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peter macinnis
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Sydney science writer and freelance curious mind
Sydney science writer and freelance curious mind

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As I get set to leave the country, now is the time to blow the whistle on a secret plan to commodify Australian tourism. Take it from me, there are elements of truth in this tale. Would I lie to you? OK, forget I asked: any other questions?

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/the-ecret-tourim-plan.html

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Looking at starvation: a small master-class in the art of winning hearts and minds in a laid-back way. Recommended for all demagogues.

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/the-nature-of-starvation.html

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I talk to Year 6 students later this week (after playing in the bush with stage 1/K-2 students earlier). My brief: to show my audience how other cultures have contributed to our understanding of astronomy. I have prepared a PowerPoint to show them the pictures, and blogged it, so they can seek it out and check the links. It's here: http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/my-visiting-scientist-talk.html

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Autumn in Australia, and why I am slaving over a hot computer:

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/our-easter-is-in-autumn.html

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A sample from Australian Backyard Earth Scientist, an essay on seasons, written to be read to young people.

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/thinking-about-seasons.html

About to come off the press: 'The Big Book of Australian History', 3rd edition.

Being actively flogged: 'Sheep May Safely Craze'.

About to go into the bag: 'Australian Backyard Earth Scientist'.

About to begin production 'Australian Survivors' (working title).

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Wherein I cheer for books and dump on the neo-Luddites who see books as Evil, horrid and insufficiently shiny:

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/the-true-opposite-of-luddite.html

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"... the English-speaking world seems to be descending into another round of the same vicious and cruel economic thuggery that characterised the world before about 1900. When later students come to look at the return of our most recent descent, they may find some convenient source material here."

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/the-sad-tale-of-jennings-carmichael.html

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How to insult ancient Romans, interpret cervets, confuse telemarketers and more: an essay in meaning.

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/insulting-ancient-romans-and-what-it.html
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