Group photos and the smart phone shuffle

In the Philippines no social occasion is complete without a group photo. In a restaurant, a passing waiter is called to take the photo. In a public area one of the group might take the photo, or often someone passing by is asked. These days  everyone has a smart phone … Continue reading

The future of Manila by Carlos Celdran

Back in November 2009 we went on a memorable walking tour of Intramuros, the ancient walled city of Manila. Our host was the legendary Carlos Celdran. In this TEDx video Carlos talks passionately about what Manila means to him. For full details you can check out the TEDx web site: … Continue reading

This is why pilots fly

Here is science, technology and human skills all coming together in a truly amazing landing at Queenstown Airport, New Zealand. Down through rugged mountains into cloud-filled twisting valleys the pilot breaks out the bottom of the clouds to make a perfect landing. This post has received a huge number of … Continue reading

England, the UK, Great Britain and the British Isles

We were chatting yesterday about England, the UK, Great Britain and the British Isles. I quickly realised that despite being a white Australian descended from ancestors from that part of the world that I did not know what the various terms meant. So I did some quick research, and here’s … Continue reading

The big tour of Victoria

One of the items on Linda’s bucket list was to see the twelve apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. Well, she has ticked that one off. We’ve just returned from a fourteen-day 2,950km driving tour of Victoria, taking in Bendigo, the Grampians, the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, the Bellarine … Continue reading