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I was lucky enough this year to enjoy a holiday in Bali. Fabulous.
But the island faces challenges. Development is eating up the beauty which draws visitors.
Rice field on Bali (Photo Robert Pimm)
Locals seek prosperity. Visitors want somewhere to stay and amenities to enjoy.
By Robert Pimm
Financial Times, November 20 2004
I’ve never been attacked by a penguin before. It’s scarier than you’d think. Close up, the yellow eyes, red beak and ear-piercing shriek are more dramatic than anything in Jurassic Park. Now I know why the Maori call the yellow-eyed penguin Hoiho, or “noise shouter”.
“She’s distressed,” says Tricia, our guide. “We’d better go.”
New Zealand is full of magnificent scenery – but I didn’t get any good Penguin shots – Photo RP
We turn to leave the hide. Everyone’s glaring at the photographer whose noisy auto-rewind spooked the penguin’s chick. He doesn’t notice. He’s too busy grinning at the thought of the images he’s just captured.
By Robert Pimm
Financial times, August 31 2004
The moon above the palm trees is bright tonight. The air is balmy but the fine, white sand is cool between our toes. We sip cocktails and watch pleasure boats float by.
There’s a buzz around the bar, music and laughter and the chink of iced drinks. But here at the far end of the beach, among the intimate encampments of blue- and green-striped deck-chairs, the night is dark and calm.
Berlin is surrounded by water – here the Teltow Canal. Photo – Robert Pimm
Welcome to Berlin, summer 2004. Tourist cities are a problem in high summer. It’s so hot and sticky that locals, and most tourists with any sense, head off to the beach. Berlin is different, in that much of the city actually is a beach.
That’s why the Berlin Tourist Board’s new campaign to persuade visitors that the months of July and August are the perfect time to visit Germany’s reunited capital is less daft than it sounds.