I am heading north for a couple of weeks and can recycle an old post to describe this move – except that last year I was the proverbial brass monkey in freezing cold Beijing. Blogging will be intermittent for two weeks unless it rains a lot. Readers please enjoy your summer vacation. If you are not vacating to enjoy you are making a serious mistake.
Update: On this holiday I have been reading Christopher Hitchen’s Arguably. Saddened yesterday to learn of his death. A top athiest thinker with a passion for life. I would have enjoyed sharing a decent bottle of wine with him.
Update: The weather has not been great on NSW’s South Coast but swimming almost every day at Mollymook and Narrawallee. Also playing plenty of golf – a highlight was a game at Mollymook’s excellent Hilltop course – ranked among Australia’s top 100 – the event saddened slightly by the fact that my son out drove me on a couple of holes for the first time – this is youthful ascention versus aging and no real point in getting too worried about the inevitable! Also a fun evening watching a local drama group at Milton perform the Australian drama Cosi.
Update: A short excursion to Sydney started with an excellent day’s birdwatching at Longneck Lagoon on Cattai Road – Cicarda bird, Eastern whipbird, White-bellied cuckoo shrike among many others. A superb night’s entertainment at Sydney’s Wharf Theatre with Cate Blanchett providing an inspired (and physically demanding) performance in Gross und Klein. (930)