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The Last Pink Bits - or a few of them!
on 7 October 2006
I was very disappointed in this book. Having read Simon Winchester's 'Outposts', I was expecting something along the same lines, but perhaps more up to date.
Having visited many of the places which he does deal with, I would broadly agree with his observations, but why, for instance did he not spend more time on Ascension? Yes, it's small, and yes, there's not a lot to see, but if you're writing a book about the last outposts of Empire, it surely behoves the author to do proper research on all the places concerned. Why did he not visit (or barely mention) Montserrat, a British island which is now engulfed by volcanic lava, and from which many of the residents have now fled? What about the Cayman Islands, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands? No mention either of the British Indian Ocean Territories - difficult to visit because the US, who leases the islands, doesn't want people snooping around Diego Garcia, but Simon Winchester did at least visit them.
A timely update on these former Imperial outposts is long overdue. Anyone up for doing 'The Grand Tour?', and producing an interesting book about it?