Category Archives: Books

Too fast in Oslo

2 July 2008: Flight to Brunei, Dubai, London, Oslo I got up at 5.30 a.m. to drive to Brisbane international airport at 9.45 a.m. Christine was at the Royal Brunei check-in to meet me. The aircraft was blessed before take-off … Continue reading

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The psychological benefits of snails

I just finished reading “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” by Elizabeth Tova Bailey. It is very charmingly written and one of those books where you learn lots painlessly – this time about land snails. The author did not … Continue reading

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Field notes

I’ve just finished reading “Field Notes on Science and Nature“, edited by Michael Canfield, and enjoyed it tremendously – it’s well-written, accessible and inspiring. I’ve been keeping field notebooks since 1995 and have not thought much of them until now, … Continue reading

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Drawing closer to Nature

Artist Peter London in his book, Drawing Closer to Nature, writes about his experience walking along a beach and noticing the forms and patterns there – how Nature composes. Methinks this quote (p. 22) applies to more than art: I … Continue reading

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Alive, alive-o!

It’s great to see a sea shell (mollusc), but even better to see the animal that made it, intact and getting on with its life. ‘Shell’ is a bit misleading, as many molluscs don’t have visible shells but are photogenic … Continue reading

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