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Pride in profound ignorance

May 8, 2024 - 17:43 -- Admin

One Matt Walsh, an idiot right-wing nutjob from the US, posted something on Twitter (or X as it has now been renamed by its idiot owner): “Remember when they spent years telling us to panic over the hole in the ozone layer and then suddenly just stopped talking about it and nobody ever mentioned the ozone layer”.

Freedom Day

May 5, 2024 - 19:21 -- Admin

On April 27th, South Africa celebrated the 30th anniversary of the end of apartheid, as it is 30 years since the beginning of the first democratic elections in which all South Africans could vote. That vote ended white minority rule, elected Nelson Mandela president, and brought massive positive changes in human rights, housing, education, healthcare, freedom of movement, and more.

On the dangle, part 2

April 29, 2024 - 08:34 -- Admin

Last month, I wrote a piece about doing geological fieldwork along the southern Tasmanian coast, which is only accessible by boat, floatplane, helicopter or a two day walk along the South Coast Track. I related how our RAAF Iroquois transport was organised through a fortunate coincidence*. 

Anzac Day 2024

April 24, 2024 - 15:58 -- Admin

As readers of this blog may know, we are downsizing from a house to a unit, as in the former, we only use about half the space. Going through a filing cabinet with the aim of culling stuff, turned up a few letters from my parents and letters from mates, cards from relatives and friends on birthdays and other events, but we also stumbled across some postcards in a small plastic bag which had been stuffed in the hanging file.

Herewith the doings

April 22, 2024 - 19:49 -- Admin

The job of downsizing is an onerous one, and in our case has consisted of seven carloads of books to Lifeline, a charity which provides crisis support, suicide prevention services and mental health support. We also have taken eight carloads of stuff, we cannot bear to part with, to a storage facility, hopefully as an interim measure until we can find a place for it in our new unit. However, downsizing does have some bright spots.

Rapture rupture

April 10, 2024 - 15:05 -- Admin

Some weeks ago, some religious nutter argued online that the rapture* was going to happen on the 9th of April. I am typing this on the 10th of April so it seems that this nutter’s arithmetic was awry, or like the rest of these rapture prophets, he was delusional.

Old friends

March 31, 2024 - 12:10 -- Admin

The blog has been a bit quiet over the last few weeks. The reason is in part because we are downsizing. We are moving from a fairly large house we bought in the early 1990s when such houses were affordable, into an apartment about half the size. As a consequence of this downsizing we have to get rid of a lot of stuff and some of this stuff which has to go, consists of books.