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with Anthony Smith The Gibson Desert
The supreme pleasure of nothing at all ...
On any map the centre of Australia is a big, empty blank. West of Alice Springs is one of the largest and emptiest parts of that blank-the Gibson Desert.
One hundred years ago Ernest Giles explored this wilderness, naming it after his companion who disappeared and died in it.
Since then, others have come this way, building roads, sinking wells. But it is emptier now than it has ever been. No one seems to want ' the place where even the inhabitants live elsewhere.'
Fourth of eight personal journeys
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