Is madness part of the essence of the Tropics?

Part of the reason for keeing this¬†blog is to uncover what the essence is or universal features of the Tropics are. The power of nature and colour has come up so far - but let's be more provocative - is madness also an inescapable part of the Tropics? The pre-eminent chronicler of the Tropics, Joseph…

Woodlark Island – a case study for tropical futures?

Woodlark Island (Muyua) is a large island of the coast of Papua New Guinea. It's been isolated for a long time, so it has a lot of unique species. It's also¬†going to be the first virgin area mine in PNG for 10 years, according Kula Gold. But that's not all - it looks like there…

Tropical Alternatives to Christmas

As the religious aspects of Christmas fade into the background over time the remaining, pagan European symbology becomes patently absurd, another way in which tropical citizens unthinkingly ape their temperate masters - fake snow in 30 degree heat; a santa costume unwearable without strong air conditioning; a tree from the sub-arctic recreated in plastic. In…