Category Archives: Pearson’s Portfolio

Gary Pearson’s portfolio covering numerous categories, including sports, hard news, travel and human interest.

Exploring a Medieval Moroccan world

Our eyes started watering and nose hairs singed as we slowly distanced ourselves from the hustle and bustle of the world-renowned Marrakech souks, the smell intensifying with every step. A local Moroccan boy, whom we were introduced to after speaking … Continue reading

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Taking the plunge into the deep blue

By Gary Pearson “Take deep breaths and whatever you do, don’t panic.” Scuba diving instructor Sinan Halaçoğlu conveyed the imperative message prior to my first plunge into the deep blue. “If you panic you are done,” the veteran diver reiterated, … Continue reading

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Vietnam – a cultural wonderland

I had this preconceived notion, having just spent a week in Bangkok, of what awaited as I made my final descent into Vietnam, Thailand’s more regimented and orderly neighbour. My presumptions, I thought as we queued for hours to get … Continue reading

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Stradbroke Island, Australia: an escape from reality

Tree branches, like two extended arms reaching for each other’s outstretched fingertips, form an archway leading to a place unlike any other, a world where time has no bearing. One wave after another caresses Stradbroke Island’s sedate shoreline, our feet … Continue reading

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Making like snowshoe hares, a trek atop the Canadian Rockies

Ascending slowly toward the summit of Sunshine Village in Banff National Park, Alberta, we were easily entranced by the imposing Canadian Rockies, whose snowcapped peaks dominated the skyline. The wind, brisk and forceful, shook the gondola to and fro, so … Continue reading

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Thirteen years on from that fateful day on Sept. 11, 2001

Eleven years ago an unthinkable atrocity occurred on North American soil as two-passenger jetliners crashed into the twin towers at the World Trade Center, changing the way people perceived the world in which they lived. And although the decision to … Continue reading

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Reality Dawns: a bamboozling travel blunder

I sat rigid, still and upright aboard a behemoth 747 United Airlines jetliner which had just landed at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. Awaiting a chance to flee the beast’s innards, I nonchalantly turned on my iPhone. Messages filtered through with … Continue reading

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