Year: 2018

Note: This arti­cle is a brief overview of a wider research project I am under­tak­ing on the life of Cyril Mon­tague Birnie and the his­to­ry of Aus­­tralia-Japan rela­tions. I wel­come any con­tacts from those with direct or indi­rect knowl­edge of …

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I recent­ly had the hon­our of meet­ing 40 won­der­ful stu­dents from Sefton High School and their teach­ers at The Chil­dren’s Book­shop in Beecroft. I spoke for about an hour about Empire of the Waves, the his­to­ry of myth and fan­ta­sy …

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Look­ing back on the first half of 2018, a tur­bu­lent year in world pol­i­tics – and in my field of Kore­an Stud­ies in par­tic­u­lar – I see how much my read­ing habits remain an anchor. Hav­ing quit Face­book in March, …

Read­ing In Review: Jan­u­ary to May 2018 Read More »

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Recent­ly I passed my ten year anniver­sary on Face­book and five year anniver­sary on Twit­ter. Both sent notes to cel­e­brate the mile­stone. At first, it felt a lit­tle strange to receive such affir­ma­tions from the algo­rithms of addic­tion. But soon …

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When I was in pri­ma­ry school, there was no day so dread­ed as wet-weath­­er day. It trou­bled me per­haps less than some, as I spent much of the break time in the play­ground or school library debat­ing or cre­at­ing fan­ta­sy …

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The sec­ond half of 2017 brought more high­lights in this writer’s life. On the 12th of Sep­tem­ber, I attend­ed the unique­ly won­der­ful CBCA Lunch With The Stars at the ICMS in Man­ly (as often com­ment­ed, a more serendip­i­tous­ly Hog­wart­sian locale …

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