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Climbing into the clouds

It would have been easy enough to believe that workmen had been hammering nails into the roof all night but I knew full well that it had been the rain. 982 more words

Sri Lanka

Margaret Casbon, 1864–1903

The original title for this post was going to be “What Happened to Margaret?” I was going to write about how female ancestors can be more difficult to trace than males. 2,704 more words


Vic Legend of the Vine awarded

Eric Vivian Thomson, fondly known as Viv Thomson amongst wine industry peers, has been announced Legend of the Vine Victoria at the annual Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) Melbourne Wine Show Awards Lunch on October 20. 401 more words

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James Casbon (~1813–1884): Final Days in England

Today’s post serves as a coda to my previous post about James Casbon (~1813–1884). In that post I mentioned that James might have been living in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, as early as 1861. 967 more words


Add nearly thirty

Cancelling electrification works will lengthen journey times, increase carbon emissions and raise the cost of running Britain’s rail network, the Labour party warned on 2 August. 320 more words


Best's Great Western Sparkling Shiraz 2013

Some claim that sparkling shiraz is an Australian “invention.” Happy to put that on the mantle piece along with barbed wire and the ute. Best’s certainly have one of the more consistent and mature editions of the style. 124 more words

Tasting Notes

Rail electrification and HS2? You need some better hot takes

Readers with no interest in the nerdy details of UK railways can look away now. This post is one very long, tedious “actually I think you’ll find” reply that I didn’t have time to make fit into a tweet. 2,294 more words