe it was just my lectures on the rapacious nature of mankind that they couldn't resist. Who can tell?

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