Monthly Archives: August 2013

Turner at the NGA

After last week’s arty excursion to Goulburn, we thought we’d go to the Turner exhibition at the NGA. It’s billed as the ‘making of a master’ and it’s exactly that – a collection of paintings that trace the development of … Continue reading

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Friedrich Parrot

I’ve been reading a biography of Henry Rawlinson, one of these larger than life nineteenth century characters who was one of the first to translate Cuneiform script, as well as incidentally being one of the people responsible for fomenting the … Continue reading

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Archibald prize in Goulburn

Old fire station Goulburn Last Saturday, as part of our ongoing quest to prove that we have a life we went to Goulburn to see the Archibald prize finalists. The last time we did this was 2010 but the set … Continue reading

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Did the vikings have cats ?

We’ve been watching Vikings on SBS, which by the way is quite well done – the scenes look suitably dark ages, and apart from the perfect teeth and trendy haircuts the actors look as if they might actually be smelly … Continue reading

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40 years of code

As I tweeted earlier today, I suddenly realised that it’s around 40 years since I wrote my first code – as part of a maths option in high school. The programming language was Algol68 and the code was a hello … Continue reading

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Urban foxes in Canberra

One of the themes of this blog has been urban fox sightings. It’s not just me – today’s ABC Rural has a nice piece on the growing numbers of urban foxes in Canberra … Written with StackEdit.

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Burnes Bogatyr and the Pacific

I’ve previously written about Alexander Burnes and his Scottish connections. Burnes was of course a participant in the ‘Great Game’, the jousting for power in Asia between Britain, through its Indian Empire, and Russia with it’s expansion East. There is a tendency to focus on … Continue reading

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