Archive for the ‘Social Sciences’ Category


Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

I was under the impression that genuine Native American moccasins were rather like beige suede slippers with tassels. But the reality is somewhat different. Catskill Mountain Moccasins. They're gorgeous! Not to mention machine washable, available in a wide range of colours, and they're supposed to last 20 years! I want to walk a ...

Rain Donut

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

What the...? There's a rain donut over Sydney. I've never seen rain falling in that shape before.


Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Spotted a waterspout on the way home yesterday, an intense thin trunk against the darkness of its storm cloud. I only had my tiny camera phone with me, so the best photo I got was taken several minutes after I'd spotted it, when it had already roped out and only ...

Airport Full Body Scanning

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I always get stopped by airport security. Maybe it's because I'm small and blonde and don't look like I'd cause trouble. Whatever the reason, I've experienced every form of airport security, from bomb sniffing machines (I asked if he'd ever caught anyone, he said no) to metal detectors. On my ...

Unicef Photo of the Year by Stephanie Sinclair

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

A 40-year-old man, Mohammad, marries an eleven-year-old girl, Ghulam. He says he's going to send her to school. But the women of the village don't believe him, and judging from the terror on her face, neither does Ghulam. So much for the war on terror freeing girls in Afghanistan. I ...

The Future of Reading

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

In a word: creepy.

Paranoid Nonsense

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

From The Sydney Morning Herald: "I personally think it's over-the-top paranoia to make you feel scared," said Anthony Miller, manager of the Museum of Sydney Cafe in Bridge Street, which was surrounded yesterday by wire fences, hordes of police and undercover officers. "On Monday an APEC security officer asked us to limit ...

World Clock

Monday, August 20th, 2007

A friend sent me a link to the World Clock, which live counts the AIDS infections, suicides, forest loss and various other depressing stats world wide. Check it out and it will destroy your cheerful mood.

Hanging Branch

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Hanging Branch Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. After Sydney's Big Wet of early June 2007 (a few days of extremely heavy rain, gale force winds and flooding) this tree branch hung from the cables overhead in Newport. Emergency services were in the process ...

Drowned world

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Here's a fascinating site which shows how the world will look if sea levels rise. Kinda puts the cost of lowering carbon emissions into perspective, doesn't it? All those multi-million dollar seaside properties - underwater.

Blanche de Namur

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Got my hands on some Blanche de Namur, a beer from Belgium, brewed with orange peel and coriander. A nice drop - cloudy, with a light, fragrant taste and very little fizz. Despite the orange peel, this beer has very little bitterness. It's a refreshing beer for a hot (34 ...

Launch party

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Celebrated the launch of, Haymarket's new directory website, at a fabulous party at Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, London W14 8DJ. What a mansion! It was covered, inside and out, in opalescent blue-green tiles and it was utterly beautiful. The entrance hall was domed and had a ceiling covered ...

Welcome to Haymarket

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Had my Welcome To Haymarket reception in the boardroom today. Then we had a nice lunch laid on: mushroom risotto, tomato and pine nut salad, green salad, smoked salmon and non-alcoholic drinks.

Queen’s Head

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Damn, the British drink a lot. But they're generous drinkers, I'll give them that. I haven't paid for a drink since I started work at Haymarket. Whenever the sales team go out, the managers buy me gin and lemonades. It's rather a good thing when you're a skint Australian trying ...


Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Went to the pub with the sales team last night, a very smoky pub call The Queen in Hammersmith. Had a couple of Coronas bought for me and had a good chat with everyone. Most people only started recently, like me. Today I'm off shopping for a business suit. Everyone ...

New job

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Wonderful first day at my new job. The first 4 days are going to be spent in sales training, and after today I can say that it's quite the best sales training I've ever had, and I've done uni level marketing courses. The teacher was simply wonderful - experienced, personable, ...

Rainy drought

Monday, May 15th, 2006

London is in the middle of the most serious drought in over a decade, maybe one hundred years, and today tough water restrictions were announced. You can no longer wash your car, water your garden, or fill your fountain or swimming pool. I'm finding the whole thing fairly laughable. Heavy dark ...


Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I didn't bomb the interview. I've got the job! :-) Actually, I was offered 3 jobs in the end. A customer service job in Corby, a government office admin temp job and a sales job at Haymarket, the magazine publisher. I took the publishing job. I start next Wednesday. I can't ...

Watch stopped

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Amazing combination of bad luck this morning. I slept badly because of a bad cold, but worse, my watch stopped, and I didn't realise because everything in the house was covered over with dust sheets because the double glazers were in. I thought it was just past 9, until I ...

Going Postal

Monday, May 8th, 2006

I'm reading Going Postal by Terry Pratchett in between e-mailing referees, applying for jobs, doing phone interviews and taking calls from companies. Going Postal is terrific. It's wonderful how Pratchett can write so imaginatively and observantly, yet cram in so many bad puns at once. I'd love to write like that.