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Life as an onboard lecturer

By Martin Bell   December 2011

I have finally become an extremist. At one extreme I travel as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef to countries where they can’t send their celebrities. These destinations are either war-torn or land-locked, or in the case of Afghanistan, both. At the other extreme I set sail, in conditions of ridiculous luxury, to lecture on the cruise ships of Cunard and P&O. Which is the dream and which is the reality? I have a pretty good idea, and try to bring the one to the other, as video from my war-zone wanderings is played onto the big screens in the theatres.

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