Captain Cook:

Kew Gardens

2 June 2012 | Places

Maureen and I made a backstage tour of Kew Gardens in London. I’ve been to the gardens a few times over the years and made too many close visits on final approaches into London’s Heathrow Airport. There’s a great deal of discussion about London airports at the moment ...

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Interesting Maps

5 May 2011 | Living

Recently Maureen and I visited the National Library of Australia in Canberra, a visit which included a spell in their map department looking at some very interesting maps. ▲ Looking at maps in the National Library’s map room We looked at an Indian Ocean naviga...

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The Age of Wonder

12 February 2010 | Media

It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve read recently, the impact of the ‘beauty and terror’ of science on the romantic age, from the late 1700s through the early 1800s. I’ve always been fascinated by Joseph Banks, the young, rich and endlessly inquisitive gentlem...

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Bruny Island

8 January 2010 | Places

▲  My laptop on the table at the place we stayed, the view out the window The year’s travels for Maureen and I kicked off with a trip with some friends to Bruny Island. Go to Hobart, the capital city of Australia’s island state Tasmania. Drive south from Hobart f...

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Alaska Blog 2 – Train to Whittier

21 July 2009 | Places

I’m in Alaska travelling with an LPTV film crew making a program for the forthcoming Roads Less Travelled series with National Geographic. I’ve already posted a ‘getting to Alaska’ blog. The train route along Cook Inlet. From Anchorage, the state capital, we ...

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