Cam McLeay and Garth MacIntyre took a breather to give their thoughts on the moment…

The team’s satellite phone in Rwanda is red hot with press interviews from all over the world.

Cam McLeay and Garth MacIntyre took a breather to give their thoughts on the moment…

Cam – “Fortnum & Mason Hazelnut and Dark chocolate never tasted so good! The last few days have been very testing. It’s been hard work to get here but we’re quite chuffed!

The Rwandan guides were fantastic, they never gave up and they never questioned some testing decisions we made.

It’s very good”

Garth – “After all the trials, tribulations and tragedy we are all totally elated by today.

I am very tired and looking forward to a hot shower! It’s been a long odyssey but worth it”

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1035 BST

News update

Rwandan Government expresses delight at British/ New Zealand Expedition Achievement.

Director General of the Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks, Rosette Rugumba has confirmed her delight in the Ascend the Nile team’s achievements.

She confirmed that the Government can’t wait to mark the source. For now they will immediately erect a flag at the spot. This will be followed by an eco-friendly plaque.

She commented “The Expedition means so many things to Rwanda. We know what happened here twelve years ago but it is a true statement that the country is now safe when you have the whole Expedition travelling through it.

We changed history for the wrong reasons now we can change text books for the right reasons. Rwanda is such a small country and yet how exciting it is to have the longest source of the Nile within it.

This is just the beginning. The celebrations are going to go on and on”

0827 BST

Ascend the Nile is complete!


The team have reached the longest source of the longest river in the world

After travelling for 80 days, though five countries and a multitude of experiences a delighted Neil McGrigor, Cam McLeay and Garth MacIntyre have reached the source of the Nile.

For the past five days they have treked through the river and forest in pouring rain but they reached the source today in bright sunshine.

Minutes after Neil McGrigor arrived at the source he said “It’s an awesome achievement by the whole team. The planning and preparation has all paid off. My thanks go to everyone who has made this possible and especially the guides and local people who are with us now at the source.”

30 March

1900 BST

A low point without a doubt

“We’ve been wading up to our knees in marshy water today. It’s just hellish here” – Neil McGrigor reports.

He went on to say that the team reached a real low point yesterday. They had thought that Wednesday was bad enough but in fact it got worse. They have been clambering over rocks and through thick vegetation just to keep sight of the all important Nile. The river almost disappeared in some places and then reappeared as a strong flow.

Neil says spirits are now rising a little as they can almost “smell” the source.

1650 BST

So near and yet..

Neil McGrigor, Cam McLeay and Garth MacIntyre are just hours away from the source of the Nile but fading light has forced them to stop for the night.

They will resume at first light tomorrow.

1600 BST

Maybe not today – that’s the latest news from the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda.

Despite their best efforts and real desire to reach the source of the Nile it looks like the frustrating conditions in the Forest have held them up for yet another day.

The rains are still falling hard and even the experienced local guides are finding this trek tough.

With only a couple of kilometres to go it’s really becoming a severe test of the team’s stamina, will and patience.

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Gordon Brown and David Cameron Will Again be Going Head to Head in a TV Debate

Second Party Leaders’ TV debate: Foreign Affairs

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The second Party Leaders Debate is taking place this Thursday starting at 8pm on Sky News. Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown and David Cameron will again be going head to head in a TV debate in the run up to the General Election on May 6th, this time leading on Foreign Affairs.

The first half of the 90 minute Election Debate on Sky News will be devoted to Foreign Affairs, with the rest on any topic. The debate comes from Bristol, and will be chaired by Adam Boulton. Sky are inviting questions before the debate, with more information at

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You can see the debate live anywhere that you usually watch Sky News: Sky Digital Channel 501, Virgin Media Channel 602 and Freeview Channel 82 and online at Live Video Streaming. BBC 2 will also be showing the debate in full at 11.30pm after Newsnight.

The third debate will take place on the BBC on 29th April at 8.30pm, focusing on the Economy.

