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In room seventeen of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow there hangs a ravishing painting by Paul Gauguin. Painted in Tahiti in 1892, Matamoe has always been my imaginary visual reference to the oceanic tropics; saturated powdery colours, red and yellow soils, the sway of palms, the opaque greens of dense forests and the cappuccino skin tones of peoples living on equatorial islands. How strange that the continental tropics hardly have the same qualities of light, texture and colour; could it be the lack of wind? Perhaps, because tropical islands are the prisoners of the warm windy seas. Borneo is such an island.