Wings of Butterflies..part 3

Wings of Butterflies..part 3

  For the best part of 2 decades, excitement in this wonderful corner of the planet came hard on the heels of excitement: night dives in the big blue; fishing expeditions in the virgin waters near the Amirantes drop-off; sailing trips to legendary Aldabra, one of the largest raised coral atolls on Earth; expeditions by […]

Wings of butterflies…part 2

Wings of butterflies…part 2

  So, here I am, an exile from my spiritual home, but very happy in my acquired homeland of Seychelles where I came to settle in1978, fresh from the turmoil of the Islamic Revolution whose fallout continues to work its ‘magic’ on a long succession of nations, now creating a crescent of instability running from […]

Wings of butterflies

Wings of butterflies

  As I begin, there’s something distinctly odd about blogging like this from the paradise islands of Seychelles, even for a writer. One reason is that blogging’s still a bit too ‘au sec’ for me, and then there’s always something more compelling to do in this land of mind-blowing panoramas of dappled sapphire ocean lapping […]

The Buzzard’s hoard: The fabulous, undiscovered pirate treasure of Seychelles

The Buzzard’s hoard: The fabulous, undiscovered pirate treasure of Seychelles

The Buzzard’s hoard: The fabulous, undiscovered pirate treasure of Seychelles Marbles, a stone horse’s head, a waterlogged woman, a quartz-lined cave and a 300-year old cipher are among mysteries still whispered about on the paradisiacal islands of Seychelles where, it is claimed a fabulous treasure lies buried with a value somewhere in the region of […]

A background to the Pirates of the Indian Ocean

A background to the Pirates of the Indian Ocean

  In the mid 18th century, around Diégo-Suarez in northern Madagascar, an extraordinary republic took root. It was not, for once, a political one, but it had all the trappings of a refined political system with its own code of strictly enforced laws, administrative departments and even its own international language which must have been […]

A brief history of wrecks in Seychelles – ‘Bones beneath the waves’

A brief history of wrecks in Seychelles – ‘Bones beneath the waves’

  At first, clear, cobalt skies above a sapphire sea. Passengers chat idly as they settle into the rhythm of a sea voyage to their destination. Then, abruptly, out of nowhere, things change: an engine dies, spluttering its final mechanical protest; a rudder breaks or, somewhere on the horizon, a phalanx of dark clouds announces […]