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Messages for Professor Humperdink

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Part one: to Japan

To Brazil

To Paraguay

To Uruguay

To Argentina

To Australia

Australia

New Zealand

Fiji

Samoa

The Solomon Islands

At sea

To New Ireland

Nauru Island

South Pacific

Roast Whale

Icebergs

Haldana's Christening

Bergen and Hardanger

Spitzbergen

Iceland

Sweden

Denmark

Wales

Scotland

Ireland

England

Holland

Germany

To Czechoslovakia

Ruthenia

Austria

Hungary

Switzerland

St. Helena

Avoiding Belgium

Belgium

Luxemburg

Paris

To Andorra

Portugal

Madeira

Spain

Italy

Serajevo

Brezoi

Rumania

To Greece

Athens

To Finland

Finland

Lapland

Pesteri and Lowicz

Russia

Uzbekistan

To India

Wenquan

India

Amritzar

Bombay

Canada

North Sentinel Island

Ceylon

Burma

Bhutan

China

Japan

Music, and a shovel

Part two

Part three

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Spent the last few days travelling, in this remote area, transport is very slow.

Eventually, I bought a sturdy llama.

Arrived in Wendou Nody in time for some girl juggling. My old friend Kulu, his young sister, Ameena, and the rest of the tribe, joined in and we juggled all afternoon. Kulu and his wife, Shelley, invited me to stay for dinner.

I changed into evening dress.

Aminata, Kulu's neice, posed for a photograph, which she made me promise to pass on to Aunt Humperdink, for her hat collection. The next morning, Kulu offered to keep me company, for a few miles.

 

After a hearty breakfast of boiled monkey brains, roasted giant tree slugs, and a good cup of warm lizard blood, we say goodbye to everyone, don our disguises and head into the jungle.

By the shores of Lake Ngami, staying with Adala and her family. We had an argument over her headdress, which she insisted on giving to me, for Aunt Humperdink's collection, I refused, on the grounds that I was not going to carry the thing half way round the planet when a photograph would do. Reluctantly, she settled for having her photograph taken whilst wearing it. I teased her about looking so cross when the name of her tribe is Ovaherero, or the "Merry People." She replied with an indelicate suggestion as to what I could do with the camera.

Spent some time with my old friend Jacques, he's very proud of the newly completed Voodoo temple his family helped build and, to celebrate, we spent an enjoyable afternoon dancing and playing music on drums and bamboo horns.

Jacques told me to hold a coin in my mouth and dance with his sister. Yvette (on the right of the picture) - it was a trick really as I was meant to either imitate her dance, or give her the coin, her dance was completely frenzied, I made a complete fool of myself, failed to emulate her, gave her the coin, collapsed, and spent most of the evening recovering. Jacques told me later that I had missed the best bit of the party, the sacrifice of a goat without horns. It was lovely to see everyone again and I promised to return at the first opportunity.

Tuesday, visited the laboratory; the brothers Lev, Sergey and Vladamir Gagarin are still working hard on their pencil experiments, Vladimir (on the left of the picture), spent the last few weeks helping design an eraser holder, which will be placed at the top of the pencil.

Their young cousin, Yuri, joined us for the day, he demonstrated an apparatus, built by Vladimir, which will be essential when the young man travels out of the Earth's atmosphere.

 Afterwards I met up with Kulu. Because of the political situation we are forced to travel incognito, our disguises, made of bast, a fibrous bark, are a little too hot for comfort, the head-dresses are made of very light wood, a form of balsa, so aren't too heavy, but the plait is made of palm pith, which attracts the flies and bumps unpleasantly against our backs as we walk. All being well, we will cross into Venezuela on Wednesday.