02 March 2020

It’s been a long time since I did one of these updates. I managed to get a couple of Europe posts done from (over) 12 months ago. I have a draft for Stockholm on the way, but struggling with making it less boring than they usually are.

Getting around Canberra, without a car

Back in January my car was parked at work when a massive hail storm blew through. It was intense, there was a lot of damage in Belconnen and the Parliamentary Triangle. All told I got off fairly lightly. My house is generally OK, there are a few tiles that lost a corner or two I should get looked at, and my roller shutters got pummelled, but everything else is fine.

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27 October 2019

It’s been a while since I did one of these updates, but I have managed to write a few blogs on China, my short trip to Singapore, and I even managed to get one more from Finland in January.

I’ve managed to finish editing my photos from Sweden, so that’ll be next.

Photography

I haven’t taken many photos this week. I was planning on going to the Canberra Nara Candle Festival, but it was cancelled due to bad weather.

There is a large family of magpies living in my street. I think there could be around 20. They haven’t swooped me yet, which is good. When I was 4 or 5 I was swooped – I don’t remember a lot, other than there was a lot of blood.

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21 April 2019

Day 3 of a 4 day weekend.

I started the weekend with a sore throat, but it seems to have retreated. I spent this morning making two trips to Bunnings. Nothing of note can be achieved in one trip, it always takes two.

I’ve been playing a some Starcraft II on my PC connected to my TV. Other games I can play with a controller on the couch, but this really needs a keyboard and mouse. I had been playing with them on the coffee table, but this makes it a lot more comfortable to sit on the couch and use the computer.

Photography

Last weekend I put up a new blog post with a lot of photos from a national park just outside Helsinki. I enjoyed that day trip a lot, and it was good to go back through the photos.

This weekend I’ve been going through my photos from Oulu in Finland, not ones from the two nights chasing the aurora, but ones from around the town. I hope to have those ones up this week.

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31 March 2019

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Work has been mostly nuts. I have gotten used to commuting by bus, and there are work weeks when I won’t use my car at all. I am now dreading the new Canberra Transport bus timetable.

The bus to Civic from my suburb is being cancelled and I will have a 30min walk in the morning to catch a bus, or have to change buses. Either way, it’s a 50% increase on my commute each morning, which is pants.

Photography

Photos this week were from my commute, either coming or going.

Earlier in the week I jumped off the bus a couple of stops early on the way home to play Pokemon, and battle in a gym. The sky threatened to open up, but never did. #TeamPixel

Hurry up

Last week I did eventually get through my photos from my first day in Helsinki.

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17 March 2019

I had a busy weekend last weekend, my parents were visiting from Melbourne. They chose a good weekend for it. It was the Canberra Day long weekend, so we had Enlighten and the Balloon Spectacular to keep us busy. I’m not good at organising activities when my parents visit, spending most of my downtime in front of a TV.

Photography

Enlighten

The first event we all went to was Enlighten, and the Night Noodle Market. Canberrans are very experienced at lining up for overpriced food from temporary food vans parked on the grass.

The lights this year were very similar to last year, and the year before that, and the year before that…

The best display is always Questacon, probably because it is a giant white screen that makes it easy to project onto. This year it was celebrating 50 years since the moon landing and the part Honeysuckle Creek (and Parkes) near Canberra played in receiving the broadcast.

Calcium Nitrogen Boron Erbium Radium

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