The Blog

Every death is tragic.

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Every death is tragic, but none more than when you don’t expect it. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two SAS soldiers who died yesterday in the Brecon Beacons. It appears ...

15 Jul 2013
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Is piracy protecting our oceans?

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Last week I was honoured to be named the United Nations Environment Programme’s Patron of the Oceans. The ceremony took place in Nairobi, Kenya, where UNEP has its headquarters. The United Nations is a ...

27 Jun 2013
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If you don’t have hope, you can’t have dreams

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I was recently asked to write a feature for Country Life on my favourite spot in Africa, and the reason why. I chose the Cape of Good Hope. This is what I wrote: There ...

10 Jun 2013
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Johannesburg, Durban, Pietermaritzburg – June 11-14th

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The Financial Times calls Lewis Pugh’s new book, 21 Yaks and a Speedo, “compelling” and Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, says “it will inspire you to rethink your own impossible”.  Archbishop Tutu says “it will make ...

4 Jun 2013
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Book Launch in Cape Town June 4 -8, 2013

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The Financial Times calls Lewis Pugh’s new book, 21 Yaks and a Speedo, “compelling” and Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, says “it will inspire you to rethink your own impossible”.  Archbishop Tutu says “it will make ...

27 May 2013
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My thanks to the oceans, and the people they have brought me to.

Oceans are a bit like people. Every ocean is different, and to me they have distinct personalities. The Arctic is the black ocean – literally like an inkpot. You put your arm in and ...

18 Dec 2012
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We are no longer separated by oceans. We are joined by them.

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Cape Town, where I currently live, is an area of incredible natural beauty and biodiversity. Right now, it also encapsulates everything that’s happening to the world’s oceans. In the last 10 years we’ve seen ...

25 Sep 2012
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Are you in the right place to achieve your dream?

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South African Olympian Ryk Neethling likes to say it takes about 15 years to become an overnight success. That’s so true. We saw real excellence at the London Olympics. But in the world of ...

13 Sep 2012
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My Swim at the North Pole

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Mum was right – this was not a normal thing to do. And standing on the edge of the ice, I realised I had never been more frightened. Not just because minus 1.7°C was ...

12 Sep 2012
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Are the world’s leaders listening?

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I had resolved never to do another cold-water swim, but the Himalayas changed my mind. Glaciers are not just ice: they are a water lifeline for over 2 billion people, and if they melt ...

12 Sep 2012
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