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Before the Mine 0

Before the Mine

A short while ago, I went out to a soon-to-be mine site somewhere in Western Australia. It was a beautiful spring morning, 32C, a brisk wind.We stood up on a mesa, about forty metres...

Crosiers, cathedrals, and the memory of trees 1

Crosiers, cathedrals, and the memory of trees

Many have commented on the resemblance between a bishop’s crosier and the delicate spiral of a tree fern. Which came first? Well, that one is obvious- no ecclesiasts roamed the earth before angiosperms ruled....

The First Goths of the Year 0

The First Goths of the Year

It’s almost spring, and the first Goths are emerging from their winter dens, blinking and shivering in the weak sunlight. Soon the light will grow too strong for them, and they will return to...

The Semiotics of Cave Tours 1

The Semiotics of Cave Tours

Independent of country, language and location, one can imagine a model of the ideal cave tour. It starts with a climb (or possibly a descent) through forested (wooded, landscaped) ground to a rustic timber...

On Plagiarism Or, Parallel Discovery 0

On Plagiarism Or, Parallel Discovery

Everything needs to start from somewhere.The point of origin is just as likely to be random as a careful selection from the well of possibilities.In a Penguin travel book of the 1950s, “Ten Years...