Monthly archives of “December 2016

Miocene Lauraceae leaf fossil, Manuherikia Group, New Zealand
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The Amazing Miocene Fossil Leaf Pack of Mata Creek, New Zealand

I was crouched in a long boat somewhere up a rainforest-swathed river in Kalimatan, Borneo, when I saw it – a ‘living’ example of a fossil leaf pack I had once seen in New Zealand. Several years before, I had been exploring down a little… Read more

Self portrait of Kcenia Nechitailo, State Russian Museum in St Petersburg,
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St Petersburg – 200 years of Russian Chick Selfies

Women, so I’ve read (and seem to observe), are significantly more likely to take ‘selfies’ than men. It doesn’t seem to matter where I go now, but there are crowds, struggling under the weight of a selfie-stick, with some digital apparatus on the end of… Read more

Mongolia- on top of a mountain, one vehicle stuck in snow, the other with engine issues.
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In Mongolia any fool can drive, but…

In five years or so  in and out of Mongolia, I’ve criss-crossed thousands of kilometres by 4WD Landcruiser. But I’ve only taken the wheel once, and that was for a short hop back to a village when my driver wasn’t well. Let me explain. Technically,… Read more

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The Log Cabin at the Heart of St Petersburg, Russia

The most famous ‘little log cabin in the woods’ is probably the one in which Abraham Lincoln grew up in Kentucky. It was built in 1808, but unfortunately, no longer exists.  However, in St Petersburg, Russia, there is to this day, a log cabin built… Read more

Miocene Nothofagus leaf and Allocasuarina fruits, New Zealand, Manuherikia Group, New Zealand
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Miocene Rain and Fire Forests of Bannockburn

Canungra is the perfect place to stop for a snack on the drive up to O’Reilly’s/Lamington National Park in southeastern Queensland. On a weekend you can grab a latte and pie and sit outside a cafe, watching the biker crowd doing pretty much the same… Read more

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Cheap Eats Nanjing 24 – the Mysterious Vanishing Sushi Shop

It happens so often. I chance across a place in a city – then fruitlessly search high and low for it again. Finally chance across it once more – only to lose it again. This little Nanjing sushi shop fell squarely into that category. It’s… Read more

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Cheap Eats Nanjing 23 – Curry at Miss Tasha

I noticed Miss Tasha when it opened. But for quite a while I kept walking past – I wasn’t sure what it was. It was set back a little off Chenxiang Road, and  had a push-bike, tastefully positioned in the front. But was it a… Read more

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Cheap Eats Nanjing 22 – Danfeng St Bakery

Boring weekends, I’d sometimes head around the block to a little bakery in Danfeng St. I’d pick up a little selection of ‘cakes’. These are flaky pastry bounded nibbles, with a variety of soft filling inside. The cakes in the featured image cost me 12… Read more