Aidan Hartley

Aidan Hartley is The Spectator’s Wild Life columnist.

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How ‘WhatsApp mums’ saved Kenya’s castaway children

While the diplomats did nothing, mothers negotiated the Lollipop Airlift that would bring their kids home

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Thirty years ago, I saw the rebels take Addis Ababa

I was the only foreign correspondent there — and it was the best day of my life

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Why I’m investing in sheep

As we emerge from the pandemic, I’m going long on Dorpers

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Did I catch COVID from a naked-rumped tomb bat?

I live outdoors and rarely encounter another human, so perhaps my infection was the result of zoonosis

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The cure for everything

Unlike elsewhere, Kenya’s cities throng with life: crowded markets, gridlocked traffic, busy bars and shops

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The art of mourning well

Following Mum’s death, I have been staying quietly at her home on the beach in a whirlpool of memories

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Eccentric, artist and storyteller: in memory of my mother Doreen Sanders

She would live on mushrooms for a month, then put us up in the finest Parisian hotel

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The many good things to come out of lockdown

Like most parents we got to spend much more time with our children than we might otherwise have done

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Ethiopia is slipping into civil war

Looking at the parched lands of the disputed territory, it was as if two bald men were fighting over a comb

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My Aunt Beryl’s zinc-lined trunk revealed extraordinary family secrets

Out of an envelope fell an original poem scribbled and signed by Rudyard Kipling

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Our exile in London

The rich are in their country cottages tweeting about social distancing and playing videos of cats playing violins

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The intense pleasures of lockdown

Walking in the parks and squares, the scent of flowers was amplified by the clear air

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Another plague is enveloping the world — locusts

Soon we will see individual swarms the size of London

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Africa’s invisible epidemics

What I respected about the people in Baidoa was that every famine victim who died was an individual

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Virus deaths may not be the greatest challenge ahead for Africa

Pestilence heralds a time of dramatic change

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