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

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At this pivotal moment in our lives, as we stare down this great darkness that threatens to engulf us at any moment, everyone is justifiably

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The life and death of Dakota number 6813

Dakota 6813 had a remarkable life – and a dramatic death. The aircraft rolled off the production line in 1942 and was initially delivered to the US Army Air Force, before being transferred to the Royal Air Force and then to the South African Air Force where she served until 1954. For another 34 years she carried cargo for a range of private owners in South Africa, Rhodesia, Botswana and finally Zimbabwe, where, while flying for the Red Cross she came down into a particularly unforgiving patch of woodland…

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