Welcome to my blog.

This is a collection of my various articles, essays, commentaries and observations that covers a wide range of topics, broadly clustered in the three areas of history, philosophy and commentary. Which as you will see covers a lot…

I have always wanted to make a career of writing, and this started when I left Art College and joined the advertising industry as a copywriter at the tail end of the glorious age of ‘Mad Men.’ At the end of the 1980’s I was compelled to take up employment outside of Zimbabwe and after a brief spell in the Middle Eastern ad industry I established my own advertising and PR agencies, firstly in Dubai then in Botswana.

It was there that I wrote my first book, the Globetrotter travel guide to Botswana. Between 1998 and 2012 I did seven updated versions of it before Globetrotter sold up and their hard copy travel guides were discontinued. While living in Gaborone I also started writing and researching Jack Malloch’s biography. That turned into a twenty year exercise with the final book eventually being published in 2020.
As you can imagine the research for both of these books was a lot of fun and they have generated a lot of other writing opportunities for me, some, covering the areas of history, philosophy and commentary that are included in this blog.
I hope you find these various articles that I post here interesting and I look forward to your comments, compliments and criticism.

Alan Brough

Latest posts


Should we really be eating insects?

There is talk about dramatic food shortages due to supply chain issues, fertilizer restrictions, weather- induced crop failure and the reduction in overall crop acreages.

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Alan’s August Update

It’s the peak of our Canadian summer and the question is should we be celebrating summer, or running for cover? And what about these other terrors gathering all around us…? Personally I think it is time to step back and step out…

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