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Pugh to swim 7 Seas to put MPAs on global agenda


During August, renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh, will be swimming with one purpose: to put Marine Protected Areas on the global agenda. He will ...

5 Aug 2014
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Burn Your Boats

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It’s been a busy few weeks as I head into the final stages of preparing for the swim of my life. In a few more days I’ll be able to tell you when, where ...

29 Jul 2014
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Coal or rhinos – we shouldn’t have to choose

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It has been my privilege to explore some of the most incredible parts of our planet, including the North Pole, the Antarctic and the Himalayas, and I have made it my life’s work to ...

21 May 2014
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You have the power to make an ocean of difference

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Strange to think that plastic has only been part of our everyday lives since the Second World War. Before that, people stored their jams or bought their milk in glass bottles. Today plastic is ...

6 May 2014
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Look what’s arrived in the post…


My certificate of induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame! Thank you to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame for this great honour. I wish I could have been there to ...

18 Nov 2013
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Heritage or Sacrilege? Our day of sunshine, sausages and shame.


How can you love something you’ve never seen? If you don’t have a personal connection with something, why would you ever go out of your way to protect it, preserve it, pass it on ...

6 Oct 2013
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Sometimes losing is the best thing that can happen


They say that quitters never win and winners never quit. That might be true, but sometimes losing is the best thing that can happen to a competitor. Just ask Andy Murray. Last year at ...

17 Jul 2013
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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?


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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