Amongst the Christmas presents was this one: In Search of Shangri-La: The Extraordinary True Story of the Quest for the Lost Horizon by Michael McRae. I loved it to bits.
This is one of those books that sets up a train of ideas which leads to other things.
This book is about the search for a legendary paradise that has eluded explorers in remote Tibet for as long as anyone can remember. In a deep gorge between two high Himalayan mountain peaks, there was said to exist an earthly paradise, a utopia - well anyway at least a waterfall.
Geographers could not account for the fact that the river that flowed from the high Tibetan plains, could not lose so much height unless there existed a very high waterfall. Because certain areas of this deep gorge are virtually innaccesible, then it was presumed that there would be a waterfall somewhere in the innaccesible region. This book tells the story of its discovery and there are deeper mysteries:
We all went to see King Kong and got scared by the creepy, slimy creatures but NOT by King Kong!
We love the King Kong story. Well actually, I suppose it's me. I love island stories and this is one of them. I have the original 1933 version of DVD and the children in our family have seen that, and were impressed. The latest version by Peter Jackson was described by my youngest daughter as 'over the top' or, 'OTT' as she often says.