My blogs

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Museums or Libraries
Occupation Librarian, Historian,
Location Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Introduction Here are short thought chapters about the world out there and in here, for while we live life forwards, we understand it backwards, if we make sense of it at all.
Interests Archaeology, Angling, Archery, Bird Photography, Botany, Convicts, Courtesans, Dandies, Eccentrics, Evolutionary Biology, Flyfishing, Gardening, Georgian History, Goldrushes, Hermits, Imari, Inuit, Jivaro, Kakadu, Kangaroos, Kilims, Landscape Photography, Linguistics, Megafauna, Napoleonic wars, Oral History, Orchids, Ornithology, Palaeoanthropology, Pompeii, Primates, Quackery, Raku, Rock Art, Roman Empire, Roses, Shamanism, Skepticism, Solitude, Stoicism, Taphonomy, Tarts, Tranquility, Troy, Tuscany, Universe, Victorian History, Visions, Vikings, Violin, Voodoo, Vulgarity, Wilderness, Winter, Wolves, Wombats, Xerophytes, Yanomami, Zydeco, Zen, Zoology
Favorite Movies 8 1/2, A Bout de Souffle, A Star is Born, About a Boy, All About Eve, Alphaville, Amadeus, Amelie, Anatomy of a Murder, Barbarella, Barton Fink, Battleship Potemkin, Bicycle Thieves, Blade Runner, Brassed Off, Broken Flowers, Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Carmen, Cat People, Cold Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Distant Voices Still Lives, Edward Scissorhands, Empire of the Sun, Fargo, Freaks, Gallipoli, Genevieve, Gladiator, Greed, High Noon, His Girl Friday, Hope and Glory, I Know Where I'm Going, It's A Wonderful Life, Jedda, Kes, Knife in the Water, La Grande Illusion, La Nuits de Varennes, La Regle du Jeu, La Ronde, L'Age d'Or, Last Tango in Paris, Les Enfants du Paradis, Lust Caution, Man in the Moon, Master and Commander: the far side of the world, Modern Times, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, My Night With Maud, Mystery Train, O Brother Where Art Thou, Orphee, Performance, Prospero's Books, Rashomon, Rebel Without A Cause, Red Sorghum, Remains of the Day, Repulsion, Seven Samurai, Shoot the Pianist, Singin'in the Rain, Some Like it Hot, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, Sweet Smell of Success, Ten Canoes, Terminator 2, The Abyss, The Admirable Crichton, The Blue Angel, The English Patient, The Girl Can't Help It, The Ladykillers, The Leopard, The Lost Weekend, The Manchurian Candidate, The Name of the Rose, The Night of the Hunter, The Piano, The Red Violin, The Secret of Roan Inish, The Servant, The Third Man, The Weeping Camel, The Wrong Trousers, This Sporting Life, Three Colours Trilogy, Throne of Blood, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Truly Madly Deeply, Twelve Angry Men, White Heat, Wild Strawberries, Withnail & I, Woman in the Dunes, Yankee Doodle Dandie
Favorite Music Albinoni, AC/DC, Joan Armatrading, Louis Armstrong, Bagpipes, Beach Boys, Bela Bartok, Cecilia Bartoli, Bix Beiderbecke, Boccherini, BoogieWoogie, British Invasion, Dave Brubeck, Max Bruch, Jimmy Barnes, Chuck Berry, Eric Burdon, John Butler Trio, Canned Heat, Enrico Caruso, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Ry Cooder, Cool Jazz, Eric Clapton, Cream, Miles Davis, Daddy Cool, Peter Dawson, Delta Blues, Bo Diddley, Dire Straits, The Drifters, Easybeats, Everly Brothers, Marianne Faithfull, Gluck, Benny Goodman, Grateful Dead, Beniamino Gigli, Ben Harper, Don Gibson, Hildegard of Bingen, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly, Son House, The Ink Spots, Irish traditional music, Jelly Roll Morton, Mick Jagger, Elmore James, Jefferson Airplane, Brian Jones, Sumi Jo, Robert Johnson, Janice Joplin, Josquin, Mark Knopfler, Kathleen Ferrier, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Kinks, Alexis Korner, Leadbelly, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Lunceford, Madrigals, Bob Marley, Nellie Melba, Mental as Anything, The Mills Brothers, Van Morrison, Mozart, Jelly Roll Morton, Claudio Monteverdi, John Mayall, Randy Newman, Red Nichols, Odetta, Roy Orbison, Nicolo Paganini, Palestrina, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, The Platters, The Pretty Things, Suzi Quatro, Jerry Rafferty, Della Reese, REM, Joaquin Rodrigo, Rolling Stones, Rhythm and Blues, Sarasate, Andras Scholl, Shakuhachi, Franz Schubert, Paul Simon, Spencer Davis Group, Spiderbait, Joan Sutherland, Igor Stravinsky, Art Tatum, Them, Bryn Terfel, Takemitsu, Thomas Tallis, Tallis Scholars, Ali Farka Toure, Dawn Upshaw, Ullean pipes, Frankie Valley and the four seasons, Giuseppe Verdi, Sarah Vaughn, Muddy Waters, Steve Winwood, The Who, Xavier Cugat, Youssou N'dour, The Yardbirds, Yothu Yindi, Ysaye, Frank Zappa, The Zombies
Favorite Books William Blake, James Boswell, Lewis Binford, James Lee Burke, Bernard Cornwell, Karl Kruszelnicki, Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Charles Dickens, Loren Eiseley, Brian Fagan, Miles Franklin, George Macdonald Fraser, Stephen Jay Gould, Kenneth Graham, Ernest Hemingway, Homer, Rudyard Kipling, Henry Lawson, Primo Levi, AA Milne, The Oxford English Dictionary, Henry Handel Richardson, Shakespeare, Sheridan, Simon Singh, Watkin Tench, James Watson, Michael Wood