Archive | August, 2010

GWS call home!

To continue the shark theme from yesterday . . . (If the Discovery Channel can have a Shark Week, so can I!) I came across an article about the monitoring of Great White sharks in Australia. Great White sharks along parts of the Australia coast, have been fitted with electronic tracking devices. If the shark […]

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Mistaken Identity

My brother and I have had this debate going for years now. About sharks. More specifically about their intentions regarding humans. My view is that sharks are equal opportunity hunters. Why spend so much energy going after faster (than us anyway)  swimming seals or fish, when there are convenient humans floundering around in the surf? […]

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Kalahari Series #3 (Big Cats II)

I have posted another installment  of the Kalahari Series on the Notes from Africa photoblog. This installment is Kalahari: Big Cats II and features what is probably my favourite Big Cat, the leopard. Until our 2009 Kalahari trip we had not seen a whole leopard. We had seen bits of leopard sticking out from behind […]

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Critical Care

    Surgeons are often portrayed as “doctors without a bedside manner”. Doctors who prefer to see their patients asleep or unconscious. And probably that’s true for some, but not the majority. Years ago I was talking to a work colleague who mentioned that she had been born with a congenital heart defect, and that […]

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Wordless Wednesday, Thursday, Friday . . .

I have had a bad cold/flu for a couple of weeks now, and it’s beginning to impact on all of my thought processes (logical or otherwise). So I’m taking a couple of days off from posting to recuperate. Please check back again later. Or to make things easier, sign-up for the email subscription of  Notes […]

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Kalahari Series #2 (Big Cats I)

I have just posted the second of the Kalahari Series on the Notes from Africa photoblog. The second installment is Kalahari: Big Cats I and features the ultimate “Big Cat”, the lion. So if you like cats (and even if you don’t) check it out.

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Search for “The Ultimate” taken to end of the Earth

    There was a news article recently which told of the find of a crate of 100-year old Scotch whisky. The reason that nobody had thought to open a bottle is that until now it’s been trapped in Antarctic ice.  A “souvenir” of Sir Ernest Shackelton’s 1907 Nimrod expedition. It seems that these bottles […]

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Seven Wonders comment

For those of you who didn’t see the comments on my Seven Wonders and 100 books column, GeoRoMancer gave the following illuminating explanation: There are plenty of numbers in the world of logic, but often little logic in choosing a particular number over others. Why seven wonders? Maybe because it’s also a prime number? Ten […]

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Seven Wonders and 100 books

I was reading an article the other day which mentioned the Seven Wonders of the World. Which got me to wondering what that list includes. And why seven? It seems it all started in Ancient Greece,  where the first lists (now known as “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”) were compiled by the historian […]

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Kalahari Series #1 (Colours)

Today I posted the first of the Kalahari Series on the Notes from Africa photoblog. The first post is Kalahari: Colours and shows some photos of the landscape.  I did try and look for photos without animals in them, but it couldn’t be helped  I’m afraid. See if you can spot the lions etc! So […]

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