This has turned into a bit of a travel blog, well mostly because we travel a lot 🙂 But as we seem to be going through a resurgence in fascism (aka the alt.right) at the moment here’s a timely piece on “How to deal with Nazi’s“. The bottom line with these sort of tossers is that you don’t have to treat them or their opinions with tolerance. Continue reading On the propriety of punching Nazi’s
In which we depart from Moscow and arrive in Chelaybinsk Yes we’re off to far off Chelyabinsk, on the eastern side of the Urals, standing between europe and asia and a stone’s throw from Siberia. Home of G’s alma mater the South Ural State University, the Chelyabinsk Traktors and of course my parents in law. Should be an interesting trip. Continue reading A red train to Chelyabinsk
When I see the signboard, that’s when I know my trip is really over. Continue reading Central station for points north
Definitely worth escaping here from the summer heat, and it’s just across the road from the Prado… Continue reading Walking in the botanic gardens
Well, it’s good to be back, apologies for the absence but have been busy with life, travel and other adventures. Yes, more travel, from the tropics to the icy edge of Siberia. Now when last we left our hero and his beautiful new wife they were contemplating a visit to the Sagrad Familia, the last and maybe greatest of Gaudi’s works. Read on and see … Continue reading A temporary absence
A short historical digression This is a picture of my Uncle Frank with George VI during a fleet review at Scapa Flow in Scotland. See if you can pick him, there may be a slight family resemblance. Frank served on board HMAS Canberra an Australian heavy cruiser during WWII. Canberra was bounced by a Japanese surface action group at Savo Island during the Guadalacanal campaign. … Continue reading My Uncle Frank
To the Fairest…
Continue reading “Manzana de la Discordia”
Architecture in the Style of Brutal… Continue reading “A Morning with Le Corbusier”
Buy the ticket, take the ride.. Hunter S . Thomson Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
In which we get up extremely early to travel very fast to the south of France and end up in Nice. Continue reading “Morning Train to Nice”
The English Garden of Marie Antoinette
“Here I put a comma, there, when it’s necessary to cut the view, I put a parenthesis; there I end it with a period and start on another theme.”,” so said Capability Brown that great landscape architect of the 18th century.
When I was a wee small bairn, I remember reading about the legend of Russian troops, sent by the Tsar to help the British, who having landed at Aberdeen (or Leith) were seen travelling by troop train to Dover. What actually, well probably, happened was in September of 1914 Scottish troops from the shire of Ross were overheard talking in gaelic on a London bound … Continue reading The Past That Never Was…
Samsung copies Apple… Continue reading Samsung Copies Apple
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the fact.” Robert Heinlein Continue reading Women are from…
Just corrected the spelling of my blog’s URL, the autocorrected American spelling irked me after a while. Hopefully with minimal effect. Normal service will be resumed etc etc… Continue reading Normal Service
Kurt Vonnegut, yes him, put forward the following seven rules in his excellent and concise essay on ‘How to write with Style’. In summary: Find a subject you care about, Do not ramble, though, Keep it simple, Have guts to cut, Sound like yourself, Say what you mean, Pity the readers. I’ll try to stick to those rules, really really try. Continue reading This Writing Lark…
The boys and girls at the Berkely Earth Surface Temperature Group have reviewed global surface temperature data and found, in an Internet circulated Op Ed written by Richard Muller their head, that surface temperatures are rising and that CO2 is the most credible explanation. Continue reading Newsflash! The Earth Really is Warming Up
liberalism’s deepest grounding is in place from the first, in the conviction of the earliest defenders of toleration, born in horror, that cruelty is an absolute evil, an offense against God or humanity. Judith N. Shklar Continue reading Liberalism
Chris Nolan and the Dark Knight as a defence of liberalism. Continue reading The Dark Knight Rises
Sunset over the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges after a very pleasant day spent touring the Hunter valley vineyards with the doctor wife and the two AWs.
A last picture of the ghost of the great banks as she sails out of history and into myth… Continue reading Titanic
A last fallen remnant of once vast Antarctic forests. Continue reading Fallen Antarctica
For only one wedding could the cake arrangement simultaneously raise the interests of the CIA, ASIO, the IAEA and the US Dept of Homeland security… Continue reading A Wedding Cake with a Difference!
