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.
January 2018
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Mt Charlie ghosts

A trip to Melbourne for a conference allowed me to plan an extra day doing a little maintenance on some of my Victorian caches. The most problematic one — in terms of damage and distance to travel to get to it — was on Mt Charlie, about 50 minutes north of Melbourne, not far from a […]

Easter bike hike

One of our older Scouts decided that, instead of doing the usual bush-walk for his Adventurer/green cord journey, he would do a three-day bike hike. It has been nearly 10 years since my last multi-day Scout bike trip, and the best part of a year since doing any cycling at all, so I had to brush […]

BT – A white and wet Christmas

We woke on Christmas morning to find a gift bag outside our doors, containing, among other things, a Christmas hat and a chocolate Christmas tree. This day would be our last in Antarctic waters, and we made two landfalls in the South Shetland Islands, which are just north of the Antarctic Peninsula but still inside the […]

Szeged Miscellany

There are a few little extra bemusements to share from my trip.

I can’t remember exactly what prompted the following tradition, but not long after I became a mathematical traveller* I started to bring back flags for the older of my younger brothers, who is now somewhat of a vexillophile, with in excess of 25 flags (I […]

Kicking things off

Embarrassing though the evidence may be in retrospect, let the record show that I was, in all likelihood, the first girl to play on a boys’ soccer (football) team in Tasmania (date: probably May or June 1974). I played in both Grade 5 and Grade 6. Our school’s soccer strip was maroon and light blue, which […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 1

Melaleuca to Forest Lagoon Camp

Three years ago, when I flew into Melaleuca in SW Tasmania to do some bushwalking, I spied some kayaks sitting near the jetty and realised that it was possible to do paddling tours in the Bathurst Harbour area. I thought that it would be something I’d like to do and three years […]

Reliving some misspent “youth”

During the late 1980s and continuing into the mid 1990s I was working on my PhD in the maths department. Initially I was in a shared office with two other PhD students, Nick and Tim, and it was here that two rather memorable indoor games were invented (well, memorable to us anyway).

The first, “egg squash”, involved […]

Midlands 2015-#17N

I was heading northwards to run a day of professional learning for teachers in Campbell Town, followed by meetings in Launceston. My colleague and I had heard that there had been a truck roll-over on the highway, but that light traffic was being allowed through. This may have been true for a while during the morning […]

Well, I tried

The signs were good for an aurora tonight, and so I ventured down to Seven Mile Beach.

And the aurora happened.

The only troubles were that the best of it was between sunset and moonrise (which was before I even left home!) and that I totally failed to master/remember any of the techniques that I know I should […]

Tasman Bridge disaster 40 years on

40 years ago tomorrow morning my Mum came into the bedroom that I shared with my two sisters and told us that the Tasman Bridge — which joins Hobart’s city centre and western suburbs with the eastern shore on which I lived (as I do now) — had collapsed the previous night, 5 January 1975. It […]