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Iain Manley
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+VoiceMap now has 18 location-aware audio walking tours in Cape Town. There's Kirstenbosch with a botanist, Mouille Point with a surfer, sailor and wordsmith, and most recently, the historic city centre with a descendent of the slaves that built it. There are walking tours all over the city, including Simon's Town, Bo Kaap, the Company's Garden, Muizenberg and the East City Precinct, and all of them are by Cape Town's favourite storytellers. 
Download VoiceMap from the iTunes App Store, or search the App Store for VoiceMap using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
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For the past three months, +Lauren Edwards, John Fearon and I have been working on a way to connect a voice and a location to tell intimate, immersive stories. It's called VoiceMap, and while it's still very much in beta, we already have a number of engaging walks through Cape Town, narrated by accomplished storytellers. Justin Fox talks about shipwrecks, sea creatures and stormy lives in Mouille Point. Eve Sandler talks about why the Company's Garden is a modern-day refreshment station, and how she became an accidental terrorist. Jeanette Clarke makes fynbos magical at Kirstenbosch.

We have an iPhone app, which you'll find at bit.ly/voicemap. And if you're a storyteller, we'd like to work with you. VoiceMap grew at least partly out of my frustration with trying to tell Cape Town's story in a single voice, from a single perspective, when I was the editor at GreatGuide. We want personal stories, about your connection to a place, because we believe that they make the world more meaningful. If you're interested, send me a message.
Cities are made of stories. Hear them.
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+Old World Wandering: A Travelogue's Kickstarter campaign, which launched today. It’s an ambitious, exciting project, but it’s terrifying too because if we don’t hit our target, we get nothing. You can support us by choosing a reward: a handwritten thank you postcard from the Silk Road, for instance, or a set of professionally printed photographs, a limited edition hardback book, or a long weekend in Istanbul. You can pledge
as little as $1 or as much as $2,000, or you can help us by spreading the word. Either way, thank you! 
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My latest, on the tricky ethics of visiting Cambodia's Killing Fields #longreads  
It is a tree like many others. Neither old nor distinctively tall, it has rough, brittle bark and a pile of bricks at its base. Sticks of incense left
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A list of #travel #books in the public domain.
 
We've added Robert Burton's A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Medinah and Meccah to our list of public domain travelogues. To reach Mecca, Burton had himself circumcised and travelled in disguise, passing himself off as “a wandering Dervish.” It was a substantial risk: if Burton had been discovered, he would have been killed immediately.
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One of my favourite +VoiceMap audio walks so far.
 
Join Aric Allen on a rollercoaster ride down the Sunset Strip, where gangsters & gamblers beat a path for rock&roll http://buff.ly/1wyUNvT
How gambling, rock 'n roll and celebrity excess made the Sunset Strip.
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A single photo from everywhere we've been since January 2011. On Thursday, when we arrive in Shanghai, this lengthy dogleg of a journey will come to an end. A week later, we set off for Cape Town overland.
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The first part of a series about eastern Tibet
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A bas-relief like a comic book at Angkor Wat: Krishna and his sidekick Garuda battle the archvillain Banna. +Claire van den Heever listens to the stories told by Angkor's stone: http://ow.ly/cV7lQ. #longreads  
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Freelance writer and web designer
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  • Old World Wandering
    Writer, 2005 - present
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Johannesburg - Cape Town - London - Farnham - Shanghai
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I'm travelling overland from Shanghai to Cape Town at the moment, crossing borders - 22 of them - on foot to find connections within regions and across cultures.
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  • University of Cape Town
    BA Cultural and Literary Studies, 2001 - 2003
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