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Site Updates

20September2005

Managed to recode the site's PHP backend, and converted to XHTML1.1 while I was at it (and am pretty sure […]

The Game

17September2005

Interesting article from Matt Baldwin on The Morning News. A series of three entitled Playing the Game. 'The Game' is […]

Winter, She Cometh

16September2005

Sat in my room shivering this evening; then realised I had bare feet and short sleeves… There'll be no doing […]

Starbucks

15September2005

After five weeks of travel through places with varying coffee standards, I've come to some new realisations about Starbucks. Previously, […]

Think You're Fighting Spam?

14September2005

I found a link to 'SpamPoison' (.com) while browsing, and found it rather humourous. I'm not going to link to […]

Home Again

14September2005

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

07September2005

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

Barcelona

05September2005

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)

28August2005

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

25August2005

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

21August2005

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

19August2005

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

Tripping Europe

06August2005

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

JK Rowling Interview

06August2005

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

Woo! Drink Good

03August2005

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

31July2005

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

28July2005

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

Site Updates

28July2005

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

New Domains

26July2005

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

More Photos

23July2005

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

Photo Updates

22July2005

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'

20July2005

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?

19July2005

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

19July2005

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

Versailles

16July2005

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)

Connectivity

13July2005

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

11July2005

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

Updates

10July2005

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

Touring With Family

08July2005

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

03July2005

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

01July2005

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

30June2005

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

bourgeois myth

25June2005

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

Cardiff

22June2005

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)

Updates

21June2005

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

21June2005

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)

Wilton

19June2005

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

15June2005

A day in Paris, 15June2005

  • Sacre Coeur
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Notre Dame

(3 photos)

Reims, Festive

10June2005

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

10June2005

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