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Home Again


Finally made it home last night — just in time to get some essentials from the supermarket too. The flight […]

A Collection of Holiday Posts, September 2005


This post is a collection of ?bits written over the last couple weeks in my notebook… These are mainly just […]



Visited Barcelona Sep2-6. Explored the Barri Gotic, Barcelona's 'old town' equivalent, which is built atop the ruins of the old Roman settlement, and houses the city's cathedral. Also wandered around Montjuïc, where the complex for the Olympic Games was built.

  • Old Barcelona
  • Comtes de Barcelona
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Barcelona Cathedral

(19 photos)

A Coruña (y Betanzos)


Visited A Coruña Aug26-28, with a trip to Betanzos Aug27. A Coruña is a big industrial town in Galicia, with a huge port and beautiful beach (and the weather was spectacular for bonus points). Betanzos is a small medieval hill-town, complete with thin steep streets; it's recently expanded a great deal but most of the newer development is rather neglected.

  • A Cat
  • Coal
  • Docks
  • A Coruña

(10 photos)

Santiago de Compostela


Visited Santiago de Compostela Aug23-25. According to legend the cathedral holds the remains of the Apostle James, and has long been a pilgrimage destination. The city is the final stop on the famous 'Way of St James' pilgrimage, a walk along the north of Spain. The cathedral is in the beautiful medieval Old Town.

  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela

(7 photos)

World Youth Day 2005


Attended WYD2005 in Köln with an Australian group from Sydney. We spent a week on pilgrimage in France, then a week in Köln, with the final weekend spent at the Marienfeld, a huge agricultural field opened up for the occasion.

  • Rouen Cathedral
  • Rouen: Jeanne d'Arc
  • Lisieux: St Therese
  • Lisieux: St Therese

(14 photos)

WYD Updates


Currently in Cologne, here for a couple more nights… The atmosphere is amazing, the city has been at a standstill […]

Tripping Europe


This is likely my last post around here for a while. I'm off to Paris tomorrow afternoon. For the next […]

JK Rowling Interview


Just read this interview with JK Rowling on fansite The Leaky Cauldron. There's three separate pages to it (linked from […]

Woo! Drink Good


I knew it… Apparently regular/moderate alcohol is actually good for you. Moderate drinking was defined as 14 to 28 drinks […]

England, Holiday the Third


OK, the oft-promised holiday report… Complete with photos in various albums that I'll link to on the way down. I […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Just finished reading Potter… Much earlier than I expected actually, but I found the book cheap so grabbed it; easy […]

Site Updates


Added a proper upload system for the top banner image, so now the 'Wintermute' title is added on upload rather […]

New Domains


Bought a bunch of new domains today… None have websites available yet, they'll just redirect to a 'comingsoon' page here […]

More Photos


Another 5 albums up today, on top of the 4 yesterday… Included are: Cardiff Castle; 'Touring With Family', a collection […]

Photo Updates


Well, they've been a long time coming, but I've finally got some photos uploaded. Plenty more where they came from, […]

'the Jedi Order, the geekiest people in the universe'


Neal Stephenson on Star Wars; this is an article from a month ago in the NYTimes. Entertaining for any geeks, […]

Did you sell any goods or services using the Internet?


Currently filling out my tax return, and this has got to be one of the stupidest questions ever! The extended […]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Tim Burton and Johnny Depp do it again. A masterful piece of fantasy with just enough of a dark edge […]



Visited Versailles one Saturday evening; they open the gardens up, run all the fountains, have a few people running around in costume, and let off fireworks at the end of it all... Couldn't take photos of very much because of the low lighting, but in the sunset it's all very romantic

  • Versailles, Dusk
  • Versailles, Dusk
  • Versailles, Sunset
  • Versailles, And The Real World

(10 photos)



Was in Paris with family when the bombs went off in London, having come through there from England the day […]

Once more unto the brink


Just returned from another French bureaucracy nightmare. My Carte de Sejour needs renewing so I can legally stay in the […]



Back home now; supposed to be working on my latest UTS assignment, so of course, I'm getting a few website […]

Touring With Family


Travelled with family through England and to Paris in late June - early July. This album includes photos from Old Sarum, Hampton Court, London, Winchester, Glastonbury and Paris. Some of our trips deserved dedicated albums.

  • Mum at Old Sarum
  • Fields
  • Natalie at Old Sarum
  • New Sarum from Old

(17 photos)

Cornwall: Tintagel


Spent a couple nights in Cornwall in Boscastle, just down the coast from Tintagel. Tintagel is truely magical, from the little beach and Merlin's Cave to the Dark Ages settlements and medieval castle atop the Head...

  • Tintagel
  • Tintagel, Magic
  • Tintagel Head
  • Dark Ages Tintagel

(9 photos)

Arundel Castle


Visited Arundel Castle, home of the Dukes of Norfolk. It's one of few castles to have been used both as a defensive castle and as a stately home (the family still live there), and with its constant use and extensions over the centuries, it's exactly what a castle is supposed to be.

  • Arundel Castle
  • Arundel Castle
  • Norfolk Ensign
  • Arundel Castle

(8 photos)

Me and 20,000 other hippies


Spent the night before the Summer Solstice (June 20-21) at Stonehenge. The only time in the year that you can […]

bourgeois myth


“the big wedding of the bourgeoisie, which originates in a class ritual (the display and consumption of wealth), can bear […]



Spent a day in Cardiff 22June2005, mainly visiting the Castle and wandering around the town

  • Cardiff Castle keep
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Welsh Ensign
  • Cardiff Castle

(5 photos)



I'm sitting in an empty bus somewhere in South-West England as I write this; I will type it up later. […]

Summer Solstice 2005


Spent the day before the Summer Solstice at Avebury, which was full of hippies preparing for that night. Was staying in Salisbury with Stonehenge just up the road so spent the night there with a crowd of 10,000. The only time of the year you can touch the stones; the atmosphere was truely awe-inspiring and I hope the images give some idea of what it was like.

  • Avebury
  • Avebury
  • Avebury
  • Avebury

(11 photos)



various sites around Wilton; Wilton House's gardens are particularly beautiful, and ridiculously stereotypical -- they're often used to shoot period films

  • Non-Conformist Church
  • Wilton House
  • Wilton House
  • Wilton House

(5 photos)

Paris Part 2


A day in Paris, 15June2005

  • Sacre Coeur
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Notre Dame

(3 photos)

Reims, Festive


A couple separate events from May and June; the city likes to throw a festival and show of its history. In the first case, the anniversary of the German surrender in 1945; the second, the Fetes Johanniques, centered around Joan of Arc's successful entrance into the city and the crowning of the Dauphin, but really just a big 'medieval' event.

  • Reims, decorated
  • Reims, decorated
  • Reims, decorated
  • Le Feu de Saint Jean

(4 photos)

press-ganging alive and well


Interesting (read “scary”) article from a Seattle paper — about a kid that Marine recruiters went after. Their tactics are […]

A place amongst the living


Je viens de regarder Une place parmi les vivants. C'était… intéressant, un peu bizarre. Un peu de 'film-noir', un peu […]

With Us or Against Us


Matt 12:30 “Anyone who is not with me is against me” But also Mark 9:40 “Anyone who is not against […]

It's Non


Well the French have called 'Non', currently calling around 55% +/- 2ish. EC Pres Juncker just gave a Press Conference […]

weird search terms 2


ok, making this a ?bits category, cos I'm getting so many classic search terms sending people my way…. Currently ranked […]



Been doing some more coding on the site, much of it you can't actually see, but _very_ soon I'll have […]