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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

Posted on 23. Aug, 2012 by in Articles, Books, An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, Curious Travel

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles Campfire Conversations with Alfred Russel Wallace on People and Nature Based on Common Travel in the Malay Archipelago, The Land of the Orangutan and the Bird of Paradise Explorer’s Eye Press. Geneva. 2017. 454 pages Second edition April 2017 ISBN 978-2-940573-25-7 Description While Alfred Russel Wallace is recognized as co-discoverer […]






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Flying Phallus Fights Forces of Evil

Posted on 11. Mar, 2014 by in Curious Travel

  NABJI, Bhutan “I can make you a new phallus, no problem.” “But we’re leaving in the morning.” “Trust me.” Figuring that we could always use a bit more protection against demons in our house in Bangkok, I was ordering a flying phallus sculpture from Karma, a village artist in central Bhutan. This seemed to […]






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Napalm Be Gone

Posted on 08. Sep, 2013 by in Golf

NAPALM BE GONE That boom you hear in Vietnam is an explosion of golf courses DALAT, Vietnam My favorite golf course in Vietnam owes its existence to a puppet king, a French architect who restored Roman ruins, and a rich American who craved virgins. * * * I spent part of the Vietnam War period […]






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“Trust Us. We Know Better Than You Do”

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by in Environment

“Trust Us. We Know Better Than You Do”

“TRUST US, WE KNOW BETTER THAN YOU DO” Brown-brown arrogance is the new standard LOIKAW, Burma Bishop Sotero Phamo argues that “the only way for our rural people to join modern society is through education.”  Speaking enthusiastically in his diocese headquarters, which houses what is certainly the best school in the region, Bishop Sotero adds […]






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A la Recherche de Pondy Perdu

Posted on 12. Jul, 2011 by in Curious Travel

A la Recherche de Pondy Perdu

A LA RECHERCHE DE PONDY PERDU A visit to Pondicherry invokes a bit of France, and a lot of new India PUDUCHERRY,India As Bastille Day events go the reception was rather tepid – a lackluster speech from the French consul, a few plateaux of fromage and saucisson, and a distinct lack of either fireworks or […]






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Happy birthday Alfred

Posted on 11. Jul, 2011 by in Alfred Russel Wallace

Happy birthday Alfred

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALFRED Is a man’s most valuable possession his bow and arrow or a butterfly or a memory or simply time?  What do you give a guy who lived a hundred and fifty years ago? JIRLAI, Aru, Indonesia What do you give a guy who lived a hundred and fifty years ago? I write […]






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Wilderness in Singapore? Who woulda thought?

Posted on 11. Jul, 2011 by in Alfred Russel Wallace

Wilderness in Singapore? Who woulda thought?

WILDERNESS IN SINGAPORE? WHO WOULDA THOUGHT? Singapore proved a Coleoptera paradise for Victorian explorer Alfred Russel Wallace; new creatures still emerge BUKIT TIMAH, Singapore Visitors come to Singapore to shop or to learn about other cultures, to close a business deal or attend a conference. A century and a half ago, though, one of Singapore’s […]






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Jumping Through Buddhist Hoops in Burma

Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 by in Curious Travel

Jumping Through Buddhist Hoops in Burma

INLE LAKE, Burma “Come on Brochette, jump through this hoop. Arnold Schwarzenegger can        do it – it can’t be that hard.” My friend’s ginger cat in Geneva was doing what cats everywhere do – exactly what she felt like. Which at this moment was not jumping through a hoop. I was trying to accomplish a […]






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Putting the Bounce in the Ball

Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 by in Golf

Putting the Bounce in the Ball

Playing golf near the rainforest which revolutionized the game MANAUS, Brazil Normally when I play golf, I clutter my head with an excess of swing thoughts – turn, extend the arm, swing to two o’clock, and so on. But standing on the first tee of the Manaus Golf Club outside the Brazilian city of Manaus, […]






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Articles

Posted on 12. Jul, 2010 by in Articles

Some notes on these articles This section includes just a few of the more than 600 by-lined articles I’ve had published in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Traveller, GQ, Geographical, Reader’s Digest, Travel and Leisure, Travel and Leisure Golf, DestinAsian, International Wildlife, Earth Times, BBC Wildlife, and many other publications. Some of these […]






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Last Great Elephant Hunter Achieves Indochine Glory

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by in Curious Travel

He’s notched up 298 pachyderms, and a lucrative product endorsement contract BUON MA THUOT, Vietnam. Stardom can be defined in many ways. For Ama Kong it is a number, 298, the sum of wild elephants he has captured. Now 90, with failing eyesight but still with a healthy head of hair, Ama Kong is the […]






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Induced Labor? That’s Real Golf Commitment

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

Golf nuts push the envelope “Honey, great news about the pregnancy, but would you mind inducing labor so I can play in a tournament?” Really, how many men would have the courage to say that to their wives? Well, Ivan Morris of Limerick City, Ireland did just that so he could play in the Interprovincial […]






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The Keys to Golfing Success? Try a Red Shirt and the Right Locker, and Listen to Your Mother

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

The Keys to Golfing Success? Try a Red Shirt and the Right Locker, and Listen to Your Mother

THE KEYS TO GOLFING SUCCESS? TRY A RED SHIRT AND THE RIGHT LOCKER And it never hurts to listen to your mother LANAI, Hawaii I was pedaling up a hill on a rented mountain bike, sweat evaporating under the fiery sun, glorying in the lunar-like scenery and cursing myself for not bringing enough water.  I […]






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Golf: An Antidote to War and Hardship

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

Could golf in Iran help people love one another? TEHRAN, Iran And all along I had thought golf was a cause of anxiety. “No, just the opposite.  Golf relieves stress,” Eisa Eshagi, president of the Iranian Golf Federation, said.  “And that’s what we need, since we’re a nation that has suffered wars and hardships.” Few […]






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Fire and Fury Might Have to Wait for the Next Lifetime

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

The Indian Army controls the world’s highest golf course, bringing a surprising set of challenges LEH, Ladakh, India I thought it might be the altitude that would get to me, but it turned out to be military bureaucracy. Since my first visit in 1979 I had wanted to play golf in Ladakh, an isolated corner […]






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