Monthly Archives: October 2012

Learning Languages

The federal government announced an initiative last weekend to get all schoolkids to learn an Asian language. While laudable I suspect it won’t work. Chris Rau has an excellent piece in this morning’s SMH explaining one set of reasons. I’ve … Continue reading

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Staying pong free on the Trans Siberian …

We’re beginning to get serious about our attempt to travel the trans siberian. Technology is the easy part – either our old Asus netbook, which has the virtue of being light and robust, or possibly the windows netbook – which … Continue reading

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First Chilli of the season

Even though we’ve had a cold winter, the garden is already producing with the first chilli of the year …

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Trans Siberian Wiki

As we’ve said we’re tentatively planning a trip along the Trans Siberian from east to west. As part of the planning process we’re putting together a wiki with links and planning information while we try and sort out what we … Continue reading

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Daylight saving and saving energy

Here in Canberra, we moved into summer time a couple of weeks ago, suddenly making it light to half past seven in the evening, and suddenly the heating hardly comes on in the evening. One of the supposed benefits of … Continue reading

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The Trans Siberian …

No, not another long post about the the post October 1917 civil war in Russia or the importance of early twentieth century East Asian history. I have, over the past couple of years, accumulated too much leave. So much that … Continue reading

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Why Mongolia is interesting …

I’ve been watching Rory Stewart’s programs on the new great game on SBS. Yes, I know they were on over a month ago but as we watch very little television we tend to accumulate shows – for example we’ll probably … Continue reading

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