Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Portuguese discovery of Australia

This morning’s Fairfax Papers ( The Age, The SMH and so on) had quite a nice piece about a marginal drawing of a kangaroo in a pre 1600 Portuguese liturgical manuscript. The dating to before 1600 is significant, previously the … Continue reading

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Rereading Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia

I’ve just finished rereading Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia. I first read it in 1978 or 79, I forget which, and still have my original Picador paperback copy. I remember being impressed by the mystic otherworldliness of Chatwin’s luminous text – … Continue reading

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Hamlet off the coast of Guinea

On 5 September 1607 Hamlet was played on the deck of the English ship Dragon somewhere off the coast of Sierra Leone. The audience included a number of local African notables who were provided with a running commentary in Portugese … Continue reading

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