Archive for September, 2009

Sunny side up


Brisbane, it turns out, does not have a beach next to the CBD (Central Business District – Australians like to acronymise). My O’Neill lycra beachwear and my thongs will probably remain in my suitcase. This is disappointing and I have made a note to research my next travel destination on a map with a larger […]



I arrive at my destination. It is a country with strict controls about the import of organic material and foodstuffs. I have to fill in a form which asks whether I have been near fresh water in the last 6 days. And whether I have been on a farm. And whether I have any mud […]

Never say never


Just like old times, it’s early on Sunday morning, I’m mildly jet lagged and I’m in an airport departure lounge. From the window I can see what I think is the world’s tallest building, but it doesn’t look finished so perhaps it doesn’t count yet. Looking at the weather outside, very dry, hot bright sunshine, […]



So there is water on the moon. I thought we already knew that… Tintin found ice in a cave on the moon years ago. Perhaps rocket scientists don’t read Tintin books. It’s an exciting discovery. All sorts of new possibilities have been opened up: permanent moon bases, lunar agriculture (plenty of sunlight), production of hydrogen […]



I have visited two schools recently where they have new, curved perspex bike sheds with transparent walls. It made me wonder where schoolchildren can go to smoke and snog now. Historically the space behind the bike sheds was a notorious vice spot, but with modern see-through walls things have changed. No wonder children have to […]

This week I am telecommuting to Australia each day. Which is a lot easier than real commuting. Last night I was in meetings through the small hours and then again first thing in the morning. I am already feeling confused about what time it is because I have to keep translating the time difference. It […]

It may be a coincidence, but here is a second consecutive posting about lottery numbers… In Bulgaria the Sports Minister, Derren Neykov –sorry, Svilen Neykov – has ordered a review of the national lottery after the same winning numbers were drawn two weeks in a row. The numbers, 4 15 23 24 35 42, were […]