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Apple a day…

November 1st, 2011

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Good news for all you Apple lovers. For a few changes behind the scenes should mean subsequent video clips are much easier to view on your iThingies – if not, do let me know! Right, need to go and find my whatsit. Should be next to the thingymejig

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Behind the camera

October 15th, 2011

Behind the camera from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken bumps into Simon and Clint, putting together a video or two for Tourism British Columbia TourismBC – and is invited to do some pieces-to-camera. Enjoy some excepts, courtesy of Gladys and Ken’s own video camera…

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A few changes….

August 8th, 2010

“Ken’s solo endeavour is a remarkable one, his stoicism and good humour an inspiration to others to follow the road less travelled” – Ranulph Fiennes

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Want to take another look at the mini-documentary “Nation of Convenience“? Download the latest podcast? See what kit Ken’s carrying, or discover Emma’s vital statistics? Learn about scams, or the nuances of Central Asian visas? Then click on ’resources’ at www.acrosscontinents.org, or just click here.

Whether you’re an intrepid expeditioner or an armchair adventurer, we hope there’s something for everyone. And over the coming months, we plan to add lots more content to entertain, amuse and inform.

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A fresh look…

July 25th, 2010

"An expedition without reportage is called a holiday"

Using the last vestiges for broadband for a while, James the webmaster and I have made a few subtle changes to the site, and we’ve got quite a bit more planned to help keep things fresh and interesting. Some of our ideas may have to wait until my arrival in Hong Kong in early October, but I’d like to think it’ll be worth the wait!

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But, for now, we’ve added a "Press Cuttings" section, and a new map showing my intended route across China. I’m particularly fond of the dragon, and the scale at the top – visit the route section of the website to take a look.

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Inspired by the very positive feedback to "Nation of Convenience", a further mini-documentary is beginning to take shape. And, particularly for those of you who find accessing the videos tricky, James and I are exploring the world of podcasts. Of course, all the usual blog posts, video clips – with the obligatory shades, interviews with the team at Somerset’s 10Radio, and photos will be popping up along the way. Internet access permitting.

In the dull but necessary department, we’ve added Terms & Conditions at the bottom of each page, a prelude to us adding a lot more downloadable content for both the avid expeditioner and armchair enthusiast alike.

We’ve already assembled lots of useful information on the Central Asian visa game, common scams, as well as more technical stuff like comprehensive equipment and medical kit lists, and Emma’s vital statistics. Hoping to upload all this shortly, the Great Chinese internet firewall permitting. Ok, here’s a couple of quick samples – "What you need to know – scams" and "Emma’s vital statistics" (shown with a more reputable title) – just click on the relevant links at the end of this post. And we’ve lots more ideas for further content than there are nights in the tent to write it….

If you’ve not already done so, you can sign up for automatic blog updates, delivered straight to your e-mail account – click on blog, enter your e-mail address and press ’Subscribe’ – simple. Or join me on Facebook – link on my home page – lots of fresh content there as well. And to find out more about the UK charity, The Outward Bound Trust, I’m raising funds for, either follow the links on my own site, or just click here.

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Motoring to Tbilisi

April 27th, 2010

Motoring to Tbilisi from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken describes cycling along the M27 motorway which, ironically, is probably the safest bit of road in Georgia!
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At the museum

April 26th, 2010

At the museum from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken discusses Gori’s most infamous son, Joseph Stalin, in the grounds of the Stalin Museum
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Through the mountains

April 26th, 2010

Through the mountains from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken describes a tough day – 110 kilometres, 3,000 feet of climb and a two kilometre poorly lit, pot-holed road tunnel – through the mountains that divide east and west Georgia

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Night at the casino

April 24th, 2010

Night at the Casino from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken describes his night staying above a casino, close to the town of Kutaisi in western Georgia. Watch out for the cameo appearance by the very helpful Russian housekeeper

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Back on form

April 17th, 2010

Back on form from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Back on form, catch up with Ken at the end of a ninety mile day as he prepares to cross the border into the Republic of Georgia.

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