Nick Clegg is widely judged to have won the first Party Leaders debate, watched by 9.9 million people, with the ITV/ComRes poll after the debate giving Nick Clegg 43% of the vote. Over the last week, the Liberal Democrats have seen a massive surge in the opinion polls.

In polls published on Tuesday, the Liberal Democrats lead in two, and polled between 34-26% of the vote in all of them:

Angus Reid for PoliticalBetting: LIB DEM 33%, CON 32%, LAB 23%

YouGov in The Sun: LIB DEM 34%, CON 31%, LAB 26%

Populus in The Times: CON 32%, LIB DEM 31%, LAB 28%

ComRes for the Independent/ITV: CON 35%, LIB DEM 26%, LAB 26%

There are a number of ways you can show your support for the Liberal Democrats General Election campaign:

You can download free posters to print and put in your window to support the Lib Dems at

You can buy an “I agree with Nick” window poster and badge at

Over the last week, thousands on new members have joined the Liberal Democrats. If you are not already a member, you too can join today online at

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No walk in the Park

News from the team is that they have decided to call a halt for the day.They are all exhausted. They are having to cut their way through thick undergrowth and the river keeps disappearing and reappearing.

They are sometimes in the river but then have to take to the bank where the growth is 10/15 ft high.

The team will camp close to the river tonight and push on early tomorrow.

They have 5.2km to go!

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1100 BST

Latest from Sat phone

“Progress very slow. 1km/hr. 7kms to go. Excitement here – it looks like river may be much longer than even I thought!”

28 March

12.50 BST – more news from the Forest!

Just in from Sat phone

“11 kms to go. Very slow progress. We are wading in the river as the vegetation too dense in places. River 6ft wide now. Flow 6km/hour. Warm and sunny. Cold at night. 7860ft”

So near so tough

Noon BST:1300 Rwanda

News just received via the Sat phone indicates that the source will not be reached tomorrow but is more likely to be early on 30 March.

The going is getting very tough indeed and much time is being spent just making a clearing through the dense, lush Forest. The rainy season weather is making life easy either. A soggy and taxing trek.

It’s getting very close!

The latest report from Rwanda is that the team should reach the source of the Nile tomorrow.

Neil, Cam and Garth finally abandoned the three Zap Cats on the morning of the 26 March. As expected, and despite heavy rainfall in the past few days, they simply ran out of water in the river.

The team’s progress on foot has been nothing short of remarkable. They have now entered the Nyungwe National Park in South West Rwanda. Despite its name this is no walk in the park.

Nyungwe is a full blown mountain rain Forest, severely undulating, overgrown and, at the moment, very slippery underfoot. Rwanda’s impressive conservation laws dictate that the team now have to travel with guides from the Park and they are also travelling with a tracker. This Forest is home to a number of groups of both habituated and wild chimpanzees. These would be amazing to encounter on the way to the Source but only if prepared!

The team have also resorted to the use of a small number of porters to assist with the minimum of equipment they require to trek duing the day and camp over night.

Despite the terrain and the weather the team are now within striking distance of their goal, the precise pinpointing of the longest source of the longest river in the world.

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A Big Victory for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg Storms First Ever Party Leaders Debate

Nick Clegg (Photo: Alex Folkes/Fishnik Photography)

The polls following the first ever Party Leaders General Election debate on ITV are showing that Nick Clegg has won a convincing victory over David Cameron and Gordon Brown. The debate was the first ever Leaders debate during a UK General Election campaign, and the pollsters are giving it as a big victory for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.

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The ITV / COMRES poll held by ITV and announced shortly after the debate gave Nick Clegg as the winner by a huge margin:

Nick Clegg 43%

David Cameron 26%

Gordon Brown 20%


YouGov, Channel 4, Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times and Angus Reid polls following the debate also scored Nick Clegg as the clear winner of the first Leaders debate. Angus Reid said that 42% of voters were more likely to vote for the Liberal Democrats as a result of the debate.

