Pictured above: AA Gill, image via Buffalo News
I was extremely sad to learn the weekend before last that AA Gill has died of a cancer he described as a ‘trucker’s gut buster’, a ‘gimpy, malevolent, meaty, malignancy’. Lung cancer had migrated to the pancreas. ‘There is,’ he said, ‘barely a morsel of offal not included.’ He called it the ‘full English’ of cancers.
On Sunday every nature lover’s hero celebrated his 90th birthday. David Attenborough has devoted his life to the natural world. His curiosity and knowledge has contributed hugely to transforming the nation’s archaic attitude on the environment – a bottomless resource – into something of the utmost importance that is both remarkable and under great threat.
In a world that tends look with some suspicion on those that stick and stay, I’m delighted to note that Chef Margot Janse recently celebrated 20 years as executive chef at renowned Le Quartier Francais, possibly South Africa’s finest restaurant.
It’s with great sadness that I learnt last week that one of the Friedkin Conservation Fund’s helicopter pilot’s Roger Gower was killed while tracking poachers in a coordinated operation with the Tanzanian authorities.
Just a quick note to say I’m so pleased to see Nomad’s first Serengeti-based private house up and away. All reports are that Mkombe's House is - like Nomad itself, like their other properties – absolutely first rate. It’s on our books and we’ve already included it in several Tanzanian itineraries.