Troubador Namibia's Worst Restaurants

Released: 01/02/2013

eISBN: 9781780886862

Format: eBook

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Namibia's Worst Restaurants

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This book is a day-by-day account of a six-week wildlife tour of?Namibia, made by ‘Brian’ of Brian on the Brahmaputra fame and his long-suffering wife.?Like that preceding book, it is, of course, a great deal more than just a detailed travel diary. It is a tale of a fascinating expedition through this fabulous country, seen through Brian’s eyes, and focuses on the many different people he meets on his travels. It also records Brian’s experience of state enterprises and his thoughts on how these fail to match up to those in the private sector – and his thoughts on encounters with ‘spirituality’.

It is still essentially a factual account of the six-week tour, but as in Brian on the Brahmaputra it is overlaid with humour, more quirky perspectives and more ‘creative embellishments’. It therefore entertains as well as informs – and it also stimulates. It will appeal to the same reader as Brian on the Brahmaputra; anyone who has an interest in travel and human behaviour, with a good sense of humour – and any sort of interest in animals and birds.

The title of the book is a play on the name of the state institution which runs the public wildlife facilities in the country: Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) - and when compared to the excellent catering on offer at all the private lodges and camps in Namibia, the institution which also runs what can only be described as ‘Namibia’s Worst Restaurants’. This book is part of?a seven-part series which details Brian and Sandra’s travels to Assam, Namibia, Syria, Borneo, Cape Verde, Botswana and Morocco – and in due course, Zambia.

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 David Fletcher

Securing a degree in chemistry, well before the days of modular exams, was a very good start for David, and his using this degree to embark on a lifetime career in accountancy seemed, at the time, like the best next step to take. And in a way it was. Becoming a partner in one of the world's 'Big Four' firms of accountants proved to be surprisingly interesting and constantly challenging.

However, over the years, a belief became fixed in David's mind that he hadn't been put on this Earth just to provide opinions on financial statements but also to provide opinions on human nature. Not pompously or even vehemently - but in the only way he knew how: through humour.

So he started to write - and in this writing to focus particularly on what the nature of human nature was doing to the nature of the natural world - first through some 'sci-fi humour' and latterly through some 'travelogue humour'.

He doesn't claim to be some sort of jokey Cassandra - as he is only too aware that both his thinking and his writing is riddled with serious self-doubt. So he is quite relaxed about whether his opinions get through to his readers - or not - just as long as in the process of reading his books they all have a jolly good laugh. Because, with what he and the rest of his species are visiting on this planet, one thing he doesn't have any doubt about whatsoever is that sooner rather than later, we will all need to develop our ability to have a jolly good laugh indeed - even if it is of the somewhat hollow variety...

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