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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

This Guy is a Natural

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

This Guy is a Natural

The world’s greatest golfer? Hint: He rolled a perfect game the first time he tried bowling ECHENEVEX, France In the cosmos of golfing role models, the hero-of-heros might seem a touch unlikely.  But this man had one brief shining golfing experience that was Camelot-like in its brilliance. That golfer was Kim Il Sung, president of […]

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Zen Shrine Helps Duffers Answer Cosmic Question: Why Can’t I Putt?

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

Japanese monk invokes Goddess of Holes-in-One ANNAKA, Japan Golfers, Lord knows, seem to need more spiritual guidance then practitioners of other sports.  How else could you explain the almost-religious-like belief duffers will place in a Heaven Wood, or the way they mumble the mantra “Tetrachaidecohedron dimple pattern” in order to ensure that they will not […]

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Shooting Orangutans and Pondering the Universe

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Alfred Russel Wallace, Articles

Shooting Orangutans and Pondering the Universe

Alfred Russel Wallace spent 18 lonely months in Sarawak, writing the precursor to his theory of evolution. SANTUBONG, Sarawak, Malaysia Different people react to solitude in different ways. Some people converse with demons and angels. Some folks become truly, giggling-at-midnight mad. Some find enlightenment.  And once in a while a guy who spends too many […]

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Why Travel Far?

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Alfred Russel Wallace, Articles

Why Travel Far?

Wallace’s rite of passage and the teenage imperative BATANG AI, Sarawak, Malaysia Why travel far (and treacherously), leaving behind comfort, friends and security? This question turned in my mind as I looked for orangutans while following the trail of Alfred Russel Wallace, who travelled some 22,400 kilometers in the Malay Archipelago from 1854 to 1862.  […]

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The Man with Pins in His Lungs

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Alfred Russel Wallace, Articles

The Man with Pins in His Lungs

After dinner in Sulawesi, chatting with a man who speaks with Moses BOGANI NANI WARTABONE NATIONAL PARK, Sulawesi Over the grilled fish I asked about spirits. We were eating lunch in a simple warung outside Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park in north Sulawesi. I sensed that my companions had tales to tell.  Endie’s father was […]

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The Literate Orangutan

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Alfred Russel Wallace, Articles

The Literate Orangutan

Trying to teach a red ape to write SEPILOK, Sabah, Malaysia What if we could communicate with other species? What could an orangutan tell us about her life, about her emotions when her rainforest is chopped down, about the rascally behavior of randy adolescent male orangutans? * * * * * I’ve seen orangutans in […]

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Who Gets Credit, Who Takes Credit, for Changing the World?

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Alfred Russel Wallace, Articles

Who Gets Credit, Who Takes Credit, for Changing the World?

Did Darwin steal from Wallace? Attributing glory can be a tricky business TERNATE, Indonesia Who gets credit, and who takes credit, for changing the world? July 1, 1858 was a modest news day in mid-19th century London. Thirty-nine year old Queen Victoria went horseback riding, Madame Tussaud announced a wax image of United States President […]

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Dreaming of Malthus

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Alfred Russel Wallace, Articles

Dreaming of Malthus

During a malarial fit, Alfred Russel Wallace has his eureka moment about natural selection TERNATE, Indonesia The economic theory of Thomas Malthus isn’t what most people suffering a malaria delusion would dream about.  But Alfred Russel Wallace, the sweaty patient in question, wasn’t a humdrum guy. * * * * * Here’s what transpired. Alfred […]

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Bruno and the Blowpipes

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

Bruno and the Blowpipes

Who will determine the future of Sarawak’s isolated Penan? BAREO, Sarawak, Malaysia Bruno Manser has disappeared in Borneo and is feared dead. Manser, 47, was last seen in May 2000 in the isolated village of Bareo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, close to the border with Indonesia. The Swiss had illegally entered Sarawak to […]

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God’s Own Pharmacies

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

God’s Own Pharmacies

Asia’s sacred groves survive because they provide spiritual and practical benefits; with thanks to a flying monkey god KERALA, India  Who has the answers to conservation conundrums?  Goverments with their laws, or local people with their traditions? As a conservationist I have spent years encouraging governments to establish protected areas through legislation.  Unfortunately, many modern […]

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Watch What You Say in Burma’s Sacred Forests

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

Watch What You Say in Burma’s Sacred Forests

What’s a more powerful conservation incentive – a government jail or a spiritual punishment? ZEE O THIT HLA, Myanmar Myint Naing has one of the easier jobs in the Myanmar forestry department.  Since 1999 his task has been to protect the Zee-O Thit-Hla sacred forest, which has been a government forest reserve since 1988.  No […]

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Religions on the Wing

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

Religions on the Wing

Everyone in Irian Jaya wants a piece of Zakarias’s soul MINYAMBOU, Irian Jaya. When the fundamentalist Baptist missionaries in this isolated valley in Irian Jaya now West Papua] asked for contributions to build a new church, Zakarias chipped in with the most valuable thing he could find — a bird of paradise. The irony of […]

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Borneo Native Group Scores Land Claim Victory

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

Borneo Native Group Scores Land Claim Victory

How a poor Iban longhouse took on Big Timber and won; sort of RUMAH NOR, Sarawak, Malaysia  “There is no greater sadness on earth than the loss of one’s native land.”             Euripedes We park the car along the side of a rutted dirt road in the middle of an acacia tree plantation five times […]

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Life and Death on Shiva’s Beach

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

Life and Death on Shiva’s Beach

Is a turtle worth risking your life? PULAU ENU, Aru Islands, Indonesia A newly-hatched green turtle wandered into my tent this evening, attracted, perhaps, by a lantern that the reptile thought was the reflection of the moon on the sea. A few hours later I wander the beach on the windward side of this small […]

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To Cut That Tree, Cut Through Me

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

To Cut That Tree, Cut Through Me

Chipko women’s movement keeps on huggin’ RENI, Uttaranchal, India Any new-age nature-lover can hug a tree, and many do.  But it takes a special kind of person to embrace a tree which is about to be chopped down, and challenge the woodsman “if you want to cut the tree you’ll have to cut through me.” […]

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