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When the going gets weird the weird turn pro...

In 1992 Mark Eveleigh spent six hours reviewing his life while swinging from the end of a fraying cable in the world’s highest cable-car, in Venezuela. The psychological shock of this experience was enough to send him plummeting down the slippery slope into the shadowy world of freelance travel journalism.
Mark led the first expedition by foreigners into Central Borneo’s ‘valley of the spirit world,’ (researching his book Fever Trees of Borneo) and has since returned to those unexplored valleys on several occasions. He grew up in Africa, and returned in 1999 to trek through northern Madagascar with a zebu pack-bull. The full story was told in Maverick in Madagascar (published by National Geographic).

He has travelled the world on assignments for more than 80 titles, including Esquire, Geographical, The Guardian, CNN Traveller, Sunday Times Travel, New York Times, Travel Africa, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic Traveller and Africa Geographic. He also writes for numerous inflight magazines: if you are flying KLM, Emirates, Malaysian Airlines, Qatar or Garuda you will often find his work right next to the sick-bags.

Undercover assignments have taken him from Zimbabwean farms to Bolivian prisons, but charging elephants and a randy Peruvian llama taught him the real importance of journalistic footwork.

Mark blogs @ www.kitbaggers.com
His own site is www.markeveleigh.com



'For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I?ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.'
- John Steinbeck

Interviewer: "and how do you define guts?"
Hemingway: "Grace under pressure."

"Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination."
- Ernest Hemingway, Men at War

'The little death' the ancestors called it. Was that Hemingway? Did you feel the earth move? Yes guapa. Truly? Yes, truly. You old bewitcher, you seduced a generation.
- Evan Hunter on Hemingway - in The Paper Dragon.

'May you wander over the face of the earth forever,
Never sleep twice in the same bed,
Never drink water twice from the same well,
And never cross the same river twice in a year.' - Gypsy Curse [or blessing?]

'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.'
- Mark Twain.

'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.'
- Oscar Wilde

'To do is to be.' - Descartes
'To be is to do.' - Jean-Paul Sartre
'Doo-be-doo-be-doo.' - Frank Sinatra

'I had nothing to offer anybody, except my own confusion.'
- Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

'We're really all of us bottomly broke - I haven't had time to work in weeks.'
- Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

"64,928" - Neal Cassidy's last words

'We give names to things we fear. That's why people have two names.'
- Alessandro Baricco

'He travels fastest who travels alone.'
- Rudyard Kipling (The Winners)

'Until you get a certifiable appalling wound on a trip, you feel you haven't earned your right to exist.'
- Redmond O'Hanlon (interview in Escape Mag)

'It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.'
- Franz Kafka

'The man who cannot find time for recreation will someday be forced to find time for illness.'
- Anon

'Every dagger must someday find sheath?or shoulder blade.'
- Anon

'He who dies with the most experiences wins.'
- Anon

'I just can't seem to grasp the corporate mentality.'
- Anon

'Beaten paths are for beaten men.'
- Anon

'Don't dream your life?live your dreams.'
- Anon

?Illusion is not always what it seems.' (seen written in the dust on a Ford Cortina in Notting Hill).

'If your life were a movie would anybody want to watch it.'
- seen on a T-shirt in Borneo

'Hello. I love you. I?m sorry. Goodbye.'
- seen on a T-shirt in Borneo

'I've been rich an' I've been poor. Poor Sucks!'
- a mate of my dad

'Your love of the halflings' weed has clearly slowed your mind.' (Saruman to Gandalf, film of Lord of the Rings)

'Let them come. There is still one dwarf in Moria who draws blood!' (Gimli in film of Lord of the Rings)

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  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and may all your travel dreams come true!!!

  • Sheemoz's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! Regards from Khartoum, Sudan

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Here's wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!! Beautiful pictures and lovely assignments!!! May all your travel and photo journalistic dreams come true!!!

  • IrishFem's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2009 at 3:32 AM

    Belated birthday greetings. Hope our well.

  • Quero's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    You wrote: ...Missed you in Thailand! ... Looks like I'm heading that way again in January...how about that beer finally...?" My reply: It's a promise!

  • la_beba's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    oh wow! hace muchisimo tiempo que no hablábamos Mark! Thank goodness for VT reminders on birthdays! wishing you a wonderful day! Email me.

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    Nov 1, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Hi Mark! Happy Birthday.

  • nisssan's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    great quotes,great places you been already..and a lot to learn from you cheers

  • Jun 1, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Well-selected quotes, but come on, isn't everything relative?! And, can you actually draw conclusions as to one's character/life based on a single statement?! My favourite is: "The owls are not what they seem". ;-)

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