The book begins with a visit to the town of Pripyat in the Ukraine, a place of utter despair as Sir David Attenborough calls it, and when you read his description of what he is seeing and realise it was the site of the nuclear power plant ‘Chernobyl’, then it’s easy to understand why the bleakness. In 1986 when it exploded as a result of bad planning and human error, it left an environmental catastrophe that Sir David Attenborough draws a shocking comparison to our current unfolding environmental catastrophe, the decline of our planets biodiversity. It is a book of hope though too, explaining how if we act now, we can alter our greatest mistake.
No journey up or down the Stuart Highway through the centre of Australia is complete without visiting the Daly Waters Historic Pub. You will see a few Aussie pubs with some similarities to the Daly Waters, where travellers leave their mark. And by leave their mark, I mean the walls, bar and ceiling and in fact any space available is covered in business cards, hats, bras…you name it, it’s probably hanging there!
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