Alphasmart Neo

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I've been researching a device I can take everywhere for writing. My handwriting is too slow and messy for a notebook. I can type at over 70 words a minute, so why waste time with a pen and paper? But a laptop doesn't cut it. They ...

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 ...

Lunar Eclipse August 2007

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Lunar Eclipse August 2007 Originally uploaded by c.j.b. c.j.b's lunar eclipse sequence. Being out of Sydney, he gets to see astronomical events without light pollution.

Aplysia sydneyensis

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Aplysia sydneyensis Originally uploaded by mc_tr. First swim of the season today at lunchtime. It was about 24 degrees and the sea animals were out in force. A fist-sized common octopus slithered over the damp sand between two rock pools. The sea ...


Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Pelican Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Took this photo while exploring Winnererremy Bay with Yewenyi. I came back and placed a geocache - Sparkle - not long afterwards. Geocachers love their amenities. When you're caching, you want views, toilets, drinking water and preferably ...

Mackerel Beach Box Jellyfish

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

West Head Box Jellyfish Originally uploaded by c.j.b. We thought this was a killer tropical jellyfish - in Pittwater, Sydney! We were waiting on Mackerel Beach wharf for the next ferry back, on Sunday, and c.j.b. mentioned he'd seen a strange jellyfish and ...

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 ...

Fence Around The Sea Pool

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Fence Around The Sea Pool Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Brian invited me to show this photo in the Sydney, Australia photo pool on Flickr. I've only just now had a look at that group and it's gorgeous. There are over 900 members, ...

Death by chocolate

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Belinda gave me a combined Christmas and birthday party last night - a Chocolate Appreciation Evening at Lindt Concept Store and Cafe. It's not often that you get to eat the best chocolates, hot chocolate, and cakes in the world until you literally cannot bear to be in the same ...


Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Placed another city cache today. It's not yet gone live. Treebeard S 33° 51.927 E 151° 12.815 Difficulty: 1 Terrain: 1 A gnarled, old fig tree, named after the oldest living being in Tolkien's Middle Earth. Following on from Tolkien Tree, apparently the most found cache in Australia and New Zealand for 2006, here's ...

My 150th Geocache

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Big day of geocaching. Yewenyi was in Canberra, so it was just Chris and me. First we tried: Cops and Bushrangers. Unfortunately, it wasn't a success. We tried trail after trail, but only got to within 80m of the cache, with cliffs in the way. If there was a clear trail ...

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Wireless broadband

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

City-wide wireless broadband has finally come to London. It's been in Sydney, in the form of Unwired and iBurst, for years. It's called and it's only available in the West End at the moment.

Waterfall Cottage

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Open day at Waterfall Cottage near Bayview today. I try to go every year because it's the most beautiful house and garden I've seen. A pale gold sandstone fairytale house set in a rainforest. Apologies for the poor quality of my photos. This is what you see as you walk through the ...

A Hot Day For Geocaching

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Paddocks End by The Reigate Squires S 33° 48.395 E 151° 12.368 (ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest) Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Terrain: 2 out of 5 The march of progress. This area has been known for years as the Willoughby Paddocks and was the subject of an ...

Big Geocaching Day

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Over the Wall by The 2 Dogs S 33° 48.741 E 151° 18.165 (ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest) Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 2.5 A very tricky conundrum this one and it's not for the faint hearted. Which side ...

Another El Nino

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Good rains in recent days have failed to head off warnings of a possible El Nino weather phenomenon hitting eastern Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology said there were growing signs that farm regions would be hit by below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures in coming months. It came as ...