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Attended Manly West Public, Manly Boys' High, University of Sydney
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Just a heads-up that I am gracing the air waves tomorrow morning at 07:45 AEDT on ABC Radio National.  The link to get the download later is http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/ but you can also catch it streaming by clicking LISTEN through this link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/. Time check: that is approximately 14 and a half hours from now.  I HOPE it's the one about one-upping the Pyne Clones, but I have two in the can, and no idea which one is going to air.
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Australia had its own Sir Humphrey Appleby in 1898: a tale of terror, plague and frightening train rides to Warrnambool, at http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/yes-monster.html
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http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/scotching-thistle.html

A short history of the Scotch Thistle in Australia, and of the local battle I am waging.
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Last weekend, I went out with my sons on a geological field trip into the Budawang Ranges, in search of Sydney's bottom. Here's the story:

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/geology-with-surprise-ending.html
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OK, time to call a halt.  I'm off travelling, Real Soon Now, and I've been hammering away at my 'Many Voices' project, which has just passed 1.5 million words of original source/contemporary account Australian history. I have been building the stories of Scotch thistle, Bathurst burr, prickly pear and the cane toad — and there's more to some of those stories than you may think!

In the process, I have just become the 40th person to go past 500,000 lines of corrected text in Trove, but I'm more chuffed with my FREE history resource, which you can access here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4602454/many%20voices.pdf — but please be warned, it's about 22 meg.

I posted the present iteration (Mark 6) now because I won't be adding much to it for a while.  You are free to share it.
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I decided to start the year as I mean to proceed, by raising the nation's Net Grossness Index, with a blog on keeping cockroaches as pets. http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/keeping-cockroaches-as-pets.html
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At something like 0415 or 0420 tomorrow morning, I will be coming to an ABC station near you, talking on Overnights Radio about some of the more unusual bushrangers. http://www.abc.net.au/overnights/

If you don't have an ABC station near you, it will be online through https://radio.abc.net.au/stations/local_sydney/live?play=true

For timing, that is in about 10 hours from now.
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This past week, I was off geologising for a few days...

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/some-more-unusual-rocks.html
This past week, I have had a bit of a break, in between taking an 83 kword file and another 5.5 kword addenda file and hacking them down into a 77k file that I hope will be volume 1 (or 2 or 3) under the title Colonial Concer...
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I wish to share this, because I disagree profoundly with the whole idea. My reactions are here (and if you think "teaching rules" is good, prepare to be offended). http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/grammar-and-eunuch-pygmies.html
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I believe I have just come across the earliest instance of 'a redback on a toilet seat'. The spider is described as "... a brown spider, with a yellow streak down the back, the head being of a similar color ...", but I suspect those colours may be an artefact of whatever fluid the spider's remains went into. The symptoms in the first case are likened to gonorrhea: is this also where the legend of getting STIs from toilet seats began? Judge for yourselves from this 1863 news story, found while working on the new book (the spider part begins four or five lines down):

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/154965599
Comments. Show 1 comment. peter-macinnis 29 Oct 2015 at 09:44. This is the earliest case I have found of a bite from a venomous spider in Australia. Please tag any earlier ones if you know of them. Is this the origin of "the redback on the toilet seat"?
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Tomorrow, July 1, sees the release of 'Not Your Usual Bushrangers', from Five Mile Press. It and a companion volume, 'Not Your Usual Gold Stories' will be released as a boxed set on September 1.  I got my "author's copies" yesterday...
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Fairlight, NSW, Australia
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Balgowlah, NSW, Australia - Balgowlah Heights, NSW, Australia - Stanmore, NSW, Australia - but I travel lots
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Sydney science writer and freelance curious mind
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I'm a science writer, though I have, in the past, worked at many other things, and I have a piece of paper that says I am retired.  I have elected to treat the bit of paper with contempt.

I mainly spend my time writing books for adults and children, for two publishers. You can find a full listing of my books on goodreads.com, and the first of my links has all of the more recent books.  It also tells you what I am working on.

I'm a grandfather, and I care about the future for my grandchildren, and, indeed, for all children.

Put the human race in front of greed!
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CBCA Eve Pownall Honour Book 2008 'Kokoda Track: 101 Days' (also shortlisted, 2008 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize), CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year, 2010, 'Australian Backyard Explorer', CBCA Notable Books List, Younger Readers 2011, 'The Monster Maintenance Manual', CBCA Notable Books, 2013, WA Premier's Book Award for Childen's Literature, 2013..
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Given a choice between plague and eating here, choose the plague. Slow and rude service, the fried fish was watery, chips were soggy, not licensed, and if you want a glass for a soft drink, you have to buy four plastic cups for a dollar. Cutlery consists of disposable plastic forks, though the bent tines on my fork suggest that it may have been through the dishwasher I assume that the person who named this "Best Fish and Chips, seven years running" was Horrible Henry, the Headless Hobgoblin who, lacking all organs of taste, wants humans to suffer because they have a sense of taste. The claim "grilled in garlic, chilli and rosemary" is NOT satisfied by slopping some sauce over the fish after it is done. We noticed too late that the Wharf Restaurant next door offered a light lunch for $20--we had dinner there several nights earlier, and everything was excellent.
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Up front, I know the owner, but that was after I visited his original shop in Queensland when I was up there for a festival. Knowing Embiggen had moved to Melbourne (I live in Sydney), I went looking for the new iteration when I was down there last. I like bookshops that are dangerous to the wallet, and I like books that have intelligent content, and I like bookshops where the owners/staff KNOW books. This bookshop scores 3/3, so be warned: take your money with you, because the stock is mouth-watering. Next time, I plan to drive down, so I can buy more!
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