Monthly Archives: June 2011


Title in homage to Lindsey who is so thoroughly amused by British people pronouncing Melbourne in a very British way. Apologies for spelling – I’ve been typing quickly and this keyboard has a spacebar which hates me. I’ll come back … Continue reading

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Humanitarian crisis in Eritrea? The volcano no-one expected.

You would certainly be forgiven for not realising that in the last week there has been a large volcanic eruption going on in North East Africa – its presence in the mainstream news sites has been minimal (if covered at … Continue reading

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The risk of Melbourne-based melancholy

So, next week is the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly.  Held once every 4 years, it’s one of the biggest volcanology and geophysics conferences in the world.  I’m due to be presenting two papers; one to … Continue reading

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Taking the piss.

In a bout of over-reaction that the Daily Mail would be proud of, Portland Water Bureau have dumped almost 8 million gallons of water after a man urinated in an open reservoir. Now, aside from the patently ridiculous reaction in … Continue reading

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Astronomy looks like 1970’s Star Trek

Astronomy is facing a problem. The ESA have released a truly incredible piece of footage from the Mars Express probe.  It features Deimos (one of the two moons of Mars) passing across the probes field of view, with Jupiter clearly … Continue reading

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Well then

So I decided what this world needs is another blog. I appreciate there are many blogs out there.  In fact I’d go so far as to say there are many like it.  But this one is mine. The simple background … Continue reading

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