Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM
What inspired 86-year-old Brendon Grimshaw to buy an island in the Indian Ocean, replant it with 16,000 trees, grasses and lure a bunch of giant tortoises to live with him?
I don't know what kind of nerve, ferocity and stubbornness got 86-year-old Brendon Grimshaw to buy an island in the Indian Ocean, replant it with 16,000 trees, grasses and then lure a bunch of giant tortoises — big galumphing ones and itty bitty ones to live with him (one gets born in his bedroom) — but he did it, and when he takes reporter Simon Reeve on a tour, he seems so shy and gentle. But I bet he's not. My guess is Brendon is next to impossible to live with, unless you're too big, too slow, and too reptilian to care. Take a look.
Simon Reeve, the reporter, has spent the past few years wandering the world for the BBC. A decade ago, he was an investigative reporter covering arms dealing and nuclear smuggling. His book about how al-Qaida was planning attacks on the west, The New Jackals; Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism, became a New York Times bestseller, but these days, he practices the more delicate art of wandering the world in search of situations he describes as "frightening, uplifting, exhausting, upsetting, challenging and surprising." [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]
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