When Michael Palin was attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days he noted that in whichever far-flung corner he found himself, he could be certain to encounter a Scot, an Irishman and a Kiwi.

It was not so much a humorous observation by the celebrated writer and comic actor, but a statement of fact that acknow-ledged the intrepid nature of people from those three nations.

The Scots were the foundation of the British Empire back in the day, always willing to serve wherever they were needed, easily and readily transportable.


Kiwis are natural explorers. Isolated from a world