July 30, 2017

The chocolate porter

Our porters on the journey are all from the local tribe of Pemon Indians.  Pemon translates literally as ‘human being’ which seems both proud and modest […]
November 12, 2016

In the Lost World

The real adventure begins when our gear is loaded into 4X4s for the 20km journey to the start of the trek.  The Pemon people manage the […]
September 4, 2016

How Roraima got its name

Once there was a time when the animals and the humans knew the same language and they could all understand each other.  And at that time […]
August 31, 2016

Poison darts, murder and gold

At Ciudad Bolivar we pause to examine Jimmy Angel’s plane, rescued from a tepui top from where he crash landed in the 30’s shortly after he […]
August 29, 2016

Chocolate trees, wombles and maggots

The eight hour drive to the Gran Sabana offers the prospect of getting to know our travelling companions a little better and Manuel and Doug provide […]
August 27, 2016

Murder, cash and a decent burger – welcome to Venezuela

“Caracas – murder capital of the world!” trumpet the uncomforting headlines.  According to the Daily Mail we would be two times safer in Baghdad than we […]
August 5, 2016

Allan Boroughs is in the jungle – he may be some time…

How much adventure is too much?  It’s a question I ask myself again as I prepare to leave for 3 weeks in the Venezuelan jungles.  I […]
June 12, 2014

Researching children’s writing – Part 1 – Going places

It was while I was packing my bag for Antarctica that my son gave me his carefully considered assessment of my research habits. ‘Dad, isn’t it […]
February 4, 2014

At last, girls are at the centre of the action in books and films

Amanda Craig interviews Allan Boroughs in The Telegraph newspaper on 1st Feb 2014. Female characters in adventure stories like The Hunger Games no longer obey the sexist stereotype. The heroine is central, and her 'quest’ is not to find love, but to save the world
December 9, 2013

How big would an asteroid have to be to cause a mass extinction?

The Chicxulub crater was caused by an asteroid hitting the earth approximately 65 million years ago. It was large enough to send a superheated cloud of […]
October 20, 2013

Jet boy

Ryan and I have been preparing for MCM Expo next week – we spent the weekend putting the finishing touches to his steampunk aviator costume – […]
March 5, 2013

In search of tentacles

Only one wild creature has ever been sighted at the South Pole, a Southern Petrel; an opportunistic bird that was most likely sifting through the rubbish […]