Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween was never really a ‘thing’ in Australia when I was growing up, and it is only a little bit more popular here in France. I don’t think that that is because of a cultural difference between the Frogs and the Kangaroos, mind you, but more the...
And The Winner Is…

And The Winner Is…

A new candidate has thrown their hat in the ring for the 2018 Russian presidential election: On Monday, mother-of-two Ekaterina Gordon, 37, who has worked as a TV and radio talk show host, said she was putting herself forward as an independent presidential...
I Asked a Historian

I Asked a Historian

So I like to think I know a bit about the Cold War but as I re-watched The Third Man (hence the image above…) the other night a question occurred to me. Why did Germany devolve into East and West – and Berlin into East and West Berlin – while the...
The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd

One of the great things about Netflix is that you can discover a movie or TV series that you somehow missed out on when it first aired, and then binge the whole thing to catch up with the rest of the world in a weekend or so. The last week or so I have been streaming...
What I’ve Been Reading

What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve managed to get through a couple of new books – well, new to me, anyway, in the majority of cases – in the last month or so and I’ve been enjoying learning a little bit more about the world doing so. There’s definitely a coupe of...
Riveting Racing

Riveting Racing

On Saturday afternoon I got the first updates from an ultra race in the US: Big’s Backyard Ultra. It’s a timed race and it was expected to go on for at least a day so I didn’t pay too much attention to the early updates as the field thinned down from...