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"Borneo" Article - Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction. Borneo - Mountains.
Part 2. Borneo - Rivers, Lakes.
Part 3. Borneo - Climate. Health. Minerals.
Part 4. Borneo - Animals.
Part 5. Borneo - Plants.
Part 6. Inhabitants of Borneo - Dyaks, Malays, Chinese, Buginese, Arabs, Dutch.
Part 7. Territorial Divisions of Borneo. Borneo Proper. Dutch Territory.
Part 8. History of Borneo.
Part 9. Further Reading on Borneo.

The above article was written by Hugh A. Webster,
formerly Librarian, Edinburgh University; editor of the Scottish Geographical Magazine; sub-editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Some Interesting Quotations on Borneo

When I was right in the middle of Borneo, you thought you were in a different world. There was no radio, no ways of communicating.
-- David Attenborough, British journalist

We could send 500 volunteers into Borneo and do a good job and the gross national product might still go down!
-- Sargent Shriver, American politician

The Ruffed Padanga of Borneo and Rotherham spreads out his feathers in his courtship dance and imitates Winston Churchill and Tommy Cooper on one leg. The padanga is dying out because the female padanga doesn't take it too seriously.
-- Mike Harding, British musician

"The five cells [of the Durian] are silky-white within, and are filled with a mass of firm, cream-coloured pulp, containing about three seeds each. This pulp is the eatable part, and its consistence and flavour are indescribable. A rich custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but there are occasional wafts of flavour that call to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, sherry-wine, and other incongruous dishes. Then there is a rich glutinous smoothness in the pulp which nothing else possesses, but which adds to its delicacy. It is neither acid nor sweet nor juicy; yet it wants neither of these qualities, for it is in itself perfect. It produces no nausea or other bad effect, and the more you eat of it the less you feel inclined to stop. In fact, to eat Durians is a new sensation worth a voyage to the East to experience."
-- Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), English naturalist in his essay, "On the Bamboo and Durian of Borneo"

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