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Category Archives: World and Travel

Learning Mandarin

We’re spending 3 weeks this summer on holiday in China. As soon as Helen suggested it we both immediately agreed it would be China this year. Plans are firming up – we’ll fly into Beijing, then move on down to Xi’ian, then a round trip ending up in Shanghai that’ll see us taking bus trips, […]

After Darwin

I started automating  tweeting real-time excerpts from Charles Darwin’s Beagle Diary several years ago, beginning just in time to coincide with the bicentenary in 2009. I jumped into the Beagle voyage already underway in 1833, so I missed about a year of travel. In Beagle time it’s now 1836 and Charles, Fitzroy and The Beagle are heading […]

More of Darwin

I thought it about time I started using the Facebook page I’d setup for The Beagle Voyage some time ago. I I created a Facebook Application which uses oAuth to post the same content as the Tweets at  @cdarwin to Facebook as status updates. Why not go there and Like the page. In time I […]

My pre-holiday newsletter

To make the most of the run-up to our holiday I knocked together a simple newsletter that aggregates various sources of information. So, the weather information I’m pulling from Google RSS feeds (eg:,Oregon). Photos of the area, I’m pulling from Flickr – for example,,Landscape News feeds are being pulled from a variety of […]