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Spice Islands Sailing Adventure — 2013

This year we had a multinational group of 5 Canadians, 6 Australians, 3 English, 2 Dutch and 2 Germans making up our passenger list, we were ably led by our guides Jennifer and Arif, and the whole crew of the … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ Book Launch September 21, 2013

<img src="https://spiceislandsblog.files.wordpress.com   Adrian Vickers (Professor of South East Asian Studies at Sydney University) kindly launched the book ‘East Indies’ in front of an audience of 60 attendees at Gleebooks in Sydney. Here is the link to the video showing … Continue reading

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Ian Burnet: The Spice Trades’ untold stories —— from Tempo Magazine, September 8 2013

Very early on in his life, Ian Burnet knew he was destined for a life of adventure. Growing up in a small isolated country town in his native Australia instilled in him an obsessive ambition to get out of town … Continue reading

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Spice Islands Sailing Adventure

It is time to stop procrastinating (The act of postponing, delaying or putting off) The Ombak Putih departs October 24 for its voyage around the Spice Islands Only 3 cabins left, the voyage of a lifetime awaits. Follow the link … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ —- Spices, Gunpowder and Opium

Copies of ‘East Indies’ have arrived and there is nothing more exciting than holding the final result of five years work in your hands. The books should be going out to the bookshops in the next few weeks and there … Continue reading

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UBUD WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL 2013 PROGRAM

I am looking forward to the whole vibe of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, meeting interesting people, and attending some really interesting writer talks and events, including those below ACROSS THE SPICE ISLANDS Sunday October 13 — 9 to … Continue reading

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East of India – Forgotten trade with Australia

A reminder to those in or near Sydney that the current exhibition – East of India- Forgotten Trade with Australia, at the Australian National Maritime Museum will end early on August 18. I had hoped that the book ‘East Indies’ … Continue reading

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Ian Burnet Books

The ianburnetbooks website has been up for a while, but I forgot to tell everybody how easy it is to create your own website with Squarespace. If you can type and copy/past then you can add text, photos, video and … Continue reading

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‘East Indies’ goes to press

After 5 years of research, writing and rewriting, the next book ‘East Indies’ has gone to the printers and is due back towards the end of August. It is in the same hardcover format as ‘Spice Islands’ with 224 pages … Continue reading

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Spice Islands Sailing Adventure 2012 — Ternate and Tidore

http://www.ianburnetbooks.com Sailing north along the Patinti Strait between Halmahera and the offshore islands, we crossed the equator that night and ‘surprise, surprise’, King Neptune emerged from the depths of the Molucca Sea to anoint his subjects. Toni and Cathy even … Continue reading

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