On a boat

Even motor yachts in Croatia have wifi nowadays. (Post-) Modernity has truly arrived. Here are some photographs from the beginning of our week of Island hopping on the beautiful Croatian Coast. It’s packed to the rafters with Antipodeans escaping the Southern Hemisphere winter. With the lovely warm weather, excellent beaches, and refreshing waters, it’s a…

Tivoli; or, yet another post on pleasure gardens

It may come as a surprise dear reader, but I’m quite fond of nineteenth-century pleasure gardens. Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen opened in 1843, almost contemporaneous to the illustrious Cremorne Gardens in London and 10 years before Melbourne’s Cremorne. With its 160 year history, Tivoli is (I’d argue) the only contemporary pleasure ground that can claim…

Fantastic Fjords

We’ve been on the road for a week now, making our way across Scandinavia, and are now in Hamburg awaiting a train to Berlin. Our first full day, which feels a long time ago but was only last Monday, involved crossing Norway, from the east coast in Bergen to Oslo in the west. We decided…

Europe 2014: preliminaries

In July 2013, K and I arrived in London to begin our masters degree. Over the previous three weeks we had made a brief tour of Dresden, Munich, Prague, and lastly Berlin (with old friends). The same day we landed in London from Berlin we lucked out with a lovely flat off Roman Road in…

On the edge

About the same time as I posted last month, we ventured on a day trip to south-east England. We wanted to see those famous white cliffs but actually make a hike of it since at Dover a ferry trip is necessary. In Sussex between Eastbourne and Seaford are the Seven Sisters on the North Downs. We then walked…

London off Spring

It’s been a while since I last posted. In that time we’ve had some lovely day trips and weeks away, especially Scotland. I’ll post about those trips at some stage. In the mean time, I’ve also been working on another blog, which remains anonymous, and so that’s drawn much of my blogging energy. Now, though,…

Mid-winter retreat

A few weekends ago, K and I visited Bristol and relatives in Devon on a lovely mid-winter retreat. It was my first visit to Bristol, home of the creatures Wallace and Gromit, the elusive Banksy and the visionary nineteenth-century engineer (and equally impressively named) Isambard Kingdom Brunel. An abandoned mountainside railway station and the awesome Clifton…

A research note: graphic images

I came across Trouble and Strife and these interesting graphics in the course of some recent dissertation research. In 1988, Thatcher sought to restrict municipal councils from ‘promoting homosexuality’ through Clause 28 as part of her conservative social agenda. Although there was no evidence to suggest that any councils were promoting homosexuality, and no enforcement of Clause 28 ever…