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Lights of Mankind

Friday, 12 June 2015

Lights of Mankind - 540Lights of Mankind – it’s one of those books which you pick up as a remainder and you think ‘why didn’t this get more attention?’ Views from the International Space Station – a few years ago I went down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a tourist go up to the station for a couple of weeks. They’re views at night, like the cover photograph with the brightly lit Nile River running up to Cairo and then Alexandria at the mouth of Nile, where it spills into the Mediterranean Sea. Off to the right, to the east, is brightly lit Israel.

Straits of Hormuz - 540Or this view of the Straits of Hormuz, that strategically situated neck at the southern end of the Persian/Arabian Gulf. To the right are the bright lights of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the other affluent centres of the UAE. Further south – towards the top of the photograph – things are pretty bright in Oman as well. Across the Gulf, on the eastern side, ie to the left, there are also lots of lights in Iran. If the photo went further to east it wouldn’t be so well lit in Afghanistan.

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Lights of Mankind

12 June 2015 | Media

Lights of Mankind – it’s one of those books which you pick up as a remainder and you think ‘why didn’t this get more attention?’ Views from the International Space Station – a few years ago I went down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a tourist go up to the station fo...

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Airline Seating – at the sharp end in particular

8 June 2015 | Transport

There’s constant discussion about how many seats airlines can stuff in. They all seem intent on shoving in one more across the aircraft or squeezing the ‘pitch,’ the distance between one row and the next, in order to get more passengers on board. But that’s back in ec...

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Bicycle Tracks, Bicycle Signs

7 June 2015 | Transport

▲ On a recent visit to Turin in Italy I encountered this nice bicycle warning, admonishing cyclists not to go speeding down the laneway next to the Egyptian Museum, scattering pedestrians in all directions. ◄ I posted a recent photo of something I encountered o...

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Turin

6 June 2015 | Places

I spent a couple of days in Turin –Torino in Italian – for the Salone Internazionale del Libro Torino in the Lingotto Fiere, the imaginatively restored old Fiat car factory. Complete with its test track on the roof. ▲ It’s one of those cities which underlines why w...

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The Bush

The Bush

2 June 2015 | Media

Don Watson is best known for being the speech writer and political adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Keating is famously touchy and his book about the Keating years – Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM – led to a m...

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Mallorca

29 May 2015 | Places

Why had I never been to Mallorca before? I finally got around to it with a bunch of friends, we all had a great week there, staying at the Hotel Son Paulo up in the hills at Orient. We never went near Magaluf, the package tour centre often referred to as Shagaluf. ...

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Walking Broadway – New York City

3 May 2015 | Places

In New York recently I set out to walk Broadway, it’s the one street which runs the entire length of Manhattan. ▲ So I took the subway down to South Ferry. ◄ It was an expensive trip, I put my credit card into a Columbus Circle subway station Metro Card machine,...

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Around the World in 50 Years

Around the World in 50 Years

29 April 2015 | Media

When I got off the plane in Nauru during my travels for Dark Lands I immediately bumped into Albert Podell. There aren’t a lot of reasons to go to Nauru, if you aren’t unlucky enough to be a refugee who has become entangled in Australia’s Pacific Solution and has been...

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Poor Kathmandu

26 April 2015 | Places

In the 24 hours since Nepal was hit by a huge earthquake I’ve been waiting for news from various friends who either live there or have Nepal connections. Over the years I’ve added up more than six months of my life in Nepal – lots of days on lots of trekking routes in...

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Parking on the Cycle Path

14 April 2015 | Transport

Three mornings a week in Melbourne I ride about 6km along this cycle path to the gym. Yesterday I came past this point on my way to the gym, but when I came back after my 30 minute session someone had parked right in the middle of the path.

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