Dragons of the Irony Throne

The town of Labuan Bajo is on Flores Island in Indonesia. From there it is about an hour by boat to Rinca Island, part of Komodo National Park and home to the Komodo dragons.

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Guides carrying big forked sticks take you around the island. The sticks are to hold back the dragons in the event of an emergency. Attacks are rare, but the dragons have killed people.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-most-infamous-komodo-dragon-attacks-of-the-past-10-years-5831048/

The guide informed us we weren’t guaranteed to see any dragons, but he would do his best. We then walked around the corner and three dragons were stalking through a small creek bed.

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We saw a big male lizard in the bushes.

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We went for a walk up a hill that had a nice view over the sea. It is a nice place for a walk, but you have to watch where you are going.

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Happily walking along the trail without a care in the world.

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Who is that hiding behind the tree?

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Fortunately the guides were paying attention.

And of course when it comes to danger, Japanese comedians are going to outdo most people.

Ayaka Imoto tied a piece of raw meat to her leg and outran a komodo dragon.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/9420541/TV-host-strings-along-komodo-dragon-with-raw-meat

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The Sweet Life

Are you bear aware?

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My new Japanese bear story, The Sweet Life has just been published in Every Day Fiction.

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Australian Spec Fic 2014 Snapshot

David McDonald interviewed me as part of the Australian Spec Fic 2014 Snapshot.

http://www.davidmcdonaldspage.com/2014/08/the-australian-spec-fic-snapshot-2014-aidan-doyle/

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