Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
February 2020
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Running out of time

I have just realised that I have only two days of proper annual leave left (I timed it so that this brings my old job to a conclusion the day before I start my new job). The scary thing about this realisation is that I have a list of things I want to do in that […]

Matters of scale

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages—for ME, not just the blog—and so, in typical fashion, I have decided to do it right in the middle of 1,001 far more important tasks associated with my impending move.

One of the things that I have struggled with in Melbourne—even after nearly 13 years of living here—is just […]

The camera never lies … much

After the decluttering comes the photographs, as the real estate agent gets all the advertising stuff ready for my place to go on the market. He sent a professional photographer around, and the results were quite striking. I had taken a few quick shots as I decluttered, for my own personal records, and I knew that […]

Londo Mo-llari

To cut a long story short, a few months ago I allowed myself a few side-tracking clicks on a web-page or two and ended up becoming aware of the virtual existence of Lee (whom I am sure also exists in real life). As he puts it, he’s a blogger, social media guy, artist, and pop culturalist […]

The perils of flying

In my previous blog entry you may have noticed that my To Do list mentioned the task “Try on lots of old socks”, a task which I have completed … although you also may have noticed that I haven’t yet completed “Throw out old socks”.

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning (yes, I know it is summer), […]

Odds and ends 2

Yes, yes, let’s talk about the weather: It was about 4°C when I cycled to work this morning (and it was drizzling), so I was rugged up in just about everything warm and waterproof. It will probably get to about 7°C outside, although it should warm up again towards the end of the week. However, it […]

Grass roots

I make contributions to a number of charities, but in this modern world it has become an automated process: I signed up at some stage and they take money out of my bank accounts. This has the advantage of me not having to think about it too much, and the charity has a nice regular contribution […]

Odds and ends 1

Moon: There was a clear sky last night and the moon was nearly full. I still can’t see the man, though; whereas the rabbit is there but upside down.

Crisp autumn mornings: I love cycling to work on cool crispy clear autumn (and spring) mornings, just as the sun is coming up and just before the traffic […]

A dangerous place

I let myself visit the main Blackwell book store in Oxford today.

There are actually several Blackwell’s stores in Oxford, with a variety of specialities including rare books, music, and fine art, as well as regular books. The main store, in Broad St, has several floors of books, spread over three buildings (with a pub sandwiched between). […]

High class tart

(My apologies for the cheeky heading!)

Thursday 22 Oct

I didn’t have to go hunting for a lemon tart in Oxford (see my earlier account of the lack of these culinary delights in Hobart and the reason they matter); instead, it came and found me.

Anne is a fellow of Linacre College and had invited me and a couple […]