Calnan family coat of arms.

Captain Africa..a short CV


Adventure 97 b

A Walk on the wild side
February 2002

Aussiemike was born Michael John Calnan in Australia in 1950. In 1971,  after a formal education in Melbourne he left Australia for  Europe. 
In 1972 after extensively traveling the continent he made the first of his seven commercial expeditions across the Sahara desert in an old army truck, living for lengthy periods, often unintentionally, in Morocco, The Congo, Cameroon and Tiwi beach in Kenya. For the following 9 years he plied this route between London and Mombasa before retiring on the beach in Kenya.
Seeking more reality from life than the beach could offer he returned to Australia in 1985  via  Milan Italy ,where he learned 15 words of Italian in his six month stay.
 Back in Australia he journeyed north and spent two years underwater fishing on the Great Barrier Reef out of Port Douglas before being head hunted by World Expeditions to manage their Africa program. During his four years with W.E. he produced more than five documentaries on Africa Including the mountain gorillas of Rwanda
and the Pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Congo. 

Who's your friend?
(you're up early)
He also did numerous private expeditions for Television and incentive groups throughout Southern Africa and the Congo interior. In 1988 he was named Australia's most eligible bachelor by Cleo Magazine and in the same year named as one of Australias most facinating men by Portfolio, a leading womens business magazine.
In 1990 failing to adapt to metropolis living in Sydney he again  returned to the beach  in Kenya.
For another two years he retired to his chosen sport of fishing, at the same time building back to original his new accommodation, Hatters Castle. It was here he started the Funzi Furniture Factory. Initially out of  necessity but more recently from a devotion to his new found love, making furniture.
Apart from designing furniture he plays chess and snooker, rides motocross in the nearby Shimba Hills, and designs one off extreme holidays for his friends. The most recent being the circumnavigation of Zanzibar in a canoe and a trail bike safari across the extinct volcano of Longonot in the north of Kenya.
He still consults on African matters for many leading tour operators and film studios.
In 1999 he also founded www.thehandmadeweb.com 
a new company hosting and designing web pages for African businesses.
In May 202 he was named woodworker of the month by 
www.woodworkersauction.com

We did it!
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This adventure was filmed and is being entered in the London film festival 2002. 
Will keep you posted!

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