One can never tell what’s round the next corner of your life. At the moment I’m waiting for a cardio echo sound (next tuesday) to see if I have Marfans, aortic dissection is one of the cheerier possibilities of that genetic illness. Of course Sunday next I’m also getting married to my Russian Doctor. So this coming week looks like shaping up to be a fairly … Continue reading Some Interesting News
The Daily Mail recently published an article purporting to show no new warming in 15 years , based on UK Met office recently published data. Of course this is straight forward lunacy and in fact the figures say nothing of the sort. Continue reading Why The UK’s Daily Mail is Truly, Deeply Crazy
A New Sustainable City Rises In Bangladesh A great example of low tech does not necessarily mean no tech. I like the use of wind corridors and green spaces to reduce the urban heat island affect, and not a first world solar panel in sight! 🙂 Continue reading Shobuj Pata (Green Leaf) Eco Development
Just finished watching Secret Pakistan, if President Obama wants to know why the Iranians are so intent on achieving a threshold nuclear capability, he should consider the threat of a nuclear armed extremist controlled Iraq… Continue reading Secret Nukistan
Well it’s official, NOAA (the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has awarded Australia third place in their top ten of globally significant climate/weather events.
If you’re wondering what, ‘Australia is the most vulnerable first world country when it comes to climate change’ really means, getting into NOAA’s top ten list on a regular basis would be it…
There’s more from NOAA below the cut.
According to one story, an Ottoman Grand Vizier secretly visited a coffeehouse in Istanbul. He observed that the people drinking alcohol would just get drunk and sing and be jolly, whereas the people drinking coffee remained sober and plotted against the government… Which is why I like coffee. Continue reading Coffee, the Libertarian Cup
Dinosaurs and even more dinosaur eggs. Here’s a few pictures taken while I was visiting the Hatching the Past exhibition at the Newcastle Museum. A well thought exhibition, perfectly timed for the holiday season. And the museum cafe serves excellent coffee.
Mmm…eggs Benedict anyone?
The original… Continue reading Old School
Well, actually zombie Madame Curie. Continue reading Women In Science…
Neat little iPhone app, there’s an Android version as well, that lists the classic ‘skeptic’ arguments and provides the evidence to refute them… Perhaps I should gift this to Andrew Bolt? http://www.skepticalscience.com/iphone.shtml Continue reading Anti-Climate Change ‘Skeptics’ App
True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it. Sir Karl Popper Continue reading Ignorance
Christmas is upon us, so here’s some low cost low fi but high enjoyment options from the gang at Wired. 🙂 http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/01/the-5-best-toys-of-all-time/all/1 Continue reading The 5 Best Toys of all Time
With only a hatful of fuel giving a 30 minute combat duration and steel skids rather than wheels in case of emergency landing, this was Dr Strangelove’s fighter for the nuclear apocalypse.
So after an hours wait, grrrr, the concert kicked off with (what else) a blistering rendition of Red Right Hand by Kram. Continue reading “Nick Cave Tribute Concert”
“Its the commentaries on Shakespeare that matter, not Shakespeare…” Anton Chekhov, Notebooks Continue reading A Professor’s View
A big red robot from 1969, god bless, red like a London bus. Although there is a suspicious resemblance to Ned Kelly’s armour… Continue reading Red Robot
Originally posted on The Little White Cat:
There’s an annual art exhibition at the Derby Museum & Art Gallery and this year I’ve entered two pictures in it. After much thought I’ve put forward some of my pen & ink space art pictures, both of them definitely owe a lot to Vija Celmins. Yes, I really did draw around every single one of those stars… Continue reading Entering The Derby Open
I’ve just started on this book, and by page two it’s already interesting. I’ll let you know how I get on.. Continue reading House of Leaves
—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden, Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither Living nor dead, and I knew nothing Looking into the heart of light, the silence T.S. Eliot – The Wasteland Continue reading The Hyacinth Garden in the Wastelands
And with a style reminiscent of a mutant cross between the James Bond films of yore and Suckerpunch, Aeroflot has nailed their corporate uniform. Red, but not quite, red… 🙂 Continue reading Back to the future, comrades!