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Description Philip Marsden returns to the remote, fiercely beautiful landscape that has exercised a powerful mythic appeal over him since his first encounter with it over twenty years ago. more

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Excellent

“Marsden Bay”

published 01/03/2005

brilliant use of language

unfortunately it is based on a true event

...At Marsden Bay Arid hot desert stretched here in the early Permian Period-sand dune fossils are pressed to a brownish bottom stratum. A tropical saline ocean next silted calcium and magnesium carbonates over this bed, forming rough Magnesian limestone cliffs on the ledges of which Rissa tridactyla colonizes- an estimated four thousand pairs that shuttle like close packed tracer...

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Review of Marsden Grotto

Super

“Smugglers' cave”

published 05/10/2006

Good food in unusual surroundings

Busy in the summer

...Quite a famous place, situated as it is close to the Marsden rock, which unfortunately collapsed (in part) in 1996. In the 1700s, Jack the blaster came to live here, and apparantly supplied refreshments to smugglers. His successor excavated a ballroom out of the rock, and created a hotel here, and in 1898, Vaux and Sons took over the lease, building the lift in the 1930s, to bring visitors...

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Review of The Crossing Place - Phillip Marsden

Excellent

A beautifully written and evocative travel narrative.

It wasn't written by an Armenian (I make joke...)

...for his insight and appreciation of our culture than British writer Philip Marsden, the author of ?The Crossing Place: A Journey Among The Armenians?. WHO ON EARTH ARE THE ARMENIANS? Armenians are a proud and ancient people, who by historical accident, occupied one of the most criss-crossed and travelled pieces of earth on the planet, constantly acting as a buffer between competing empires...

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