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More than a place

It’s not just where you go that creates a commission says Patrick Forsyth

I ’m off to Peru.

Actually, no, sadly I’m not. But it gets us started: if I was then maybe I could find something about which to write. This might occur in two ways. First, I might set out with a clear intention; perhaps I plan to visit Machu Pichu, the renowned Inca citadel, in which case there must be lots to write about its construction and history and also the people of the times. Or, secondly, there might be things that happened on the journey that were unexpected or amusing. Clearly you cannot pitch the latter in advance – the core of the piece will be about someone falling off the top. I don’t think so, not unless you plan to jump.

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