Lord Bates is walking 3000km from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro to raise awareness for the 2016 UN Olympic truce and to raise funds for Unicef

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Day 55 (30 May): Video–Reinforcements Fly In

Posted on May 31, 2016

Reinforcements fly in Good news today as my son Alex and his girlfriend, Vivi flew in to Passa Fundo to join the walk for a week. Xuelin and I are so grateful to them for using a holiday time to come down and support us. Alex has been living in Brazil for the past two years […]



Day 54 (29 May): Life with a ‘Chery’ on the top!

Posted on May 30, 2016

“In my view the successful companies of the future will be those that integrate business and employees’ personal values. The best people want to do work that contributes to society with a company whose values they share, where their actions count and their views matter.” – Jeroen van der Veer, Committee of Managing Directors (Shell) […]



Day 53 (28 May): Don’t change the world….

Posted on May 29, 2016

  One of the advantages of blogs is that you can correct and update them in a way which is not possible with print or most forms of social media. Yesterday morning I wrote a blog post called ‘Birthday Thoughts’. We were late in starting the walk and I was under pressure to publish so […]



Day 52 (27 May): ‘Grand’ Prix

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  Today’s walk:34.10kms / 21.20 miles Total walk:1,347.48kms / 837.19 miles Today’s fund:30.00GBP + 566.00 CNY Total fund:12,524.71GBP + 111,402.82 CNY Xuelin had booked the best hotel around, The Prix, in Passa Fundo for my birthday. It was a good hour drive from where we finished walking in Carazhino but worth the effort to get […]



Day 51 (26 May): Birthday Thoughts

Posted on May 28, 2016

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead Xuelin had done her usual amazing job of putting on a great birthday breakfast even tracking down two 5 shaped candles and a small chocolate cake. She then sang ‘Happy Birthday’ […]



Day 50 (May 25): Video Diary–Santo Barbara Do Sul

Posted on May 25, 2016




Day 49 (24 May): Forward Thinking

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“Some men see things as they are and ask “Why?” But I dream things that never were and ask “Why not?”  (Famously quoted by Robert Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign, but first authored by George Bernard Shaw in the play Back to Methuselah) Life, like walks, are best done looking forward. This is my […]



Day 48 (23 May): Terra das Culturas Diversificadas

Posted on May 24, 2016

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (Poem of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in New York) Much of today was spent walking from […]



Day 47 (22 May): The Right Formula

Posted on May 23, 2016

  “War,” said the Chinese leader, Chiang Kai-shek, “is not only a matter of equipment, artillery, group troops or air force; it is largely a matter of spirit, or morale.” I think the same can be said of peace walks, setting aside the artillery group, troops and air force of course. Morale/spirit are vital to the success of any […]



Day 46 (21 May): Video Diary–Santo Angelo

Posted on May 22, 2016

Video Diary Day 46 (21 May)



Day 45 (20 May): The Hills Are Alive….(with the sound of groaning)

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“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” Noam Chomsky Being an optimistic type of chap I want to lead off by saying something positive about the current landscape of hills, hills and […]



Day 44 (19 May): What would you do next?

Posted on May 20, 2016

  Comics were a very important part of childhood in the sixties. Comics were like the computer games and social media of today. My mum hadn’t been allowed comics so she wanted her children to have them. We had lots. ‘World of Wonder’ was my favourite but there was another adventure comic called ‘Eagle’ which was […]