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    Scuba diving Sailor ending up in remote places for most of my life. Geographer and travel writer, weed aficionado, starting up MMC Research company.

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  1. Theres only one old VOC ship in existance.......and shes way too uncomfortable to go around the world strain hunting on From my very brief experience looking around islands - Australia is not where you would start. Following the spread of maritime trade routes Id start in Taiwan.
  2. Hi from across the rock
  3. I crew on yachts and tall ships - everything from racing maxis and cruising yachts to 1606 replica VOC pirate ships with bricks for bunks. I'm starting to feel a little more beaten up after each trip, even though most of the last decade I've been on dive boats. Diving really gives you a look at the state this planet is in from a whole other angle, year after year I find myself having to go further and further to get away from telephones, selfies, life. I'm not a real fan of the human race - the further and deeper away I am the happier I am. Diving is my zen. I'm as much a part of the problem as anyone else...I jump on a plane because my kid bought me a ham sandwich (I don't eat ham! Never have, never will!) and burn up jetfuel to go diving (and find some herb!). I realised how much I contribute to the problem when I go through airports in Africa or PNG and just automatically stick a wad of cash inside my passport to get thru the moshpit that is most African airports. I've found most towns - especially ports - have the token hustler who can find you this or that and often turns out to be a blessing particularly as I do most of my travelling solo. In a car with three doors, no number plates, a dude with 2Pac shaved into his head chewing khat is sort of more my style of travelling than a contiki tour. This is part of the reason I have this urge to do something about the lack of a school on the Madagascan North West Islands. Once those kids hit 12, it's a choice between a boy or girl taking the ferry over to the mainland to continue getting an education. The boy is always going to win leaving the girl uneducated and often ending up walking the streets...I know it's a world wide problem but maybe I can do something about it. Malagasy people are lovely but theyre at the mercy of a very corrupt system. It's entirely possible for the local police to demand a payment to release a ladies fabric for her only source of income. I guess we have to aim for small wins sometimes.
  4. Thanks g22
  5. There's a replica boat Malays and Indonesians rowed to Madagascar both at Halmahera and at the Oceanography centre in Nosy Be if you can get them to answer phone/open door. Man did row there - it's not just the weed that's a give away but also things like the Valiha (a musical instrument that is believed to have first originated in Phillipines), food (rice, tamarind) and a very funky named ornamental plant - Clitoria Ternatea - which occurs naturally only in Ternate and Tidore islands. It's had long enough to evolve into a slightly bluer flower so there's now Clitoria endemic to Madagascar - and its now considered endemic to many countries particularly those where slaves ended up. I do agree the eastern weed at Diego Suarez near the Tsingy forest is better than the fairly bland Sativa on the west. The weirdest one I came across in Madagascar was down near Belon'i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region...bright orange seeds and it tasted like lemur pee to smoke. Out of the 5 different regions I smoked either weed or hash in..I'd have to say the Orange Lemur Pee had the nicest effect once you got past the taste.
  6. It's not actually that good a smoke....really just an average Sativa. Bhutanese have got way better botanicals their ancestors have told them about for generations so the weed was never something they saw as anything but an agricultural crop. To find that particular botanical is quite a trek...but I'd recommend it
  7. New Zealand - mostly indoor hydro now. Outdoor bush strains are pretty much your standard Nimbin quality.
  8. Couldnt agree more. I quite often see the crap local crew score at different ports ... I really wouldn't put Indonesian weed on any "worth being executed by firing squad" for list.... And it's 17,000 Islands, a few must have gone missing
  9. @Aussiebushies - the Nuigine gold is complex - great description. I've heard other workers from up at Hagen and Lae comparing it to "Mullumbimby Madness" which left me scratching my head. I don't see any similarity - those damn hippies at Nimbin stuffed everything up with their outdoor grows. You basically have the same bushy strain right down to the coast and in both states. Niugini Gold is quite a different Sativa from down on the lowlands (reminds me a little of Durban Poison) - altitude?? - Alotoa area has a much pinier terp that seems to be common right down the southern provinces. If you get a chance see if one of your contacts knows anything about the very dark leaved short Sativa with a real apricot flavour one of the tribes up the Sepik has.
  10. Guangzhou 1984 - pretty sure they were smoking opium....almost certain china has a smoking population - any landraces would be very difficult to label as "Chinese" due to the thousands of years of trade...I'm pretty sure it would be easier to get hold of Kali Haze or Trainwreck now than the stuff these guys were smoking. Pic not very clear as it was taken from inside my pocket.
  11. In my hello thread there is a picture of a crop in Lebanon my friend took - looks fantastic - I am only assuming this is the region you are talking about and the product is destined for hash. I also think I need to speak to my non smoking overly trusting friend when she gets home
  12. @Zeq Indonesia - particularly Sumatra is the only country I refrain from trying anything - Indonesia seems to like executing Australians!
  13. After hearing of the loss of Franco I was deeply saddened. I have my journal which I will give to you guys at Cannafest - I have a few spots future research may be worth looking at.
  14. I may be wrong but I do believe it's a private plantation - she is still in Lebanon and is keeping her location and who she is with very quiet...which is wise. I hope she took that shot discretely, it's certainly a well tended crop...and she doesn't even smoke!! ETA - I'd hazard a guess this is destined to become hash??
  15. That photo was taken by a friend in....Lebanon! Madagascar really is one of the poorest countries in the world really trying to find their way post independence but with such high poverty and a really corrupt government (its standard to be pulled over 3 times a day to pay some sort of fine - hence why you find the local "fixer" who both pays the police and brings you goofballs of hash ) it's hard for the locals to progress. Theyre such nice people they put up with me walking around in my underwear for two weeks (why put clothes on if they're only going to get soaked in the 99% humidity) - they deserve the basic right to clean water and a school that caters for kids over 12 on that island. If they can make ylang ylang scented body creams that go straight to the parfumeries of Paris, they can make cocoa butter Canna skin creams!

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