The Daily Telegraph’s headline following the debate said “Clegg’s star rises in great TV showdown”.

The Times comment “Enter the Outsider: Nick Clegg seizes his moment in historic TV debate”.

Even Conservative commentator and blogger Iain Dale said “I think Nick Clegg won the day”.

In summing up the debate, Nick Clegg said Labour and the Tories have made the “same old mistakes over and over again. Despite all the problems and challenges we have, we can be hopeful about the future if we chose something different.” Click here for more……

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Let’s Talk About the Best Selling Books 2017

Reading books can take you to a whole new world whether it is fiction or non-fiction. People enjoy reading books because it relieves their stress and expands the knowledge. There are many books that are written and printed every year but only a few are known to be best sellers. These well-made books captured the interests of readers.

Writers and publishers of top selling books earned millions of dollars with their work. Some of these stories will even have the opportunity to be interpreted into the film. Take time to look at these books and maybe some of them may grab your attention and interest.

Here are some of the best selling books 2017:

JK Rowling by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver which sold about 716,071 copies.

Bad Dad by David Williams which sold about 567,818 copies.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena which sold about 404,099 copies.

The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Williams which sold about 394,263 copies.

Origin by Dan Brown which sold about 373,705 copies.

Night School by Lee Child which sold about 341,778 copies.

Guinness World Records 2018 which sold about 301,348 copies.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari which sold about 295,453 copies.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney which sold about 272,357 copies.

The Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman which sold about 261,391 copies.

JK Rowling has reclaimed the top spot with the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. Jamie Oliver managed to make a comeback in 2017 with the hardback “5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food”. David Williams also had a great year with two titles to his name. They are joined by Lee Child, Jeff Kinney, Dan Brown, and The Guinness World Records.

Reading books is really a great way to spend your time. Myth about Casino – Even though there is the availability of the internet, it is always a good experience to flick the pages of a book and have a good read.

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Myths About Online Casinos: Things To Know Before Starting To Play

Playing online games is a popular activity of the 21th century, due to the fact that there are more and more persons who enjoy spending their time in this way. But due to the fact that online casinos are also a good alternative for gaining money, there are some popular myths when it comes to this subject and here they are some of them.
To begin with, it is said that playing online games is just a way of losing money. But this is not true. You can have many benefits if you choose best online slots. For example, think about those days when you feel stressed out. Which is the best way of relaxing and forgetting about all of your problems? The answer is very simple: playing online games in a trustworthy casino. Instead of watching TV and receiving all those depressing news, you can find an activity which can help you get rid of tension. On the other hand, spending your time in an online casino can help you develop your attention and become a person who takes care of all the details. And you will see that this thing can help you when it comes to your job and career.

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Another popular myth when it comes to playing games in an online casino is that your success may depend on some strategies. But this is not true. In order to understand how things really work, you should know that there are some persons who may want to take advantage of your intention of gaining money fast and they will try to sell you some tips. Of course, it does not mean that you should not take into consideration any pieces of advice before starting to play, especially if they come from professionals. But be careful not letting yourself fooled.
Moreover, a very common myth when it comes to playing games online is that you should play only for winning money. According to specialists, first of all, you should understand the rules of the game, by playing for fun, and then, if you consider yourself prepared, you can start investing money. And the best advice which can be offered in this case is looking for best casino bonuses.
And even if it sounds difficult to believe, another popular myth is that only men should play online games. This is not true, due to the fact that women have the same rights as men. And the idea of a woman who plays games should not be considered a taboo subject.

Last but not least, there are some persons who claim that in order feel the adrenaline and enjoy the experience of playing games, you should go to a real casino. But, in order to gain experience and learn how to play, you should exercise your abilities at home first. Not to mention the fact that usually going to a casino also means dressing up in an elegant outfit. And if you do not feel like doing that, you can stay in your comfortable pajamas and enjoy the online experience.

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